July 17, 2011

Stand Up Straight!

1 Good Posture Makes You Tougher

Slouching makes a bad impression, and it can also make you physically weaker says a study by Scott Wiltermuth, USC and Vanessa K. Bohns, U of Toronto who found that adopting dominant postures decreases one’s sensitivity to pain. Their study found that by simply adopting a dominant pose, people felt more in control and able to tolerate distress. The researchers suggest that the next time you’re in a tense situation, say, in the dentist’s chair, sit up straight and puff out your chest; the experience may be more tolerable than if you’d adopted a passive posture. Prior research indicates that expansive postures lead to elevated testosterone and decreased cortisol, the stress hormone. The researchers also postulate that dominant postures may help us cope with emotional distress.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Posture Affects Sense of Power

Tags: Anxiety, Cortisol, Testosterone, University of South Carolina, University of Toronto, Posture, Dominant Posture, Submissive Posture, Scott Wiltermuth, Vanessa K. Bohns, Distress

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Diseases Have Same Pathway

2 Lymphoma Drug Works in Dogs, May Help Humans

Research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine found a drug that shrinks lymph node tumors due to spontaneous Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma in dogs (DLBCL) and researchers hope it works against Activated B-Cell Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (ABC-DLBCL) in people. The B-cells which produce antibodies to fight off pathogens start to divide uncontrollably and do not die. Dogs and humans usually respond to treatment the first time, but the relapse rate is high and chemoresistance is common. The drug, NEMO Binding Domain peptide, blocks the NF-kappaB activity which goes awry in both dogs in humans so the cells die. Shrinkage of lymph nodes treated one time was observed within a week and the immune system was not significantly affected.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Novel Pathway Related to Cancer Development Found

Tags: Lymphoma, Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, Activated B-Cell Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, NF-KappaB, B-Cell Lymphomas, NEMO Binding Domain Peptide, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, DLBCL, ABC-DLBCL, Lymphoma in Dogs, Lymphoma Drugs

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