FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015
Link found between stress and stroke
Stroke is a devastating experience in which blood is cut off from a part of the brain. It can have many contributing factors, and one of them, Physicians now say, is stress.
According to the journal Stroke, researchers looked at medical records of more than 6,000 men and women who participated in a 16-year study. As part of the study, participants’ anxiety levels were measured. Over the course of time, 416 people suffered at least one stroke. The researchers determined that the risk of stroke rose 14 percent among individuals with higher anxiety levels, as measured in terms of such symptoms as extreme nervousness, tension, and general stress.
Participants with especially high rates of these symptoms were identified as having an increased risk of 33 percent. One possible connection: Anxiety and stress often lead to unhealthy habits like poor nutrition, smoking and drinking, and lack of exercise. Stress also contributes to higher blood pressure, one of the culprits behind stroke.
Stress leads to many health problems, so it shouldn’t be overlooked by anyone who wants to lead a long life with reduced risk of stroke and other diseases.
Don’t let computer screens damage your eyesight
Millions of workers suffer from symptoms related to Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). It’s a temporary but unpleasant condition caused by sitting in front of a computer monitor for too long.
Symptoms include dry, burning eyes, blurred vision, delayed focusing, altered color perception, and headaches. The cause? Studies suggest that CVS sufferers do not blink enough when sitting in front of the screen, which results in dry eyes.
To alleviate CVS, use eye drops to lubricate your eyes. Other recommendations include stepping away from the computer for brief periods, using anti-reflective screen filters, readjusting monitors to soften display colors, and wearing tinted glasses.