Today in Research: Korea Sees Boost in Medical Tourism; More

Today in research: the long list of prescriptions linked to bad dreams, a few climate change alarms, marketing medical tourism, and questioning a makeup industry sponsored study. Plus, researchers debuted a promising video showcasing an underwater 'invisibility cloak'.

  • A study saying women are seen as more 'competent' when wearing makeup is sponsored by the makeup industry. It's too bad that the ABC News article reporting on the research merely mentioned that Proctor & Gamble was a sponsor of the study, but didn't explain that the company might have a conflict of interest in a finding that says women are "more attractive, competent, likable, and trustworthy" when wearing makeup. Jezebel's Anna North, however, points out that P&G recently introduced new "Bio-Chromatics" beauty products. Which makes the finding seem suspect. The Gawker Media blog adds: "it's also worth asking if, given P&G's support, the researchers felt conscious or unconscious pressure to return a pro-makeup result." [ABC News, Jezebel]
  • The world is wooing American (and Chinese) patients. A Reuters report on the thriving medical tourism industry (Americans typically save 40-50 percent on abroad services we're told), also gives an overview about how players like South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and India are marketing themselves to the Chinese. "The rise of an affluent class in China, and an infatuation with so-called Hallyu, or Korean Wave, culture from pop music to drama have spurred a sharp growth in South Korean medical tourism, mainly in the field of cosmetic surgery." [Reuters]

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