Why an economic recession could be good for the planet
The economic recession of 2008-2009 may have hurt your bank account, but new analysis suggests it was good for the planet. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - July 22, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

How the Recession Accidentally Helped the Planet
From the White House to the ivory tower, climate change experts have cited a 10% decline in carbon emissions in the United States as a sign that the country is on the right track to reducing emissions. Increased reliance on natural gas has been cited as the cause of the improvement. But new research suggests carbon emissions declined largely as a result of a drop in economic activity during the Great Recession. Overall, the economic downturn led to more than 80% of the total reduction in carbon emissions between 2007 and 2009, according to a new study in the journal Nature Communications. The finding casts doubt on the abi...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - July 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Justin Worland Tags: Uncategorized carbon emissions climate change Great Recession pollutionr White House Source Type: news

Economic slump, not natural gas boom, responsible for drop in CO2 emissions
The 11 percent decrease in climate change-causing carbon dioxide emissions in the US between 2007 and 2013 was caused by the global financial recession -- not the reduced use of coal, research shows. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Great Recession was good for the environment
U.S. carbon emissions down from 2007 to 2013 (Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - July 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Economic slump, not natural gas boom, responsible for drop in CO2 emissions
(University of California - Irvine) The 11 percent decrease in climate change-causing carbon dioxide emissions in the US between 2007 and 2013 was caused by the global financial recession -- not the reduced use of coal, research from the University of California Irvine, the University of Maryland, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis shows. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 21, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

How a drug shift set the stage for a potential winner for ALS patients
Just as the Great Recession's hardest blows landed on the biotech industry, Cytokinetics Inc. did a version of the bob and weave. The result may be the best hope for extending the lives of patients with Lou Gehrig's disease. The South San Francisco company seven years ago decided to ditch its cancer drug work in favor of muscle programs: heart, skeletal and smooth muscles that offered potentially quicker routes to drug approval and less competition. Now, as Cytokinetics announced Tuesday, it is… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 15, 2015 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

How a drug shift set the stage for a potential winner for ALS patients
Just as the Great Recession's hardest blows landed on the biotech industry, Cytokinetics Inc. did a version of the bob and weave. The result may be the best hope for extending the lives of patients with Lou Gehrig's disease. The South San Francisco company seven years ago decided to ditch its cancer drug work in favor of muscle programs: heart, skeletal and smooth muscles that offered potentially quicker routes to drug approval and less competition. Now, as Cytokinetics announced Tuesday, it is… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines - July 15, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Systematic review of suicide in economic recession - Oyesanya M, Lopez-Morinigo J, Dutta R.
AIM: To provide a systematic update of the evidence concerning the relationship between economic recession and suicide. METHODS: A keyword search of Ovid Medline, Embase, Embase Classic, PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES was performed to identify studies t... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - July 4, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

The Deadly Cost Of Austerity On Greece's Health Care System
For over four years, Greece has implemented strict austerity measures as a condition of the major bailout deals keeping the country afloat. The Greek government is currently locked in a showdown with its international creditors about how much further they will have to tighten budgets in order to receive a next tranche of loans. The austerity program is highly unpopular in Greece, and the ruling Syriza party won elections in January after promising to scale it back. Despite a raft of austerity measures since 2010, Greece's economy has not lifted out of the recession sparked by the 2008 economic crisis. Greece instead is ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Deadly Cost Of Austerity On Greece's Health Care System
For over four years, Greece has implemented strict austerity measures as a condition of the major bailout deals keeping the country afloat. The Greek government is currently locked in a showdown with its international creditors about how much further they will have to tighten budgets in order to receive a next tranche of loans. The austerity program is highly unpopular in Greece, and the ruling Syriza party won elections in January after promising to scale it back. Despite a raft of austerity measures since 2010, Greece's economy has not lifted out of the recession sparked by the 2008 economic crisis. Greece instead is fe...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Program to curb 'doctor-shopping' for drugs launches next week -- but already there's trouble
A new system to prevent patients in California from obtaining overlapping drug prescriptions from multiple doctors is scheduled to launch July 1, but providers say it has problems. The Controlled Substances Utilization Review and Evaluation System — better know as CURES — provides a database to help providers identify patients who are "doctor-shopping" for drugs. State staffing and support for the initial program were decimated by budget cuts during the recession. The system, which is run by… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 24, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Kathy Robertson Source Type: news

