Musicians die at age 27: Coincidence or not?
December 20th, 2011
06:31 PM ET

Musicians die at age 27: Coincidence or not?

Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain are only a handful of well-known musicians who died at the age of 27.

Were these deaths at age 27 just a freaky coincidence or something more? A group of scientists decided to investigate.

The results of their study were published in the BMJ. The researchers found the deaths have nothing to do with age, but more to do with fame. After all, the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle is one that is often associated with unhealthy influences like booze and drugs.

Every year around Christmas time, the BMJ publishes various quirky studies, but the articles have been through the journal's peer review process. The author, Adrian Barnett, said he conducted the study and that the data had been validated during the review process.


Sleeping disorders affect work of police officers
December 20th, 2011
04:01 PM ET

Sleeping disorders affect work of police officers

A new study finds that many police officers might be better at their jobs, if they had more and better sleep.

Researchers screened officers for sleeping disorders and found that 40% had at least one disorder, such as obstructive sleep apnea or insomnia.

Those with sleeping disorders were 51% more likely to fall asleep while driving, 63% more likely to violate safety protocols, 43% more likely to make administrative errors, and 22% more likely to be injured on the job, compared to officers reporting no sleeping disorders.

People had more bad things to say, too, about police officers who happen to sleep poorly, with citizens filing 35% more complaints against those with sleeping disorders. FULL POST

Sleeping through the holidays
December 20th, 2011
12:27 PM ET

Sleeping through the holidays

Last year around this time, my friend Sue called worried about her college-age son Charlie because he seemed to be sleeping away his whole Christmas vacation.

“At first, I thought, OK, he is just catching up because he was up many nights studying for finals. But now two weeks have gone by and he is still sleeping the day away.”

There are a number of reasons that college kids or teens could be sleeping all day. As my friend suspected, we do indeed try to “catch up” on sleep. It seems to work to a certain extent, but we can’t make up for the full amount of sleep lost. FULL POST

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December 20th, 2011
10:53 AM ET

Human Factor: Zach Anner takes on the world

In the Human Factor, we profile inspiring figures who've confronted a challenge, tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn’t know they possessed.   This week Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces us to Zach Anner who followed his dream to host his own travel show despite having cerebral palsy and being in a wheelchair.  Here is his story in his own words.

11 years ago my dad, my brother, and I all went on a spontaneous trip to Rome, Italy. All we had were our clothes, a couple of Italian phrase books and a video camera. We didn't know what to expect but we knew no matter what happened it was going to be fun.

On that adventure we tried to document as much of the experience as possible with the camera whether it was traversing over the Roman ruins, trying to start chants at the bottom of the Spanish Steps or visiting the tomb of Rafael (my favorite ninja turtle). Back then I would just reinterpret what was in our guidebook and try to make it kind of funny because I knew my mom would be watching the video.

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December 2011
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