Stress in pregnancy may influence baby brain development — ScienceDaily

Infants’ brains may be shaped by levels of stress their mother experiences during pregnancy, a study has revealed.

Stress levels in mothers — measured by a hormone linked to anxiety and other health problems — is related to changes in areas of the infant brain associated with emotional development, the study suggests.

Doctors say the findings highlight the urgent need for women to be better supported with their mental and physical health before and during pregnancy, and could help them spot mums and babies who need help.

The experts add that pregnant women who feel stressed or unwell should seek help from their midwife or consultant and that with support, most health issues can be well managed in pregnancy.

Maternal stress is known to influence the development of the child’s behaviour and ability to regulate its emotions as it grows. This is usually measured by questionnaires, which are not always

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Expected as a technology for visualization of the invisible change of object surfaces such as stress intensity and distribution — ScienceDaily

Under JST Strategic Basic Research Programs, PRESTO researcher Ayumi Ishii, (Toin University of Yokohama, specially appointed lecturer) has developed a photodiode using a crystalline film composed of lead perovskite compounds with organic chiral molecules to detect circularly polarized light without a filter.

A technology to detect “polarization,” or oscillation direction of light can visualize object surfaces with damages, foreign objects, and distortions. Furthermore, detection of “circularly polarized light,” or rotating electric field of light makes it possible for us to identify stress intensity and distribution of objects. Conventional photodiodes for camera or sensor applications cannot detect polarization of light directly, and therefore, various types of filters must be attached on top of the device to separate the information of polarization spatially. These structures cause substantial losses of sensitivity and resolution in the light detection, especially detection of circularly polarized light is heretofore considered difficult. Thus, it has been much desired

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Feeling More Stress and Anxiety? Your Smartphone May Be to Blame

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Being constantly connected to a steady stream of updates, messages, and news through our smartphones can leave us feeling even more stressed out and anxious at the end of the day. Cavan Images/Getty Images
  • Experts say the barrage of text alerts and our constant social media engagement on our smartphones can take a toll on our mental and emotional health.
  • From the COVID-19 pandemic to the 2020 election, our cellphones can act as a direct conduit to anxiety with a stream of upsetting information at a very stressful time.
  • They suggest adopting practices in our daily routine to put our phones away and take a breather.

It’s late at night, you should be getting ready to fall asleep, but instead you’re up, phone in hand, doomscrolling through your social media feeds.

Or, take this one: You’re heading out for a midday walk, and instead of taking a

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Burnout can exacerbate work stress, further promoting a vicious circle — ScienceDaily

Work stress and burnout are mutually reinforcing / Surprisingly, the effect of work stress on burnout is much smaller than the effect of burnout on work stress.

Stress and overload in the workplace are increasing worldwide and are often considered a cause of burnout. Indeed, a new study shows that work stress and burnout are mutually reinforcing. However, contrary to popular belief, burnout has a much greater impact on work stress than vice versa. “This means that the more severe a person’s burnout becomes, the more stressed they will feel at work, such as being under time pressure, for example,” said Professor Christian Dormann of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). Employees suffering from burnout should be timely provided with adequate support in order to break the vicious circle between work stress and burnout.

Symptoms of burnout include exhaustion, cynicism, and reduced performance. “The most important burnout symptom is the feeling

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Chronic stress causes genetic changes in chickens — ScienceDaily

How can stress in animals be measured? Scientists from Uppsala University and elsewhere have now found that what are known as epigenetic biomarkers could be used to detect long-term exposure to stress in commercially raised chickens. This may, in time, lead to improved conditions in animal rearing. The study has been published in the journal Frontiers in Genetics.

Subjected to chronic stress, animals show deterioration in their general state of health and a weakened immune system, which is unfortunate in terms of animal protection. For commercial animal production, it means that animal products are of a lower quality and a larger quantity of meat has to be discarded. These repercussions, in turn, adversely affect farmers’ finances and consumers’ food quality. Nonetheless, there are currently no reliable ways of measuring long-term stress in animals.

