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Family members or friends caring for aging or disabled individuals in California are under both financial and emotional strain and are likely to face even greater burdens, given recent cuts in state support for programs and services that support in-home care, write the authors of a new policy brief by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The study looked at California's estimated 6 million-plus informal caregivers of all ages and found higher levels of serious psychological distress and negative health behaviors, such as smoking, compared with the general population. Of particular concern are an estimated 2.6 million caregivers between the ages of 45 and 64 who may be setting themselves up for an unhealthy future due to higher rates of poor health behaviors, compared with both non-caregivers in the same age range and older caregivers.

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Hands-on dads give kids an edge




 Fathers who actively engage in raising their children can help make their offspring smarter and better behaved, according to new research from Concordia University. Published in the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, the long-term study examined how fathers can positively influence the development of their kids through hands-on parenting.

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Relationships Can Heal...But Can They Also Make You Sick?

 

Relationships can cause chronic stress

The English poet, John Donne, once famously said "No man is an island entire unto itself." Social relationships are as important to human survival and wellbeing as food and shelter. If you take normally functioning adults and expose them to long periods of social isolation, they will eventually break down physically and mentally, and may even die. Married people live longer than unmarried people, on average.  Yet certain aspects of relationships can also have damaging effects.

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When Your Partner's Love Isn't Enough



Are there limits to your partner's love?

By the time she had her third panic attack in two weeks, I'd been seeing Paula, a bright, adventurous graduate student from Colombia, for the better part of a year. I was, frankly, puzzled by the episodes. Exploring her earlier history and her present life unearthed no real clues as to why she'd still be suffering such a powerful, persistent feeling of dread. Her daily regimen now included running, weight-training, relaxation exercises, and yoga, and still, even with all her hard work, she constantly battled feelings of overwhelm and fear.

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