September 9, 2011

Dying of Broken Heart

1 Bereaved Parents Are at Risk for Dying Early

Parents who experience the death of a child before the first birthday are more likely to die in the decade following the child's death, claim researchers from York and Stirling universities in the UK. Researchers say the bereaved parents are up to four times more likely to die in the 10 years following a young baby's death. BBC reports that the risk of death was particularly pronounced in mothers, who were 1.2 times more likely to die 30 years following the death of a baby. The research, published in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care didn't analyze how many of the deaths were from suicide or stress. Researchers believe that the stress of grieving can suppress the immune system, but another theory is that stillbirths or infant deaths may be more common among parents of poor health.

More at BBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Jamie Oliver Tackles LA in Second Season

Tags: Bereaved Parents, Grieving Parents, Health Effects Grief, Parents Who Lose Babies Before One Year, Parents Dying Early, Stirling University, York University, BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, Dying Broken Heart

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Affects Left Brain Memory

2 Birth Control Pills Erase the Details

Results of a new study from the University of California Irvine has shown that the pill reduces a woman’s ability to remember details, providing insight into how men and women remember things and process stress differently. Two groups of women, some on the pill and some not, were shown pictures and told about a car accident involving a mother and her son. Within each group, women were told varying details of the story and took a pop quiz one week later in which they had to recall it. Women on the pill remembered the main points but could not remember details such as objects around the accident scene. Researchers are not surprised since the pill lowers estrogen and progesterone which strengthen “left brain” memory. It is not viewed as a deficit, but as an alteration of the brain.

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

Previously: Low Testosterone and Alzheimer's

Tags: Birth Control Pill, Contraception, Estrogen, Memory, Progesterone, The Pill, Birth Control Pill and Memory, Hormones Role in Memory, Left Brain Memory, Memory Differences Between Men and Women, Hormonal Contraception

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