Recent Studies Show…


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People, and especially men, hate being alone with their thoughts so much that they’d rather be in pain. In a study published in Science  Thursday on the ability of people to let their minds “wander” — that is, for them to sit and do nothing but think — researchers found that about a quarter of women and two-thirds of men chose electric shocks over their own company.


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Who has the last laugh?

People who are best at telling jokes tend to have more health problems than the people laughing at them. A study of Finnish police officers found that those who were seen as funniest smoked more, weighed more, and were at greater risk of cardiovascular disease than their peers. Entertainers typically die earlier than other famous people and comedians exhibit more “psychotic traits” than others. So just as there’s research to back up the conventional wisdom on laughter’s curative powers, there also seems to be some truth to the stereotype that funny people aren’t always having much fun.

Source: Atlantic magazine


AOK to be a shopaholic

A study released in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that shopping every day reduces mortality rates up to 28 percent for men and 23 percent for women. This doesn’t mean you should drain your account in an effort to promote good health. The benefits of shopping have less to do with actually purchasing goods and more to do with walking and socializing.


Drop the phone!

New studies intensify medical concerns about malignant brain tumors from cell phone use. “There is a consistent pattern of increased risk for glioma (a malignant brain tumor) and acoustic neuroma with use of mobile and cordless phones,” says Lennart Hardell, MD, Ph.D. at Orebro University, Sweden, according to studies released in 2012 and 2013. “Epidemiological evidence shows that radiofrequency should be classified as a known human carcinogen. The existing FCC/IEEE and ICNIRP public safety limits are not adequate to protect public health.”

Source: Activist Post



A study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience found that staying awake too long destroys brain cells in mice, and may do the same in humans.

It’s the first study to show (if only in animals) that sleep loss can lead to irreversible brain cell damage.



Like, duh

A study from the University of Michigan has shown that the more frequently young people (average age of 20) used Facebook, the worse they felt afterward.  And the more they used Facebook over the course of two weeks, the less satisfied they reported being with their lives overall.

A second study from the University of Birmingham in Britain, researchers found that those who share photographs on Facebook experience a decrease in intimacy and closeness in their relationships.  The researchers theorize that when Facebook users attempt to “advertise” their attractiveness, sense of humor or special interests via the social networking site, they are actually alienating their “friends,” who resent, judge and envy them.  Their friends silently build grudges against them for their perceived behaviors and egos.

Source: Fox News



Scientists have found a sure-fire way for men to live longer – but most red-blooded males will find the method unpalatably painful.

Researchers in Korea have shown that eunuchs – castrated men living centuries ago – outlived other men by a significant margin. They say their findings suggest that male sex hormones are responsible for shortening the lives of men.

Source: Daily Mail

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