Indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic coincide with a heavy mental health burden
People in countries with low rates of infection and fatalities still experience twice as much depression and anxiety. These outcomes are largely related to financial stress and disruptions to people’s social lives.
Is being generous the next beauty trend?
Poets and philosophers have suggested the link between moral and physical beauty for centuries. This study confirms that people who are perceived as more attractive are more likely to give, and givers are seen as more attractive.
Childhood maltreatment linked to higher risk of multiple health conditions in later life
There is a growing body of research looking at the impact of childhood adversity on future health and social outcomes. One of the most worrying things about the current pandemic is the alarming increase in the incidence of child abuse.
Tylenol makes you take more risks
People who took acetaminophen—used by nearly one quarter of Americans each week—rated activities like “bungee jumping off a tall bridge” and “speaking your mind about an unpopular issue in a meeting at work” as less risky than people who took a placebo.
Defiance and low trust in medical doctors related to vaccine skepticism
A new study shows people who react negatively to rules and recommendations have lower trust in medical doctors and a more negative attitude towards vaccines. This reflects falling trust in all areas of life—in corporations, in politicians, in the professions, in leaders of all kinds.
Late baby boomers show concerning decline in cognitive functioning
In a reversal of trends, American baby boomers scored lower on a test of cognitive functioning than did members of previous generations. The decline was seen in all groups: men and women, across all races and ethnicities and across all education, income and wealth levels.
Health and happiness depend on each other
Participants in a 12-week positive psychological intervention study reported increasing levels of subjective well-being and reported fewer sick days than control participants throughout the program and three months after it ended.
'Price of life' lowest in UK during COVID-19 pandemic
In a cross-country comparison across nine nations, researchers used epidemiological modelling to calculate how many lives were lost through delaying lockdown, estimating that a UK lockdown date just three days earlier would have saved 20,000 lives.
Forty percent of dementia cases could be prevented or delayed by targeting 12 risk factors throughout life
Dementia affects some 50 million people globally, a number that is expected to more than triple by 2050. Early interventions may help reduce this, and other mental health issues.
Physical stress on the job causes brain and memory decline in older age
The key to cognitive longevity is learning. Most purely physical occupations involve little new information or learning so therefore the brain begins to decay earlier and faster. So what is our societal and corporate responsibility?
Social and behavioral factors most closely associated with dying
Life expectancy in the U.S. has stagnated for three decades relative to other industrialized countries, raising questions about which factors might be contributing.
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