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Money Stress Actually Makes You Look Older To Others, Study Finds

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People who worry about money were seen as looking up to 10 years older, study finds.

You’ve heard that money is the root of all evil, right? Now we can apply that adage to aging. A study just published in the Research on Aging journal found that people who worry about money actually look older than those who don’t stress about their finances. And they look a lot older ― as in 10 years older.

In the study, 200 people self-rated their levels of financial stress, and then photos were taken of them in 1994-1995 and again in 2004-2005. A panel was then asked to guess the ages of the people in the pictures. Across the board, reviewers found that the people who said they were under heavy financial stress had aged more.

As a side note: The study subjects who said they were under financial stress reported that they didn’t see themselves as looking older.

“What did surprise us was that financial stress was related just to how old you looked to others,” says Margie Lachman, a professor of psychology at Brandeis and one of the study’s authors, in a release. “It was not related to how old one feels or how old one thinks they look. So it showed up to others in one’s appearance, but not in terms of one’s own subjective views or perceptions of their age.”

So does worry and stress really age you? While we know that stress can be a killerand that money is one of those big-time stressors, Lachman speculated that stressed-out people may just be less likely to spend as much time on their appearance or healthy lifestyle choices. “Cosmetics or engaging in healthy practices for diet, exercise and sleep can affect how old one looks,” she said.

That said, stress has also been shown to accelerate aging on the cellular level, so it’s not just about a few more worry lines showing up. Chronic stress has been found to contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, even just anticipatory worrying comes with a downside. UC San Francisco researchers found that the mere anticipation of stress can increase an individual’s risk of age-related disorders.

So how about we all just take a “Don’t worry; be happy” moment today?

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Zimbawe’s doctor goes missing after masterminding strike

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Fearless Zimbabwe’s minister of health has called on the government to address insecurity lapses that has lead to the disappearance Peter Magombeyi, the head of a doctor’s union, who disappeared on Saturday.

Fears are rising over the fate of Zimbabwe medical doctor Dr Peter Magombeyi after he sent a message to say he had been abducted in that country by unknown persons – apparently for demanding a “living wage”.

An AFP report earlier on Sunday quoted the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctor’s Association (ZHDA) as saying Magombeyi had not been heard from since he sent a WhatsApp message on Saturday night saying he had been “kidnapped by three men”.

Zimbabwe doctors, who earn a miserly equivalent of about R3 000 are on strike to press for better wages, equipment and medicines in state hospitals.

The ZHDA has reportedly accused state security forces of abducting the doctor because of his role in organising work stoppages.

This week some doctors said the death of deposed Robert Mugabe, 95, in a Singapore hospital on 6 September was an indication of how bad health services in Zimbabwe

“Dr Magombeyi’s crime is only to ask for a living wage for his profession. This is a reflection of the troubles born out of refusal to implement Political Reforms.”

The Zimbabwe government led by Emmerson Mnangagwa has not publicly commented on the doctor’s disappearance

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Turkey: Group calls for immediate action against Femicide

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Emine Dirican, a beautician from Istanbul, tried to be a good wife. But her husband hated that she worked, that she socialized, even that she wanted to leave the house sometimes without him.

She tried to reason with him. He lashed out.

“One time, he tied me — my hands, my legs from the back, like you do to animals,” recalls Dirican, shuddering. “He beat me with a belt and said, ‘You’re going to listen to me, you’re going to obey whatever I say to you.’ “

She left him and moved in with her parents. In January, he showed up, full of remorse and insisting he had changed. She let him in.

In her mother’s kitchen, he grabbed her by the hair, threw her to the floor and pulled out a gun.

“He shot me,” she says. “Then he went back to my mom and he pulled the trigger again, but the gun was stuck. So he hit her head with the back of the gun.”

Her father, who was in another room in the house, heard the gunshots and ran over. Dirican almost bled to death after a bullet ripped through a main artery in one of her legs.

“I was telling my father, ‘Daddy, please, I don’t want to die.’ “

Femicide — killing women because of their gender — is a longstanding issue in Turkey. Nearly 300 women have been killed so far this year, according to the Istanbul-based advocacy group We Will Stop Femicide, which has been tracking gender-related deaths since Turkish authorities stopped doing so in 2009.

Source Npr news

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