Subjective Age

by   Volume 12, Number 8 In the social and behavioral sciences, objective data often reveal the importance of subjective perceptions with respect to health. Perceptions of stressors have a profound impact on how much stress persons actually experience. Optimistic…

Sun Exposure

by Volume 12, Number 7 As a bald, fair-skinned, white male, I have long been advised to avoid sun exposure, especially extensive sun exposure. The reason for this is that exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight is a…

Food and Sleep

by Volume 12, Number 6 With respect to the importance of diet for health, the saying “you are what you eat” may be warranted. Research over the past several years would suggest that a variant of this saying may eventually…

Workaholism

by Volume 12, Number 5 During their working years, adults spend approximately one-third of their time at work. A person who chooses to work long hours (i.e., more than one-third of their time), perhaps compulsively, is often labeled a workaholic.…

Numbers

by Volume 12, Number 4 Paying attention to numbers is pervasive in matters pertaining to health, especially in interactions with physicians. Height and weight, waist circumference, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose (HbA1c for persons with diabetes), and other measures are…

Healthy Spending

by Volume 12, Number 3 It is well-established that providing help to others can be beneficial to one’s health. Persons who provide various forms of support to family and friends, and/or who participate in volunteer work, have been found to…