How connected are we?
How does internet addiction affect the body?
Are you addicted?
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Can a person’s exposure to stress be measured?
Levels of cortisol and catecholamines (stress hormones) can be measured in a lab. However, it’s difficult to use these assays to evaluate stress.
Are you familiar with bedside testing devices, also known as point-of-care testing (POCT)?
Raymond Lepage, PhD, Doctor in Biochemistry
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