Blog | Monday, January 18, 2010

Medical News of the Obvious


This week's obvious news consists of findings that you might have hoped weren't true, but really you already knew they were.

First, sending your spouse off to war will make you unhappy, according to the New England Journal. "Among wives of soldiers deployed for up to 11 months, researchers found almost 3,500 more diagnoses of depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and other mental health issues than among wives who husbands stayed home," reported HealthDay. Guess these women actually liked their husbands!

Then, it turns out that diabetics should not pig out, especially on salt, according to the Archives of Opthamology via HealthDay. A study of black patients with diabetes found that those who ate more calories and more sodium were more likely to develop diabetic retinopathy. "These results suggest that low caloric and sodium intakes in African-American individuals with type 1 diabetes mellitus...might be part of dietary recommendations for this population," the authors concluded. Shoot, now we will have throw out those "hot dog a day keeps the doctor away" guidelines.