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A pizza herb could be the key to killing off Norovirus, scientists say.
February 14th, 2014
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5 studies you may have missed

Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health, mind and body. Remember, correlation is not causation – so if a study finds a connection between two things, it doesn't mean that one causes the other.

That car comes with an obesity feature
Canadian Medical Association Journal

Do you own a car? A computer? A TV? You're probably moving less, sitting more and buying bigger pants than someone who doesn't.

After analyzing data from more than 150,000 people in several countries, researchers said owning all three was associated with a 31% decrease in physical activity, 21% increase in sitting and a 3.54-inch increase in waist size. They also found a 400% increase in obesity and a 250% increase in diabetes among owners of these items in low-income countries.

While this might seem like a "no duh," the results foreshadow some significant health problems for developing countries. "With increasing uptake of modern-day conveniences... low- and middle-income countries could see the same obesity and diabetes rates as in high-income countries," says lead study author Scott Lear.

Postpartum blood clot risk lasts longer than thought
New England Journal of Medicine

Women at high risk for blood clots are sometimes prescribed blood thinners for six weeks after giving birth. New research suggests that may not be long enough.

The study followed 1.7 million women in California who gave birth to their first child. Over the next 18 months, 1,015 of them developed blood clots, which can cause strokes or heart attacks. Of those, 248 had strokes and 47 had heart attacks.

According to the research, presented Thursday at the American Heart Association stroke conference by study head Dr. Hooman Kamel, the women's risk of blood clots was 11 times greater in the first six weeks and more than two times greater for the next six weeks.

Women are more prone to blood clots after pregnancy because components the blood increase during labor to prevent too much bleeding. That makes it harder for blood from the legs to travel to the heart. Blood clots can be fatal if clots in the legs reach the lungs.

Read more from TIME

You're more likely to get tested when you're tired
Journal of Consumer Research

This seems counterintuitive, right? We know our self-control diminishes as we use it - meaning you're more likely to eat a cookie if you've already turned down a brownie and a piece of cake. But in five experiments, researchers found people make better decisions about their health when they're feeling tired or run down.

For example, in one experiment, people with a family history of kidney disease who felt "depleted," were more likely to indicate they'd get tested after reading a warning message than those who were feeling fine.

Apparently when our bodies are weak, we're more worried about our overall well-being. That's when consumers start to value products that emphasize safety features, such as sunscreen, the study authors concluded.

A pizza herb could stop norovirus
Journal of Applied Microbiology

Yep, the infectious vomiting disease that sickened hundreds on cruise ships this year could be taken down by America's favorite food. More specifically, it could be taken down by carvacrol, a substance in oregano oil that gives the herb its distinctive smell and flavor.

Scientists at the University of Arizona found carvacrol breaks down the norovirus' tough outer layer, which would allow another antimicrobial substance to enter the inner part of the virus and kill it.

Unfortunately, loading up on pizza before your next cruise won't help, the study authors say. You need a highly concentrated amount of carvacrol, and eating that would cause a burning sensation and numbness in your tongue. Instead, the researchers recommend more research to see if the substance can be used in sanitizers or disinfectants.

Read more from Medical Daily

Watch for signs of stroke during a storm
Presented at the International Stroke Conference

Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health analyzed the medical records of 134,500 stroke patients and matched them with local weather data. The scientists found large temperature changes and higher humidity were associated with an increase in stroke hospitalizations, and that lower average annual temperatures were linked with more stroke hospitalizations and higher stroke mortality rates.

“This study suggests that meteorological factors ... may be stressors that increase stroke risk," study author Judith Lichtman told Forbes.

Use the FAST acronym to spot signs of a stroke.

Read more on Forbes.com


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    February 14, 2014 at 10:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. JT

    I wish I had still missed these 5 studies!
    Every single one of these studies is pointless and/or poorly designed.

    February 14, 2014 at 11:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. big richard

    And in study 6, they determined that stimulation from a hot babe causes big richard to stiffen up! <=====3

    February 14, 2014 at 13:10 | Report abuse | Reply
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    Reblogged this on Mr. Feliz's Blog (Teacher Arturo).

    February 16, 2014 at 13:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. wertwert34234

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    ESITOS CHILDREN.-
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    ALL SATELLITE IN 2014
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    MENTAL TORTURE VICTIMS.
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    SO THAT EL BURRITO DID A MET WITH THE PENTAGON AND BLUE BEAN.
    AND CREATED THE PROJECT IN THAT ARE

    WITH A STAFF OF LAST CLASS.
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    TORTURERS, CLONES, STALKERS TO STEAL THE CALM
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    MOST BE SURE THAT THE DISCOVERY AND WANT HANGED.
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    February 16, 2014 at 17:30 | Report abuse | Reply
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    BECAUSE THEY HAVE SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY DISCOVERED IN LATINO TO ROBB VIOLATING AND KILLING.
    -
    MENTAL TORTURE VICTIMS.
    -
    SO THAT EL BURRITO DID A MET WITH THE PENTAGON AND BLUE BEAN.
    AND CREATED THE PROJECT IN THAT ARE

    WITH A STAFF OF LAST CLASS.
    -
    TORTURERS, CLONES, STALKERS TO STEAL THE CALM
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    MOST BE SURE THAT THE DISCOVERY AND WANT HANGED.
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    ESITOS CHILDREN.-
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    ALL SATELLITE IN 2014
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    GUESS WHY OBAMA IS BUILDING NAZI CAMPS FEMAS IN ARTICO
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    BECAUSE THEY HAVE SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY DISCOVERED IN LATINO TO ROBB VIOLATING AND KILLING.
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    MENTAL TORTURE VICTIMS.
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    SO THAT EL BURRITO DID A MET WITH THE PENTAGON AND BLUE BEAN.
    AND CREATED THE PROJECT IN THAT ARE

    WITH A STAFF OF LAST CLASS.
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    TORTURERS, CLONES, STALKERS TO STEAL THE CALM
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    MOST BE SURE THAT THE DISCOVERY AND WANT HANGED.
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    February 16, 2014 at 17:31 | Report abuse | Reply
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  8. rats.

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    February 17, 2014 at 01:06 | Report abuse | Reply

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