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Managing stress in the workplace

Workplace stress is a serious subject. According to a survey from the American Psychological Association, more than one third of American workers experience chronic work stress — and this is costing American businesses billions of dollars a year in lost work hours and medical bills. More importantly, all this worrying at work can have serious consequences for our quality of life — not only at the office, but everywhere else as well. So how do we regain our sanity and take back our lives?

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Is healthcare the future of mobile apps?

At the beginning of 2013, Apple announced that its customers have downloaded more than 40 billion apps with 20 billion in 2012 alone. These are some staggering figures and show how influential these little super computers in our pockets are to humankind, after all that’s nearly 6 apps for every person alive today (calculated using the ever engrossing World Population Clock).

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Sensory processing and epigenetics

My master’s thesis explored the effectiveness of Sensory Integration as an Occupational Therapy intervention. I am particularly interested in the ways that people control their own responses to stress. For example, someone may be described as an “adrenalin junkie” because they enjoy fast-paced activities such as motor-sports or roller-coasters. Personally, roller-coasters have often made me feel uneasy and I never enjoyed the anxiety-provoking wait in the queue. Paradoxically, I’ve always enjoyed go-karting and paint-balling.

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The Epidemiology of Stress

It is clear that chronic stress and anxiety have enormous costs, both personal and economic. To address these costs, we need to get better at identifying the signs, symptoms and severity of stress (adaptive to pathologic), helping people understand and manage stress at the individual level, and identifying and actioning new pathways to treatment.

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