Eyespy: October 2013
Bringing you the quirkiest medical stories from around the world
Good, feel better—A recent study of 84 people reports that virtuous behaviour won’t just improve your mood, but your physical health too (Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2013, doi:10.1073/pnas.1305419110). While hedonic (or physical pleasure seeking) and eudaimonic (higher level pleasure seeking) behaviour saw the same increases in happiness, findings suggest that those who demonstrated virtuous behaviour saw a 10% increase in activity of the genes responsible for interferon production, and a 30% increase in activity of the genes responsible for antibody production. The study used blood samples and online interviews including questions “How often do you feel satisfied?” and “In the past week how often did you feel that your life had a sense of direction or meaning to it?” If these results prove true on a larger scale, they could prove that “doing good” really does pay off.
Lethal lipstick—Wearing lipstick could prove to be the kiss of death,