Deadly job stress and 19K preventable child deaths: In health news today

Sept. 14, 2012, 8:51 a.m.

Job stress can increase a person's risk of developing heart disease by around 25 percent, says a new study. (Miguel Angel/Flickr Creative Commons)

If you're lucky enough to have a job in this economy, news in the Los Angeles Times may dampen your spirits: Stress on the job – caused by high demands and feeling like you have little control over your hours and work conditions – can increase the risk of developing heart disease by around 25 percent.

The United Nation's Children's Fund said in a new report that the number of kids younger than five who died in 2011 fell to 7 million, but that nearly 19,000 children worldwide still died from preventable causes. According to Businessweek, the report estimated that 80 percent of child deaths in 2011 happened in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. has news on a study that shows health advocates ought to focus more efforts on rural obesity: Country dwellers were nearly 20 percent more likely to be unhealthily large compared to urban folks. The findings reinforce the idea that where you live plays a role in how healthy you are.

In the realm of health care: reports on a poll that says 45 percent of adults don't fill their prescriptions because it's too expensive; 63 percent skipped doctor's visits when they were sick for the same reason. Another study, says HealthDay, found that a lot of U.S. seniors seriously struggle to pay their heath care costs beyond what Medicare will cover. HealthDay's also got the grand total of how much Americans spend on taking care of chronic pain each year: $635 billion.

Medical News Today says a new study has found that men whose parents got divorced are at a higher risk of having a stroke than are men from intact families. That news is even worse when you consider another study which, according to HealthDay, says men are more prone to post-stroke depression than women are.

Finally, a new study appearing in Children and Youth Services Review found that the federal government's 1996 welfare reform efforts may have made things better for the working poor, but it also seems to have made the situation of the "deeply poor" even worse.

Photo by Miguel Angel via Flickr Creative Commons.

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