Eyespy: December 2009
Bringing you the latest quirky medical stories from around the world
Sun, sea, and sex—The mean number of sexual partners increases from 0.3 to 1.0 per four week period in young travellers to Australia from the United Kingdom. In a study in Sexually Transmitted Infections respondents were asked about sexual activity during their stay in Australia and in the year before leaving the UK (2009;85:477-82). Of the 1008 18-35 year olds questioned, 39.7% had multiple sexual partners in Australia and of those arriving single and having sex, 40.9% reported inconsistent condom use, with 24.0% having unprotected sex with multiple partners. Several indicators of risky sexual behaviour were identified, including the number of sexual partners in the UK, frequent visits to bars and clubs, and high intake of alcohol while in Australia.
Drunk and fell over—Increasing use of alcohol leads to an increased risk of unintentional falls in adults aged 25-60, a systematic review has found (Injury Prevention 2009;15:341-7). Eight studies from