Today in Research: Fathers Likely to Avoid Heart Problems; More

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Today in research: the city with the most traffic congestion, fatherhood's health benefits, a distorted study gets called out, and being coffee agnostic.

  • Men who become fathers are more likely to avoid heart related problems. Maybe it's the joy of having kids, better genes, or a lifetime of companionship with family, but the AARP-funded research team behind the study doesn't seem quite sure why men with children avoid heart issues that plague those men who remain childless. And, to be clear, the dad's didn't live longer, but just had one less thing to worry about: "They saw no difference in death rates between childless men and fathers. However, dads were 17 percent less likely to have died of cardiovascular causes than childless men were." [Associated Press]
  • An example of how research gets easily distorted. Those trumped-up headlines earlier this week about a study that supposedly linked "dominant" women with less sex were taken apart by Slate's XX Factor blog today, which outlined a number of familiar reasons for why media outlets exaggerated the study's findings -- from treating it as if it were a U.S. centric-finding (the study was conducted in Africa), to the "misleading impression of what the results of the study mean for gender relations." [Slate]

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