Impact of the economic recession and subsequent austerity on suicide and self-harm in Ireland: an interrupted time series analysis - Corcoran P, Griffin E, Arensman E, Fitzgerald AP, Perry IJ.
BACKGROUND: The recent economic recession has been associated with short-term increases in suicide in many countries. Data are lacking on the longer-term effect on suicide and on the impact on non-fatal suicidal behaviour. METHODS: Using interrupte... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - June 20, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

America recovers from its great baby recession
The number of births in the U.S. rose last year for the first time since 2007; the economy may be a factor. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Research explores national trends in commuting patterns
A new study examines 25 metro regions over 20 years to see who has the shortest and longest commutes to work. The new analysis also covers commuting to work when the U.S. was affected by unemployment resulting from the recession as well as the housing bubble crisis. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 17, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

America recovers from a great baby recession
The number of births in the United States went up last year for the first time since 2007, according to an annual report by the CDC National Center for Health Statistics. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. Birthrate Hits Turning Point
Six years after the recession ended, the nation’s birthrate has begun to climb again. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Source: WSJ.com: Health - June 17, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: PAID Source Type: news

Matters Of The Mind: The Politics of Mental Health
http://media.boston.cbslocal.com/CBSBOS_20150612064819210AA.mp4 BOSTON (CBS) — Providing adequate treatment for the one-in-five American adults living with mental illness, and preventing future generations from suffering the same fate, comes down to prioritizing initiatives that work. “This is so obvious and yet we as a nation have not embraced it as fundamental to overall success in our society,” former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy told WBZ-TV. Read: More Matters Of The Mind Kennedy left Congress in 2011 and has spent the years since touring the country to advocate for mental heal...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Bree Sison Jon Keller Matters Of The Mind Mental Health Patrick Kennedy Politics Source Type: news

Characteristics of people dying by suicide after job loss, financial difficulties and other economic stressors during a period of recession (2010-2011): a review of coroners' records - Coope C, Donovan J, Wilson C, Barnes M, Metcalfe C, Hollingworth W, Kapur N, Hawton K, Gunnell D.
BACKGROUND: Suicide rates increase during periods of economic recession, but little is known about the characteristics of people whose deaths are related to recession, the timing of risk in relation to job loss, the nature of financial stresses and the sou... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - June 6, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Big gains in number of California children with health insurance and regular dental care
An impressive 3 in 4 California children ages 2 to 5 had a regular dental checkup in 2012, including those from poorer households, according to a new policy brief by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. A decade earlier, just half the children in low-income households made an annual visit to the dentist, along with 60 percent of those from higher-income households. The findings are part of a comprehensive new study that tracked young children’s health in California from 2003 to 2012. The study found gains in many areas, including health insurance coverage and dental care, but showed a drop in pr...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 21, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

NYC Pioneers An Innovative Alternative For Those On The Verge Of A Mental Health Crisis
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. By Christine Vestal NEW YORK – It is a busy Friday afternoon. Staff members check in guests at the front desk. Other employees lead visitors on tours of the upstairs bedrooms, or field calls from people considering future stays. Aromas of garlic and roasted chicken seep out of the kitchen. Community Access is not a bed and breakfast, although it feels that way when you walk through its unmarked door off Second Avenue on M...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A collection of evidence for the impact of the economic recession on road fatalities in Great Britain - Lloyd L, Wallbank C, Broughton J.
There was a considerable reduction in the number of fatalities on British roads between 2007 and 2010. This substantial change led to debate as to the cause of the reduction. Multiple sources of information and evidence have been collated including STATS19... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - May 16, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

UCLA faculty voice: Neuroscience helps explain American households’ $12 trillion debt
UCLA Peter Whybrow Dr. Peter Whybrow is director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the author of “The Well-Tuned Brain: Neuroscience and the Life Well Lived” (out May 18 from W.W. Norton), from which this op-ed is adapted. This op-ed appeared May 10 in the Wall Street Journal. The reward circuitry of the human brain is vital to our survival, but it wasn’t built to grapple with seductive credit card offers and no-money–down mortgages. Easy credit feeds our love of immediate gratification, distorts self-regulation and diminishes prudent market behavior, creating a...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 16, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

National study finds lower depression, better mental health during the Great Recession
(University of Maryland) Americans had fewer depression diagnoses and better mental health during the Great Recession (2007-09) compared to pre-recession, according to a University of Maryland study. Led by Dr. Rada K. Dagher in the UMD School of Public Health, this large, national study also showed that post-recession, women were more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders, while men were less likely to suffer from psychological distress. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 13, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

