Posted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Faatimaa Ahmadi, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Faatimaa Ahmadi, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.One year passed. A fruitful year! Last year at this time I was very busy in Iran with developing the idea to take part in Ashoka’s Changemakers.com online competition. Fortunately, I was selected to participate in the Young Champions Program and now I am in my fourth month at the Joyce Fertility support centre in Uganda. I am experiencing a Christmas day in a Christian country and missing Norooz which is the first day of the Persian year. I am missing many other things and of course gaining the other ones to practically turn my idea into reality to bring change in the way of education in maternal health.I based my idea for maternal health on the educational program in the Iranian context where there is no shortage of health providers and no difficulties in access to health centers and hospital facilities. However, on implementing the idea I am in the Ugandan context where I find the opposite. Here I see a lack of midwives, transportation and hospital facilities in heath systems and many other things. Sometimes the differences in these two different contexts challenge me severely. On one hand we are educating women to go to the health centers, and on the other hand there are health centers without midwives that have little availability.So far we have introduced our project in two districts. We had 2 sessions with district health committees. The meetings were interactive. However, we learned from this session that the perspective of the health committee in one of the districts doesn’t match with the real conditions of the district. They told us they don’t have any problems regarding maternal health!But we had earlier visited 2 health centers in this area and we observed:An active health centre with a closed maternity ward because the midwife was on maternity leave without a replacementRefills in the drug store without the health centre supervisor’s input about the required drugsHigh antenatal care coverage but women were not coming back to give birth in the health centresWomen that came to the antenatal unit in their fifth month of pregnancy or laterDoctors and nurses not considering the privacy of pregnant women during their visits (part of their exams were being done in front of a group of people)Doctors holding the educational sessions in which the subject was inappropriate to participants needs (the educator was advising the clients about the importance of starting antenatal care at first month of pregnancy while most of the clients were at late month of pregnancy or postpartum period, so it was obvious to see most of the learners not paying attention to the educator)These days we are now trying to find ways to solve these challenges which have been valuable learning points for us through our activities.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan captain Romagnoli: We believe we can beat Juventusby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli insists they can handle facing Juventus in the Supercoppa.The match is being held in Saudi Arabia.”We have positive sensations, it’s a lovely atmosphere and wonderful to be here playing for an important trophy that can give a positive slant to our season,” said the captain in his Press conference.“We are ready and want to give our all in order to win the tournament. We have great respect for Juventus, who are undoubtedly the strongest side in Italy, but we believe in our capabilities too and know anything can happen in a knockout match.”
Alcohol banned in Amsterdam before Chelsea clashby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAmsterdam’s Red Light District will see an alcohol ban in effect before Chelsea face off against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League.The Dutch authorities in Amsterdam do not want to have any fan incidents on their hands.It is why they are ensuring that everyone is well behaved in the lead up to the 6:55pm kick off for the game.There will be no alcohol sales between 12pm and 6pm on that day, with any establishment that flaunts the law facing fines of up to 1,200 euros.The report of the alcohol ban comes from the AS newspaper in Spain.”Traditionally, foreign football fans go to the Red Light District before a game. This is accompanied by a lot of drinking. Previously, residents and businesses in the area have suffered huge inconvenience and the police have had to intervene,” said a statement in AS. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Story Highlights This will be facilitated through the Justice, Security, Accountability and Transparency (JSAT) Project, which aims to improve the quality of life of Jamaican citizens by strengthening governance and oversight, with particular regard to the functioning of the justice system. This is outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The Government has set aside $304.7 million to strengthen governance and oversight structures in the justice system. The Government has set aside $304.7 million to strengthen governance and oversight structures in the justice system.This will be facilitated through the Justice, Security, Accountability and Transparency (JSAT) Project, which aims to improve the quality of life of Jamaican citizens by strengthening governance and oversight, with particular regard to the functioning of the justice system.This is outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The money will also be used to rehabilitate and equip classrooms and dormitories at the Single Training Academy; provide software training; complete the construction of an Annex to the Forensic Science Laboratory; and provide technical assistance to support the establishment of a single anti-corruption agency.It will also be used to provide technical assistance to document protocols within law-enforcement agencies; and provide training and supply equipment to aid in the fight against corruption.Achievements up to December 2018 include the supply of equipment to the Forensic Institute of Science Laboratory and Legal Medicine Department to facilitate the identification of drugs and other substances; the refurbishing of interview rooms at select law enforcement agencies, with video-recording items; and the provision of training at the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine in the usage of the Chromatograph to facilitate the identification of drugs and other substances.The project, which falls under the Ministry of National Security, began in August 2014, and is being funded by the Government and the European Union.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook In Season 2 of Red Button, viewers meet:Jadine, a bright and motivated writer who uses a wheelchair, who attends an independence camp away from her parents for the first time.Taryn, an overachiever who wants to prove to others that having a facial difference will never stop her.Tosconni, a transgender male suffering from depression and anxiety, who leaves home in hopes of finding himself.Abbigail, a young caregiver to her twin brother Andrew who lives with Tourette Syndrome and a mood disorder.Holly, an aspiring artist suffering from symptoms of psychosis, continually chasing an evasive medical diagnosis.Damion, a young man left with physical and emotional scars from childhood cancer treatment, who finds solace and friendship in a support dog.The storytellers of Red Button are given a smartphone, lightweight audio and camera gear, and a one-on-one media production workshop to learn the basics of filmmaking. With guidance from professional filmmakers, they record all aspects of their lives from their point of view. Once the episodes are shot, the footage is handed over to producers and editors. The most poignant and captivating moments are woven together into powerful narratives. The result is a beautiful combination of raw, unfiltered reality and sophisticated storytelling that spark conversations about a variety of topics including mental health, physical disabilities, and inclusion.CBC Gem offers more than 4000 hours of live and on-demand programming including more than 750 documentary titles. The streaming service also offers the ability to live stream CBC TV at any time with access to 14 CBC channels and their local newscasts across the country. CBC Gem is available for free as an App for iOS and Android devices and online at cbcgem.ca.-30-About Media HeadquartersMedia Headquarters is a leading Canadian television and digital media production company founded by executive producer Robert Cohen. The company is recognized worldwide for producing popular and innovative original content. Media Headquarters’ productions have earned dozens of international awards and the company has been recognized by Realscreen’s ‘Global 100’ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers for seven years in a row. Media Headquarters specializes in the creation of documentary, reality, competition, lifestyle and scripted programming. For more information visit www.mediahqs.ca.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – The second season of the powerful youth-driven documentary series, Red Button, will be available to stream exclusively on CBC Gem beginning Friday, June 7. The six-part, half-hour series takes an innovative approach to storytelling where young documentary subjects turn the camera on themselves to break down misconceptions, prejudices, or stereotypes they face. Following a successful debut season in 2018, the second season invites viewers inside the lives of teens living with differences, who do not normally see themselves represented on screen.“As Canada’s leader in documentary programming, we are committed to reflecting more of the country we serve through innovative storytelling.” said Jennifer Dettman, Executive Director, Unscripted, CBC. We’re incredibly grateful to these young filmmakers who are opening up their lives to the country and sharing their deeply personal stories with us.”“I’m very proud of this season’s six remarkable storytellers,” said Robert Cohen, CEO and Executive Producer, Media Headquarters. “They take us into their worlds and into their hearts with unflinching honesty, bravery and flair — and that’s what makes Red Button so special. Through their unfiltered lens, viewers get access to very personal and important stories about living with differences.” Twitter
DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it must delay the release of key crop reports due to the partial government shutdown.The announcement Friday left investors and farmers without vital information during an already tumultuous time for agricultural markets. The USDA planned to release the reports Jan. 11 but said that even if the shutdown ended immediately, the agency wouldn’t have time to release the reports as scheduled.Grain market analyst Todd Hultman says the situation will worsen if the shutdown continues.The lack of information comes amid the uncertainty of trade with China, where tariffs led to an abrupt drop in U.S. exports to the country. There were indications that China was beginning to resume purchases of U.S. crops, but because of the government shutdown it’s unclear what’s happening.Scott McFetridge, The Associated Press
