Stress more likely if you live in the city
City dwelling residents are more likely to suffer from stress than those that live in the countryside, a new study has found.
Scientists believe it is because the brains of people that live in urban locations are ‘wired’ differently to those that live in rural areas and respond to stress differently.
The findings provide an explanation as to why there are higher incidences of stress, anxiety and depression among people residing in a city.
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The research, which was conducted by a team of international scientists, found that city dwellers put higher levels of stress on amygdala, something which regulates emotions and moods.
Meanwhile, the cingulate cortex is the area of the brain used by countryside residents and it is something which is used to regulate stress levels.
The study was a collaboration of efforts between the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Quebec and the University of Heidleberg in Germany.
Dr Jens Pruessner, from the Douglas Metal Health University said: “Previous findings have shown that the risk for anxiety disorders is 21 percent higher for people from the city, who also have a 39 percent increase for mood disorders.”
“In addition, the incidence of schizophrenia is almost doubled for individuals born and brought up in cities. These values are a cause for concern,” he added.
The researchers believe that pollution, crowds and noise could be contributory factors to increased city stress levels.
However, they did say that a larger study would need to be carried out to confirm the findings.
The results of the research have been published in the journal Nature.
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”