Blog | Monday, February 2, 2009

Medical news of the obvious


--Makeover shows like "The Swan" and "Extreme Makeover" don't help women feel better about themselves or the way they look; the shows make them anxious about their bodies, a study in Configurations finds. Interestingly, college students in Buffalo who watch the shows had more body anxiety than those in L.A., Science Daily reports. The L.A. students were more likely to feel that having an imperfect body was a "moral failing," while the Buffalo students worried that it would keep them from being successful.

--Undergrads who play a lot of video games are isolated and don't have great relationships with their peers or families, a study in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence finds. They are also more likely to smoke pot than those who don't play.

--Songs can evoke memories, researchers trumpeted in the Psychology of Music journal. It doesn't matter whether you hear a snatch of a song, see a picture of the song artist(s) or read the lyrics-- all function equally well at triggering memory.
So let's try this out. Here's the song: "1999" by Prince. Any memories springing up out there?

--High-schoolers who watch too much TV are likely to develop bad eating habits, researchers reported in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. The study of 2,000 high- and middle-school students also pointed out that TV ads might influence students to make bad food choices. (So that's why they ditched their morning oatmeal for a bowl of triple choco-marshmallow puffs!)

--The expectation of post-operative pain directly correlated with the actual incidence of pain following foot and ankle surgery. Researchers thought that, "Believing there will be pain after surgery leads to just that, pain." They continued that cancer patients who have a more optimistic outlook experienced less severe pain.