Health

When the economy is down, alcohol consumption goes up

Previous studies have found that health outcomes improve during an economic downturn. Job loss means less money available for potentially unhealthy behaviors such as excessive drinking, according to existing literature on ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Teen self-harm rates: What other countries can learn from Denmark

Concern has been growing over rising rates of self-harm in teenagers. In the UK and Ireland, increases began around the time of the 2008 economic crash and show no sign of slowing. One study of the UK found rates among teenage ...

Health

Child abuse rose during recession, research says

(AP) -- An increase in child abuse, mostly in infants, is linked with the recent recession in new research that raises fresh concerns about the impact of the nation's economic woes.

Health

Economic crisis lowers birth rates, research shows

The economic crisis has put measurable pressure on birthrates in Europe over the last decade. On average, the more the unemployment rose, the greater the decrease in fertility compared to the number of children per women ...

Health

Australia sees first population drop since World War I

Australia's population has declined for the first time in more than a century as pandemic-induced border closures stemmed the flow of overseas migrants, according to figures released Thursday.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Ireland steeled for start of second virus lockdown

Ireland on Wednesday braced for the start of a second nationwide coronavirus lockdown, with fears the new six-week hiatus will deal a heavier blow than the last one.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Mental illness prescriptions increase during recession, says study

(Medical Xpress)—Perhaps surprisingly, public health overall improves during economic recessions. Fewer people die, fewer heart attacks are reported and general morbidity decreases, according to research from the World ...

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