Eyespy: April 2013
Bringing you the quirkiest medical stories from around the world
Occupational hazard—Footballers are maligned for their alleged deficits in cognitive ability, but research from the University of Texas suggests this might not be their fault (PLoS ONE 2013;8:e57364, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057364). The study compared 24 high school age females, 12 of whom were football players and 12 of whom were not. The participants performed a series of headers and were then asked to complete a simple cognitive task on a tablet computer. Results showed that the football players were much slower than the non-football players at the task (total time=955 ms v 909 ms, t (22)=2.81, P=0.01). Furthermore, the study showed a marginal correlation between the number of headers participants had completed and a slower response time, perhaps explaining the monosyllabic interviews delivered by some professional footballers after matches.
You are what your mother eats—Research from the University of Adelaide has suggested that a maternal “junk food” diet, during pregnancy can increase