Researchers from Sweden and Brazil have now, in chicken studies, looked for signs of how chronic

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Addressing Stress In Security Operations Teams

Sr. Director of Labs & Advisor to the CSO @ LogRhythm. Protecting our customers from damaging cyber threats.

Cybersecurity is an industry that constantly deals with bad news, from novel attacks to breaches to data leaks. In addition, legislation on data protection and privacy is constantly upping the bar on reporting, control requirements, the threat of fines and other enforcement measures.

Over the past few years, there has been a growing issue of stress, burnout and other mental health problems among security professionals. It has not been well understood how high the level of stress on security operations teams really is. To quote LogRhythm’s chief security officer, “Working in security can feel like you’re sitting on top of a powder keg that could explode at any time.” That feeling sets the stress levels high to begin with, and often, the waiting can be more stressful than any anticipated

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Top 3 Ways Technology Is Lessening Campus Stress

For years, technology professionals working in higher education tried to explain the role and impact possibilities their work could have on a campus. This drive to share ramped up as technology switched from gears and widgets to transformational solutions capable of dramatically shifting and improving every facet of academic business. Yet, somehow technology remained in the company of very basic operations; think toilet flush and light switch – level company.

There will likely be no other event in our lifetime that serves as a larger catalyst for technology awareness and appreciation than today’s Covid-19 pandemic. Eyes once blind to its capabilities, technology is now recognized as a business solution rather than a basic facility. And we keep diving deeper.

While technology will and should never replace those who teach and those who learn, we now know that technology is capable of

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iPhone 12 Is The Most Waterproof Smartphone Ever Made As Revealed By This Stress Test

The iPhone has been known to be the most water-resistant smartphone ever made and it seems like Apple has made further improvements in this department with the iPhone 12. There have been instances in the past where iPhones have been discovered under lakes and oceans in perfect working condition even after days. The iPhone has been found to survive underwater well over its rated 6-feet certification and it seems like this latest test reveals how good the iPhone 12 is. 

iPhone 12 Is The Most Waterproof Phone Ever© Youtube-Nikias Molina

The iPhone 12 has an IP68 rating which means it can survive to a maximum depth of 6 metres (19.6 feet) for 30 minutes. However, there have been many cases where smartphones have managed to last underwater for a longer period of time and at deeper depths. YouTuber EverythingApplePro put the iPhone 12, as well as an iPhone 11, in an underwater stress test. 

It was found

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Study finds association between stress and anxiety, and negative body image — ScienceDaily

A new study has found that anxiety and stress directly linked to COVID-19 could be causing a number of body image issues amongst women and men.

The research, led by Professor Viren Swami of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, involved 506 UK adults with an average age of 34.

Amongst women, the study found that feelings of anxiety and stress caused by COVID-19 were associated with a greater desire for thinness. It also found that anxiety was significantly associated with body dissatisfaction.

Amongst the male participants, the study found that COVID-19-related anxiety and stress was associated with greater desire for muscularity, with anxiety also associated with body fat dissatisfaction.

Negative body image is one of the main causes of eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, and this new study adds to recent research indicating that fears around COVID-19, and the consequences

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Officials stress security of election systems after U.S. reveals new Iranian and Russian efforts

State and local officials hastened to reassure Americans this week that the nation’s election systems are secure after the country’s top intelligence official accused Iran of sending threatening emails to voters in several states and the United States said Russia obtained voter information from at least one county.

a person standing in front of a building: Deputy clerk Rachel Quayle tests a voter assist terminal device at a polling station inside Marquette City Hall in Michigan on Tuesday.

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Deputy clerk Rachel Quayle tests a voter assist terminal device at a polling station inside Marquette City Hall in Michigan on Tuesday.

U.S. officials and cybersecurity experts said the activity did not appear to include penetration of voting systems or access to voter registration databases, or the hacking of equipment that could be tampered with to alter election results.

“Arizona’s voter registration database remains secure,” said C. Murphy Hebert, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state’s office in Arizona, one of the states where Democratic voters reported receiving the threatening emails. “Some information in the voter

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