Kolkata: A stray canine, rescued by the police, has become the first street mongrel to join the elite dog squad of West Bengal Police. Asha, as named by the Kolkata Police officers who rescued her from stone-pelting kids on the city streets, has been trained in the last one-and-half years to become member of the dog squad of the West Bengal Police Training Academy, Barrackpore, deputy inspector general of police Dipankar Bhattacharya said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”Initially, we did not have plans to train her or include her in our dog squad as we never had any street dog in the squad. But the then inspector-general (Training) K Jayaraman thought of providing training to the stray dog and see if she could be included in the canine squad,” Bhattacharya said. Asha who will be joining “pedigreed” members such as German Shepherds and Labradors in the dog squad, has proved to be a good sniffer dog in detecting explosives, the DIG said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “I am happy that Asha has proved that not only pedigreed dogs can be part of a police dog squad. She has proved herself to be as smart and intelligent as pedigreed dogs. “We are proud that we are successful in training a stray dog to handle situations. She is ready for work and will join the squad soon,” the IPS officer said expressing his willingness to try to include more street mongrels in the squad after training them. “Asha is a well-mannered dog. She picked up very quickly and started following instructions on how to heel and walk, crawl, lie down, roll over and salute just like others pedigreed dogs,” another senior officer in the West Bengal Police’s dog squad said. “But if you ask me, I will tell you that Asha was very good at training and most of the times, she was better than the pedigreed dogs. She is the fastest runner dog in our squad and quite clever. That’s her mettle,” the officer said.
New Delhi: Following the violence that erupted during a sealing drive in Mayapuri, traders from the area met with Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari on Tuesday to discuss issues troubling them. Tiwari said that Arvind Kejriwal’s reaction to the sealing drive shows that he wants to mislead traders in Delhi by turning them against the saffron party. He said his party always has and always will stand by traders. Levelling accusations against the Kejriwal-led AAP government in Delhi, Tiwari said that the Chief Minister pressurised officials to conduct the sealing drive. The North-East Delhi MP said, “Kejriwal uses all the types of tactics to mislead the traders but they know the reality and they also know that whenever the traders faced any problem the BJP solved it.”
“Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.” That obscure “Men in Black” quote illustrates the past month or so of Buckeye football. Constant breaking news has surrounded Columbus’ favorite sons: Tattoo-gate, player apologies, players pledging to return for senior year, an assistant coach leaving, an assistant coach almost leaving and, of course, all kinds of reaction from the outside world. Thus, there’s no flying under the radar for the Vest and his boys. The stakes are lofty for OSU. Arguably no other team in college football is under more pressure to win its bowl game. Some people are infuriated that the Shameful Six are allowed to participate in the Sugar Bowl. Others aren’t. I’m apathetic, mostly because the NCAA is making up rules as it goes along. So, I’m not going to waste my time judging players who may or may not have broken those rules. Tattoo-gate has overshadowed the game and OSU’s opponent come tonight: Arkansas. And in case anyone’s forgotten, the Bucks are 0-for-9 against the SEC in bowl games. That said, for OSU to get a victory against the Razorbacks, it’ll have to come together as a team. Only those associated with the program know if Tattoo-gate divided the team. The players will never come out and say it, but some must be wondering if some of those suspended are getting preferential treatment. Speaking of the players, there couldn’t be more weight on their shoulders. They’ve already experienced trials and tribulations in past bowl games. Although not many of them experienced the two BCS title game losses, the impact of the two colossal flops still weighs on the program. Plenty of them were there for the heartbreaking loss to Texas in the Fiesta Bowl. And nearly all of them were feeling rosy after beating Oregon last January. Meanwhile, Arkansas has been marginalized, which is, I’m sure, just how Head Hog Bobby Petrino wants it. The Razorbacks only lost to Alabama and Auburn this year. There’s no shame in losing to the Cam Newton-led Tigers and a Crimson Tide team that dominated and embarrassed co-Big Ten champion Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl. Petrino has the Arkansas program on the rise. Two vastly different teams will enter the Superdome tonight with different mindsets: One will be trying to salvage its season; one will be trying to vault itself into the national spotlight. Imagine what could happen tonight.
