Eyespy: November 2010
Bringing you the latest quirky medical stories from around the world
Man’s best friend—Owning a dog could help lower the risk of childhood obesity, suggests a study of more than 2000 children aged 9 and 10 years in England (Am J Public Health 2010;100:1669-71). Researchers used activity monitors to measure how many steps children walked, as well as how long they spent in light, moderate, and vigorous physical activity. Boys and girls in dog owning families were less sedentary than those without a four legged friend. Researchers don’t know if active families are more likely to own a dog, or if owning a dog could make an otherwise sedentary family more active.
Football warning—Professional football (soccer) players who play two matches a week sustain more injuries per hour than those who play less often. European researchers conducted a cohort study of 32 leading football players over two seasons (Am J Sports Med 2010;38:1752-8). They hoped to determine the level of match