Stress Reaction Gene Tied to Heart Attacks

A genetic variant known to make some people hypersensitive to stress is also linked to a 38 percent increased risk of heart attack or death in patients with heart disease, according to researchers at Duke Medicine.

Report: Stress a key factor in causing bee colonies to fail

Scientists from Royal Holloway University have found that when bees are exposed to low levels of neonicotinoid pesticides - which do not directly kill bees - their behaviour changes and they stop working properly for their colonies. The results showed that exposure to pesticides at levels bees encounter in the field, has subtle impacts on individual bees, and can eventually make colonies fail.

Are all your Facebook friends stressing you out?

Having heaps of Facebook friends may make you look popular, but is actually a source of stress, researchers say.

Social status affects immune system

A change in the social position of a rhesus macaque can affect the expression of nearly 1,000 genes, perhaps partly explaining why poorer people tend to have worse health outcomes.

Whales stressed out by shipping noise

Low-frequency noise from shipping is causing chronic stress in whales, a study has found.

Obsessed smartphone users experience 'phantom vibrations'

Many people are so hooked on their phones that they experience 'phantom vibrations' and think they've received a text when they haven't.

Carbon monoxide calms city dwellers down

Carbon monoxide in cities could actually be drugging residents into placidity, according to Israeli scientists.

City living affects brain structure

Researchers have discovered that two areas of the brain are directly affected by city living, leading to a greater risk of anxiety and mood disorders.

Facebook keeps users in 'neurotic limbo'

The more Facebook friends you've got, the more likely you are to feel stressed out by the site, say psychologists from Edinburgh Napier University.