Today in Research: Death by Meat; Tweens Don't Care About Drugs

Discovered: Death by red meat, tweens don't care about alcohol and cigarettes, computers should act more like babies, and good news in the forest.

  • Death by red meat? Oh, no. Please, for the little Ron Swanson living inside of us, say that this bit of research is just not true. "Our study adds more evidence to the health risks of eating high amounts of red meat, which has been associated with type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers in other studies," said researcher An Pan. So what kind of consumption are we talking about, here? "One daily serving of unprocessed red meat (about the size of a deck of cards) was associated with a 13 percent increased risk of mortality, and one daily serving of processed red meat (one hot dog or two slices of bacon) was associated with a 20 percent increased risk," explains the research write-up. Just one daily serving is all it takes, then. In other related research news, science has also linked trans-fats with aggression. None of this bodes well for our eating habits. [Harvard School of Public Health, University of California San Diego]
  • Tweens don't care about alcohol and cigarettes. Considering middle-schoolers don't think about anything other than their new body parts (and how to use them), that they don't think about drugs and alcohol makes sense to us. That's what new research found, at least. Kids that age know about the good and the bad and don't really have an opinion on these substances. Researchers hope to use this ammo to push kids in the "right" direction. "There is such a big focus now on telling kids substances are bad, but from our study we are seeing that they already know they are bad, therefore that is not the problem," explained researcher Roisin O'Connor. "The problem is the likelihood of external pressures that are pushing them past their ambivalence so that they use." [Journal of Studies on Alcohol Abuse and Drugs]

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