Health & Spirit

Taught Napping

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Exhausted parents and teachers have long insisted that naps are beneficial -- for the kids, too. Now they've got some empirical evidence to back them up. A new University of California, Irvine study of nearly 3,000 middle schoolers found a correlation between midday napping and greater happiness, improved self-control, fewer behavioral problems and higher IQ.

"Children who napped three or more times per week benefit from a 7.6% increase in academic performance in Grade 6," said one study author. "How many kids at school would not want their scores to go up by 7.6 points out of 100?"

That's a question worth sleeping on.

The Other Blight Meat

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that, contrary to popular belief, consuming white meat, such as poultry, results in similar high levels of blood cholesterol compared to consuming red meat, such as beef.

The study did not look at fish consumption but did note that plant proteins did not produce the same negative effect as the meats.

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Get Me That, Stat!

By the year 2040, according to one industry report, 60% of the "meat" consumed in the world will not come dead animals but rather came from plant-based products or was grown in vats.

Doc Talk

Zebra: A term for the tendency of young doctors to make rare diagnoses. It derives from Dr. Theodore Woodward, who in the 1940s reportedly told medical students, "Don't look for zebras on Greene Street." That quote morphed into "When you hear hoofbeats behind you, don't expect to see a zebra," meaning don't look for a more exotic diagnosis when there's a more routine, ordinary explanation.


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