Remedy For Anxiety

January 12, 2012 by  
Filed under HEALTHCARE, VIDEO

UMass University Without Walls – UWW Student Profiles

June 6, 2011 by  
Filed under VIDEO

I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

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Through the University of Massachusetts Amherst University Without Walls, you can fit completing your college degree into your life and work by taking courses offered weeknights, weekends, online and blended (some live, some online). UWW will help you accelerate earning your degree with stimulating courses, a generous transfer credit policy, and the opportunity to earn credit for learning gained from your life, training, and work experience. Youll emerge with your diploma in hand, more confident, more knowledgeable in your field, a better problem-solver, with renewed professional and personal goals. People are at the heart of UWW. Youll find students supporting each other, sharing ideas and experiences. Youll work closely with a UWW advisor who teaches your UWW courses, holds a doctoral degree, and has years of experience guiding adult learners. A faculty sponsor specializing in your area of interest will review your plans and recommend appropriate courses. Browse our website to learn more about UWW’s nearly 40 years of helping people like you finish their first undergraduate degree at our nationally recognized research university. Then, when youre ready to apply, download your application. Were looking forward to hearing from you, so feel free to email uww@uww.umass.edu or call 413.545.1378. Were here to help!

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Childhood abuse damages the heart

August 9, 2010 by  
Filed under HEART AND STROKE

Heart disease may have its origins quite early in life and may not have anything to do with lifestyle factors but rather with adverse childhood experiences. Researchers at the University of Toronto discovered that physical abuse during childhood can result in poor heart health later in life.

Previous studies have shown that childhood abuse leads to poor health outcomes in adulthood. This study found a strong link between child abuse and heart disease that persisted even after controlling for other adverse childhood experiences such as parental addictions or socioeconomic factors such as income and education level, lifestyle factors smoking, obesity and physical activity, and chronic conditions such as diabetes, self-reported stress hypertension and mood disorders.

According to Professor Esme Fuller-Thomson of the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and Department of Family and Community Medicine:

“Individuals who reported they had been physically abused as children had 45 per cent higher odds of heart disease than their peers who had not been abused, despite the fact we had adjusted for most of the known risk factors for heart disease.”

Their results were based on a 2005 representative community survey conducted in two Canadian provinces of 13,000 respondents. The survey showed that 7% of the respondents had been physically abused as children and 4% had been diagnosed with heart disease.

The findings indicate a link between psychological and physical health but the mechanisms behind the link are not fully understood. According to co-author John Frank, director of Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy:

“Like many previous studies linking early life characteristics and experiences with late life serious disease, this study does not explain precisely how such links operate, biologically; further research will be required to understand that process.”

The results indicate a need for more intensive management of cardiovascular risk factors among those with a history of childhood abuse.

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