Family experience shapes diabetes management

Watching a family member or neighbor go through type 2 diabetes shapes the way people with diabetes manage their condition, a new study finds.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: diabetes families social-lives health-and-medicine blood-sugar

Male baboons with female pals live longer

Having a female bestie gives male baboons a better chance of survival, a new study shows.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: friends science-and-technology social-lives lifespan baboons

‘Sexy mindset’ makes partners seem hotter

Having a "sexy mindset" can make potential partners seem more attractive and reduce fears of rejection, researchers report.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: relationships sex featured science-and-technology society-and-culture social-lives attraction

Too few social media ‘likes’ can amp up teen depression

Getting fewer "likes" on social media can lead to depression and anxiety in young people, a new study shows.

Rachel White-UT Austin • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: social-media depression anxiety stress teens society-and-culture social-lives health-and-medicine

COVID-19 stress could boost alcohol abuse risk

Stress ups the risks for alcohol and drug abuse, and difficulty in getting treatment makes coping with addiction even harder during COVID, an expert argues.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Sept. 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: addiction covid-19 alcohol featured social-lives health-and-medicine

People act less selfishly when somebody’s watching

The more uncertain we are about expectations, the more likely we are to act selfishly, a new study finds. That's key for following COVID-19 guidelines.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Sept. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 generosity featured society-and-culture social-lives

Loneliness doubled for older adults early in pandemic

Staying close to home reduces COVID-19 risk for older adults, but feelings of loneliness can set in. Neighbors, healthy habits, and technology can help.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Sept. 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 isolation older-adults social-lives health-and-medicine

Strict distancing keeps your COVID risk much lower

"Our findings support the idea that if you're going out, you should practice social distancing to the extent possible..."

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
Sept. 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 viruses featured social-lives health-and-medicine

To connect with others, call instead of texting

Phone calls may beat texting if you want to connect with other people. The voice itself seems to be integral to bonding, researchers say.

Molly Dannenmaier-UT Austin • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: communication society-and-culture social-lives texting voice

Surge in gun sales ups suicide concerns

During COVID-19 and social unrest, gun purchases have soared. An expert explains why that raises concerns about suicide, and what can help lessen the risk.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 11, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 suicide social-lives health-and-medicine guns

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