Today in Research: Family Dinners Could Solve Our Problems; More

By The Atlantic Wire

Today in research: just let bedbugs win, the family dinner is a cure-all, married people get complacent, and a nostalgic slideshow for scientists.

  • Waving the white flag in the war against bed bugs. There doesn't seem to be any good options for dealing with the devilish little things. If you don't fight back your apartment gets overrun, if you get too enthusiastic, well there's this: "a North Carolina woman died after using 18 cans of chemical fogger to attack the tiny blood suckers," reports the Associated Press. The woman is apparently the face of new Centers for Disease Control research finding that enraged people intent on ridding their lives of the insects may just get themselves sick by using too much chemicals. [AP]
  • All problems would be solved if everyone had Leave to Beaver-style family dinners.  Sure, we expect that it's plenty helpful if parents' and kids' schedules allowed for everyone to gather 'round the dinner table at 6:00 p.m. sharp every evening to hash out school and work problems over some pasta. And here's the new stat from a National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse study as reported by NPR: "teens who ate with their families between five and seven times a week said they were four times less likely to use alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana than teens who dined fewer than three times per week with their families." So, parents, break out the calculator to see where you hypothetically stand. [NPR - Health Shots]

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