It is commonly believed that employment has more health benefits than unemployment. But then, is any form of employment helpful in reducing distress in people, irrespective of its quality? A new research suggests that having a job with poor psychosocial quality can be as bad for one's mental health as being unemployed. Usually, it is believed that those who are employed are less prone to be psychologically ill, when compared to people who are unemployed. Also, it is believed that when people move from unemployment into work, their mental health improves, Medical Xpress reports.
A research conducted by West Virginia University School of Public Health and the University of Colorado suggests that exercise can reduce risks of osteoporosis and improve bone density in postmenopausal women. "Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones, increasing the risk of sudden and unexpected fractures. Literally meaning "porous bone," it results in an increased loss of bone mass and strength. The disease often progresses without any symptoms or pain," according to Cleveland clinic.org.
Time and again, it has been seen that even mentally sound, decent people can engage in acts of extreme cruelty when instructed to do so by others. There have been social psychological studies conducted and published in the 1960s and 70s on the subject. Recently, professors Alex Haslam and Stephen Reicher revisited the study findings and concluded in their study that awful acts involve not just obedience, but enthusiasm too. The conclusions drawn by them as a result of the analysis of the previous studies conducted decades ago, challenged the notion that human beings are 'programmed' for conformity.
A new study suggests that teenagers who participate in arts such as music, drama or painting are more likely to be depressed when compared to students who do not engage in such activities. Researchers say that this is the first time a study has discovered a link between youngsters' casual involvement in arts with depressive symptoms, Medical Xpress reported.
Living in an ethnically homogenous neighborhood may be good for the health of African-American and Mexican-American seniors, suggests a new study from the Mailman School of Public Health. The study claims that residing in an ethnically homogeneous community reduces their risk of contracting cancer or heart disease. Contrary to earlier studies, the researchers found that "living in the barrio or ethnically dense communities isn't always bad for your health," said Kimberly Alvarez, a Ph.D. candidate at Mailman who conducted the study with Becca Levy, associate professor of epidemiology and psychology at the Yale School of Public Health.
A new study suggests that the glands which make us sweat and help our bodies calm down after a heavy workout or on a warm day, is also responsible for another vital function in our body - that of healing wounds. There are millions of eccrine sweat glands in our body, which, according to researchers from University of Michigan Health System research, also play a significant role in providing cells for recovering skin wounds - such as scrapes, burns and ulcers.
Girls, dance those worries away, as a new research reveals that dancing can really help young girls get rid of symptoms like depression, stress, fatigue and headaches and help them head towards a better state of mental health. The study conducted by Anna Duberg, a physical therapist at Örebro University Hospital and a doctoral candidate at Örebro University in Sweden, claims regular dancing can hence be regarded as a strategy for preventing and treating low spirits and depression, Medical Xpress reports.
A new study by researchers from McMaster University has revealed why some people are happier than others. The researchers claim to have uncovered genetic evidence (the gene FTO - a major genetic contributor to obesity) which is associated with an eight percent reduction in the risk of depression, Medical Xpress reports. This suggests that the gene is not just an obesity gene, but a gene responsible for happiness as well.
A new study suggests that adolescents whose parents have chronic pain may also be a victim of chronic nonspecific pain and chronic multisite pain, which can cause disabilities and difficulties in life for them. The cause of chronic nonspecific pain has still not been understood clearly by researchers. In the current study, researchers Gry B. Hoftun, M.D., of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, and colleagues examined a possible link between parental chronic pain and chronic pain in young adults.
According to a new study by researchers from Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, much of the previously reported increase in suicide cases in the U.S. between 2000 and 2010 can be attributed to an increase in hanging/suffocation. The increase in hanging/suffocation is largest among those aged between 45 and 59 years (104 percent increase), Medical Xpress reported.
Being happy is good. Not only for one's health and life span, but also for one's wallet, apparently. A new study, the first ever in-depth investigation into happiness in youngsters and their wealth later in life, reveals that happy adolescents are likelier to be wealthy adults. For the study, researchers Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (UCL Political Science) and Professor Andrew Oswald (University of Warwick) analyzed data from 15,000 adolescents and young adults in the USA, and found that teenagers how reported being happy or had higher "life satisfaction" grew up to be significantly wealthier than others.
A new study suggests that the youngest children in a class are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. The study confirms the findings of the previous studies which have produced similar results. The findings of the study from Iceland only suggest, and do not prove that some children are diagnosed with ADHD, if they are less mature than their class mates.
It is popularly believed that the full moon affects human behavior. It is particularly believed that mental patients become more abnormal during full moon days or on a new moon day. However, slashing the myth, a new study suggests that there is no connection between lunar phases and the incidence of psychological problems. The study has been conducted by a team of researchers directed by Professor Geneviève Belleville of Université Laval's School of Psychology, who observed and analyzed the relation between lunar phases and the number of patients who showed up in the mental health emergency rooms.
A new study by researchers from the University in Chengdu, China, claims that vitamin D, commonly known to protect against inflammatory diseases, may also be helpful in fighting periodontitis in people with diabetes mellitus. The study, published in Steroids, reports that H. Li of West China Hospital of Stomatology Sichuan University in Chengdu and colleagues concluded in their research that vitamin D supplement improved the condition of experimental periodontitis in diabetic mice.
A study suggests that men are twice as likely as women to ward off their depression as just a low feeling. The study of our attitudes to mental health highlights the consequence of society's assumptions and assigned gender roles. Men are usually assumed to be tough, and hence, both sexes are less likely to recognize the signs of depression in them, says a researcher from the University of Westminster. Men are apparently more likely to turn a blind eye to emotional distress than women, a report in The Telegraph suggests.