Tag Archives: public health

(1205) Stress is all that’s holding us together


A squeeze is on working people in the United Kingdom, the States and Canada.  The calculus of personal pressure and hard times described in this piece from The Guardian website is certainly reproduced in the Greater Toronto Area.  Such difficulty seems to be a big part of what it means to be a working person in these societies.  Mentioned in this piece is the weak economics of wages for a couple with a young child in Glasgow where a call-centre job really just doesn’t cut it.  The weight of this at the societal level is also discovered via this article.  Recent data from a UK university is linked concluding a crap job is often much worse for your mental health than the stresses of full on unemployment.
Crazy stuff indeed.  The late nineteenth century industrial economy was fuelled on coal.  Our early twenty-first century digital economy is fuelled on human stress.
The stress of low-paid work is making our country sick
Having a bad job can be worse for your health than being unemployed
manchester.ac.uk
image: Flood G. via Flickr/CC

(1188) Risk to US mothers

Sometimes a single statistic stops us in our tracks.
A woman in Texas is ten times as likely to die due to pregnancy than a woman in Sweden or Spain.  This morbidity is right at the top of the ”developed” world’s list.  Among other things, it defies the experience of countries where maternal mortality can be zero in certain years.
If Americans love moms, why do we let them die?
nytimes.com

(1185) Hygiene poverty


As with food and fuel we can attach hygiene to the word poverty more easily than we like.  Making poverty a plural may be pushing it a little at the moment but if we continue with our present economic systems we might just have to.  This UK item squares with our observations of a busy drop in centre in the Greater Toronto Area where personal care supplies were always very popular.
Poverty driving people to choose between eating or keeping clean. In Kind Direct charity warns of ‘hidden crisis’ facing thousands after it distributes £20.2m of hygiene products in one year
theguardian.com
See also:
(1094) Period poverty
(597) Free tampons!

(1125) Poverty as disease

This past weekend saw the international March for Science take place in something like 600 communities.  We can hardly think of anything as heartening as smart people the world over gathering for science.  Adhering to a theme of knowledge and objectivity is this piece from Nautilus.  Its author looks into the reality of living a life of deep uncertainty and stress.  We really urge you to read this one because it is starting to look like poverty doesn’t just deform personal behaviour and therefore lead us to injury.  Poverty can be increasingly seen as harmful to us at cellular and genetic levels and in our body chemistry.  An understanding of the science of poverty should allow us to stop attributing its existence of some combination of personal character and systemic inevitability and to rationally treating it.
Why poverty is like a disease. Emerging science is putting the lie to American meritocracy
See also: (372) Studies indicate poverty impairs cognitive ability

(1109) Worker burnout

News from the United States these days is pretty grim for working people and many a  town there is long in need of greatness.  Something tells us, when we read about what seems like a burned out working class or ex-working class, that a lot more than protectionism, reserve bank gyrations and interest rate fiddlings will be required to restore a general prosperity to America.  Public health seems a bigger part of the story than is generally accepted.  To wit, a couple of recent features:
Maybe the economy isn’t the reason why so many American men aren’t working. Many experts have blamed a poor job market, but new research indicates that an overlooked cause may be poor health
theatlantic.com/business
An intractable problem. For the last half-century, Milwaukee has been caught in a relentless social and economic spiral
http://projects.jsonline.com
Even healthy looking suburbs are dying from drugs. Some communities are sicker than they look, according to our analysis of CDC data and the Robert Wood Johnson foundation’s new county health rankings
citylab.com