Alzheimer’s patients are less likely to develop cancer and cancer patients are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s? Recent study: People who had Alzheimer’s at the start were 69% less likely to be hospitalized for cancer after eight years than those who didn’t have Alzheimer’s. People who had cancer were
43% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s after five years than those who didn’t have cancer. The links between the conditions may help researchers discover new treatments.
Catherine M. Roe, PhD, research instructor, neurology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and author of a study based on data from the Cardiovascular Health Study, published online in Neurology.
Hybrid cars injure more pedestrians than traditional-engine cars? The chance of hitting a pedestrian is 50% higher for hybrids in areas with speed limits of 35 miles per hour or less. At low speeds, hybrids operate on electric power, So it is harder for them to be heard.
Refaat Hanna, MD, statistician, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Washington, DC, and leader of a study of reports of collisions in 12 states. www.nhtsa.dot.gov
10,000+ kids are treated for choking each year in US emergency rooms? Hot dogs cause about 17% of choking incidents among kids under age 10. The American Academy of Pediatrics wants hot dogs “redesigned” so that they are less likely to cause choking.
People with smaller fingertips have a more pleasing sense of touch. Possible reason; Sensory cells are more densely packed on smaller fingertips, providing more sensitivity.
Daniel Goldreich, PhD, professor, department of psychology, neuroscience and behavior, McMaster University, Hamilton,
Ontario, and leader of a study of 100 people, published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
France is the world’s best place to live. Based on healthcare, culture, and leisure. France offers the best quality of life. Australia is second, followed by Switzerland and Germany. For the entire list, go to http://InternationalLiving.com (click
‘*Annual Quality of Life Index”).
Jackie Flynn, publisher, of International Living, has conducted a Quality of Life Index for 30 years.