February 19, 2013

Ten Nation Survey

1 Video Game Sales Unlinked to Gun Murders

In the wake of recent mass shootings, a study considering the relationship between gun homicides and violent video game playing compared the rates of gun-related murders in the nations that comprise the ten largest video game markets. Analyzing data from the U.S., Canada, China, Germany, Australia, France, Japan, the U.K., South Korea and Netherlands, they found no correlation between video game popularity and gun murders. The U.S. ranked 8th in video game spending per capita, but was off the chart in gun murders, with 6 times the rate of the next nation, Canada, which was 4th in game sales. In fact, the only correlation between video game sales and gun murders is slightly negative, with some of the statistically safer countries also purchasing video games at above-average rates.

More at Washingtonpost.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Violent Video Games Reduce Violence Response

Tags: Video Games and Violence, Video Games and Gun Deaths, Violent Video Games and Guns, Effect of Violent Video Game Playing

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Time to Rethink the Name?

2 Heart Attack Grill Fan Dead of Heart Attack

Once again, an "unofficial spokesman" for the notoriously unhealthy Heart Attack Grill has died, this time of a heart attack. John Alleman, age 52 and a Grill enthusiast who dined at the controversial Las Vegas restaurant every day and lingered outside urging passing tourists to try its fare, collapsed in front of the diner last week and was later removed from life support. The Grill, which features waitresses in nurse uniforms, “Double Bypass Burgers” and French fries cooked in lard, and advertises "Taste worth dying for," featured a caricature of Alleman on its menu. It lost its previous unofficial spokesman, 29-year-old and 575-pound Blair River, when he died suddenly two years ago of pneumonia complicated by morbid obesity. No new spokesperson has been named.

More at Azcentral.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Heart Attack Grill Spokesman Dead from Pneumonia

Tags: Heart Attack Grill, Heart Attack Grill Spokesman Dies, Heart Attacks at Heart Attack Grill, Death from Overeating

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In Children and Adolescents

3 TV Watching Leads to Antisocial Behavior

Excessive childhood TV watching leads to antisocial behavior says a study of 1000 children born in 1972-3 and surveyed every two years from age 5-15. Plus, the risk of having a criminal conviction by early adulthood increased by about 30% with every hour spent watching TV on an average weeknight. Factors including parenting and socioeconomic status did not explain the link between TV watching and antisocial behavior. It’s not that antisocial children watch more TV but "rather, children who watched a lot of television were likely to go on to manifest antisocial behavior and personality traits." Researchers say reducing TV time may reduce antisocial behavior in society. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children watch no more than 1-2 hours of quality TV programming per day.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Parents Can't Blame TV for Couch Potato Kids

Tags: Television, TV Watching and Children, TV Watching and Antisocial Behavior, Criminal Behavior in Adolescents

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Do They Help?

4 Liposomes in Your Wrinkle Cream

Liposomes, small fat capsules said by the beauty industry to transport active ingredients deep into skin to reduce the signs of aging, are ineffective, finds research from the University of Southern Denmark. Researchers, using Raster Imaging Correlation Spectroscopy (RICS) to learn what happens to liposomes once they are topically applied, found that they are destroyed before they enter the skin. "Previous research done with a different technique provide some hints, but not conclusive evidence, that liposomes are capable of penetrating the skin. Therefore some scientists have concluded that liposomes are efficient carriers. Now for the first time we have conclusive evidence that this is not the case," says researcher Professor Luis Bagatolli, who advises buyers to beware of beauty claims.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Wrinkles? Try Thai Face Slapping

Tags: Anti-Aging, Wrinkles, Beauty Products, Liposomes, University of Southern Denmark, Luis Bagatolli, Raster Imaging Correlation Spectroscopy, RICS, Wrinkle Cream

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