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Andrea K. Walker | January 12, 2012
If  you're stressed out from a divorce, a hard day at work or a fight with your girlfriend it might be causing your brain to shrink. A study by Yale University researchers found that stressful life events can reduce gray matter in regions of the brain that regulate emotion and important physiological functions in healthy people. Past studies have only linked stress to brain structure changes associated with psychiatric disorders, such as addiction, depression and anxiety.
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NEWS
By Michael Dresser | October 3, 2014
The Baltimore Sun Democrat Anthony G. Brown delivered a message about the constraints of budget pressures as he appeared Friday before a group of advocates for child and family programs. Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan also was scheduled to appear at the forum at Towson University, but organizers said Hogan canceled Thursday night because he was sick. Brown told advocates at the Maryland Family Network event that he is firmly committed to their priorities. "There will always be a role for us in the public sector, working with the nonprofit community, to see that there's a backstop" for families in need, Brown said.
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HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | September 21, 2012
Those who exercise may already recognize that it immediately reduces their stress. But it may also help keep anxiety at bay well after the exertion, new research from the University of Maryland School of Public Health suggests. A period of moderate exercise and a period of rest both lowered stress shortly afterward, according to the study lead by J. Carson Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology . But only those who exercised experience prolonged stress relief.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
When Ravens coach John Harbaugh scanned the audience in the team auditorium Monday afternoon, the scene was dramatically different than it was for much of last week. There weren't multiple rows of television cameras to chronicle his responses to questions about Ray Rice, a player who was no longer in the organization. There weren't dozens of media outlets represented in the room, few of them interested in talking about a football game. The attention surrounding Rice's release and the way the organization and the NFL handled the running back's assault on his then-fiancee was not the overwhelming topic of conversation at the team facility Monday after it dominated dialogue around the Ravens last week.
NEWS
By Kelly Brewington, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2011
Once the domain of New Agers and suburban moms, yoga has become firmly planted in Baltimore's inner city, and now researchers believe the ancient practice may help elementary school students cope with the stress of growing up in impoverished, violent neighborhoods. Researchers and lay people alike think yoga may help adults reduce stress. The popularity of the practice has surged, and it's used as therapy for cancer patients and battered women, and as a treatment for back pain and depression.
ENTERTAINMENT
by Jen Bem | jenbem1@gmail.com and b free daily | July 2, 2010
Cancer 06.22-07.21 The moon thinks it's OK to ignore a stressful situation this weekend … at least until Monday rolls around. Enjoy the summer nights. Leo 07.22-08.22 Keep your stress level in check this weekend by not taking on any extra projects. You have enough to focus on right now, so ask for a rain check or just say "no." Virgo 08.23-09.22 You have major decisions to make about a relationship this weekend. Luckily, Saturn will help you keep a level head.
NEWS
By Dorothy Storck and Dorothy Storck,Philadelphia Inquirer | September 11, 1990
THE TRAVELER arrived in my living-room still shaken but gripped by a resolve that seemed to steady his nerve.His plane from Los Angeles had lost an engine. They'd been forced down in Minneapolis. He'd lost hours in transit to London. He was going to sue.Had the plane with the wonky engine landed safely? Yes. Was anyone hurt? No.Did the airline provide adequate accommodation during the delay? Yes. Was his subsequent passage over the Atlantic comfortable? Yes -- he'd been upgraded from economy to first class.
NEWS
By Carmen Morano | December 22, 2002
CELEBRATING THE holidays is about spending time with family and friends, enjoying good food and good times and participating in traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation. Then why is it the time of year when depression and suicide are at their highest? Perhaps it's because things "never live up to the expectations" on which we build our hopes that, at least during this time of the year, "we can all get along," or because even that those we love just fail to understand the "true meaning" of the holiday season.
FEATURES
By Niki Scott and Niki Scott,Universal Press Syndicate | April 7, 1991
She swore she'd never become one of those ulcer-ridden, pressured, eternally harried and harassed types who forfeit their health, personal life, happiness and peace of mind for power and success.She's beginning to feel ulcer-ridden, pressured, eternally harried and harassed anyway -- without the success and power.She's suffering from temporary job-related stress -- the kind that happens to most of us and, so long as it's temporary, isn't even necessarily bad for us, say the experts.What's important when we're experiencing temporary job-related stress is that the stress is specific (we know exactly what's causing it)
NEWS
August 30, 1991
More than 62 percent of callers to SUNDIAL say they are under a lot of stress. Of 270 callers, 102 (nearly 38 percent) say they are not under a lot of stress, while 168 say they are.Of 268 callers, 172 (64 percent) say stress has led to becoming sick, while 96 (36 percent) say stress has not led to becoming sick."It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.