It took the Ohio State field hockey team seven games to score nine goals. Against Kent State, the Buckeyes almost matched their season total for goals. OSU (5-3) beat Kent State (4-6) on Wednesday, 8-2, at Buckeye Varsity Field. After back-to-back road wins at Ohio University and Bucknell, OSU returned home and extended its win streak to three games. Senior forward Danica Deckard helped lead OSU to the win, tallying a hat trick and an assist. Deckard now has eight of the team’s 17 goals this season. By game’s end, six different OSU players had scored and four had posted an assist. OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said her team now has the look of a “hungry” squad. “I like the way we are playing together, our timing is a lot better,” Wilkinson said. “We’re distributing the ball and off second effort we are able to finish our opportunities.” Deckard agreed. “We were just really connecting passes and making stuff happen. So, it was really good to get a game like this where we made each other look good,” Deckard said. Kent State struck first 10 minutes into the game and held onto the lead until the 23rd minute when Deckard scored two unassisted goals in less than three minutes to give the Buckeyes their first lead. OSU wouldn’t look back. A goal from senior forward Berta Queralt, assisted by junior back Nora Murer, brought the score to 3-1 with five minutes left in the first half. OSU struck first in the second half with the first career goal from sophomore midfielder Mona Frommhold and an assist from Deckard nine minutes in. The Golden Flashes countered with a goal of their own less than a minute later making the score 4-2. After giving up a second goal, junior goalkeeper Emma Voelker turned away three shots and OSU held Kent State scoreless in the last 25 minutes of the match. “Emma played great, Emma made some great touches on it,” Wilkinson said. “All the support players in that corner defense played really smart, really proud of them.” OSU continued to pull away from the Golden Flashes with consecutive goals from veteran players in the span of almost five minutes. First, it was junior midfielder Paula Pastor-Pitarque who won possession of the ball in front the net and put it past the goalie for her second goal of the season. Next, Deckard completed the hat trick with a goal off an assist from sophomore forward/midfielder Carly Mackessy. The Buckeyes kept the pedal to the metal despite their 6-2 lead and scored two more goals in the last five minutes of the game. OSU’s seventh tally came from freshman forward Peanut Johnson with an assist from fellow freshman forward/midfielder Annie VonderBrink. It was Johnson’s first career goal and VonderBrink’s first career point. “It was exciting because I’ve been working hard but it was a complete team effort,” Johnson said about her first goal. The scoring barrage ended with a second goal from Frommhold with 3:17 left in the game. The Buckeyes will continue their home stand and start Big Ten play Friday versus No. 10 Northwestern. “It’s going to be a great game, like every team in the Big Ten you can’t take any of them lightly,” Johnson said. “It’s going to be a really tough, we just have to fight for all 70 minutes.”
Shelby Lum / Photo editorRedshirt senior running back Jordan Hall pushes through the line with the ball in a game against Buffalo on Aug. 31. OSU won, 40-20Coming into Ohio State’s season opener against Buffalo, the question was, “Who was going to step up as running back?”After OSU’s 40-20 victory, though, the question is, “Who can stop Jordan Hall?”The redshirt senior running back was named the starter in the week leading up to his team’s season opener, but there were some doubts about his ability to perform as the main running back.Hall quelled any doubts that the fans had by halftime, tallying 126 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground in the first half. He finished with 159 yards on the day, a career high.Both of his touchdowns came on big runs in the first half, one of which was a career-long at 49 yards. The other, a 37-yard sprint, came one play after Buffalo had cut the lead to 10 points and all but dashed any hope the Bulls had for a comeback.Junior quarterback Braxton Miller said that Hall’s second touchdown helped to keep the momentum in Ohio State’s favor as the game was starting to slip away from the Buckeyes.“It slipped a little bit. But Dontre (Wilson) came back with a nice kickoff return, we got up a little bit and then Jordan scored a nice little run,” said Miller.Hall credits his touchdown runs to the holes that were created for him by the offensive line.“I just was like wow, I don’t know if they messed up or the O-line just did what they do and I just (saw) it and I took it,” Hall said.It was a long journey back for Hall, who, despite being named a captain in 2012, missed 9 of 12 games because of two separate injuries.