Study: Animal Visitation Programs Reduce Stress Levels in Students

A 10-minute college-based animal visitation program providing hands-on petting of cats and dogs provides momentary stress relief, according to a study published this week in the AERA Open, an open access journal of the American Educational Research Association. Pendry Vandagriff demonstrated that petting animals during a 10-minute, college-based animal visitation …

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Matcha Tea Has Anti-Anxiety Properties, New Study Shows

In a study done in mice, a team of researchers at Kumamoto University, Japan, demonstrated that Matcha tea powder exerts strong and synergistic anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects, and that the activation of the dopamine D1 and serotonin 5-HT1A receptors contributes to such effects. Matcha tea. Image credit: Dung Thuy Vu Nguyen. …

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Hormone Ghrelin Enhances Episodic Memory in Rats: Study

Ghrelin, a hormone synthesized by endocrine cells of the stomach, is known as the ‘hunger hormone’ given its role in increasing appetite, meal initiation and food intake. A new study by researchers from the University of Southern California and University of Florida suggests that ghrelin may also be important for …

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