Blog | Monday, July 7, 2008

Medical News of the Obvious


Ok, this first study is more funny than obvious, but we couldn't let it slide by unmentioned. Confirming the claims that desperate teenage boys have made to their girlfriends throughout history, it turns out that if you don't use it, you will lose it. "Erectile Dysfunction Lower In Men Who Have Intercourse More Often," as Medical News Today described the research.

In other "See, it's not my fault" research, a couple of political science professors studied identical and fraternal twins and found that whether a person votes or not is largely determined by genetics. "Genes also play a significant role in political participation, including giving money to a campaign, contacting a government official, running for office and attending political rallies," the Washington Post reported.

Also in the Post, a rat study says that your obesity may be a result of your mother's unhealthy eating while pregnant. Best side benefit of being involved in this research: telling people at cocktail parties that your job is feeding "donuts, muffins, cookies, chips and sweets" to pregnant rats.

In an unrelated Rondetia report, scientists figured out giving gerbils gerbils the three compounds needed for healthy brain membranes--choline in eggs; uridine monophosphate in beets; and docosahexaenoic acid in fish oils--made them smarter after just four weeks. They hope to apply the research to humans. As a bonus chuckle to this Medical News of the Obvious, Gerald Weissmann, editor of the journal that published the results, took the time to snark about his favorite causes:

Now that we know how to make gerbils smarter," he said, "it's not too far a stretch to hope that people's intelligence can also be improved. Quite frankly, this can't happen soon enough, as every environmentalist, advocate of evolution and war opponent will attest."