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Can City Living Affect Your Mental Health - HER Week In Health

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In This Week's Edition Of EmpowHER's "HER Week In Health" For June 24, 2011 Bailey Mosier Talks About Urban Living And Its Affect On Women's Mental Health, Women's Increased Ability To Sense A Man's Sexual Orientation, And The Recent Rise In Births Using A Caesarean Section.

Hi, I'm Bailey Mosier and this is EmpowHER's HER Week In Health.

In this week’s edition a new study tells us that growing up in a big city increases one’s risk of developing anxiety and mood disorders, that women can best distinguish between gay and straight men when ovulating and we find out why women are having more births by cesarean section than ever before.

A new international study found that being raised in a major urban area is associated with greater lifetime risk for anxiety and mood disorders. This study is the first to show that two distinct brain regions that regulate emotion and stress are affected by city living.

Findings indicate that individuals who are brought up in cities have a 21 percent higher risk for developing anxiety disorders, a 39 percent increase for mood disorders and double the risk for developing schizophrenia as compared to individuals raised in rural settings.

These findings suggest that different brain regions are sensitive to the experience of city living during different times across the lifespan. Researchers say further investigation needs to be made but these initial findings unveal a needed change in social sciences, neurosciences and public policy to respond to the major health challenge of urbanization.

A new study by psychologists at the University of Toronto and Tufts University shows that a woman can more accurately identify a man's sexual orientation when looking at his face, when she is closest to her time of peak ovulation.

The findings are presented online in a paper titled "Mating Interest Improves Women's Accuracy in Judging Male Sexual Orientation", published in Psychological Science.

Researchers hypothesize that women's accuracy may vary across the fertility cycle because men's sexual orientation is relevant to conception and thus of greater importance as women are nearer to ovulation.

The U.S. cesarean delivery rate has increased dramatically over the past decade, and according to researchers from the Yale School of Medicine, half of the increase is due to women having repeat cesarean deliveries and an equal proportion was due to a rise in first-time cesarean delivery.

Yale researchers collected data from over 30,000 births at Yale-New Haven Hospital from 2003 to 2009 and found that factors such as slowly progressing labor and fetal heart rate concerns were the largest contributors for having C-sections.

Understanding the reasons for the rise in cesarean delivery can help doctors consider if the benefits of the surgery based on indication appropriately outweigh the known risks, costs and longer recovery time.

That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Week In Health. Join me here, at EmpowHER.com every Friday as we recap the latest in women’s health.

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