A study involving a staggering 2.4 million people has revealed that dying on your birthday is possibly more common than we might assume. Researchers in Switzerland determined that the effect may be due to something called the anniversary reaction hypothesis, and even cite stress surrounding the big day as a reason people are prone to kick it on their birthdays.
A 69-year-old man presented with a 25-year history of gradual, asymptomatic thickening and wrinkling of the skin on the left side of his face. The patient reported that he had driven a delivery truck for 28 years.
In a study published in the journal Aging on May 21, researchers surveyed people who were over the age of 95 and found that most of them had positive personality traits, making them upbeat and relaxed about life. That suggests personality traits such optimism could be part of the longevity genes mix, they said.
Recent research suggests that the bigger your plate, the likelier it is you’ll overeat. The same logic may apply to fast food, where according to a new infographic by the Centers for Disease Control, portion sizes for popular items have increased dramatically since the 1950s.
A team of researchers led by the psychologists and neuroscientists at the University of Freiburg, Germany, examined in a study how men react in stressful situations. In the study, subjects who were under stress showed significantly more positive social behavior than control subjects who were not in a stressful situation. Negative social behavior, on the other hand, was not affected by stress.
Some people with a rare medical condition known as “superior canal dehiscence syndrome” can actually hear their eyeballs move.
Superior canal dehiscence syndrome (SCDS) is a rare condition affecting the ear which causes the person having it to hear sounds inside their body, among other things.
Analysis of a large prospective study of more than 400,000 people found that men who drank four to five cups of coffee daily reduced their risk of death over a 13-year period by 12%, while women’s risk dropped by 16%, according to Neal Freedman, PhD, of the National Cancer Institute, and colleagues.
Attention, college students cramming between midterms and finals: Binging on soda and sweets for as little as six weeks may make you stupid.
Research published by Keele University shows that while swearing (or cursing if you prefer) can produce effective short-term pain relief, the effect is much greater for people who do not swear regularly in day-to-day life.