A study, recently published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, finds that women who work excessively, 55 working hours or more per week, are at higher risk of developing depression.
this conclusion, a team of researchers examined data received from the United
Kingdom Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS) that tracked health information of
approximately 40,000 households in UK.
The researchers note that while men usually spend longer hours at work, women often have a “potential double burden” when performing household duties and caring for family members. This type of work is unpaid and increases their workload.
The authors of the study write: “Previous studies have found that once unpaid housework and caring is accounted for, women work longer than men, on average, and that this has been linked to poorer physical health.”
A large study from the University College London, UK, finds that excessive TV watching on a daily basis is associated with greater decline in verbal memory.
For the study, a team of researchers analyzed data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) that included information on 3,662 adults aged 50 and older.
The analysis showed that people who watched TV for at least 3.5 hours or more daily experienced an average decline of 8–10% in word– and language-related memory over the 6 years of the study period.
Chris Allen, a senior cardiac nurse for the charitable organization, explains: “[…] if you’re concerned that the amount of television you’re watching could be having a negative impact on your health, we would advise limiting the amount of TV you watch each day and working in some heart-healthy hobbies to your routine.”
A new study suggests that quiet environment or background library noise is better for creativity than listening to music while performing the task.
A team of
researchers from the University of Gävle, Sweden, and the University of Central
Lancashire and Lancaster University, both in the UK, conducted a series of
experiment that included human volunteers.
of the study conclude in their paper: “[T]he
findings here challenge the popular view that music enhances creativity, and
instead demonstrate that music, regardless of the presence of semantic content
(no lyrics, familiar lyrics, or unfamiliar lyrics), consistently disrupts
creative performance in insight problem-solving.”
A new study finds a link between a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug for arthritis called celecoxib (brand name Celebrex) and heart valve issues.
Having analyzed thousands of electronic medical records of patients with the mentioned condition, a team of researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, US, discovered that usage of celecoxib was associated with the higher chance of aortic stenosis.
a number of laboratory tests, the researchers revealed that treating aortic
valve cells with the aforementioned drug lead to higher levels of calcification
of the cells.
author of the study Meghan A. Bowler, Ph.D, says:
“Calcification in the aortic valve can take many years. So, if you’re at a
higher risk for it, you might want to consider taking a different [pain
reliever] or rheumatoid arthritis treatment.”
Researchers from the University of Kansas (KU) in Lawrence and the KU Cancer Center and KU Medical Center in Kansas City, both USA, developed an ultrasensitive device that can detect cancer in just a drop of blood.
The device is called a 3-D nanopatterned microfluidic chip. It can detect cancer markers in the smallest quantity of whole blood or in plasma by filtering for exosomes, tiny vesicles that some eukaryotic cell produce. Cancer exosomes contain biological information about tumor growth and spread.
Lead author Yong Zeng, an associate professor of chemistry at KU, comments: “Almost all mammalian cells release exosomes, so the application is not just limited to ovarian cancer or any one type of cancer. We’re working with people to look at neurodegenerative diseases, breast, and colorectal cancer, for example.”
A new study, performed by Aarhus University in Denmark, suggests that children who grow up in the countryside have a 55% lower risk to develop depression in later life.
For their research,
the scientists used satellite data received between 1985 and 2013 aiming to
assess the green space around the childhood homes of approximately one million
Danes. The researchers compared these data and the risk of developing a mental
disorder later in life.
The analysis of the received data showed that people who grew up in the countryside surrounded by green space had lower risk of a mental-health disorder, including depression.
One of the researchers Dr. Engemann says: “Green space throughout childhood is therefore extremely important. There is increasing evidence that the natural environment plays a larger role for mental health than previously thought.”