Both Mates Suffer
Researchers say that men with marriage problems are more likely to be expose to disease than are those who are happily married.
Though previous studies have shown this to be true of unhappily married women, until recently the extent to which the male immune system was weakened by marital stress was not known. However, blood tests on men with troubled marriages showed them less able to ward off two common herpes virus infections.
Furthermore, a study conducted by researcher Christopher Coe, of the University of Wisconsin, suggested that “emotional influences on physical health can persist for a long time after the emotional problem has been resolved.”
Never Too Old
‘You’re never too old to learn.’ As if to illustrate this old saying, Bernabé Evangelista, a lively 93-year-old, is looking forward to completing his university studies in two years’ time. He is studying art at the University of Valencia, Spain, and his devotion to his studies has already earned him a prize for outstanding academic achievement.
“Studying is the most beautiful thing there is,” explains Bernabé, who arrives at the university at eight o’clock each morning and often does not finish his evening classes until nine o’clock at night.
Bernabé believes that older folk have a golden opportunity to study. “It is the time of life when you have the time to do it,” he says. His wife adds that keeping active gives him a purpose in life.
Procrastination can make you sick. A recent conference of the American Psychological Society was held in Toronto, Canada.
There, a study of 200 Canadian university students “found that procrastinators put themselves under so much pressure by delaying action that they suffered more stress-related illnesses than others. . . . With the exam date looming, stress levels among procrastinators soared.
Their free and easy attitude was replaced with higher rates of back pain, headaches, allergies, colds, and sleeping problems. They suffered more respiratory problems, infections and migraines.”
Men Encouraged to Eat Fish
Men who eat large amounts of fatty fish, such as salmon, herring, and mackerel, are two to three times less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who rarely eat fish, say researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.
The researchers concluded that “so-called omega-3 fatty acids [found particularly in oily fish] evidently obstruct the growth of prostate cancer.”
The same fatty acids “also reduce the risk of heart attack,” says the report. Hence, experts advise people to eat fish “once or twice a week.”
Eat Fruit Daily
Eating fresh fruit daily is associated with a reduction in the risk of heart disease, according to a 17-year study of 11,000 people, published in the British Medical Journal.
Among those in the study who ate fresh fruit every day, there were 24 percent fewer deaths from heart attacks and 32 percent fewer deaths from strokes.
Of those who ate fruit daily, 21 percent fewer died compared with those who ate fruit less frequently. Diets lacking in fresh fruit may contribute to increases in vascular ailments such as stroke and heart disease in certain populations, notes a team of British and Spanish scientists.
For the greatest health benefit, researchers now recommend eating at least five servings of vegetables and fruits a day. If fresh fruits and vegetables are unavailable, then frozen fruits and vegetables may provide similar benefits, according to the British Medical Journal.
Lost Work Ethic
Many Finnish employers are perplexed by a new generation of job applicants who do not seem to have a clue about the social skills necessary to hold a job.
“The recruits tend to interpret work hours freely and think that they can clock in and out whenever they please,” says Anne Mikkola, a restaurateur, in an interview made by a Finnish national service broadcasting company.
Codes of conduct and dress also present difficulties. Especially in the service sector, employers often have to point out which types of attire are not appropriate.
That the line between work and private life has blurred is also seen when recruits’ friends drop in at the workplace just to visit.
The number of people worldwide who now live in absolute poverty—defined as earning less than $370 per year—is about 1.3 billion, almost a fourth of the world’s population. Most live in the developing world.
Typically, these people lack access to sufficient food, safe water, health care, adequate shelter, education, and employment. In most cases, they are undervalued in the societies in which they live and are powerless to change their circumstances. According to the United Nations Development Programme, the number of people living in absolute poverty is increasing by nearly 25 million each year.
Chinese Youth Addicted to Internet Games
“Internet game addiction is rife among China’s youth,” says Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. The phenomenon is also evident among youngsters from other areas of the Orient, such as Hong Kong, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.
The newspaper notes: “The growing desire to plug in and tune out reflects a backlash against society’s stranglehold on kids that stems from parents’ weighty expectations and cutthroat competition to get into university.” It is estimated that up to six million Chinese children need help to overcome the addiction.