Loving relationships and the ability to cope with stress so that we don’t push these relationships away are found to be the key to longevity and good health.

1240215_origFindings from a new longitudinal study on men’s health have found that one of the key factors in longevity and health are close, loving relationships as well as the ability to cope with stress and grief in a way that doesn’t push these relationships away. See the full article here.

Chemical exposure during childhood linked to cancer

about-the-smart-human-image-300x269New research is solidifying the link between childhood chemical exposure and the increased risk of cancer, often from daily household products. Limiting exposure by using products known to be less harmful and can help reduce this risk. Standards such as the Living Building Challenge Red Petal list, and the WELL Building Standard, are addressing these risks to health. See the full article here.

New study links suburban sprawl to decreased social mobility

A new study indicates that living in sprawling suburban areas decreases a poor child’s chances of moving up the socio-economic ladder as an adult. Possible reasons include higher transportation costs in sprawling areas, as well as more isolation.

“One of the most striking findings is that living in more compact and connected metro areas can help low-income children get ahead financially as adults.”

Despite continuing sprawl many cities in the US are developing comprehensive growth plans that try to reduce sprawl due to its’ negative impact on health. Read the full article here.