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Cars are cutting you off on the highway. Your pulse quickens. You need to concentrate. What you really need is absolute silence — no phone calls, no music. In this kind of situation, a new stress-sensing system developed by Ford would shut down the distractions the moment driving becomes tense.
Stress breeds depression. Anecdotally, we all know that’s the case, but scientifically speaking it’s been a hypothesis that has until now remained unproven. A new study, however, reveals that chronic stress affects us at the genetic level, in turn creating very real brain changes associated with depression.