Neighborhood trees may protect against high medical costs, poor health
In neighborhoods lacking tree cover, residents suffer poorer health and incur hundreds of dollars more in medical costs than neighbors on leafier blocks, according to a new study of 5 million Americans over a 13-year period.
Maternal deaths caused by chronic hypertension continue to rise
More women die giving birth in the US than in any developed country. Chronic high blood pressure is contributing substantially to the excessive maternal death rate, with Black women particularly at risk.
How to reduce loneliness: Meaningful activities can improve health, well-being
Becoming engrossed in enjoyable activities that require both concentration and skill, such as playing the piano or painting, can lead to a state of flow. Time passes quickly, giving life meaning, and experiences of loneliness are reduced.
Social support may lower risk of cardiovascular disease, death
That increased social support could mitigate depression and help cardiac outcomes has been one of the main assumptions behind much of psychocardiology. Sometimes assumptions are right!
Men's health is affected by divorces and by living alone for many years
Both living alone for more than six years and experiencing two or more breakups increase the risk of high inflammation in men, but not in women.
Childhood abuse leads to COVID vaccine hesitancy
Childhood adversity is strongly linked to poor mental health. And some studies have suggested that mistreatment as a child may undermine subsequent trust, including in health and other public services.
Children exposed to a brand a minute
Wearable, automatic cameras provided an unprecedented view of a child's daily exposure to marketing, revealing they were bombarded with consumption messages in school, at home and in-store.
Giving social support to others may boost your health
This is a really important study and should be required reading for every leader and aspiring leader. We have long said that successful relationships depend on a mutual satisfaction of needs. The mutuality is important in the work context as it’s the basis of collaboration.
Overeating is not the primary cause of obesity
Almost all of us added an inch or so to our girth during the lockdown. But adding a bit here and there is not the same as obesity and most of us will be able to pare ourselves down when the lockdowns end. However, statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that genuine obesity affects more than 40% of American adults.
Spouses really are together in sickness and in health
When it comes to marriage, the adage "birds of a feather flock together" is relatively true. We gravitate towards people of similar social class, educational background, race, weight, height and personality traits. Spouses have a high degree of commonality in not only lifestyle habits, but body shape, blood pressure, and even incidences of some diseases.
77 percent of suicides in UK and Europe are male
Step-by-Step, was launched in 2017 following a European Commission report which showed men account for 77 percent of all suicides in the continent. The project was based on the popular Men’s Sheds concept, which originated in 1980s Australia to improve the health and wellbeing of men deemed at high-risk of social isolation.
Air pollution exposure during pregnancy has long-term impact on children's health, development
So many studies have shown that we can vastly improve our mental and physical health by cleaning up our air. All we have to do is make it unprofitable for corporations to pollute instead of profitable to do so. As the song says, “When will they ever learn?”
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