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One Week, 5 Medical Studies You Should Know

This week, five medical studies were published.

At FDBR we pride ourselves in following the latest news when it comes to medicine, health and other issues that impact our clients.

From coffee to baby names, here are the studies you might have missed.

1) In the journal Nature Neuroscience, researchers found that caffeine can strengthen your long-term memory. Participants were given 100 to 300 miligrams of after they looked at images. Those who took the caffeine did better recalling the images 24 hours later, compared to those who took a placebo.

2) In the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers found that postmenopausal women who reported more than 11 hours of sitting each day were more likely to die due to cardiovascular disease by 13. “In general, a use it-or-lose it philosophy applies,” said lead study author Rebecca Seguin. “We have a lot of modern conveniences and technologies that, while making us more efficient, also lead to decreased activity and diminished ability to do things. Women need to find ways to remain active.”

3) Our slow metabolic rate is the reason humans live much longer than other animals, such as dogs. The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that a human would have to run a marathon a day to approach the average daily energy expenditure of another mammal their size. When the body expends energy, it ages. So slow growth may be linked to a long life.

4) What is the cause of parents calling their kids by another name? According to researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, couples with kids whose name sound the same ( Amanda and Samantha, Jayden and Jason) are more likely to make the switch. It’s due to the brain’s information-retrieval process, and is more likely to happen if siblings are close in age.

5) The cost of childbirth can all depend on the hospital you choose. In a study in the journal BMJ Open, researchers analyzed more than 109,000 uncomplicated vaginal and C-section births in California in 2011, and found that prices ranged from $3,296 to $37,227 for vaginal births and $8,312 to $70,908 for C-sections. The differences in price were “not well explained by observable patient or hospital characteristics,” the study authors wrote.

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Source: CNN, “5 studies you may have missed,” Jan. 17, 214.

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