Eyespy: January 2013
Bringing you the quirkiest medical stories from around the world.
Swim to success—Kids who swim when they’re young could turn out smarter than their peers, says research from the Griffith Institute for Educational Research. Over a three year period, parents with children under 5 years old were interviewed across New Zealand, Australia, and the US about their children’s progress through developmental milestones. The results showed that children who regularly participated in swimming reached developmental milestones quicker and had better visual-motor, numeracy, and literacy skills than the general population. The results were still significant when socioeconomic background was excluded. (http://bit.ly/TCRZhI)
A massage a day keeps the mets at bay—Reflexology can be recommended to women with advanced breast cancer, say researchers from the University of Michigan, US (Oncol Nurs Forum 2012; doi:10.1188/12.ONF.568-577). In a randomised controlled trial involving 385 women with metastatic breast cancer, women who got reflexology reported more relief from the physical symptoms associated with the cancer. Shortness of breath