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    Marriage: The Heart of a Healthy America

    Marriage is good for the heart—literally. Based on a new study out of Emory and Rutgers Universities, researchers find that married individuals are about twice as likely to survive within five years of having heart surgery as compared to unmarried individuals. The Wall Street Journal reports: Much of the long-term … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Healthy Marriage, Healthy Mind

    High-quality social science research shows that marriage is associated with a number of health benefits. Studies indicate a strong link between marriage and mental health, in particular depressive symptoms. Marriage can both affect and be affected by psychological well-being, through, for example, greater emotional and social support as well as … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Health, Marriage, and the New Year

    For many, the end of the holiday season and the beginning of a new year activates a new (or old) set of resolutions. A healthier lifestyle often tops such lists. While exercise and a better diet are the most-touted health contributors, marriage, as recent research suggests, can be a significant … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 11, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Straight Talk on Twisty Subjects with Matt Lewis – Lisa De Pasquale Google’s ‘Monopoly’ Hex – L. Gordon Crovitz Nuclear Disaster Like Fukushima Unlikely in U.S. – Jack Spencer Understanding freedom … More

    Being Grateful Is Good for Us

    Here’s an encouraging note as Thanksgiving gatherings give way to Christmas shopping during the current economic meltdown: When older adults feel grateful for what they have in tough financial times, they’re less likely to be depressed than fellow seniors or middle-aged Americans who don’t feel grateful. And when older adults frequently … More

    Asking McCain, Obama the Right Questions About Social Justice

    Tomorrow, Rick Warren, author of the 2002 best-seller “The Purpose Driven Life,” will host John McCain and Barack Obama at his 22,000-member Saddleback Church in Orange County, Calif., where he will question them on matters of concern to evangelical Christians, including poverty, the environment, human rights and AIDS. The standard … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    American Enterprise Institute’s Roger Bate directs us to an important new study by economists Ann Owen and Stephen Wu titled “Is Trade Good for Your Health?” Bate summarizes: By analysing a variety of data from 219 countries over 35 years, they demonstrate that the citizens of economically freer nations are … More