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Home News The Daily Dose The Daily Dose Daily Dose: Tuesday 15/02

Daily Dose: Tuesday 15/02

 

Every day IMN brings you a round up of the best stories from around the web

 

Study shows girls like guys who play hard to get

 

A new US study, involving the social network Facebook, suggests that women are most attracted to men who play hard to get.

 

Researchers recruited 47 female undergraduate students at the University of Virginia, and the participants looked at four fake Facebook profiles of attractive college boys (two white, one black and one Asian). The women were told that these were real boys, and that they in turn had rated the women's own Facebook profiles. The study participants were told one of three things: Either the guys gave them high ratings, average ratings or the researchers told the volunteers that they could not reveal the ratings, for experiment purposes.

 

Results showed that women were most interested in men in that last category. The study participants filled out a survey rating how much they liked each man, and then were asked how much each had "popped into their head." The women who didn't know what the (fake) men thought about them rated those the highest, even higher than the women who knew their (fake) men were into them.

 

Outbreak of food poisoning Japan

 

Approximately 840 schoolchildren have fallen ill at nine schools on Japan's northern Hokkaido island in a suspected outbreak of food poisoning.

 

Thirteen children are in hospital in the city of Iwamizawa while 48 teachers and other school staff also have symptoms.

 

The affected schools will remain closed until the end of the week. The outbreak was so widespread because, like many cities in Japan, Iwamizawa operates large central kitchens which deliver food each day to many schools.

 

Hearing loss linked to dementia

 

Gradual hearing loss is a common symptom of aging, but in some people it may also be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, a new study suggests.

 

The risk of dementia appears to rise as hearing declines. Older people with mild hearing impairment, for example who have difficulty following a conversation in a crowded restaurant, were nearly twice as likely as those with normal hearing to develop dementia, the study found. Severe hearing loss nearly quintupled the risk of dementia.

 

Glaucoma risk less in overweight women

 

Overweight older women may be less likely than their thinner peers to develop the potentially blinding eye disease glaucoma, a study published Monday suggests.

 

Researchers found that of nearly 4,000 older Dutch adults followed for a decade, heavier women were less likely to be diagnosed with so-called open-angle glaucoma. There was no clear link, however, between weight and glaucoma risk among men.

 

The new findings, reported in the Archives of Ophthalmology, may sound counterintuitive, since obesity would seem likely to boost pressure in the eye. And, in fact, overweight and obese women in the study did have somewhat greater pressure within the eye -- called intraocular pressure.

 

Overweight older women may be less likely than their thinner peers to develop the potentially blinding eye disease glaucoma, a study published Monday suggests.

 

Researchers found that of nearly 4,000 older Dutch adults followed for a decade, heavier women were less likely to be diagnosed with so-called open-angle glaucoma. There was no clear link, however, between weight and glaucoma risk among men.

 

 

 

NASA inspired 'heart pump' saves life

 

A 27 year old Scottish woman whose heart stopped while on the operating table has been saved by a NASA inspired heart pump.

 

A surgeon at Scotland's Golden Jubilee National Hospital kept her alive by massaging her heart and inserting a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD). It uses tiny motors designed by NASA scientists to pump blood around the body, taking over the heart's function.

 

While Ms McIntyre was on the operating table, her family were told she had died "a couple of times" because her heart had stopped beating.

 

 

 

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