Common Medical Myths Proven False

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The British Medical Journal has rounded up many of the commonly held beliefs that many doctors think are true. Despite the fact that these myths have either been proven false or they lack supporting evidence, they looked at them closely. The myths include: We use only 10% of our brains, eating turkey makes you sleepy, reading in dim light will damage your eyesight, that we need to drink eight glasses of water each day, shaving causes hair to grow back faster, darker and coarser, and hair and fingernails continue to grow after we die. All of them false! It’s pretty interesting that these myths are out there and we fall for them. The researchers who combined the literature, and they looked at all sorts of things for proof of the myths, found their doctor colleagues also found it hard to believe many of these myths are not true.

 

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Alcohol Education for Younger Children

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There is a report from the University of Pittsburgh which suggested that students should be exposed to knowledge of the dangers of alcohol as early as fourth grade. There are several reasons for this. First, kids watch TV and ads marketing alcohol. Those ads are more prominent than ever. Then there is the information from a review of state and national surveys which found that among typical fourth-graders, 10% had already had more than a sip of alcohol and 7% had a drink in the past year. The percent of children who have used alcohol increases with age and doubles between 4th and 6th grades.

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Importance of Water for Health

Importance of Water for Health

It is a major point of discussion. What do you think is the most important step you can take when it comes to your overall health? Clearly, proper diet and exercise are essential. But what else? We want to raise the water argument. Think about it. It’s very important to drink plenty of water when you’re playing sports, exercising or performing virtually any activity that causes you to sweat and lose bodily fluids. Basically, there are other cases where it’s critical. Researchers at Northwestern say it can also help regulate body temperature and improve digestion.

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Alcohol Education for Younger Children

Alcohol Education for Younger Children

There is a report from the University of Pittsburgh which suggested that students should be exposed to knowledge of the dangers of alcohol as early as fourth-grade. There are several reasons for this. First, kids watch TV and ads marketing alcohol are more prominent than ever. Then, there is the information from a review of state and national surveys which found that among typical fourth-graders, ten percent had already had more than a sip of alcohol, and seven percent had a drink in the past year. The percent of children who have used alcohol increased with age and doubles between the fourth and sixth grade.

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Long-Term Study Looks at Alcohol Consumption and Abuse

Long-Term Study Looks at Alcohol Consumption and Abuse

You may not believe this, but according to a 50-year study spanning from 1948 to 2003, researchers from the Framingham Heart Study found that people with alcohol abuse problems seem to be holding steady. They examined more than 8,000 health records from successive generations of people who participated in the research. They found that those born more recently tend to drink less over time. The average alcohol consumption of middle-aged men decreased from 2.2 drinks a day to about 1.5 drinks a day. In middle-aged women, alcohol consumption decreased from one drink a day to 3/4 of a drink a day. There is another interesting finding related to drinking habits. The younger generation drank less hard liquor and more beer, though all generations tended to move towards wine as they got older.

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Alcohol Consumption Over the Years

Alcohol Consumption Over the Years

Americans, in general, are drinking less alcohol. According to a 50 year study spanning 1948 to 2003, researchers have found that people with alcohol abuse problems seem to be holding steady. Researchers from the Framingham Heart Study examined more than 8,000 health records from successive generations of people who participated in the research. They found that those born more recently tend to drink less. Over time, the average alcohol consumption among middle-aged men decreased from about 2.2 drinks a day to 1.5 drinks per day. In middle-aged women, alcohol consumption decreased from 1 drink a day to 3/4 a drink a day. In general, the younger generation drank less hard liquor and more beer, though all generations tended to move towards wine as they got older. It’s an interesting study.

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