My MedlinePlus Weekly Newsletter: Reducing Stress | IBS | Sexual Assault Awareness

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April 8, 2020

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Relax to Reduce Stress

When you feel stress, your body responds by releasing hormones that increase your blood pressure and raise your heart rate. This is called the stress response. Relaxation techniques can help your body relax and lower your blood pressure and heart rate. This is called a relaxation response. Try these simple exercises to help you relax.

Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Most of us feel some discomfort in our guts from time to time. It may be because we’re nervous about something, or perhaps we ate something that didn’t agree with us. But if you regularly feel aches in your abdomen, it might be a sign of a disorder called irritable bowel syndrome. IBS is a problem that affects the large intestine and causes symptoms like abdominal cramping, bloating, and a change in bowel habits. Most people diagnosed with IBS can control their symptoms with diet, stress management, probiotics, and medicine. Learn more about irritable bowel syndrome.

 

Sexual Assault Awareness

Sexual violence affects millions of women, men, and children each year in the United States. Sexual assault is any sexual activity to which you haven't freely given your consent. Find information about sexual assault, resources, and promoting healthy relationships.

 

Blood Transfusion and Donation

Every year, millions of people receive life-saving blood transfusions. During a transfusion, you receive whole blood or parts of blood such as red blood cells, platelets, or plasma. Learn more about blood transfusion and donation.

 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. You can find the latest public health information from the Centers for Disease Control at www.coronavirus.gov and the latest research information from National Institutes of Health at www.nih.gov/coronavirus.

 

Sesame Broccoli

Give sautéed broccoli a boost of flavor with sesame oil and soy sauce in this quick, easy side dish.