Beer doesn’t actually give you a gut, eating disorders could be genetic and more health news

Actually, redheads won’t wake up during surgery

One of the best ranga-myths out is that our feisty fiery friends are difficult even whilst unconscious. Before now there was a medical preconception that the redheaded amongst us were more resistant to anesthesia and more likely to wake up during surgery Grey’s style. A new study lead by Melbourne anesthetist Professor Paul Myles has now confirmed that, actually, the burnished-locked are just as likely to wake up on the operation table as their blonde and brunette counterparts (it doesn’t usually happen) and after surveying 468 healthy adults of all hair varieties (some were even bald!) in conjunction with The Alfred Hospital and Monash University, “We found in fact that redheads behave basically exactly the same as everyone else when they have anaesthesia in surgery. I would hope that it relieves anxiety for those that think redheads are more trouble”, Professor Myles told the AAP. Fancy that, they’re just like us after all.

CNN reports that eating disorders in children are on the rise

In more serious news this morning (not that going under the knife’s not serious…) CNN has reported that there has been a shocking increase in the amount of children who suffer from eating disorders. Personifying the issue through Sarah Smith, an anorexia nervosa patient who has been dealing with a serious body image battle for the better part of her adolescence, the feature draws attention to the fact that between 1999 and 2006 the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality “showed that hospitalizations for eating disorders in children under 12 increased by 119 per cent between 1999 and 2006.” Under 12. 119 per cent. That is horrifying.

Eating disorders could be hereditary

Health news this morning is actually all about eating disorders. Professor Howard Steiger from Montreal’s McGill University is a specialist in the area and, at a conference last week in Adelaide, said that the new field of epigenetics suggests that mothers pass on a genetic predispositions to eating disorders onto their children. “The science of epigenetics is relatively new. Epigenetics helps explain how adverse development, stress, malnutrition and other influences can affect development of mental-health problems - including eating disorders” also emphasizing that there may be “real physical evidence” that can prove mothers pass down an eating disorders gene onto their children. Steiger hopes to isolate and identify the gene in order to eventually develop medication to treat the problem.

On the flipside, researchers in Victoria have called for compulsory weigh-ins for kids at school

The ABC has reported that research published in the journal Pediatric Obesity by professors at Deakin University suggests “all young students [should] be weighed regularly at school to help collect official data and to confront parents about the health of their children.” The head of Obesity Research at Melbourne’s Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute is all for this plan as whilst “doctors try to steer away from the problem, in reality we're not really seeing what's happening throughout our communities if we put our heads in the sand and don't measure.” Sure obesity is a problem, but really, weigh-ins at school? Can you imagine the absolute horror? The trauma? The potential for bullying? The emotional eating at the canteen after? I actually don’t think I would’ve gone to school on weigh-in day. These are children – often very fragile ones! – you are dealing with, not data generators. 

Sleep learning is possible

Science Daily has reported that Sleep Learning is actually possible. All you have to do is put your notes under your pillow, and boom! Exam passed. Well, sort of. Actually, not really at all. A new Weizmann Institute study published over the weekend in Nature Neuroscience has found that people can actually learn new information while they sleep, unconsciously modifying their waking behaviour from new cataleptic experiences. According to the study, “if certain odors are presented after tones during sleep, people will start sniffing when they hear the tones alone -even when no odor is present - both during sleep and, later, when awake.” Fingers crossed they will soon figure out how we can exercise while sleeping.

This actually warms the heart

Because the Internet has ruined us all, when we read the headline “grandmother gives birth to own grandson” we immediately concoct some sort of perverse scenario in which that would unfold. This would usually be the part of the news item where I say “or maybe it’s just me”, but I know you all are creeps too so I’m going to own that collective generalistion. Anyway. A 49-year-old woman in Maine has given birth to her daughter’s son (she was the surrogate) earlier this month, as her daughter suffers from a heart condition that makes it unsafe for her to become pregnant. Too nice! Full story here.

“Beer doesn’t give you a beer gut

Absinthe is not a badass hallucinogen, and drinking a nightcap doesn’t actually help you sleep.” All those idiotic drinking myths you’ve subscribed to all these years have now been busted by the wonderful people at Cracked. I suggest you school yourself before the weekend… calm down, it’s still a while away. 

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