July 29, 2013

55 Kind of a Downer, Though

1 Best Years of Your Life: Ages 23 and 69

If persons residing in Germany are an accurate indicator, the two years at which a person is the happiest are at the ages 23 and 69. The intervening years are more or less an emotional roller coaster, with our happiness low point typically occurring around age 55. This conclusion is based on a recent study involving 23,161 Germans between the ages of 17 and 85 conducted by Princeton researcher Hannes Schwandt for the London School of Economics. The pattern is that we enjoy an early happiness "high" fueled by hopes and expectations, hit a kind of wall in middle-age when we are faced with goals and dreams unmet, and then slowly become happier as we outgrow our regrets and relax into acceptance. The unhappy ending is that after we reach 70, our happiness level again drifts downward.

More at News.yahoo.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Happiness Brings Money, Not Vice Versa

Tags: Happiness, What Makes People Happy, Happiest Ages, Happiest Years of Your Life, Hannes Schwandt

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High Risk Foods

2 34 Kids a Day Treated in ERs for Choking

From hot dogs and candy to nuts and fruit, common foods can present a choking hazard to children. Now, a new study says that, on average, 12,435 children under age 14, or about 34 kids per day are treated annually in hospital ERs for choking involving food. Hard candy causes the most non-fatal choking episodes followed by other types of candy, meat other than hot dogs, bones, fruits and vegetables. Children under age 4 are most often at risk. Hot dogs, which can block airways, are more likely to lead to hospitalizations, says study senior author Gary Smith, Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospitals, OH. Experts warn parents to make safe food choices, to cut any food given to young children into very small pieces and to supervise kids when they are eating.

More at USAToday.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Parents Warned on Hot Dog Choking Risk

Tags: Choking Hazard Kids, Gary Smith, Choking Risk, Hot Dogs, Choking on Foods, Kids Choking Risks, Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s H, Safe Food Choices for Kids

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Disturbing Trend

3 More Patients Given Narcotics for Back Pain

Eight out of ten people will have back pain at some point in their lives says the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and current guidelines recommend treating it conservatively. Yet, the number of people being referred for surgery or given strong painkillers has increased in recent years, finds a study from the Harvard Medical School that tracked data on about 24,000 outpatient visits for ten years. The research indicates that the proportion of patients prescribed Tylenol and NSAIDs dropped from 37 to 25% while the proportion of those given narcotics including opioids rose from 19 to 29%. The NIH recommends treating back pain with exercise, including stretching and aerobics and for sufferers to be patient and to appreciate that recovery takes time.

More at NBCnews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Back Pain Sufferers Advised to Stay Active

Tags: Back Pain, Harvard Medical School, National Institutes of Health, NSAIDs, Opioids, Tylenol, Narcotics for Back Pain, Narcotics

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Two to Four Cups Daily Does It

4 Drinking Coffee Cuts Suicide Risk

Coffee drinkers are less likely to commit suicide, say Harvard School of Public Health researchers. They found that people who consume two to four cups of coffee daily are less likely to commit suicide compared to people who don't drink coffee, drink fewer than two cups a day, or drink decaf. Researchers say that suicide risk was reduced by about 50 percent for coffee drinkers. The 16-year study followed more than 200,000 people. It was published in The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry. Previous studies have suggested other health benefits for coffee, including reduced depression risk for women and reduced risk of diabetes.

More at Time | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Heartburn Free Coffee May Be on the Way

Tags: Coffee Benefits, Coffee Lower Depression Risk in Women, Prevent Suicide, Reduce Suicide Risk, The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry

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