Study shows how stress triggers immune system

first_imgUSA Today:Shedding some light on why stress might be bad for you, a new study finds that parts of your immune system ramp up when you get into personal conflicts with others.It’s not clear how this effect of stress may make you sick, but the activated parts of the immune system — which cause inflammation in the body — have been linked to conditions such as diabetes and cancer.“The message is that the flotsam and jetsam of life predict changes in your underlying biology in ways that cumulatively could have a bad effect on health,” said study co-author Shelley Taylor, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. “What this tells me is that people should be investing in socially supportive relationships, and they should not court relationships that lead to a great deal of conflict.”Read the full story: USA Today More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Shadley brings back Motown music

first_imgShadley Schroeders show, called Reborn, will be held at the Joseph Stone Auditorium on Saturday November 12. In a bid to keep “old school songs” alive, Crawford resident Shadley Schroeder has put together a show called Reborn, which will premiere at the Joseph Stone Auditorium on Saturday November 12.Mr Schroeder, who is being supported by a strong group of artists, said the title of the show was his way of bringing back the 1980s Motown music genre.“A lot of youngsters forgot about these songs. I remember listening to songs from the Manhattans, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Peaches and Herb, Jonathan Butler, and Ricardo Groenewald, among others. I grew up listening to these songs while my mother cooked food on a Sunday morning, with the smell of the nice spices coming from the kitchen. Other memories these kinds of songs trigger, is when our family made their way to the beach, with home-made grilled chicken and yellow rice… The lyrics of these songs have meanings to a lot of us. This is what inspired me to put together a show like Reborn,” Mr Schroeder said.Among the artists that will support him, are Kashiefa Blaauw, Sumaya Hendricks, Luqmaan Vardien, Georgie, Yazeed and Ruth. Reborn will also have a live band.This is the 24-year-old’s second production. His first one, called Just a Simple Cape Flats Boy, enjoyed a successful run in 2014.Mr Schroeder has a full-time job, but says his heart lies in the entertainment industry.He is no stranger when it comes to performing. Since a little boy, he has been involved with variety shows, Malay choirs and minstrel carnivals. He also featured in the movie, Four Corners, and David Kramer’s Blood Brothers.And although there are many challenges when it comes to putting a show together, Mr Schroeder said he takes it as learning curves to prepare for better shows. He is already planning another show for next year, he announced proudly.For tickets to Reborn, on Saturday November 12, at 8pm, at R100 each, call 021 697 1086 or 062 373 0257.last_img read more

Father Ray Children’s Home attends Chang-Everton Football Academy

first_imgEach Saturday and Sunday morning more than five hundred youngsters attend the free soccer coaching sessions at the ThaiBev Football Academy in Bangkok.  Boys, and a few girls, of all ages and from all sectors of Bangkok society arrive to receive training sessions from experienced coaching staff. ThaiBev, owners of Beer Chang, sponsors of the UK premiership team Everton FC, as well as several Thai premier league teams, provide the training sessions for free, and have done for the past nine years.  In almost a decade more than twenty thousand youngsters have registered for training and several have gone on to play at a professional level in the Thai Premier League.The boys from the Father Ray Children’s Home and Father Peter (second right) pose with officials from the Chang-Everton Football Academy.The founding of the academy, which is also known as the Chang-Everton Football Academy, was one of the obligations of the Everton FC sponsorship deal with Chang Beer.  Each year Everton FC send officials and coaching staff to the academy and the local coaches have worked together with the Everton FC staff to provide those attending with the best and most up to date training techniques. Boys from the poorest slum areas of Bangkok arrive on foot to play alongside those who are delivered in the latest model of Mercedes car.  But once on the pitch there are no social divides, everyone is expected to work hard, listen to what the coaches have to say and play together as a team.  Players are expected to be on time, be serious about taking part, show respect to the coaches and also do well in their studies.The soccer team from the Father Ray Children’s Home was recently invited to take part in a training session.  Leaving Pattaya before the sun came up, it took a while to find the facility, but once there the boys were very impressed with the facility, which includes several full size soccer pitches.After several hours of non-stop coaching the boys were exhausted, but happy in the knowledge they have gained new skills which they will put to good use the next time they have a competitive match.Everton FC have said that they would like to be the first English Premiership team to have a professional Thai player, who knows, that first player may just come from the Father Ray Children’s Home.More information can be found at or email [email protected] off his soccer skills.The coach made sure the boys put their new skills to good use.The boys even helped to collect the hundreds of soccer balls at the end of the training session.last_img read more