Eyespy: May 2012
Bringing you the quirkiest medical stories around the world
Chocolate reduces body mass index—It seems that you might be able to have your cake and eat it, provided it is made of chocolate. A retrospective study from the University of California in the United States has shown that regular consumption of chocolate consistently predicted a reduced body mass index, compared with occasional consumption (Arch Intern Med 2012;6:519-21, doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.2100). More than 1000 volunteers aged 20-85 years answered a questionnaire on their chocolate eating habits, had their body mass index calculated, and completed the Fred Hutchinson Food frequency questionnaire, a validated measure of calorie intake. Regular chocolate consumption was associated with a lower body mass index even after adjusting for age, sex, activity, saturated fat, and fruit and vegetable intake (P<0.01).
Bat flu?—We’ve faced swine flu and bird flu, now bring on bat flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, United States, have identified a new strain of