Health & Spirit

Raw Deal

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b) Chronic stress in childhood can impair developmental growth.

c) Stress causes capillaries to open, worsening bleeding if a flesh wound should occur.

d) Peptic or stomach ulcers are caused by bacteria, not stress.

A: c) Stress causes capillaries to close, which restricts bleeding in the case of a flesh wound. Chronic childhood stress can lower production of growth hormones from the pituitary gland. Peptic ulcers are most commonly caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori or long-term use of aspirin and certain other painkillers. Stress, though, can make symptoms worse.

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