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Children choking—Italian researchers have found that Santa’s toys are causing children serious injuries. The retrospective study of major hospitals across 19 European cities looked at injuries from foreign bodies in children aged 0-14 years, and found that 5.8% were caused by toys (Auris Nasus Larynx 2011;38:612-7). Most of these incidents involved toy parts being aspirated or ingested and becoming lodged in the upper or lower aero-digestive tract. Lego blocks, wheels of toy cars, and puzzle pieces were all common foreign bodies implicated in the injuries. The authors conclude that regulations regarding toy manufacturing are not sufficient to prevent these choking incidents and that further preventative actions are needed.
Male competition—Men who have had their testosterone levels raised by competition flirt more with women. In prospective cohort study (Proc R Soc B 2012;279:202-8) 77 single, heterosexual, male students were asked to compete one-on-one in a fixed computer game, with the winner