Strong relationships improve chances of living longer

Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
In my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy, I discuss what I call the "four wheels of health": physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational. In the book I say, that relationships are so important to health, that people should "avoid loneliness like the plague." Now, CBS Evening News is reporting, "Researchers at Brigham Young said today strong relationships can improve your chances of living longer by 50%." Time reported, "A healthy social life may be as good for your long-term health as avoiding cigarettes, according to a massive research review released Tuesday by the journal PLoS Medicine." After examining "pooled data from 148 studies on health outcomes and social relationships -- every research paper on the topic they could find, involving more than 300,000 men and…
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GAO report criticizes mail-order genetic testing

Bioethics, Cancer, Medical Economics
Barb and I were watching the ABC World News and I was happy to see their report on "stark findings" from a Government Accountability Office "undercover sting operation targeting those popular DNA tests you can get by mail." I've long suspected there was more "bogus marketing" than "pure science" to this game, but did not know for sure until I saw this news report and then read the GAO report. Richard Besser, ABC News' medical expert, said that the tests "promise to predict ... your risk for cancer, for other diseases, for less than $1,000," but the "investigation found the results consumers get back from these genetic tests are often misleading and, in certain cases, downright wrong." Besser noted that at least one company agreed to secretly test a DNA…
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New Guidelines: Most women may be able to safely give birth vaginally following C-sections

Children's Health, Woman's Health
New guidelines out from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists are out to reverse the old expression 'once a cesarean, always a cesarean. The group is now saying that "most women who have had a c-section, and many of them who have had more than one, should be allowed to try labor with their next birth." "In recent years hospitals, doctors and insurers have been refusing to let them even try, insisting on repeat Caesareans instead," the New York Times reported on its front page. The "decisions have been based largely on fears of medical risks and lawsuits, medical and legal experts say." This, in turn, has "infuriated many women, added to the nation's ever-increasing Caesarean rate and set off a bitter debate over who controls childbirth." The "OB-GYN…
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