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Heart Attacks Linked to Jobs Loss

Sep 17 , 2006

Losing your job late in your career doubles the chance of suffering a heart attack or stroke , a study says . Yale University researchers studied 4 ,301 people aged 51 to 61 who were working in 1992 , the research , printed in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine journal claimed . Of the sample group over 10 years , there were 23 heart attacks and 13 strokes among the group of 582 who were forced out of a job

Lead researcher Dr William Gallo said “For many individuals [banner_entry_middle]

, late career job loss is an exceptionally stressful experience , with the potential for provoking numerous undesirable outcomes . I don ‘t think it is necessarily because of the age , but rather related to the problems people over 50 have finding jobs of equivalent standard because of the ageism in the workplace “Based on our results , the true costs of unemployment exceed the obvious economic costs and include substantial health consequences as well

In studied , which included those who had lost their jobs involuntarily retired , taken a temporary break from work or were still employed . Once risk factors such as diabetes , smoking , obesity and high blood pressure were taken into account , the risk of the involuntary job loss group having a heart attack after losing their job was 2 .5 and a stroke 2 .4 . HYPERLINK “http /www .upliftprogram .com /h_mindbody .html h49 http /www .upliftprogram .com /h_mindbody .html h49

Friends Help Sufferers Survive Cancer

Aug 5 , 2005

As we keep saying , we humans are social animals . The state of our mental and physical health depends very largely on the state of our relationships . As if further proof were needed a new study funded by the National Cancer Institute reports that social support and other behavioral factors are related to levels of a circulating protein , which at high levels is associated with a poor prognosis in advanced ovarian cancer

The study , published in the July 15 , 2005 issue of Cancer , reports that factors that improved quality life , such as social support , were associated with low levels of a protein released by both immune cells and tumor cells , called interleukin 6 (IL-6 . In contrast , negative quality of life factors were associated with higher IL-6 levels . The study is the first to find this association both in the peripheral blood and in the vicinity of the tumor

IL-6 is an inflammatory cytokine that in healthy young people is almost undetectable . Levels of IL-6 increase with age , chronic psychological stress , and disease . Previous studies in humans and laboratory animals have shown IL-6 levels are also influenced by behavioral factors

IL-6 has previously been shown to promote tumor growth , and IL-6 levels are also prognostic in ovarian cancer , with elevated levels associated with higher mortality and metastatic disease . Because depression and chronic stress are commonly associated with ovarian cancer , and IL-6 levels are responsive to psychosocial factors , Erin S . Costanzo , M .A from the University of Iowa and colleagues investigated whether IL-6 levels were… [banner_entry_footer]

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