If you're feeling stressed at work or generally unhappy, you may want to consider turning to tango.

A new study by Australian researchers and published in the journal Music and Medicine found that after just a few weeks of tango classes, participants' "satisfaction with life and self-efficacy significantly increased."

The researchers at the University of New England and Australian National University studied 41 people with say they suffered from stress, anxiety and depression. The group spanned from ages 18 to 73 and was 80 percent female.

About half of that group (20) was enrolled in eight 90-minute tango classes during a two-week period while the other participants were put on a waiting list. The dance required synchronization, improvisation and a "strong connection" with a partner. After taking the classes, most participants reported less stress, anxiety or depression. The effects of the dance classes were still evident when these participants were surveyed a month after finishing their tango lessons.

The symptoms for those who were wait-listed, however, stayed the same or got worse.

The authors wrote that the results of their study "indicated that this activity helped the participants to focus on the present moment and mentally switch off from their feelings of stress and distress."

Interestingly, these are not the only health benefits that tango can offer. Parkinson's patients have been found to benefit from the dance as well.

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Even though he's expected to be out for the next few weeks with a back injury, Detroit Pistons rookie center Andre Drummond will be sure to make his presence felt and heard by his teammates.

The 7-foot Drummond will carry a drum around during team practices, with the hope being that pounding on the instrument will help strengthen his core as he recovers from a stress fracture of the fifth lumbar vertebra. Before his injury, Drummond was having a spectacular rookie season and was thought by some to be in contention for Rookie of the Year. Drummond was averaging 7.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in about 20 minutes per game. His 22.6 PER led all rookies.

Now, Drummond is left to deal with an injury the likes of which he has never experienced. But the introduction of the drum into his rehab will allow Drummond to remain with the team until his back heals.

"He is our Ringo Starr," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank told reporters. "I think it is very important that when you are injured in all professional sports to remain engaged. Sometimes in sports when you are injured, you become invisible. I think it is important that we integrate him in everything we do and he integrates himself. Mentally you are preparing like you are playing, but physically you can't play. So you prepare yourself as best you can."

Drummond, who will not need surgery for the injury, was also fitted for a back brace. The hope throughout the Pistons organization is that if Drummond stays true to his musical rehab, the talented youngster won't miss a beat.

(H/T to Sports Grid)

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A New York assemblyman has introduced a bill which, if passed, could ban all children in the state under the age of 11 from playing organized tackle football.

Assemblyman Michael Benedetto's proposed legislation comes as the national debate regarding football is heating up. President Obama recently said he would have to think long and hard about letting his son play football, and numerous former professional football players have joined lawsuits against the NFL.

While the idea of banning football has been brought up at the local level, the New York Daily News reported that Benedetto's state-wide proposal may be the first in the nation.

“I want to protect the children,” Benedetto told the Daily News. "I want them to get an appreciation of the game but I also don’t want them to come out of this wonderful sport in a damaged condition."

John Butler, Pop Warner Football's executive director, told the Daily News that children are more likely to suffer concussions during a skateboarding or biking incident than while playing tackle football.

"This is absolutely the first we have heard of any state doing something like this,” Butler said. “Frankly, it is disturbing."

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If you had a particularly bad case of the Mondays on the day after the Super Bowl, you probably weren't the only one.

Dr. Angelos Halaris, a psychiatrist at Loyola University Health System told Wired that as sports fans watch an exciting and emotion-packed event like the Super Bowl, increased levels of dopamine are released throughout their bodies. But the more dopamine that's released and the "higher" we get, the more we'll eventually have to come down.

And after all the anticipation and excitement that comes with the Super Bowl, there are likely many people who were feeling particularly somber on Monday.

Making matters worse is the knowledge that the NFL season is over, and we won't be watching our beloved teams for another seven months.

So if you're feeling dismal this week, Halaris has a few suggestions.

"Try, for the next few weeks, to recapture some elements that contributed to the sense of enjoyment you felt during the sporting season,” Halaris told Wired. "If you were watching games with friends, get together, talk about it, reminisce, or replay games so you can go back and relive the experience until the withdrawal fades away."

Perhaps most important is that fans do not avoid football completely or go "cold turkey." Rather, watching clips on YouTube or highlights of old games can actually help ease the pain.

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