“It was tough, it wasn’t as tough because we won every game, so I feel like if we had lost a couple of games it would have been even tougher because I would have felt like I could’ve helped,” Hall said when asked about his time spent on the bench last season. “But we won every game so I was happy for my teammates.”During the offseason, it was believed that Hall would fill the H-back role in Meyer’s offense, but senior wide receiver Chris Fields started at the position Saturday, due to his ability to both run and catch the ball.Hall said he spent time preparing to be the H-back, but was also ready if he was needed as a traditional running back.“I was going to be the H and coach told me I had to learn both positions, so wherever they put me, I’m going to do what I have to do to help the team win,” Hall said.Hall finished the game with three catches for 14 yards to go along with his rushing total, but also caught a pass for a two-point conversion from senior quarterback Kenny Guiton.The two-point conversion was the second in a row for OSU, with Guiton being in on both conversions.“The first one we had a guy over to the right…basically Drew called it for me. He was like ‘You want me to block ‘em?’ and I said ‘Go ahead.’ I ran it in. And then the next one they had about four guys there, and I’m like they don’t have enough to hold Jordan and the offensive line. So I just threw it out,” Guiton said.Hall was glad to see the team come out to a fast start, taking a 23-0 lead after the first quarter, but felt that after that the team got complacent and slowed their pace.“Coach (offensive coordinator Tom Herman) Herman challenged us to come out fast, get things going, and I think we did that,” Hall said. “In the second half we slowed down a little bit, but we’ll be better next week.”Senior running back Carlos Hyde, the expected starter heading into the season, will return from suspension on Sept. 21 against Florida A&M. With Hall’s performance in the opener, it will be interesting to see what Meyer decides to do in the backfield.Hall isn’t worried about the return of Hyde, saying it’s about the team, not his individual stats.“We’re all brothers on the team, whatever we’ve got to do to get a win and do what our goal is this year, that’s our main focus,” Hall said.OSU next plays host to San Diego State at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 at Ohio Stadium.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman waves to the crowd during the Super Bowl Parade Feb. 5 in Seattle.Courtesy of MCTIn the two weeks between the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XLVIII, every person who encountered any type of sports media likely learned the name of Richard Sherman.The third-year cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks stole headlines from many other worthy story lines heading into the biggest sporting event of the year.Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning breaking single-season passing records and leading the Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl in his second season after returning from a career-threatening neck injury?The NFL’s best offense squaring off against the NFL’s best defense in a true test of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object?How would the Seahawks’ offense, with running back Marshawn Lynch arguably being the only player who would rank in the top 10 of NFL players at his position (Lynch finished with 1,257 yards on the ground, good for sixth in the league), keep up with the prolific scoring of the Broncos?All of these buzzworthy topics took a backseat to the controversy surrounding the 25-year-old defensive back’s on-camera reaction to a sideline reporter’s questions after the Seahawks’ Jan 19 victory.Sherman’s deflection of a pass intended for San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree into the waiting arms of linebacker Malcolm Smith sealed the NFC Championship victory and a Super Bowl berth for Seattle.With the attention of the football world on him, Sherman had set himself up for a potentially huge payday and possibly some new endorsement deals.After Sunday’s game, Sherman’s name did not make the front page of many newspapers after he turned in a quiet but efficient performance in Seattle’s 43-8 victory over Denver.He was credited with three tackles and one pass deflection in a game where his most noticeable effects on the game were the two times play was stopped while Sherman sprawled on the turf in pain.Sherman was carted off the field during the fourth quarter with a high ankle sprain, but returned to give a relatively subdued interview — a far cry from the outburst that garnered so much attention two weeks prior.He had practically forcibly grabbed the spotlight while enthusiastically proclaiming himself to be the “best corner in the game” in the postgame interview with Fox’s Erin Andrews after his team’s 23-17 win.Despite not making any spectacular individual plays or boasting an impressive stat line, Sherman played an integral role in a team effort that held Denver and its NFL MVP quarterback to one score in the entire game.Manning never looked comfortable in the pocket, and he often checked down to short-yardage passes. He threw two interceptions, lost a fumble, was sacked, was involved in a safety after his center snapped the ball over his