Blog | Friday, May 9, 2008

Medical News of the Obvious

Welcome to the first installment of our weekly Friday series Medical News of the Obvious, where the staff of Internist and Hospitalist bring their cubicle banter directly to your computer. If the subject or outcome of a study released in the last week inspired us to roll our eyes or emit a "Well, duh," chances are it will make it on the blog.

Suggestions and comments from readers are definitely welcome!

So, without further ado:

Many teen drivers don't think they're inexperienced, reports HealthDay, citing a study in the May issue of Pediatrics. Up next for the journal: "Many teens believe they know more than their parents."

Preference for alcohol in adolescence may lead to heavy drinking, according to scientists at Duke. But be warned: this was only a rat study, so we still can't be certain that liking something in your youth might actually lead to liking it more as an adult.

Sudden death of a parent may pose depression risks for children, surviving caregivers, according to the May Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. This one speaks for itself.