Blog | Monday, October 6, 2008

Medical news of the obvious


In a startling insight into the human psyche, researchers report that "patients with generalized social phobia respond differently than others to negative comments about themselves."

Meanwhile, the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology reports that listening to music while exercising increases endurance. And here we thought all those people with headsets at the gym were catching up on their financial news podcasts!

And...finally. Workers who take long bouts of sick leave (7+ days) are at a higher risk of death than their colleagues who don't take sick leave, BMJ reports.
(To be fair, they also found this: workers who were absent for circulatory diseases, surgical operations, and psychiatric diagnoses were more likely to die than those out for infections, respiratory illness, or injury absences.)