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Certain factors are linked with an elevated risk of bone fractures
A new study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research has identified various factors that may indicate whether a person faces a higher likelihood of experiencing a bone fracture over the next two decades. (2021-02-18)

Instant death from heart attack more common in people who do not exercise
An active lifestyle is linked with a lower chance of dying immediately from a heart attack, according to a study published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Heart disease is the leading cause of death globally and prevention is a major public health priority. (2021-02-12)

Nature s contributions to people found to be in decline
Over the past 50 years, declining biodiversity has put many of nature s contributions to people at risk. This is the conclusion reached by fifteen leading international experts, including a French ethnoecologist at the CNRS. Based on the IPBES Global Assessment, their work is the subject of an article, published this week in the journal PNAS, which discusses the risks to human well-being and prosperity resulting from the continuing degradation of the environment. (2020-12-09)

Being alone and socializing with others each contributes differently to personal growth
Researchers from Bar-Ilan University analyzed self-generated text from more than 1,700 participants who performed a sentence-completion task regarding their experience alone and their social experience when in the company of others. The results showed that a combination of constructive alone and social experiences best contributes to the formation of an integrated self. (2020-11-19)

Study raises questions about role of leisure activity in dementia
Studies have suggested that taking part in leisure activities such as playing cards or gardening may be associated with a lower risk of developing dementia. But a new study found no association between taking part in leisure activities at age 56 and the risk of dementia over the next 18 years. The study is published in the October 28, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2020-10-28)

Central Asian horse riders played ball games 3,000 years ago
UZH researchers have investigated ancient leather balls discovered in the graves of horse riders in northwest China. According to the international research team, they are around 3,000 years old, making them the oldest balls in Eurasia. The find suggests amongst others that the mounted warriors of Central Asia played ball games to keep themselves fit. (2020-10-12)

Women with higher neuroticism are less physically active
A new study from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, shows that the role of personality may vary depending on how physical activity is measured. (2020-08-28)

Why walking to work may be better for you than a casual stroll
Walking with a purpose -- especially walking to get to work -- makes people walk faster and consider themselves to be healthier, a new study has found. The study, published online earlier this month in the Journal of Transport and Health, found that walking for different reasons yielded different levels of self-rated health. People who walked primarily to places like work and the grocery store from their homes, for example, reported better health than people who walked mostly for leisure. (2020-08-12)

CSU study links physical stress on the job with brain and memory decline in older age
A new study out of Colorado State University has found that physical stress in one's job may be associated with faster brain aging and poorer memory. (2020-07-21)

Is gender equality achievable in the Russian family?
Distribution of rights and obligations in the family, opportunities and responsibilities in performing the main family functions is one of the most controversial, but at the same time one of the most important issues in the modern context. Scientists from the Department of General Sociology and Social Work of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Lobachevsky University have been engaged in research on parenthood and the distribution of parental functions for many years. (2020-07-10)

Desk-based jobs may offer protection against poor cognition in later life
People who work in jobs that require less physical activity - typically office and desk-based jobs - are at a lower risk of subsequent poor cognition than those whose work is more physically active, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. (2020-07-07)

Meeting recommended weekly physical activity levels linked to lower risk of death
Adults who meet recommended weekly physical activity levels have a lower risk of death, finds a US study published by The BMJ today. (2020-07-01)

Our sleep during lockdown: Longer and more regular, but worse
A survey conducted at the University of Basel and the Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel has investigated how sleep has changed during the Covid-19 lockdown. The 435 individuals surveyed -- most of whom were women -- reported sleeping longer while sleep quality deteriorated. The results of the study were published in the scientific journal Current Biology. (2020-06-12)

Research with industry executives reveals impact of COVID-19 on air transport sector
Research has assessed the initial impact of COVID-19 on air transport and found that it is likely to lead to a smaller, consolidated sector in the future. (2020-06-11)

COVID-19 loneliness linked to elevated psychiatric symptoms in older adults
A new study has linked COVID-19-based loneliness in older adults with elevated psychiatric symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma symptoms that immediately follow exposure to trauma. Notably, the researchers found that the effect of loneliness on psychiatric symptoms was most pronounced among participants who felt subjectively older than their chronological age. On the other hand, participants who felt subjectively younger than their chronological age exhibited no psychiatric symptoms related to loneliness. (2020-06-09)

Increased activity not always the best advice for neck and back pain
The Norwegian Directorate for Health and Human Affairs generally recommends more physical activity and less sitting time. But that isn't the right approach to managing neck and back pain for everyone, according to research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. (2020-05-28)

What's the secret behind the world's stickiest brands?
Sticky customer journeys do not arise from consistently good customer experiences -- instead, they are intentionally chaotic, maddening, and unpredictable. (2020-05-27)

Domestic coastal and marine tourism could contribute to rebooting activity in the sect
NUI Galway's Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) has released a report that presents estimates of the value of domestic coastal and marine tourism in the Republic of Ireland. (2020-05-21)

Moderate exercise in middle and older age cuts time spent in hospital
Men and women aged 40-79 are at 25-27% lower risk of long or frequent hospital admissions if they do some form of physical activity, a new study suggests. Inactive participants in the study spent just over 4 days more in hospital over the next ten years than those who did at least some physical activity. And similar results were observed 10 years later when the same participants were 50-90 years old. (2020-05-06)

