May 24, 2010

Fifty Is the Age of Happiness

1 Middle Age Brings Happiness and Contentment

A phone survey of more than 340,000 Americans indicates that stress and worry decrease, and happiness increases, after middle age. The results show that, while anger and stress start diminishing in the early twenties, worry finally starts to decrease after the age of fifty. The Gallup survey was done by asking people yes/no questions about happiness, stress, anger, sadness and other emotions felt during the day before. The answers revealed that people over fifty expressed the highest levels of contentment, regardless of marital status, employment, or number of children they had. The findings add to previous research that suggests happiness and overall enjoyment of life may be plotted on a U-shaped curve that dips lowest in our forties and then rises back up after fifty.

More at Time | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Access to Internet Brings Happiness

Tags: Aging, Happiness, Contentment, Fifty

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It's a Matter of When

2 Mega Earthquake Likely in Northwest

The Northwest, known for a turbulent seismic history, has a one in three chance of a "mega earthquake" in the next 50 years, say marine geologists. Recent research by Oregon State University marine geologist Chris Goldfinger and his colleagues reveals that Newport, Oregon to northern California has a 37 percent chance of a major earthquake in the coming 50 years. The area has had a magnitude 8.2 or higher earthquake 41 times in the last 10,000 years. Goldfinger notes that we've "gone longer without an earthquake than 75 percent of the known times between earthquakes in the last 10,000 years." He says it's not a matter of if a major quake will happen, but merely when. And, unfortunately, that "when" may not be so far away.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Mega Earthquake, Odds of Earthquake in Northwest, Oregon State University, Marine Geologist Chris Goldfinger, Earthquake History in Northwest, Probability of Earthquake in Northwest

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Surprising Libido Effect

3 FDA Considers Libido Drug for Women

Next month, an FDA panel will debate whether to approve flibanserin to boost the female libido, writes CNN Medical Producer John Bonifield on the Paging Dr. Gupta blog. It's hoped that the pill, which didn't work for its original intended purpose of treating depression, will help eliminate the double standard of sex drugs for men. Flibanserin, which offered a surprising libido boost for women who took it for depression, was developed by German drug company Boehringer Ingelheim. The drug is supposed to treat low sexual desire, the most common sexual problem of women. Michael Sand, Boehringer Ingelheim director of clinical research, said that women on the drug have increased sexual desire and "satisfying sexual activity and a decrease in emotional distress."

More at Paging Dr. Gupta on CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Satisfying Sexual Activity, Increased Sexual Desire, Decrease in Emotional Distress, Michael Sand, Boehringer Ingelheim, Sex Drug for Women, Flibanserin, Boost the Female Libido

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Dad Steers from Passenger Seat

4 Mom Drives While Giving Birth

Amanda McBride, 29, felt labor pains at work, so she drove to pick up her husband and headed to the hospital as her water broke and the newborn "just slid out," writes MSNBC. The baby's father, Joseph Phillips, couldn't drive due to his history of seizures, but he steered the car from the passenger seat as Amanda gave birth. According to MSNBC, the new mother told dad to steer the car as she cradled her 8-pound baby boy in her arms after the quick birth. Hospital officials at North Country Regional Hospital were very surprised, like the rest of us, to learn that Amanda had driven herself to the hospital as she gave birth.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Babies Learn While Sleeping

Tags: Woman Gives Birth While Driving, Baby Slips Out, Mom in Labor While Driving, Woman Has Son While Driving Car, Amanda McBride, Joseph Phillips, North Country Regional Hospital

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ABC Rejects Potty Talk

5 New Huggies Ads Use "Poop"

While diaper ads have typically focused on happy, kicking babies or galloping toddlers, Huggies is getting real with "poop" in their spots for new Little Movers Jeans Diapers, featuring a printed denim pattern. However, New York Times reports that not all networks are pleased with the word "poop" shown on screen during the new Huggies ads, to air for the first time on May 31. While poop flies for 13 networks, including TNT and NBC, other networks like ABC objected. For networks bothered by the screen text "poop" in the ads, the words “When you gotta go, go in style” will be substituted.

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dry Max Diapers Could Be Dangerous

Tags: Little Movers Jeans Diapers, Diapers with Denim Print, Diapers That Look Like Jeans, Fashion Diapers, Poop Word Used in Huggies Ads, Diaper Talk, ABC Dislikes Poop in Huggies Ads

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Economic Status Linked to Weight

6 Pricier Grocery Stores Attract Skinnier Shoppers

Shoppers who frequent upscale food markets are almost 10 times less likely to be obese than those who shop at lower-cost grocery stores, according to a new study from the University of Washington. Adam Drewnowski surveyed three of the highest-priced grocery stores in the Seattle area and found that the rate of obesity among store shoppers was less than 12%. In the area’s three lowest-cost food stores, obesity rate was no lower than 22%, slightly higher than the average rate in the Seattle area which is about 20%. Although the study was small, Drewnowski proposes that the same findings would likely occur anywhere as “Deep down, obesity is really an economic issue.” Healthy, low-calorie foods cost more money and take more effort to prepare than processed, high-calorie foods, he says.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Oregon Has Fewest Obese Kids

Tags: Obesity, Socioeconomic Status, Food Costs

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Another Way Exercise Slows Aging

7 Increase in Stress Protein May Help Slow Aging

A protein called Heat Shock Protein, or HSP10, which increases in response to environmental stresses, may hold a clue to helping researchers develop therapeutic measures to prevent muscle tissue aging in the elderly. HSP10 occurs naturally and rises when the body’s skeletal muscle tissue is stressed by factors such as exercise and infection. Inside the mitochondria of the cell, these proteins can halt the body’s aging process by preserving muscle strength. When HSP10 rises, cells learn to resist damage and recover more effectively, according to Professor Anne McArdle at the University of California’s School of Clinical Sciences. Researchers hope to use the information to create a way to artificially increase HSP10 in the body to prevent age-related loss of skeletal muscle tissue.

More at Red Orbit | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Cutting Calories Leads to Long Life

Tags: Aging, Eldercare, Exercise, Muscle Tissue

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