Eyespy: September 2010
Bringing you the latest quirky medical stories from around the world
Hot Flush—The symptoms that a woman experiences at menopause might be affected by where in the world she lives. Researchers questioned more than 1000 menopausal women in the United Kingdom about their symptoms and compared the responses with those of women abroad. British women fared particularly badly, reporting the highest levels of tiredness, joint pain, headache, and insomnia. More than 50% of British women also experienced hot flushes compared to just 13.5% of their Chinese counterparts, probably as a result of differences in diet. The findings support the view that there is no such thing as a “universal menopause” (Climacteric 2010;13:278-88).
iAddiction—Can’t get off Facebook? A Chinese study has shown that regular users of the internet might be risking addiction and harming their mental health. Researchers gave 208 adolescents a questionnaire designed to measure symptoms of internet addiction, which included questions to determine a sense of preoccupation with the internet