April 25, 2013

Especially Performers & Jocks

1 Being Famous May Shorten Your Lifespan

Being famous may shorten your life, depending on why you’re famous. An analysis of 1,000 New York Times obituaries between 2009 and 2011 found that successful performers and pro athletes die younger than successful people from other walks of life. As reported in OJM: An International Journal of Medicine, sports stars and famed performers such as actors or musicians die on average at 77, while artists, writers and composers live to an average 79 years of age. Academic celebrities, such as historians and legal scholars, survive to 82. Most long-lived are successful businesspersons or politicians, at an average 83 years. Whether this implies that certain professions are unhealthier than others, or that those driven to performing careers also engage in risky behaviors, is unknown.

More at Bbc.co.uk | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Keys to Boosting Health and Longevity for Seniors

Tags: Fame and Longevity, Actors Die Young, Longevity in Performers, Athletes' Life Spans, What Careers Live the Longest

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2 Tetris Video Game May Remedy Lazy Eye

The classic video game, Tetris, may help remedy lazy eye, say researchers at McGill University who followed 18 adults who played the game for an hour a day for two weeks. Some study participants wore specially designed goggles while others wore an eye patch. The goggles were designed to encourage one eye to focus on the falling objects while the other eye focused on the blocks at the bottom of the screen. After two weeks, the goggle-wearing group showed greater improvement in their vision. “When we get the two eyes working together, we find the vision improves,” said study author Dr. Robert Hess. Playing Tetris is “much better than patching, much more enjoyable. It’s faster and it seems to work better,” he said, adding other video games may have a similar effect.

More at Nydailynews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Sex That Makes You Blind

Tags: Lazy Eye, McGill University, Tetris and Lazy Eye, Tetris

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