head, and had eight of his passes batted down in a disappointing outing.Sherman might not have earned a spot on the Super Bowl highlight reel, but at least he did not turn in a dud like Manning.Most importantly, Sherman added “Super Bowl Champion” to a résumé that already includes being a two-time first-team All-Pro and Stanford graduate.Hopefully, his calmer postgame demeanor this time around will silence his critics, at least temporarily. Social media exploded with derision and racial slurs directed toward Sherman after his outspoken on-air rant in the Andrews interview.Despite being loud, Sherman does not have any obvious character flaws or negative history and would actually make a great role model for young athletes.He was salutatorian of his high school class of Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif., and attended a college known for academics instead of athletics, graduating after five years with a degree in communications and starting a master’s instead of leaving early for the NFL.“I really wanted to make that known to people that you can go to Stanford from Compton,” Sherman said when he was drafted.After the deciding play in the NFC Championship Game, Sherman congratulated Crabtree by saying “helluva game” and extending a handshake. Crabtree reacted by shoving Sherman’s facemask, which presumably was the catalyst for Sherman’s now-infamous rant.The world should judge Sherman on his credentials and achievements instead of his volume in one interview. He’s proven himself to be one of the best corners in the league, if not the best, as he claimed. Or, if Sherman goes off on another rant, maybe he can rant about his support of academics, good sportsmanship and opposition of illicit drugs. It would be hard to call him a “thug” after a rant like that.
Three-star 2018 running back prospect Master Teague committed to Ohio State Sunday afternoon, becoming the 13th player in his class to announce his intention to play for the Buckeyes.Teague becomes the lowest-rated player and the only three-star member of OSU’s 2018 recruiting class. The 247Sports composite rankings slot him as the No. 501 player in the class and 25th-best prospect at his position.pic.twitter.com/ihf8e2fwdD— Master W. Teague III (@33_blackman) June 11, 2017Teague is the third running back in his class to commit to OSU, following four-star prospects Brian Snead (No. 80) and Westerville, Ohio, native Jaelen Gill (No. 34). The Murfreesboro, Tennessee, native Teague is the second player from his state in the 2018 class to commit to play for the Buckeyes.
Los Angeles: Anxiety and depression may significantly increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and arthritis, comparable to smoking and obesity, a study warns.Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the US looked at the health data of more than 15,000 older adults over a four-year period.The study, published in the journal Health Psychology, found that 16 per cent (2,225) suffered from high levels of anxiety and depression, 31 per cent (4,737) were obese and 14 per cent (2,125) were current smokers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfParticipants with high levels of anxiety and depression were found to face 65 per cent increased odds for a heart condition, 64 per cent for stroke, 50 per cent for high blood pressure and 87 for arthritis, compared to those without anxiety and depression.”These increased odds are similar to those of participants who are smokers or are obese,” said Aoife O’Donovan from UCSF.”However, for arthritis, high anxiety and depression seem to confer higher risks than smoking and obesity,” O’Donovan said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveUnlike the other conditions investigated, the researchers found that high levels of depression and anxiety were not associated with cancer incidence.This confirms results from previous studies, but contradicts a prevailing idea shared by many patients, researchers said.”Our findings are in line with a lot of other studies showing that psychological distress is not a strong predictor of many types of cancer,” O’Donovan said.”On top of highlighting that mental health matters for a whole host of medical illnesses, it is important that we promote these null findings. We need to stop attributing cancer diagnoses to histories of stress, depression and anxiety,” O’Donovan said. The researchers discovered that symptoms such as headache, stomach upset, back pain and shortness of breath increased exponentially in association with high stress and depression.Odds for headache, for example, were 161 per cent higher in this group, compared with no increase among the participants who were obese and smokers.”Anxiety and depression symptoms are strongly linked to poor physical health, yet these conditions continue to receive limited attention in primary care settings, compared to smoking and obesity,” said Andrea Niles from UCSF.”To our knowledge this is the first study that directly compared anxiety and depression to obesity and smoking as prospective risk factors for disease onset in long-term studies,” Niles said.