Being Married Increases Your Survival of Heart Surgery

A new study found that being married increases your chance of surviving heart surgery by three times (regardless of gender). Among the patients who survived the first three months, the singletons were 71% more likely to die during the next five years after surgery.

The researchers interviewed 500 patients before they went under coronary bypass surgery and analyzed the patient’s replies with survival data from the National Death Index. The benefits of being married lasted up to 5 years after surgery. The data could not explain why married people survived longer, but estimates that married patients have a more positive outlook going into surgery and have the spouses give reminders to take medicine and eat healthy.

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Snoring Babies Equals Trouble?

A new study published in Pediatrics Journal, found that babies who snore or have mouth–breathing and sleep apnea show indications of future long-term problems in children’s behavior and emotional wellbeing. The researchers found that babies who have these sleep disorders at 6 months increases their chances from 20% to 100% of having problem behaviors such as hyperactivity by age 7.

The study analyzed more than 11,000 children’s sleeping habits that were born in 1991-1992 in England. Every year, the researchers had the parents fill out surveys about their baby’s sleeping habits such as if they snored, breathed through their nose, or had inconsistency in breathing. When the babies turned 4 and 7, the researchers evaluated their emotional and behavioral traits such as possible emotional problems, conduct disorders, and hyperactivity. The results showed that those infants who had the worst sleeping problems had consistent scores relating to behavioral disorders at both age 4 and 7.

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Does it Matter What Your Doctor Looks Like?

A new study conducted by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the John Hopkins University School of Medicine found  out that a doctor’s body size had an influence on how he or she cared for their patients with weight problems. The researchers found that out of the 500 primary care physicians that was part of this study, 30% of normal weight physicians discussed losing weight with their patients while only 18% of the overweight doctors did.

They also found out that 93% of doctors would diagnose obesity in their patients if they believed that their own weight was equal to or less than that of their patients. The study also found that more than half of physicians were overweight or obese (53%) which is a similar percentage to the 64% of the U.S. adults that fall in the same category.

What was also surprising was that when overweight or obese doctors did discussed obesity issues with their patients, they were more likely than their normal weight physicians to prescribe anti-obesity medications (26% vs. 18%) rather than diet and exercise.

The researchers concluded that the behavior is subconscious and not intentional. This study suggest that the physical appearance of doctors can be a bigger factor to how patients are taken care of than realized.

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Texting and Talking Slows You Down

A new study conducted by the Stony Brook University found that talking on a cellphone or texting while walking reduces your walking speed and makes it difficult to walk in a straight line.

Their preliminary research consisted of 33 men and women in their 20’s and tested them when they were texting and talking on the cellphone and vice versa.  Results showed that their walking speeds were 33 percent slower while texting and 16 percent slower while talking on the cellphone. Also, those who texted showed that there was a 61 percent increase in side-to-side deviation while walking. This added to the total travel distance increasing their walking time to their destination.

This study is used to help physical therapy patients improve their walking  in their early recovery process.

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Dramatic Increase of Twin Births

Since 1980, the twin birth rate rose 76%. In 1980, one in every 53 babies born in the U.S. was a twin and in 2009, it had risen to one in 30. The largest increase occurred among non-Hispanic white mothers.

Interestingly enough, about one-third of the increase in twin births is due to the increase of older women having children. It is more likely for women in their 30s and 40s to naturally have twins than their younger counterparts. However, nearly two-thirds of the increase can be explained by the rise of infertility treatment.

Overall, twin births only make about 3% of all births. There are also health risks to keep in mind such as early birth, low weight, and longer hospitalization related to multiple births.

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Is Weight Gain and Relationship With Mom Related?

A new study that was published in Pediatrics followed 977 children born in 1991 and enrolled in the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development. The results found that toddlers who had a poor emotional bond with their mothers were twice as likely to become obese by age 15 compared to those who had “healthy” relationships. This concluded that the less secure the children’s early bond is with their mother, the greater chance of obesity.

The researchers suggest that there might be a relationship between teen obesity and early childhood experience which originated in the brain, in locations where regulated hormones influence emotion and stress response along with appetite, sleep-wake cycle, and other metabolic functions.

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People with High IQs are More Likely to Take Drugs

According to a new study from the U.K, people who have high IQs are more likely to take illegal drugs like marijuana. It was more profound in women as those who were in the top third of the IQ range at age 5 were twice as more likely to take illegal drugs, specifically marijuana and cocaine, by the age of 30 compared to the bottom third. As for men, those who had the highest IQs were almost 50% more likely to already tried amphetamines and 65% more likely to have tried ecstasy compared to those with lower scores.


This study was based on 7,900 British people who were born in early 1970. The researchers measured the people’s IQ at age 5, 10, 16 and 30. What was most compelling was the potential reason why people with high IQs are more likely to take drugs. They found that “people with high IQs are more likely to score high on personality scales of openness to experience.” There is still more research to be done to confirm their reasons.

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