New Health Commissioner Wants To Expand Department's Presence In Communities

What Your Personality Has To Do With Your Health

NY1 WEB EXTRA Under Bassett's leadership, Mayor Bill de Blasio was clear: his administration's Department of Health would be markedly different, a step away from the so-called "nanny state". Billups: How do you plan to balance doing decisive things that people would benefit from with getting that community consent and input? Bassett: It's good for departments to be innovative, but I think it's also really important for communities to have the opportunity to understand. That doesn't mean we're always going to agree, but communities, at the least, should have the opportunity to express their concerns, and I think we can do better at that.

The findings suggest that personality traits can be assessed during doctor visits so that doctors can help to "develop a more effective preventive health care plan that will result in a much healthier life," study researcher Salomon Israel, Ph.D., of Duke University and Duke University Medical Center, said in a statement. The study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology , included examination of the "Big Five" personality traits: extraversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness, neuroticism and openness to experience. The study included 1,037 people from a New Zealand study who were born between 1972 and 1973 and were followed by researchers until they were age 38. When the participants were age 26, their personalities were assessed by having a person close to them describe them with the "Big Five" personality traits. Their personalities were again assessed when they were age 32, but at this time point, they were evaluated by a clinical receptionist or nurse (even though the nurse and receptionist weren't aware of the point of the study, their assessments of the participants' personalities was similar to the ones given by the close family/friends). Then, the participants underwent physical exams at age 38 to check blood pressure, liver and kidney functioning, vascular inflammation, lung and heart fitness and periodontal disease. Researchers found associations between personality and health at age 38.