NEWS
By Terry Lee-Wilk | September 12, 2014
As a mom of three boys in a sports-loving household, I am no stranger to discussing the day in sports at the dinner table: the Top 10 plays of the week, the wise picks for fantasy football and predictions for upcoming games. Last month, I found myself unprepared for a discussion that came up about Mo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old Little League female baseball phenom. "Isn't it great that Mo'ne Davis is kicking butt at the Little League World Series?" I said with enthusiasm as I poured the milk.
BUSINESS
Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
Two Maryland lawmakers joined Amtrak and Obama administration officials at Penn Station on Monday morning to call for long-term federal funding of transportation projects — pointing to Baltimore's 141-year-old passenger rail tunnel as a prime example of the need. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, both Democrats, said Congress needs to get beyond its recent habit of enacting short-term extensions of federal transportation funding and pass legislation providing a predicable flow of money for long-term, big-ticket projects.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
Irregular work hours and constant stress can mean trouble for a firefighter's marriage. Lori Mercer is on a mission to change that. The founder of FirefighterWife.com, she wants to help reduce divorce and "strengthen, ignite and rescue firefighter marriages. " "When you see death and destruction, that's a lot to process," the 41-year-old mother of four said. "There's a whole lot of stress on a relationship on top of how tough marriage already is. " Mercer was among the exhibitors at the Firehouse Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center downtown.
SPORTS
By Trevor Hass, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
Aquille Carr isn't worried about the NBA draft Thursday night. After a journey from Baltimore to Beltsville to China to Delaware to New York City, the 20-year-old is excited to hopefully take a momentous step in his basketball career. The former Patterson star is not on any mock drafts and is not expected to be drafted, but that doesn't fluster him. "I'm not really stressing too much about the draft," Carr said. "I ain't really been thinking about it. I'll leave it in God's hands.
NEWS
Susan Reimer | June 18, 2014
Most of us hate work. We would find it hard to believe that it is actually good for us. But a pair of reports seems to support both notions. The first study, from the founders of The Energy Project in cooperation with Harvard Business School, suggests that we are miserable at work, and it is only getting worse. And if employers don't address this, it will drastically affect their bottom lines. "For most of us ... work is a depleting, dispiriting experience, and in some obvious ways it's getting worse," Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath wrote in an essay for the New York Times.
NEWS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Third in a series of profiles of candidates for governor. In 1991, Ron George opened a jewelry store on Main Street in Annapolis within sight of the State House dome, placing his name in oversized gold lettering on the 19th-century storefront. It turned out to be a convenient location for the conservative Republican state legislator now running for governor. For George, Main Street is not merely an address, it's a persona. Hardly a campaign appearance goes by without a reference to his connection to "Main Street" roots and values.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2012
Summer 2012 may have been the coolest in three years, but you nevertheless have likely paid slightly more to cool your house than you did a year earlier. The number of cooling degree days tallied so far this year is slightly ahead of where they were a year ago, at 1,505 versus 1,491 last year. Degree days are a measure of heating or cooling; in the summer months, they count up the amount by which average temperatures rise above 65 degrees. So, for example, it would take 75 days with an average temperature of 85 degrees to accumulate 1,500 degree days (20 degrees, for the difference between 65 and 85, times 75 days equals 1,500)
NEWS
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
The state Democratic Party's annual gala was no place for campaign speeches on Wednesday night.   That might seem odd to casual observers. After all, a big primary election is a month away, and the vast ballroom at Martin's Camelot in Prince George's County was filled with top elected officials, candidates and campaign donors. But the gala - a large fundraising event - was a time to talk about party unity and the need for voter turnout efforts in the primary and general elections.
NEWS
By Justin George and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
Darion Marcus Aguilar had no connections to his victims and modeled his attack on the Mall in Columbia after the Columbine High School shooting, Howard County police revealed Wednesday. Police said Aguilar, 19, even waited until 11:14 a.m. on Jan. 25 to launch his attack -- the same time the two Columbine students opened fire in 1999. Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon said Aguilar acted alone during the attack and planning. Aguilar, of College Park, killed Zumiez employees Brianna Benlolo, 21, and Tyler Johnson, 25, before killing himself.
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