European banks as vulnerable now as before crash
European banks are as vulnerable to failing today as they were in the run-up to the 2008 global economic crash and subsequent recession, new research has found. In the first study to compare sources of systemic risk in European banks, economists found banks in southern countries, including France, Spain and Italy, are highly vulnerable to failure. Banks in northern countries appear to be more resilient. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 12, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Enrollment Continues Post-Recession Slump at Top Universities, Colleges
College enrollment in Arkansas topped out in the 2011-12 academic year, the second year of lottery scholarships when the state's unemployment rate was near its post-recession peak. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 12, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Examining Local Public Health Investment and Activities in Violence & Injury Prevention
May 13, 2015, 12:00-1:00 PM ET. Presentation on a 2014 study that assessed local health department inputs, indicators, and outcomes to address violence and injury prevention during the recent economic recession in Washington State's Practice-Based Research Network counties. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 7, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

How health care companies are trying to take a page from Wayne Gretzky
Any health care expert will tell you: It's a busy time in the world of health care finance, with an extremely active mergers and acquisitions market and high valuations for young companies. And according to the four experts who spoke at a Nashville Health Care Council panel Wednesday, the industry shows no immediate signs of slowing down. Thanks to low interest rates and increased post-recession confidence in board rooms, the M&A market has "been quite robust" in 2015, said Philip Pucciarelli, managing… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 6, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Eleanor Kennedy Source Type: news

Federal Dysfunction Continues to Underfund Science and Infrastructure
Tesla's effort to commercialize a home battery system was a big news story last week. In contrast, the Republican-controlled House Science Committee's reauthorization proposal for American science research received very little media attention. I link these two events because they represent the positive and negative trends influencing our transition to a sustainable, renewable economy. The home battery looks snazzy but is still too expensive and stores too little energy to be transformative. Still, Tesla's innovation is a clear step in the right direction. Meanwhile, back in the nation's capital, the House Republicans are a...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 4, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Significant increase in major depression reported during recent recession
The recent Great Recession was accompanied by a significant and sustained increase in major depression in US adults, according to a new study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 24, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Women ‘cannot afford more effective contraceptives’
Recession and high price of contraception sees rise in less reliable withdrawal method (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - April 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Psychiatric nurses reject calls for increased productivity
Union says psychiatric nurses want ‘unfettered’ return of pay lost during recession (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - April 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Psychiatric nurses reject ministers’ calls for increased productivity
Union says psychiatric nurses want ‘unfettered’ return of pay lost during recession (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - April 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: Global Recession Linked to Rising HIV Deaths, Study Finds
[FrontPageAfrica] Rising unemployment is linked to higher death rates from HIV, according to research published in the Journal of Global Health. The study, which looked at the effects of the global recession on HIV mortality, also found that increased public health spending helps to reduce deaths from the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - April 16, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

China's massive housing bubble now imploding; economic collapse likely to spread globally
(NaturalNews) Is China getting ready to experience the very same housing collapse that triggered the Great Recession in the United States beginning at the end of 2007? Actually, China's housing bust may be worse, according to recently released data.As reported by Tyler Durden... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Forty-seven percent of US households live paycheck to paycheck as families struggle to save money in poor economy
(NaturalNews) There has been some good news lately regarding the U.S. economy: Jobs are coming back in appreciable numbers - finally - and more Americans are having an easier time earning a living than at the height of the Great Recession.But there is still plenty of bad news... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

States Tighten Conditions for Receiving Food Stamps as the Economy Improves
Food pantries expect to be inundated as states apply a policy that could strip food stamp benefits from a million childless, able-bodied adults. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JESS BIDGOOD Tags: States (US) Food Banks and Pantries LePage, Paul R Food Stamps Welfare (US) Maine Recession and Depression Source Type: news

Shifts in electricity generation spur net job growth, but coal jobs decline
In four years following the 2008 recession, the US coal industry lost more than 49,000 jobs, while the natural gas, solar, and wind industries together created nearly four times that amount, according to a new. Few of the new jobs were added in states hardest hit by coal's decline, particularly West Virginia and Kentucky. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 7, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

