Duke researchers looking at ways to help people manage stress better

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DURHAM, N.C. -- How much stress do you think you can take?

The level certainly varies for different people. And the days of telling people to just “tough it out” or think that someone just isn’t strong enough may soon be over.

Researchers at Duke University, led by Dr. Kafui Dzirasa, think they may soon know how to reprogram people’s brain activity in a way that will make almost anyone handle stress far better -- everyone from the teenager, stressing over preparation for the SATs to soldiers in the middle of firefights.

Their point, says Dr. Dzirasa, is that the brain is an organ, really no different than the way the heart is an organ. If you can understand how it works and then find ways to transfer the brain activity of those who handle stress well into those who don’t, you might be able to not just eradicate PTSD, but schizophrenia and even bi-polar disorder.

See how, in this edition of the Buckley Report.

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