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1:50pm

Thu December 13, 2012
Shots - Health News

Ah, Wilderness! Nature Hike Could Unlock Your Imagination

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 3:50 pm

Maybe you can find that creative spark out in Zion National Park in southwestern Utah.
Jeff Turner Wikimedia Commons

Want to be more creative? Drop that iPad and head to the great outdoors.

That's the word from David Strayer, a cognitive neuroscientist who studies multitasking at the University of Utah. He knew that every time he went into the southern Utah desert, far from cellular service, he started to think more clearly.

But he wanted to know if others had the same experience.

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12:48pm

Thu December 13, 2012
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We're Living Longer, But Not All That Healthier

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 2:52 pm

Average life expectancy around the world has ticked up over the past twenty years. Here it's shown for men in 2009. The extremes are in dark green and dark red, which represent 78 to 82 years old and less than 66 years old, respectively.
Courtesy of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

People around the world are living longer than they did two decades ago, but many people aren't very healthy during those extra years.

That's a key finding from a large-scale study estimating what makes people sick worldwide.

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10:18am

Thu December 13, 2012
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Caution: Walking Under The Influence Of Mobile Devices

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 3:50 pm

He better not be talking to his mom.
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Here's an experiment you can try. But please be the scientist and not the test subject.

Watch people cross the street and note whether they're yakking on the phone, texting or bopping to tunes while they do it. If you're really ambitious, time how long it takes them to cross.

This past summer researchers from the University of Washington did it. They watched more than 1,100 pedestrians at the 20 intersections in Seattle that racked up the most pedestrian injuries over the last three years.

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11:04am

Wed December 12, 2012
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What Killed Him? A 'Verbal Autopsy' Can Answer

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 2:19 pm

An autopsy helps medical students learn human anatomy in Rembrandt's painting The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp from 1632.
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One of the few times we hear about autopsies these days is when a celebrity dies. But post-mortem investigations do more than satisfy our curiosity about Whitney Houston or Notorious B.I.G.

Autopsies tell communities why people are dying.

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7:53am

Wed December 12, 2012
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A Guarded Thumbs Up For Sugar To Ease Tots' Pain From Shots

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 2:21 pm

Does a little sugar water before shots really help ease a babies' pain? If only they could tell us.
Dmitry Naumov iStockphoto.com

Nobody likes to see a baby in pain. But it's been surprisingly hard for doctors to figure out how to make shots and other medical procedures hurt less.

The solution might be as simple as giving a baby a bit of sugar water before the shot. Or it might not be so simple at all.

How do we know when a baby's hurting? A parent might be able to tell the difference between a cry of pain, the wet diaper cry, and the boy I'm tired cry. Doctors and nurses lack that intimate knowledge.

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