Blog | Monday, January 19, 2009

Medical news of the obvious


People are more suggestible under laughing gas. This won't hurt a bit... ha, ha, nudge, wink...Researchers at the University College London found that being sedated with nitrous oxide (aka laughing gas) makes people more likely to listen when their drill-wielding dentist tells them to relax.

Problem teens become problem adults. At risk behaviors include disobedience, lying, lack of punctuality, restlessness, truancy, daydreaming in class and poor response to discipline--in other words, adolescence itself. The data came from the UK's Medical Research Council.

Parents should limit the amount of TV children watch before the age of two, according to a review published in the January issue of Acta Paediatrica by a child expert from the Seattle Children's Research Institute and the University of Washington. DVDs aimed at infants are also concerning researchers report. Toss the Baby Einstein!

Glaucoma impairs reading. We're not sure how it connects to the well-known relationship between glaucoma and vision problems, but a new study found that glaucoma patients could not read aloud as quickly as their unaffected peers. By the way, researchers noted, reading speed may also relate to cognitive ability and education.