July 31, 2010

Even While Doing Pointless Work

1 Study Finds That Busy People Are Happy People

Busy people, even those engaged in pointless activities, are happier than those who sit idly, finds a new study published in Psychological Science. For the study, volunteers were asked to take two surveys, spaced 15 minutes apart. After completing the first survey, they were given the choice of waiting in the test site for the next one to begin or doing something active by dropping off the first survey at another location. Study authors found that those who chose the latter reported being happier than those who sat idly. "If we can devise a mechanism for idle people to engage in activity that is at least not harmful, I think it is better than destructive busyness," said co-author Christopher K. Hsee.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Worldwide Poll Questions If Money Can Buy Happiness

Tags: Happiness, Psychology, Christopher K. Hsee, Psychological Science

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No More, No Less

2 Seven Hours of Sleep Is Optimal for Heart Health

Sleeping for more or less than seven hours per night increases the risk for cardiovascular disease finds a study published in the journal Sleep. An analysis of the sleep habits of more than 30,000 people found that those who slept for five or fewer hours were more than twice as likely to develop CV disease than those who slept for seven hours. Increased risk for CV disease was also found for those who slept for more than nine hours per day. "Our study findings may have important clinical and public health implications, such as screening for changes in sleep duration by primary care physicians as a potential risk factor for cardiovascular disease, or initiating public health initiatives focusing on improving sleep quality and quantity," said principal investigator Anoop Shankar, MD, PhD.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Sleep Apnea Could Increase Heart Disease

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Disease, Sleep, Anoop Shankar, Sleep Duration

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Play It Safe at Home

3 Caterers Involved with More Food Poisoning

Updated figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that sicknesses from reported outbreaks of food poisoning linked with catering are greater than illnesses from meals cooked at home or in restaurants, reports MSNBC. In a 10-year period between 1998 and 2008 there were 833 foodborne illness outbreaks traced back to caterers. Those outbreaks resulted in nearly 30,000 illnesses, 345 hospitalizations and four deaths, says CDC researcher Dana Cole via MSNBC. Outbreaks from catering are proportionately higher than illnesses reported from home cooking, delis and restaurants. According to Cole, there are 36 illnesses for every outbreak resulting from catering, compared to only 13 illnesses for each outbreak from restaurants or meals prepared at home.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Outbreaks of Food Poisoning, Meals Cooked at Home Safer, Caterers Bring More Illnesses, More Food Poisoning with Catering, Dana Cole, CDC Food Poisoning Figures, Sources of Food Poisoning, How You Get Food Poisoning

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The Pill Is Brain's Friend

4 HRT May Prevent Brain Aneurysms

New research suggests that oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may provide protection for women from the formation and rupture of brain aneurysms, says Science Daily. Previous studies revealed that brain aneurysms are more common in post-menopausal women, and the hormones found in oral contraceptives and HRT may help protect women against them, researchers from Rush University Medical Center found. The research, conducted between 2008 and 2010, involved 60 women with both unruptured and ruptured aneurysms. Based on the study findings, researchers believe that declines in estrogen occuring in menstruation and especially at menopause could explain why brain aneurysms occur more frequently in women, particularly at the time of menopause.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Birth Control Guidelines

Tags: Rush University Medical Center, Rupture of Brain Aneurysms, Brain Aneurysm Protection, HRT Benefits, Hormone Replacement Therapy Benefits, Advantages of the Pill

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