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Relationships, self-esteem and health - first posting

16th August 2008

Poor relationships damage our health.  Recent research powerfully demonstrates this point (Stinson, Logel et al. 2008).  In these studies, relationships were assessed in three different ways - relationship quality (closeness, trust, satisfaction), number of friends, and relationship stress.  Sheldon Cohen (Cohen 2004) has argued that these three aspects of relationships are all important in...

A successful community approach to tackling increasing overweight in children

10th August 2008

The 8th August edition of the BMJ (Moynihan 2008) reports "The small town of Colac in rural Australia is attracting national and international attention for its approach to fighting childhood obesity, and reducing health inequalities."  The news item goes on to say "Two hours west of Melbourne, with 11,000 inhabitants, Colac is the site of a...