We already discussed the relation between air pollution and dementia. Now scientists believe that childhood exposure to air pollution is also related to schizophrenia. This is just one more reason to push for clean air legislation.
Creating an optimal living climate is one of the Four Goals formulated by Gerard O’Neil. This means that urban planners should take public health into account.
We found an important study at ScienceDaily:
Earlier we discussed the importance of choline in raising the level of general intelligence among the public. Now a study conducted by researchers from Arizona State University, reported by ScienceDaily, has found:
that a lifelong dietary regimen of choline holds the potential to prevent Alzheimer’s disease (AD). (source: Science Daily)
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and puts a high cost on both individual, their friends and family as well society at large. If choline can play a role in a wider strategy to combat dementia, we have little reason not to do so.
Dementia is obviously bad for those who suffer from this condition, but it also puts a strain on society. First of all, it removes potentially active people from society and secondly other people have to take care of dementia patients. Continue reading Fending off dementia
We have discussed shorter work weeks in the past. There are several reasons for a reduction or working hours. Now French research adds another one to this list. According to a report on ScienceDaily people who work long hours over a decade have an increased risk of a stroke. Continue reading Health and working hours
ScienceDaily reports three interesting studies relevant for designing a public health policy. As we have stated previously, public policy should focus on prevention of disease – also known as health promotion. Continue reading Health promotion – some studies
We have previously discussed the role of lead on neural development and also we have addressed the issue of particulate matter in regard of public health. Consequently we have proposed that as a measure of preventive healthcare, these substances should be eliminated from the environment within space settlements. Continue reading Environment and public health
ScienceDaily reports of an EU wide study to the effects of particulate matter:
A Danish study indicated that children who were raised in a green environment have a 55 percent lower risk of developing mental disorders. For the designers of future space settlements this means that they need to ensure that there will be a substantial amount of public green.
For larger free space habitats such as O’Neill cylinders an interesting example is the Wonderwoods project in the Dutch city of Utrecht. This design by Italian architect Stefano Boeri Architetti combines high-rise buildings with forests, a concept he calls vertical forests.
Health care is a costly affair and the best method to reduce a nation’s medical expenses, is to prevent its citizens from getting sick in the first place. Therefore space settlements should focus on preventive medicine in their health policies. Continue reading Health policy