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Adequate parent-child relationship may offer protection against all chronic illnesses in later life

Adequate parent-child relationship may offer protection against all chronic illnesses in later life

Growing up in a well-off home can benefit a child's physical health even decades later — but a lack of parent-child warmth, or the presence of abuse, may eliminate the health advantage of a privileged background, according to a Baylor University study. [More]
Community characteristics play vital role in perpetuating teen suicide clusters

Community characteristics play vital role in perpetuating teen suicide clusters

Community characteristics play an important role in perpetuating teen suicide clusters and thwarting prevention efforts, according to a new study by sociologists at the University of Chicago and University of Memphis who examined clusters in a single town. [More]
Study looks at criminal element of performance enhancing drug market among bodybuilders

Study looks at criminal element of performance enhancing drug market among bodybuilders

Many bodybuilders illegally sell steroids to help fund their own use of performance and image enhancing drugs and maintain their social status in the weightlifting community, a new academic study has found. [More]
Study reveals how sex affects heart health in later life

Study reveals how sex affects heart health in later life

Having sex frequently - and enjoying it - puts older men at higher risk for heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems. For older women, however, good sex may actually lower the risk of hypertension. [More]
Genes may influence how people feel about their weight, study shows

Genes may influence how people feel about their weight, study shows

Do you feel overweight, about right, or too skinny? Your answer to that question may be tied to genes you inherited from your parents, especially if you are a female, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder. [More]
Research reveals people in Sub-Saharan Africa satisfied with their sex lives

Research reveals people in Sub-Saharan Africa satisfied with their sex lives

People in Africa's Sub-Sahara region, a relatively undeveloped area, are generally satisfied with their sex lives, with the most common rating -- reported by 18 percent of survey respondents -- being a perfect "10," according to Baylor University research to be presented Monday, Aug. 22, at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Seattle. [More]
Job satisfaction can impact overall health in people in their early 40s

Job satisfaction can impact overall health in people in their early 40s

Job satisfaction in your late 20s and 30s has a link to overall health in your early 40s, according to a new nationwide study. [More]
Viewing pornography may have negative effects on marital stability, study shows

Viewing pornography may have negative effects on marital stability, study shows

Beginning pornography use is associated with a substantial increase in the probability of divorce for married Americans, and this increase is especially large for women, finds a new study that will be presented at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. [More]

Closeness to family members linked to decreased risk of death for older adults

For older adults, having more or closer family members in one's social network decreases his or her likelihood of death, but having a larger or closer group of friends does not, finds a new study that will be presented at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. [More]
Study looks at how American married couples divide household chores and childcare tasks

Study looks at how American married couples divide household chores and childcare tasks

For heterosexual couples, most Americans still believe in the traditional division of household labor between husbands and wives, while for same-sex couples, they think the "more masculine" partner and the "more feminine" partner should generally be responsible for stereotypically male and female chores, respectively, suggests a new study that will be presented at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. [More]

Primary breadwinner status may affect psychological well-being and health of men

Gendered expectations in marriage are not just bad for women, they are also bad for men, according to a new study by University of Connecticut sociologists. [More]

Bartending may not help achieve normal benchmarks of family life

If you want to mix drinks for a living, don't expect to have a typical family life. [More]
Spending time with heavier pals may undercut success at weight loss, study finds

Spending time with heavier pals may undercut success at weight loss, study finds

People trying to shed pounds -- but who hang out with heavier pals regularly -- are more likely to lose weight if they include thinner people in their social lives, according to a study by a Baylor University researcher. [More]
Working or volunteering could decrease chances of physical disability in elders

Working or volunteering could decrease chances of physical disability in elders

Working or volunteering can reduce the chances of chronic health conditions leading to physical disability in older Americans, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Florida State University. [More]

Crime victims who report to police less likely to experience repeat victimization

As law enforcement agencies, community organizations, and public health officials work to develop effective crime-prevention strategies, new research from the University of Iowa finds that individuals who report being victims of crime to police are less likely to become future victims of crime than those who do not report their initial experiences. [More]

Exposure to illegal substances during adolescence influences patterns of abuse in adulthood

Teenagers who have easy access to drugs and alcohol in the home are more likely to drink and do drugs in their early and late 20s. That's according to the one of the first studies to look at how adolescent exposure to illegal substances affects patterns of abuse in adulthood. [More]
Shorter and longer reproductive durations can raise risk of type 2 diabetes in postmenopausal women

Shorter and longer reproductive durations can raise risk of type 2 diabetes in postmenopausal women

Using data from the Women's Health Initiative, a new study has found that women with reproductive-period durations of less than 30 years had a 37% increased risk of type 2 diabetes compared with women whose reproductive durations were somewhere in the middle (36 to 40 years). [More]
UC Riverside investigators to study impact of drought on public health

UC Riverside investigators to study impact of drought on public health

Drought and extreme temperatures continue to challenge policymakers in California and globally who grapple with managing limited water resources. [More]
Study shows workplace conditions may contribute to gender-based job stress

Study shows workplace conditions may contribute to gender-based job stress

Social scientists have long known that women working in numerically male-dominated occupations like physics and firefighting report experiencing workplace stress, but men who work in numerically female-dominated occupations like nursing and child care do not. [More]
VMS during menopause transition linked to sociodemographic, psychosocial factors

VMS during menopause transition linked to sociodemographic, psychosocial factors

More data analysis about hot flashes from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation has been published today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society. [More]
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