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Stress, Overwork, Discord and Angst lead to poor lifestyle choices and illness



View from Nako Village, Himalaya
Pankaj Seth, 2009


Why do we get ill? (14 entries)


• Poor choice or no choice?:
Many researchers have noted that trying to prevent lifestyle illnesses by changing adult lifestyle behaviours is unlikely to profoundly alter the incidence of heart disease and diabetes if no change is made in the improvement of people's economic conditions. Poverty influences health by determining the level of material resources available such as income, shelter, food, etc., stress that threatens bodily functioning and the adoption of unhealthy coping behaviours such as poor diet, smoking and alcohol use.
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• Soda and sweet drinks main source of calories in American diet
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• Health linked to self-worth:
People with low self-worth are more likely to get ill, it has been claimed
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• Stress Found to Weaken Resistance to Illness
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• Canadians need more time: stress study
Many Canadians are stressed out about doing too many things at once, according to a new study from Statistics Canada
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• Job stress compounds risks for heart disease
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• Negative thoughts 'make you ill'
Sad thoughts could cut your immunity
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• Breast cancer genetic risks overstated: analysis
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• Sexual disorders exaggerated for women: critic
'The rush to prescribe': Public scrutiny urged of role drug firms play in creating demand
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• Health warning: screening can seriously damage patients
A new allegation that breast screening, one of the longest established procedures, is being over-promoted to women who are not being alerted to the harm that can result is published today in the British Medical Journal. They cite evidence showing 1,200 women would have to be screened for 14 years to save one life from breast cancer while during that time scores would suffer anxiety, surgery and mastectomies for suspicious lumps that turned out to be benign
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• Cholesterol pills carry risk, UBC group says
'Fine print' raised doubts: Finding applies only to preventive use
Drugs taken daily by millions of Canadians to lower their cholesterol at a cost of more than $1.3-billion a year may be doing as much harm as good for many users, according to a group of University of British Columbia drug specialists   >>> Full Text

• Antibiotics may raise asthma risk
Antibiotics may be partly to blame for increased rates of asthma, say scientists. A team from the University of Michigan believes the key could be the way the drugs interfere with the balance of microbes in the gut
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• Prozac Nation, UK:
Hundreds of thousands of people are being prescribed powerful anti-depressants that they may not need because doctors are using the pills as a "quick fix" solution to mild anxiety problems, according to a report published today
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• Unhappy anniversary:
Forty years ago, Valium was the new wonder pill. Now, with up to a million Britons addicted to tranquillisers, GPs and drug companies are under fire
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