Eyespy: March 2009
Brings you the latest quirky medical stories from around the world
Spray on hypospadias—Babies born to mothers who use hairspray may be at more risk of hypospadias. A case control study from the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that there was greater risk of the genital defect in boys whose mothers reported occupational exposure to either hairspray or phthalates, and folate had a protective effect (2009;117:303-7, doi:10.1289/ehp.11933). Phthalates are plasticisers used in many products, including hairspray. These chemicals are thought to affect the male hormones during the development of the reproductive system in utero, resulting in hypospadias.
Greedy testosterone fingers—A study has looked at how people respond to aggression and come up with an interesting finding (British Journal of Psychology 2009;100:151-62). Researchers showed 121 participants an aggressive music video and asked them to play a game in which they were given money and asked how much they would give away. Participants with a greater difference in length between their ring and