Digging for Answers to Stress & Anxiety – In Dirt

In a new study, researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder have identified an anti-inflammatory fat in a soil-dwelling bacterium, called Mycobacterium vaccae, that may have the ability to ward off stress and anxiety.
The finding, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, may help explain why exposure to microorganisms seem to benefit health, a phenomenon known as the “hygiene hypothesis.” It also brings the researchers one step closer to developing a microbe-based “stress vaccine.”

Without Offline Help, Stress May Lead to Social Media Addiction

New research from Germany finds the need for offline support is critical to avoid addiction to social networking sites.
The study, lead by Dr. Julia Brailovskaia and team of investigators at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) Mental Health Research and Treatment Center, discovered that stressed users are at risk of developing a pathological dependence on the social networking site — the so-called “Facebook addiction.”

Many Anorexia Patients Recover Over Time

A long-term Swedish study of around 50 people who struggled with anorexia nervosa in their teens shows that the majority were healthy 30 years later, though some still dealt with persistent eating disorders.
The study, published in The British Journal of Psychiatry, was conducted by researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg in Sweden.