How Poverty Endangers the Teeth: New Immune System Link Found

Poorer people are more likely than the better off to have periodontal disease—inflamed and bleeding gums, cavities and teeth that are so infected they must be pulled.

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Key Racial Difference Found in Health Benefits of Rising Income and Education

White adults who have reached a higher socioeconomic class across their life course tend to enjoy a drop in their inflammation levels—and so lower risk for disease—but that’s not true for blacks, a novel new study suggests.

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When a Spouse Dies: Keeping Your Emotions to Yourself May Hinder Health

The death of a spouse can take a sobering toll on the health of the surviving partner: Within six months of their wife’s death, widowers are nearly twice as likely as similar married men to die themselves while widows have a 10% to 20% higher death rate than comparable married women.

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Sleeping Too Much or Too Little and Erratic Sleep May Impair Stress Response in Youth with Bipolar Disorder

Contact: Melynda Casement, PhD casement@uoregon.edu Peter Franzen, PhD franpl@UPMC.edu For Release: Immediately Social stress and poor sleep habits are quite…

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Depression May Worsen the Unhealthy Impact of Discrimination on Blacks

Contact: Danielle Beatty Moody, PhD Email: dlbeatty@umbc.edu For Release: Immediately Black people’s risk of suffering a stroke between the ages…

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Teens’ Shorter Sleep Might Signal Higher Risk for Blocked Arteries

Contact: Carmela Alcántara, PhD Email: ca2543@cumc.columbia.edu For Release: Immediately Between the magnetic lure of social media, the constant demands of…

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U.S. Women Veterans of the Vietnam-Era: Health Links Found Decades Later

Contact: Brian Smith, PhD Email: Brian.Smith12@va.gov For Release: Immediately Vietnam-era women veterans, now mostly in their 60s, face poorer health-related…

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Expecting Lots of Racist Treatment May Endanger Health For African Americans

Contact: Tené Lewis, PhD Email: tene.t.lewis@emory.edu For Release: Immediately A consistent link has been found between African Americans’ reported experiences…

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Frontier Research Explores Links Between Emotions, Relationships, Health and Illness

Contact: Bert Uchino, PhD Email: bert.uchino@psych.utah.edu For Release: Immediately It’s now widely understood that emotions can affect health—think of the…

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Caution: Long Bouts of Fretful Ruminating May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Contact: Jeffrey Birk, PhD Email: jlb2287@cumc.columbia.edu For Release: Immediately A brief unpleasant encounter with your boss could trigger a morning…

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