Blog | Monday, July 14, 2008

Medical News of the Obvious


Parents of twins report more anxiety and sleeping difficulties in the year after birth than parents of single children, according to a study presented at the 24th annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (via Science Daily). I wonder why?

Another news flash for parents: teenage girls are susceptible to peer pressure! A study published online by the Journal of Youth and Adolescence found that peer groups have a major influence on teen girls' body image. While that part's a no-brainer, the authors did have some interesting findings about which peer groups exert particular influences. For example, 'Jocks' (defined by the authors as athletic peers) were the least concerned about controlling weight while 'Alternatives' (non-conformists) were more likely to be actively trying to lose weight and 'Burnouts' (those who skip school and often get into trouble) placed greater value on thinness and dieting. Girls who did not belong to any particular peer group were the most likely to embrace dieting.

This study, courtesy of the Washington Post, finds that auto deaths decline as gas prices rise because-- ta da!-- there are fewer people on the road to kill or be killed. And that is especially the case for those subgroups (like teenagers) who don't have as much money to burn on gassin' up.

And finally, just when you thought you'd made a positive lifestyle change--not to mention doing your part for the environment--along comes a study to take some of the air out of your tires. Turns out two-wheelin' men need to beware of genital numbness, soreness and skin irritations in the groin area, according to the study published online this month in the urology journal BJU International.
The author even helpfully offers a few tips for avoiding these problems (eg: don't skimp on padding).