Category Archives: Health

Stress may be just as Unhealthy as Junk Food to Digestive System

We all know that a poor diet is unhealthy, but a new BYU study finds that stress may just as harmful to our bodies as a really bad diet. In a new paper published in Nature Scientific Reports, BYU professor … Continue reading

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Living Near a Forest Keeps Your Brain Healthier

A neuroimaging study reveals city dwellers who live closer to forests were more likely to have healthier amygdala structure and were better able to deal with stressful situations. A study conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development has … Continue reading

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The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science

Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it. Walker is a sleep scientist. To be specific, he is the director of the … Continue reading

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Why, and When Subjective Well-Being Influences Health

A new study reveals subjective well-being can have an influence on physical health. The review indicates that subjective well-being—factors such as life satisfaction and enjoyment of life—can influence physical health. The review’s investigators also examine why this is so and … Continue reading

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Immune System Maintains Brain Health

Once thought only to attack neurons, immune cells turn out to be vital for central nervous system function. Kipnis’s work is part of a wave of research changing the way scientists view the relationship between the immune system and the … Continue reading

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Refracting ‘health’ – Deleuze, Guattari and body-self

This article considers ‘health’ and issues of embodiment through the prism of Deleuze and Guattari’s framework of theory. Deleuze and Guattari speak of an embodied subjectivity, a ‘body-without-organs’ (BwO), which is the outcome of a dynamic tension between culture and biology. … Continue reading

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Education and Health – Free choice of hospital may reinforce social differences

People with higher education, and people who live in areas with a low mortality rate, are overrepresented among users of the free choice of the hospital system. Research shows that the system has reduced waiting times nationally, but different sections … Continue reading

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The Story of the Human Body

In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman—chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field—gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions … Continue reading

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Socio-environmentally determined health inequities among children and adolescents

There is ample evidence to show that young people living in poorer circumstances are more likely to be at risk of unintentional injuries and lack of physical activity than those from more affluent families. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause … Continue reading

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Is social capital good for health?

The aim of the research reported here was to examine the causal impact of social capital on health in 14 European countries. Using data from the European Social Survey for 14 European countries, supplemented by  regional-level data, the authors studied … Continue reading

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