This Exercise Craze Is Giving Low-Income Women A Chance To Prioritize Their Health
This story first appeared in Intersections South L.A., a publication of the Annenberg Media Center, on October 30, 2014. “She used to be fat!” a woman said after Patricia Campos’ class on a recent weekday morning, nudging her elbow at a fellow student. “No, I used to be fat!” a friend chimed in. “I was fat, too!” added another. Just minutes prior, the trio of 30-somethings were among 20 women clad in black leggings and neon hued tops twisting side to side as a Dominican cumbia song blasted from the stereo. “Get movin’!” commanded Campos in Spanish, pointi...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Burnout or Balance: What Kind of Entrepreneur Are You?
When I launched my first company in 2000, it was an Internet based PR and Marketing firm. I was so caught up in the Internet bubble race-to-cash that I missed most of my 30's. I was a workaholic to the max. "Work hard, play hard, and shoe shop in between" was my motto. When the "Great Recession" hit, my Internet-based agency was forced to slow down. I didn't know what to do with myself. I was plagued by stress and the anxiety grew because business was so slow. I took everything so personally, yes, even global economics. With all of that extra time on my hands (and less money) I had to turn inward. H...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rural Employment in Recession and Recovery
Describes the impact of the 2007-2008 recession and the recovery that followed, with a focus on rural employment. Discusses regional variation in unemployment. Compares rural to urban employment growth from 2007 to 2014. -- USDA Economic Research Service (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - March 30, 2015 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Hawaii's Coastal Erosion Predicted To Double By 2050, New Study Says
If you think there's not much beach space left in Waikiki right now, chances are it's going to be a lot worse in 35 years. Scientists at the University of Hawaii’s School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology (SOEST) studied data from 10 retreating beaches on Oahu, Maui and Kauai islands and found that beaches will erode as much as 20 feet by 2050 and 40 feet by 2100. The study, titled "Doubling Of Coastal Erosion Under Rising Sea Level By Mid-Century In Hawaii," was published this week in the journal "Natural Hazards." "The average amount of shoreline recession roughly doubles by 205...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 27, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Negative interest begins: U.S. banks begin charging customers to hold their deposits
(NaturalNews) Since the Great Recession of 2008, something strange has been happening to the country's financial sector, and banking in particular. As in, there is little about the sector that resembles "banking" these days, at least in the sense that most Americans understand it... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Unemployment claims soar as U.S. industry collapses; MSM touts growth in lowest-paying jobs instead
(NaturalNews) According to published reports, the U.S. economy grew by nearly 300,000 jobs in February, making the unemployment rate fall to 5.5 percent - the lowest of President Obama's tenure - so the nation is well on its way to post-Great Recession recovery, right?Not so fast... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Oregon's unemployment rate continues its welcome plummet
Oregon's unemployment rate continues to make state economists very happy. The levels fell half of a percentage point, from 6.3 percent in January to 5.8 percent in February. Oregon is now at its lowest unemployment rate since May 2008. The figure is also within three-tenths of a percentage point from the U.S. rate of 5.5 percent. All told, 35,000 residents have been unemployed for more than six months, compared to 100,000-plus at the peak of the 2009-2010 recession. The total nonfarm payroll… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 17, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Andy Giegerich Source Type: news

Rural Youth Suicides Almost Double Rates In Urban Areas
A troubling new report on youth suicide shows that the gap between rural deaths and urban deaths is widening; From 1996 to 2010, rates of death from suicide among children, teens and young adults were nearly double in rural communities, when compared to urban ones. The disparity, said study lead author Cynthia Fontanella, Ph.D., of Ohio State University, is a sign that more needs to be done to understand the experiences of rural youth. She called for more funding to place mental health practitioners in schools and programs that empower primary care physicians to take on mental health issues with their patients. “I...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 16, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Carbon Emissions Stabilized In 2014; Shows Efforts To Combat Climate Change May Be Working
This story originally appeared on Climate Central. Solar, wind and other renewables are making such a big difference in greenhouse gas emissions worldwide that global emissions from the energy sector flatlined during a time of economic growth for the first time in 40 years. The International Energy Agency announced Friday that energy-related CO2 emissions last year were unchanged from the year before, totaling 32.3 billion metric tons of CO2 in both 2013 and 2014. It shows that efforts to reduce emissions to combat climate change may be more effective than previously thought. “This is both a very welcome surprise ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 13, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Global debt rose $57 trillion since 2007; economic implosion now unavoidable
(NaturalNews) Global debt has soared to dizzying levels since the "Great Recession," according to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute. The study estimates that overall global debt since 2007 has increased by a staggering $57 trillion, outpacing world GDP growth and raising... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Educating economists after the 2008 recession
Ensuring the future generation of economists are equipped with the ‘real-world’ skills they need in light of the recent financial crisis is one of the issues being addressed at a Bank of England event on Tuesday 17 March. The one-day conference, organised by the Economics Network at the University of Bristol, will explore a range of issues concerning economics education with a particular focus on the practical challenges of implementing change to the economics curriculum. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - March 10, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research; Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, School of Economics, Finance and Management; Press Release Source Type: news