February 22, 2014

Stress, Anger Cut 2.5 Years

1 Homophobia May Shorten Anti-Gay’s Lifespan

A Columbia University study of anti-gay prejudices has found that those who are highly homophobic die, on average, 2.5 years sooner than their more tolerant peers, primarily from cardiovascular disease. Researchers found the association after analyzing opinion surveys going back to 1988 that queried Americans on their attitudes toward homosexuality, and mortality records in the National Death Index. Study authors attribute the shortened lifespans to elevated levels of stress and anger arising from "harboring prejudice" and interacting socially or professionally with same-sex individuals and couples. Stress and anger are, in turn, linked to smoking, excessive drinking, and unhealthy overeating. Previous studies have indicated that hatred negatively effects the health of the hater.

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

Previously: Self-Phobia & Parents, Roots of Homophobia

Tags: Homophobia, Homophobia and Stress, Anti-Gay Attitudes and Stress, Homophobia and Premature Death

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Enact Good Samaritan Laws Too

2 States Expand Access to Life-Saving Drug

More states are expanding access to naloxone, a drug that saves lives by reversing the effects of overdoses. Overdoses are the number one accidental killer of Americans, ages 25-64 and in 2010 there were 38,329 drug overdose deaths according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have passed “Good Samaritan” laws that grant limited immunity to drug users who seek help for someone who has overdosed. These states have also expanded access to naloxone and similar measures are being considered in six other states including ME, MI, NY, OH, PA and VA. Naloxone is only available by prescription but some states have relaxed restrictions allowing physicians to prescribe it to family members and friends of drug users.

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

Previously: States Act to Avoid Opioid Overdose Deaths

Tags: Accidental Death, Drug Overdose Deaths, Naloxone, Good Samaritan Laws, States Enact Good Samaritan Laws

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