Posts Tagged ‘socialising’

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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How socializing, pals help in turning bad fat into good

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Yearning to be slim without hitting the gym? Then have an active social life, says a new study.

Scientists from Ohio State University found that socializing and meeting with friends aid weight loss by converting energy-storing white fat into energy-burning brown fat.

Lead researcher Dr. Matthew J. During and colleagues used mice to study the effects a socially and physically engaging environment has on weight loss and obesity.

They found that mice in an `enriched` environment with friends and stress expend more energy and lose weight even as they eat more.

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They said that the animals` abdominal fat decreased by 50 percent after four weeks in the enriched environment.

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