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[HEARTFELT] “Broken heart” syndrome rising among older women

"Researchers have discovered two alarming trends in Takotsubo cardiomyopathy -- also known as 'broken heart' syndrome -- a condition that is often triggered by stress or loss and can lead to long-term heart injury and impaired heart function. Their study suggests that women ages 55-75 are being diagnosed with the syndrome up to 10 times more often than younger women or men of any age."

[MUSIC MAGIC] Engagement with music climbs globally, brings healing, comfort

"A report released October 21 by recording industry trade association IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), based on input from 43,000 people in 21 countries, demonstrates the depth of music engagement by fans of all ages worldwide. "

[HEAD HEALERS NEEDED] Demand for mental health treatment growing exponentially

"As the impact of the pandemic on mental health continues, psychologists are reporting a large increase in demand for treatment of anxiety and depression compared with last year, according to a survey of more than 26,000 doctoral-level psychologists by the American Psychological Association (APA). Many respondents surveyed between August 30 and September 17, 2021 also said they had increased workloads and longer waitlists than before the pandemic."

[MOVIN’ ON DOWN] A million people in England stopped exercising due to COVID

"The pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on physical activity levels in England, according to the latest edition of Sport England's annual Active Lives study, which covers the period from mid-May 2020 to mid-May 2021, when restrictions and lockdowns disrupted sports and physical activity. "

[HEALTHY PAYBACK] First-ever health and wellness credit card launches

"San Francisco-based Paceline has launched a credit card that ties financial rewards to physical activity tracked via the Apple Watch. The first-of-its-kind credit card, issued by Evolve Bank & Trust, links financial benefit to physical health. Paceline calls itself a unified wellness company, meaning it incentivizes physical, mental, and financial health together, in a continuous virtuous cycle. It is an integrated system of technology, financial services, and health and wellness brands that become an embedded, yet non-invasive, component of life – financially motivating each user toward achievable goals that improve well-being."

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