Posts Tagged ‘social activity’

Schizophrenia associated with social inequality

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Schizophrenia is more common in urban neighbourhoods with increased deprivation, population density and inequality, according to a new study.

Dr James Kirkbride, lead author of the study from the University of Cambridge, said, “Although we already know that schizophrenia tends to be elevated in more urban communities, it was unclear why. Our research suggests that more densely populated, more deprived and less equal communities experience higher rates of schizophrenia and other similar disorders. This is important because other research has shown that many health and social outcomes also tend to be optimal when societies are more equal.”

The scientists used data from a large population-based incidence study (the East London first-episode psychosis study directed by Professor Jeremy Coid at the East London NHS Foundation Trust and Queen Mary, University of London) conducted in three neighbouring inner city, ethnically diverse boroughs in East London: City & Hackney, Newham, and Tower Hamlets.

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Socially active live longer than loners

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Your friends might help you live longer without your knowing it. A new study says that those surrounded by family and friends are 50 percent less likely to die early than those with no social life.

Loners with little social support have a mortality as high as alcoholics and even higher than those affected by obesity or physical inactivity.

Socially-connected people live an average of 3.7 years longer. ‘Friends and supportive people can make life easier on a basic, everyday level.’

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