Blog | Monday, November 17, 2008

Medical News of the Obvious


Focus on driving. When officials in Florida implemented a law in January 2004 requiring all drivers 80 years and older to pass a vision test before renewing their driver's licenses, did they ever in a million years think that it would lead to fewer crashes? Well, yes, of course they did. But, now there's evidence, notes a press release announcing the results of an Archives of Ophthalmology study. It turns out that failing the DMV's vision screening test removed some shaky drivers from the road and encouraged others to get better glasses.

And at the other end of the age spectrum, a new study finds that modern teens are full of themselves. The research, which compared today's adolescents with those of the 1970's, also found that students claim to get more A's despite doing less homework. And if Grandpa could just find his car keys, he would come over and tell you about how hard it was back in the good old days.

For those facing a mid-life crisis, turn to Botox. A psychodermatologist addressing the American Academy of Dermatology's Skin meeting measured the positive effects of botox on self-esteem. The study surveyed 76 middle-aged patients treated with one botox injection about how they felt: 29% were less anxious; 36%, more relaxed; 49%, more optimistic. The study even addressed seasonal affective disorder. "Feeling stressed, depressed or anxious is exhausting," said the presenter, "and patients who report improvements in these negative feelings following a cosmetic procedure can use that redirected energy to pursue new interests that can enhance their lives," such as having to drive their overbearing parents and snotty teenagers everywhere.