Eyespy: December 2012
Bringing you the quirkiest medical stories from around the world
Prize winning pralines—A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (2012, doi:10.1056/NEJMon1211064) has indicated that there is a link between chocolate consumption and the number of Nobel prize winners. Researchers found a linear correlation (r=0.791, P<0.001) between the number of Nobel Prize winners per 10 million people and chocolate consumption per capita. The relation—on the basis of the theory that chocolate improves cognitive performance through flavanols—was seen in 23 countries. The correlation was strongest when Sweden was removed from the calculations because they have won more Nobel prizes than their chocolate consumption would suggest.
Forget me not—A shot of oxytocin can make men in committed relationships keep their distance from women they find attractive, says a prospective case-control study from the University of Bonn, Germany (J Neuroscience 2012, doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2755-12.2012). When oxytocin was administered to men in committed relationships they kept a greater distance (10-15 cm) from women they