(WASHINGTON.CBSLOCAL) — A new study has found that a woman’s sensitivity to stress is heightened by reading bad news stories.
The same study also reportedly found that men are not affected the same way by similar press coverage.
According to HealthDay, a team of researchers based at the University of Montreal asked 60 participants to read real news items, ranging from neutral in nature to negative. Some of the negative stories included coverage of accidents and murders.
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Saliva samples were reportedly taken both before and after the exercise, so that researchers could measure levels of cortisol – a stress hormone – in relation to reading the articles, US News & World Report additionally found.