Staving Off Hearing Loss; Spicing Broccoli

Plus: people trust the Food and Drug Administration too much

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Today in research:the depressed don't feel like talking to doctors, furiously spiced broccoli fights cancer, amphetamine sales are rising and musicians hear just fine.

  • Hearing loss doesn't come as quickly for musicians.  This might not be the case for some rockers, but, in one new Canadian study at least, musicians were better able to stave off hearing than their non-musically inclined counterparts. The finding seems caveat filled (musicians weren't grouped by the type of instrument training, for example) but says a lot for their acute hearing sensibilities: "By age 70, the average musician was able to understand speech in a noisy environment as well as an average 50 year old non-musician, suggesting that lifelong musicianship can delay this age-related decline by 20 years," noted the study's press release. [Eurekalert]
  • The depressed don't feel like talking it over with a doctor.  43 percent of participants in a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine said they'd have one or more reasons for not sharing their depression with a doctor. And, as CBS News points to, nearly 25 percent said they didn't feel like talking because they didn't want to be prescribed antidepressant medication, citing potential side effects as a reason.[CBS News, LA Times Booster Shots]
  • Furiously spiced broccoli seems to have cancer prevention potential. A University of Illinois study in pre-publication in the British Journal of Nutrition couldn't be more emphatic about spiced broccoli: "The spicier, the better; that means it's being effective," praised one U of I professor in a press release. The research urges eating three to five servings a week of lightly steamed broccoli that's paired with stuff like horseradish or wasabi. The lead author, Jenna Cramer, prefers broccoli as a pizza topping. [Eurekalert]
  • People trust the Food & Drug Administration too much. This seems to reflect more poorly on the FDA than people, however: "A national survey of nearly 3,000 adults finds that about 4 in 10 wrongly believe the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves only 'extremely effective' drugs. One in 4 mistakenly believes the FDA allows only drugs that don't have serious side effects." [Associated Press]
  • Cannabis sales are still tops, but amphetamine-types are giving them a run for their money.  Today's illegal drug sales trend, courtesy of a United Nations report: "Police seizures of all amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) rose between 2005 and 2009--except ecstasy, which remained constant--while heroin, cocaine and cannabis held largely stable," wrote Reuters. The UNODC director cautioned that the amphetamine industry was morphing from "a cottage-type industry" to larger scale organized crime rings.  [Reuters, UNODC]
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