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Healthy behavior contagious among women, study shows

December 14th, 2010 - By Katherine Marley, Medill News Service

Say you’re out to lunch with girlfriends, and craving a burger but everyone orders a salad—would you order a salad too? A study published last in BioMed Central’s open access International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity suggests you would.

Kylie Ball, associate professor at Deakin University’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Science, worked with a team of researchers to survey 3,610 Australian women. The women, ages 18-46, were asked to rate how much they agreed with statements like “I often see other people walking in my neighborhood” and “Lots of women I know eat fast food often.”

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Social sharing serves users by increasing self worth

November 8th, 2010 - By Virginia Brown, Medill News Service

Since social media sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and Foursquare have taken off, the time we dedicate to our online relationships has become a bottomless time pit.

Amanda Lenhart, a senior research specialist with the Pew Internet & American Life Project in Washington, D.C., studies the percentages of followers of various social media sites. Rather than capturing the amount of time people spend online, Lenhart focuses on the number of people who use Web-sharing media, as users tend to be very inaccurate when estimating how long a session has lasted, she said. “It’s like they fall down the rabbit hole,” she said.

Based on a September 2009 Pew survey, Lenhart said 73 percent of people 18 and over said they used Facebook, 48 percent used MySpace and 14 percent had a LinkedIn profile. But Web-based relationships are based on limited information and, as a result, are incomplete.

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Teens often view abusive dating behavior as normal

April 26th, 2010 - By Shannon Mehner, Medill News Service

Teens get into relationships at an early age to make up for a lack of self esteem and fulfill a need for love, says Chris Ptak, prevention and education specialist at Sarah's Inn. But are they too young to know what a relationship should look like? (Photograph by Shannon Mehner/Medill.)

Teens get into relationships at an early age to make up for a lack of self esteem and fulfill a need for love, says Chris Ptak, prevention and education specialist at Sarah's Inn. But are they too young to know what a relationship should look like?
(Photograph by Shannon Mehner/Medill.)

Amanda was just 18 years old when she met the boy who would bruise her both physically and emotionally before she left him.

A friend introduced her to him, the geeky boy who asked permission the first time he held her hand; someone her mother referred to as “tender.” He brought her flowers and books of poetry and told her he loved her after only a few weeks.

But as their relationship progressed, things changed. He demanded to know where she was at all times and got angry when she refused his sexual advances, overturning couches and violently bruising her when she tried to get away.

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Study suggests ‘we’ words strengthen marriages

March 4th, 2010 - By Leanne Italie, Associated Press Writer

In this photograph taken on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, Micki Sievwright, right, hugs her husband, Dane, as they head out for the evening in the west Denver suburb of Lakewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

In this photograph taken on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, Micki Sievwright, right, hugs her husband, Dane, as they head out for the evening in the west Denver suburb of Lakewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Micki Sievwright has a new set of wheels that her husband constantly refers to as “my truck.” The same goes for their apartment and the backyard grill.

Turns out the pronouns the Denver couple use count for more than mere semantics in the long haul. A new study suggests that “we” language used between spouses in times of conflict goes along with less negative behavior and signs of stress in lengthy marriages.

Previous studies have indicated that use of inclusive pronouns that include “we,” “our” and “us”—versus “I,” “me” and “you”—are evidence of marital satisfaction in younger couples like Sievwright and hubby Dane, both of whom are 27. The latest work, in the September issue of the journal “Psychology and Aging,” carries the link forward to more established pairs when conflict bubbles, and reports evidence of more relaxed heart rates and blood pressure among those with the highest “we-ness” quotients.

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Man Power

February 27th, 2010 - By Tyler Lennox Bush, Rob Earnshaw, Steven Longenecker and Dr. Shridhar Ventrapragada

Stress is a condition most commonly experienced by the female gender, but these days, both men and women alike are stressing more than ever. Whether you’re working round the clock to maintain job security, or you’re ignoring your health in order to take care of the ones you love most, you’re not doing your body any favors. We have some pointers on how to relax and make your health a priority again.

Check out all of the articles here: Workaholics Anonymous, When a Spouse Snores, Average Joe-ga, and Doctor-o-phobia.

Workaholics Anonymous

February 26th, 2010 - By Rob Earnshaw

“You’ve got to work hard if you want anything at all.”

It’s a line from an early ’80s Depeche Mode song, appropriately titled “Work Hard.” There’s just one problem: if you want your health, working hard just might not be the ticket. In fact, being a workaholic could be harmful to your health.

LaPorte Regional Health System president and CEO G. Thor Thordarson fell into—and got out of—that trap. “It’s constant struggle, because you want to be successful and you want to be good at what you do,” he says. “I came to the realization that nobody at the end of your life is going to congratulate you for spending all your time at the office.”

Beware of Gossip

February 25th, 2010 - By Dr. Carl S. Hale

Gossip is a universal human experience. Defining gossip is challenging, however. Webster’s Dictionary defines gossip as “revealing personal or sensational facts about others,” while Psalms defines gossip as an individual’s tendency to “backbite with his tongue.” For our own purposes, we’ll define gossip as talking about others, when they’re not present, to a third party.

Social psychologists argue that gossip can be positive. They maintain that gossip transmits valuable information to the social group, such as improper actions to avoid, or important details that improve survival, such as avoiding deceptive or hurtful people. While these benefits are possibilities, most people are familiar with harmful types of gossip.

In its most benign form, gossip is simply a version of “Chinese telephone.” Credible but personal details about someone are shared with another person. As these facts are transferred from person to person, however, the original message becomes distorted, colored by each person’s feelings, perceptions and beliefs.

When a Spouse Snores

February 20th, 2010 - By Dr. Shridhar Ventrapragada

A nudge, ear plugs, sleeping in the closet, a pillow over the head—these are all home remedies friends have tried for spousal snoring. When it comes to the issue of snoring, I often hear a rapid succession of questions such as . . .

Is it bad that he/she snores?
Yes and no. Snoring can often be a sign of a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is a condition where the body stops breathing, thereby lowering the oxygen level, which often causes the body to wake up to start breathing. OSA can put you at risk for serious health complications, including heart attack and stroke, high blood pressure, weight gain and sexual dysfunction.

Why does he/she snore?
Snoring is the noise made by vibration of tissue in the upper airway, i.e. your mouth, nose and back of your throat. The noise is created by turbulent flow of air through narrowed air passages.

Men, Women and Money

February 18th, 2010 - By Seth "Tower" Hurd

When it comes to sticking to a budget, men and women fail at equal rates, but in different ways. Statistics show that when men deviate from the spending plan, it’s often on a large “splurge” purchase, such as a new car, boat or large TV. Women have better self-control when it comes to big-ticket items, but run up far more credit card debt, particularly women in the 20-35 age group.

Which harms the budget more? According to Terry Quinn, of the Wealth Management Group in Munster, it’s credit card spending that does more damage over the long haul. “Most couples do some planning for large purchases, such as a car, major vacation or remodeling a home,” he says. “Spending an extra $500 on a credit card each month isn’t normally planned for.” Quinn compares blown budgets to blown diets; it’s not the single feast that wrecks you, it’s the tendency to say, “I’ll get control of that tomorrow.”

In Therapy—Steps to mending damaged relationships

January 13th, 2010 - By Christine Priesol

Entering into a relationship with another person always starts with the best intentions. But then, one day you look around and discover that things are not working out quite as you had planned.

Couples’ therapy became an accepted practice in the 1950s.

However, not all therapists feel that couples’ counseling gives lasting benefits. What counseling can do is bring to light the realization of the problem. Usually, the problem is deeper than “you squeezed the toothpaste in the wrong place.”

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