Saturday, April 10, 2010

This week's compendium

Here’s this week’s compendium. This week…

1. planet green argued eloquently that, for several reasons, free parking’s not free [1]. Not to mention free lunch, of course.

2. cnet published the breakdown of global web browser usage during March [2]. Chrome, which I use, increased 9% during March, but it's still only 10% of Internet Explorer.

3. indeed at midnight last night, fire permits were lifted throughout Tasmania [3]. It’s bullshit that 2009/10 was ‘one of the worst fire seasons for many years’, however.

4. researchers reported that the disparity in mortality across the socioeconomic spectrum was largely explained by health behaviours [4]. Until now it’d been thought there was an innate social class disparity. This study shows it’s acquired, i.e. health behaviour’s related to social class.

5. my darling sister Sue sent me a memorable quote from LA Times columnist Burt Prelutsky [5]. There's more than a grain of truth in it.

6. a study concluded exercise reduces the risk of postnatal depression [6]. This adds weight to Sweetheart Vivienne’s view that exercise helps many psychological problems – including writer’s block.

7. wombat Bonney arrived at the Wombat Hilton [7]. Welcome to you, Bonney.

8. Sweetheart Vivienne received her first cheque for royalties on her book sales. Fantastic news. But what’s mine is ours, and what’s hers is hers [8]. (Just joking.)

Finally, I wish you, dear Farmdoc’s Blog readers, a wonderful week.

2 comments:

Murfomurf said...

Interesting finding this, not far from my health blog! Since I'm a student of public health having been a psychologist I can well see how health behaviours are different between income/education groups as you read in http://general-medicine.jwatch.org/cgi/content/full/2010/408/1?q=etoc_jwgenmed. When people have depression I think they often deteriorate in their management of the rest of their health such as middle class people begin acting as though they are less educated and have fewer resources. Also, one tends to adopt the health behaviours of family and those things are established very early in life, so we pass down terrible habits to our kids- mainly eating unwisely and not exercising! I think people who are not well-off also use environmental things to try to feel better- that is why they'll be early adopters of widescreen TVs but not of low-fat diets! It's hard enough for anyone to take true responsibility for their health even when happy and well-resourced- it's a puzzle I've been pondering for a long time! Thanks for an interesting blog!

Chrows25 aka Leather Woman said...

Having been living in an Inner city environment for the last four years (read working poor and welfare recipients), I have come to recognise the clear relationship between the milieu in which people live and the lifestyles they develop. I have been really excited by the concept of "social contagion" in drug use, gaining weight, losing weight,teen pregnany, smoking or not, crime, gang membership are all very related to the peer or family group.
I sort of extended it to the number of celebs/stars whose children go into show biz, the number of sports stars whose parents were also athletic.
So when we send people to prison to "rehabilitate them and release them to the community in which they turned to crime...guess what they reoffend. In one city I lived the Alcohol treatment centre released dried out alcoholics to live in hotels over bars. Hugely successful?