Eyespy: January 2010
Bringing you the latest quirky medical stories from around the world
Mummies’ arteries—Heart disease and stroke are thought to be mainly modern diseases of the West, but the ancient Egyptians experienced them too, an international research team reports (JAMA 2009;302:2091-4). Computed tomograms were performed on mummies that lived more than three millenniums ago, and evidence of advanced atherosclerosis was shown. Of the 20 mummies studied, nine were identified as having calcified arteries, and some showed hardening of arteries. These Egyptians would have been of high socioeconomic class and, rather than chips, chocolate, and burgers, would more likely have indulged on cattle, ducks, and geese.
Long monogamy—Faithful long term relationships seem to reap more benefits than just having a recently committed partner, say scientists from New Zealand in the Journal of Reproductive Immunology (2009;82:66-73). The research found that first time mothers who have been with a longer term partner are less likely to have a small baby or develop pre-eclampsia than first