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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sitting Versus Lifespan

Several weeks ago, the American Journal of Epidemiology published a study entitled "Leisure Time Spent Sitting in Relation to Total Mortality in a Prospective Cohort of US Adults."A shortened title might have read, "The More You Sit, the More You Die." As might be expected, it rippled through the wire services. And why not? It offered catchy headlines and high shock value -- just what the media craves these days during the decline of investigative journalism and the rise of wire service paraphrasing. Check out some of the headlines:  Check it out

Secrets of the 'Magic' Antidepressant

Researchers describe secrets of 'magic' antidepressant

Yale researchers have discovered how a novel anti-depressant can take effect in hours, rather than the weeks or months usually required for most drugs currently on the market. The findings, described in the August 20 issue of the journal Science, should speed development of a safe and easy-to-administer form of the anti-depressant ketamine, which has already proven remarkably effective in treating severely depressed patients.