‘News addiction’ is common and can harm your mental health
From the COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of monkeypox to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, school shootings and devastating wildfires, there has been no shortage of doom and gloom lately, and many people are glued to the news.
However, a new study shows that for more than 16% of people, obsessive news viewing can be seriously problematic and is linked to a host of physical and mental health problems.
“For people who constantly think and check the news, news consumption may have a more negative impact on their well-being than they realize,” said study author Brian McLaughlin, assistant professor of advertising at Texas Tech University College. Media and communications in Lubbock.
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Kidney function in middle-aged women is lower than in men
As women age, kidney function is lower in women than in men, but the rate of change in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is higher in men than in women, according to a study published online Aug. 17 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Thoralf Melsom, MD, from the University Hospital of North Norway in Tromsø, and colleagues studied the sex differences in decreased kidney function in healthy adults. A total of 1,837 participants (ages 50 to 62) without diabetes, chronic kidney disease (CKD), or cardiovascular disease were recruited. GFR was measured by plasma clearance of iohexol from 2007 to 2009, from 2013 to 2015, and from 2018 to 2020.
Dogs cry when they meet their owners
Humans and dogs certainly have a strong bond, but can dogs cry when they’re overwhelmed with emotion?
According to a recent study, perhaps the first to attempt to answer this question, dogs’ eyes do indeed fill with tears, most often when they are reunited with their beloved owner.
“We found that dog tears are associated with positive emotions,” said Takefumi Kikusui of Azabu University in Japan. “We also discovered oxytocin as a possible mechanism behind it.”
After giving birth to one of his two standard poodles six years ago, Kikusui noticed that something in his dog’s face had changed while the dog was feeding the puppies; there were tears.
Any leisurely physical activity is associated with a lower risk of death.
According to a study published online on August 24 in JAMA Network Open, physical activity through participation in any type of leisure activity is associated with a lower risk of mortality for older people.
Eleanor L. Watts, Ph.D., of the US National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland, and colleagues assessed whether different types of leisure-time physical activity are associated with mortality risk among older people. The analysis included 272,550 participants (mean age 70.5 years at baseline) in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study with a mean follow-up of 12.4 years.
I hate listening to people chew? You may have misophonia
Most people cherish the memories of their grandparents reading to them as children.
The memories of Ekaterina Pesheva are completely different.
“I distinctly remember being very annoyed and very angry listening to my grandmother read children’s books to me like fairy tales,” said Pesheva, 48, who lives in Boston. “I noticed that her mouth would dry out, and for some reason it annoyed me incredibly.”
Pesheva has misophonia, a disorder in which certain sounds cause extreme feelings of anger and disgust.