Eyespy: February 2009
Eyespy brings you the latest quirky medical stories from around the world
Heart attacks and in-laws—Living with your mother in law could increase your risk of coronary heart disease. Japanese researchers carried out a prospective study, which followed more than 91 000 participants for more than 10 years (Heart 2008 Dec 9, doi:10.1136/hrt.2008.149575). After controlling for other variables the researchers concluded that women who lived with their parents or their partner’s parents as well as their partner and children were 2-3 times more likely to be diagnosed as having coronary heart disease as women who lived only with their partner. Encouragingly, the high risk group were no more likely to die from their disease than the low risk group.
Dangers of toilet seats—Doctors are calling for a ban on heavy toilet seats after a rise in the number of incidents that involve young boys and falling seats. It is thought that the trend for wooden and ornamental toilet seats could be responsible for