Hits and myths: stress and hair loss

Stress can trigger hormones that hamper hair growth. Photo: Corbis

Losing up to 100 hairs a day is normal. But when we are under constant stress, we might shed far more than we would through daily washing, brushing and combing.

Monday, 8 July, 2013, 9:39am

Mindfulness meditation adapted for city life

Illustration: Henry Wong

Meditation can still a restless mind, better prepare us for the challenges life throws at us, even make us more creative. But did you know it can actually change the structure of your brain?

9 Jun 2013 - 2:37am

Alternatively speaking: Give your spleen a spring clean

A range of herbs is recommended for treating the spleen. Photo: David Wong

Traditional Chinese medicine holds that emotional stress wreaks havoc on our health by affecting the flow of chi (energy) and blood in the abdomen.

27 May 2013 - 11:05am

Stress busters put to the test

Stress busters put to the test

An exam is a mental marathon – a test of resolve and endurance – and preparing for it should include a good diet. But extensive studies link altered eating habits with stress, including that caused by exams.

22 Apr 2013 - 9:28am

Stress hurts women far worse

Daniel Freeman. Photo: Nora Tam

It's been 20 years since the release of John Gray's hugely popular book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, a work which fired public debate about gender differences. That discussion shows no signs of slowing down.

2 Apr 2013 - 10:37am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, March 25, 2013

Pope Francis takes charge of a Vatican in crisis. Photo: AFP

John Charleston writes that North Korea is "safe" from American influence thanks to its military strength and nuclear weapons programme, while suggesting that the "right-wing" South China Morning Post is partly responsible for public opinion of the North Korean regime.

25 Mar 2013 - 2:37am

Lab Report

Lab Report

Answering text messages behind the wheel is as dangerous as being twice over the legal alcohol limit, according to a study from various Australian universities and the University of Barcelona in Spain. 

18 Mar 2013 - 10:09am

Learning Curve: relieve anxiety the Hindu way

Students should learn to focus on more than just exam results. Photo: Felix Wong

Exam stress and anxiety regarding results are part and parcel of being a student. While anxiety can be a driving force, it is more often an incapacitating factor in exam preparation.

11 Mar 2013 - 10:33am

The scars run deep among the children of Thailand's forgotten war

Nearly 60 children aged 15 or under have lost their lives as a result of the Thai insurgency. Photo: AFP

Mentally scarred and afraid to set foot outside his home in Thailand's deep south, Ahmad is one of thousands of children orphaned by a war largely forgotten by the rest of the world.

4 Dec 2012 - 3:44am

Programme helps children manage stress

Students sometimes need to put away their textbooks and relax.

The number of students suffering from stress, anxiety and depression in Hong Kong is rising and, as the public becomes increasingly aware of mental health issues, more are coming forward to seek treatment.

2 Dec 2012 - 3:53pm

Workplace stress levels on the rise worldwide, poll finds

Professionals across the world are more stressed than they were two and a half years ago.  Photo: AP

Half of working professionals worldwide are more stressed than they were 18 months ago, according to a survey by business consultancy Regus.

29 Sep 2012 - 6:42pm

Control factor makes leaders less prone to stress, US study finds

Management consultants say 60 per cent of senior executives experience high stress and anxiety on a regular basis, and a thriving industry of motivational speakers teaches business leaders how to manage their corrosive burden of stress. But just how uneasy lies the head that wears the crown?

Not so uneasy, it turns out.

26 Sep 2012 - 4:10am

Not quite on the pulse

Stress Check Free Rating 5/10

Stress Check measures your stress level, the developers say, by monitoring your heart rate variability (HRV). At a small percentage of the cost of other devices that measure HRV, the free Stress Check app looks appealing.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Burnout plaguing 30pc of doctors

Thirty per cent of doctors in public hospitals are suffering from extreme exhaustion, some harbouring suicidal thoughts, according to a study using an internationally recognised test for burnout.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Paws for thought

Happy Friday, Pupketeers! I know a lot of you must be feeling stressed, what with both the A-levels and HKDSE starting. Exam time isn't fun for anyone, so you're not alone!

Stress is our body's way of reacting to a challenge - whether it's an exam, asking someone on a date, or confessing to your mum that you broke her favourite vase.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am