Real-time data show COVID-19 led to 60% drop in leisure, hospitality and retail employment
There is no doubt that the COVID-19 crisis is affecting the US economy and labor markets in an unprecedented way. The leisure, hospitality and retail industries have been hit the hardest by shutdown orders nationwide but new research that uses data from Homebase, a time-tracking software, to provide real-time employment estimates shows that the report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, expected later this week, may not capture the full extent of the contraction. (2020-05-05)

Support communities key for military wives and partners facing employment and social challenges
Military spouses can struggle to find and maintain employment and face severe restrictions on their social lives because of their partners' working patterns. (2020-03-06)

Variety and consistency are essential to keep the mind healthy
The well-known adage 'use it or lose it' is just as important in your 30's as it is in older adults. But it's how you stay active that most impacts cognitive decline. (2020-02-18)

Time spent watching television does not replace physical activity for Finnish men
A large proportion of highly active men watch more television than their low-active peers do. In contrast, highly active women watch less television than low-active women do. (2020-02-12)

Yale-led team finds parents can curb teen drinking and driving
Binge drinking by teenagers in their senior year of high school is a strong predictor of dangerous behaviors later in life, including driving while impaired (DWI) and riding with an impaired driver (RWI), according to a new Yale-led study. (2020-01-13)

Physical activity and dietary behavior parallel each other from childhood to adulthood
Consumption of fruits and vegetables is higher and more frequent in individuals who are physically active when compared to their less-active peers. Persistent leisure-time physical activity from childhood to adulthood as well as increasing activity are associated with higher fruit and vegetable consumption. (2020-01-08)

Report links recommended physical activity levels to lower risk of seven cancers
A pooled analysis of nine prospective studies involving more than 750,000 adults finds that recommended amounts of leisure-time physical activity were linked to a lower risk for seven cancers, with several cancer types having a 'dose/response' relationship. (2019-12-26)

Study identifies way for employers to retain casual workers
Job enrichment may be an important tool for retaining seasonal frontline staff, according to a new University of Waterloo study. (2019-12-17)

Is physical activity always good for the heart?
Physical activity is thought to be our greatest ally in the fight against cardiovascular disease. But there may be significant variations in its protective effects across a range of different situations. (2019-11-04)

Lack of free time is not a barrier to Americans getting more exercise
There is a general perception among the public and even public health professionals that a lack of leisure time is a major reason that Americans do not get enough physical activity. A new study finds that Americans average more than 5 hours of free time each day, but the most common use of that time is looking at screens. (2019-10-28)

Study gives the green light to the fruit fly's color preference
In a study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, University of Miami researchers made two unexpected discoveries. First, they found that, given a choice, fruit flies are drawn to green light early in the morning and late in the afternoon, when they are most active, and to red, or dim light, in midday, when like many humans, they slow down to eat and perhaps take a siesta. (2019-09-18)

New research sheds light on how happy couples argue
In marriage, conflict is inevitable. Even the happiest couples argue. And research shows they tend to argue about the same topics as unhappy couples: children, money, in-laws, intimacy. So, what distinguishes happy couples? According to a study published this August in Family Process, it is the way happy couples argue that may make a difference. (2019-09-16)

Physical activity may attenuate menopause-associated atherogenic changes
Leisure-time physical activity is associated with a healthier blood lipid profile in menopausal women, but it doesn't seem to entirely offset the unfavorable lipid profile changes associated with the menopausal transition. (2019-09-13)

Study finds changes in mindset key to helping college students exercise more
According to the survey, respondents indicated that sustaining the weekly 150 minutes of exercise would require the support of family and friends, as well as an emotional shift, in which students would use exercise as an outlet for stressors. Respondents also said social changes, like making friends who also exercise regularly would improve their ability to persist. (2019-08-08)

Screen time no child's play
Experts are urging parents to brush up on national guidelines following a rapid rise in screen time on electronic devices for children under 2. (2019-07-24)

The loss of biodiversity comes at a price
A University of Cordoba research team ran the numbers on the impact of forest fires on emblematic species using the fires in Spain's Doñana National Park and Segura mountains in 2017 as examples (2019-07-17)

New study reveals surprising gender disparity in work-life balance
Work-life balance and its association with life satisfaction have been garnering a lot of interest. Life satisfaction plays a crucial role in the general happiness and health of a society or nation. A new study examines data from 34 Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries and analyzes the effects of factors on the life satisfaction of both women and men to address some unanswered questions on this topic. (2019-07-17)

Heart risk raised by sitting in front of the TV, not by sitting at work, finds study
Sitting while watching television, but not sitting at work, is associated with a greater risk of heart attack, stroke, or early death, Columbia researchers have found. (2019-06-26)

Good physical fitness in middle age linked to lower chronic lung disease risk
Good heart and lung (cardiorespiratory) fitness in middle age is associated with a lower long term risk of chronic lung disease (COPD), suggests Danish research published online in the journal Thorax. (2019-06-18)

Do video games drive obesity?
Are children, teenagers and adults who spend a lot of time playing video games really more obese? A meta study conducted with the the University of Würzburg has looked into this question. The cliché is true -- but only for adults. (2019-06-17)

Can we still have fun if the UK goes carbon neutral?
Will Britain going carbon neutral mean no more fun? Experts from the University of Surrey have urged local policy makers to put in place infrastructure that will enable people to enjoy recreation and leisure while keeping their carbon footprint down. (2019-06-14)

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