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?”
Lower-wealth volunteers experience greater health gains from volunteering than wealthier volunteers
Volunteering is regarded as beneficial for volunteer health, and some studies have even suggested the possibility that volunteering could become a low-cost, sustainable public health intervention.
"All the lonely people": The impact of loneliness in old age on life and health expectancy
Is it time to rethink work so that the transition from “employed” to “retired” is not so traumatic? Many people - particularly men - are less able to make social contacts outside of work thus, when work ends, they are in danger of feeling isolated, even if they are married.
How environmental factors could provide for a young brain
“Diseases of old age,” including cognitive decline, are not the products of aging per se, but rather of lifestyle, living and working conditions over time. Working in a boring job, having less opportunity to socialize, staying in one place all your life, are all contrary to our human design specs.
Changes in wealth tied to changes in cardiovascular health
Wealth and health are so closely integrated that we can no longer consider them apart. Increases in wealth are associated with protection against cardiovascular diseases while downward wealth mobility is associated with increased cardiovascular risk.
Men who perceive their marriage as unsuccessful are at high risk for premature death
Marriage is our primary supportive relationship, especially for men who generally have fewer outside relationships than women. If we feel our relationships are unsupportive—as in a bad marriage—we tend to withdraw, become lonely and begin the process of dying.
Toxic workplaces increase risk of depression by 300%
Psychosocial safety climate (PSC) is the term used to describe management practices and communication and participation systems that protect workers’ mental health and safety. Poor workplace mental health can be traced back to poor management practices, priorities and values, which then flows through to high job demands and low resources.
Americans are increasingly experiencing chronic pain
You might think that with medical advances we’d be getting healthier and experiencing less pain, however people today are experiencing more pain than individuals of the same age in earlier decades. In fact, each subsequent birth group is in greater pain than the one that came before it.
Amazon indigenous group's lifestyle may hold a key to slowing down aging
As a young PhD student, I spent a year living with hunter-gatherers. One of the things I noticed was an almost complete absence of cognitive decline with old age. I surmised that this lifestyle was far more in tune with our human “design-specs” and therefore created far less stress on their overall system.
Strengthening interpersonal relationships helps medical patients live longer
Relationships influence our behavior and our physical health. We now know that it is possible to prolong life by fostering coping and reducing distress.
Irregular work hours cause ill-health. The effects on men and women are different.
How likely are you to fight off an infection that occurs in the morning rather than midday? The answer depends on whether you are a man or a woman, and whether you have an irregular work schedule.
Being male, BMI, smoking and depression all increase biological age
Most programs aiming to help the elderly have focused too much on just chronological age, overlooking the fact that people age at different rates depending on their genes, their lifestyle and the stressors that have occurred in their lives.
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