Blog | Monday, July 21, 2008

Medical News of the Obvious

A diagnosis of heart disease darkens a person's outlook on life, a new government study finds. Adults with cardiovascular trouble scored up to 9% lower on four scales measuring their quality of life, according to a report in the July 15 issue of Circulation, from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source, Washington Post.)

Women are more likely than men to seek tattoo removal because they are more likely to be subject to societal fallout from the tattoos, the Archives of Dermatology reports. (So women's appearances are scrutinized/criticized more than men's? No way!) People get tattoos to feel unique and independent and remind themselves of life experiences, the study says. The reasons for removing were "just deciding to remove it" (58%), suffering embarrassment (57%), lowering of body image (38%), getting a new job or career (38%), having problems with clothes (37%), experiencing stigma (25%) or marking an occasion like a marriage (21%).