Blog | Monday, October 20, 2008

Medical news of the obvious


This edition focuses on Europe, a continent from which more inanity than usual was emanating this week.

First, it took a team of nine European specialists on the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks to conclude "Listening to personal music players at a high volume over a sustained period can lead to permanent hearing damage." Could you repeat that?

This second study may be less obvious than mysterious (as in, why on Earth did someone fund this research?). Researchers in the U.K. "analyzed 413 adult deaths from unintentional injuries that occurred in the county of Sussex, England, between 1485 and 1688," the Washington Post reported. They found that people frequently died from drowning, being hit by objects and falling, and that some of them were drunk at the time.

Who would have guessed? And who would have cared? (Aside from the families of these poor victims, of course. Our condolences of the loss of your great-great-great-great...great-grandfather.)