Category Archives: Health

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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On the Health Ecosystem

New findings explain how politics, economics, and ecology can help or hurt our bodies. The physician, frustrated by the limitations of science in combating disease, believes that finding answers to the most persistent medical challenges of our time—conditions that now … Continue reading

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The Evolved Self-management System

If placebo medicine can induce people to release hidden healing resources, are there other ways in which the cultural environment can “give permission” to people to come out of their shells and to do things they wouldn’t have done in … Continue reading

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Barefoot – connect and feel the ground

With barefoot running all the rage, the unshod workout is gaining ground across the exercise spectrum. Fitness experts from aerobics instructors to modern dancers are extolling the virtues of feeling the ground beneath their feet. Shoes give you a false … Continue reading

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