Baseball Is Life
A new study finds that major league baseball players tend to fare better, healthwise, than the general population. Researchers looked at nearly 10,500 players from 1906 to 2006 and found that compared to the male population in general, they had significantly lower rates of death.
A longer baseball career equated with lower rates of death from overall causes but was associated with higher rates of cancer deaths. (Chewing tobacco?)
Other studies have found that professional baseball players tend to have better health outcomes than professional football players, possibly because the latter typically weigh more and get hit a lot, especially in the head.
Body of Knowledge
Other primates, such as the great apes, have flat nasal openings, which are much more effective at inhaling air than the protruding human version. Some researchers have suggested that people evolved noses that poke out as a byproduct of our big, expanding brain. The growing cerebellum forced human faces to become smaller, which likely impacted the nose as well.
Get Me That, Stat!
For every 10% increase in gun ownership, there's a 13% increase in domestic homicide (the death of an intimate partner or other family member) using a firearm, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Mark Your Calendar
There's a lot to be aware of this month. September is awareness month for childhood cancers and obesity, atrial fibrillation, food safety, sickle cell, sepsis, Alzheimer's disease and pediculosis prevention. That last item refers to head lice, which makes sense because most kids are returning to school and, well, heaven knows what.