Thursday, August 30, 2007

Dude runs up the wall... flawlessly.

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Some help for Miss South Carolina.

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Sleeping eight hours of night is bad for adults.

Gadgets are depriving children of sleep, affecting their eating habits and turning them into fatties. So says a recent report by The Sleep Council, a generic body that aims to raise awareness of the importance of a good night's sleep.

According to the report, a third of 12- to 16-year-olds questioned slept for between four and seven hours a night, instead of the recommended eight hours. The Sleep Council blames television, music, games consoles and other electronic equipment for the rise in 'junk sleep' -- a sleep "that is neither the length nor quality that it should be in order to feed the brain with the rest it
needs".

A 2002 study carried out by scientists at the University of California showed a clear association between long duration sleep and high mortality rates.
The study, which included more than a million participants, found people who sleep eight hours or more died younger. According to the research, a group sleeping eight hours were 12 per cent more likely to die within the six-year period covered by the study than those sleeping seven hours.


Between 1982 and 1988, 5.1 per cent of long-sleeping women taking part and 9.4 per cent of the men had died. Six or seven hours' sleep was found to be the ideal amount. Daniel Kripke, a professor of psychiatry, said, "From a health standpoint there is no reason to sleep longer." » Full article here

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Well, at least she'll never get lost.

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Dudes of 'overweight' mothers could be less fertile?

Overweight women may have sons who are less fertile, doctors have warned. Research shows men born to such mothers may have sperm of poorer quality.

Although it is well known that obesity can affect a woman's chances of pregnancy, this is the first time a link has been made between weight and the fertility of the next generation. The researchers tracked the health of more than 300 women and their sons.

Although the majority of the women were of normal weight when they became pregnant, 25 had body mass indexes classed as overweight or obese. Tests showed their sons tended to have slightly lower concentrations of sperm, as well as fewer mobile sperm.

However, the differences were so small that the researchers could not be sure they were not down to chance. » Full article here

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Hold, hold - hold... charge!

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Cops are trying to find dude who tossed bowling ball off bridge

Minnesota State Patrol is hoping that somebody will hear a piece of information that might lead authorities to the person who dropped a bowling ball off an overpass onto an interstate in southern Minnesota on Sunday.

The bowling ball smashed through the driver's-side windshield of a semitrailer truck traveling east on I-90 near Fairmont. The driver, Ted Maki, 54, of Missoula, Mont., suffered severe facial injuries.

After the bowling ball hit the truck at 12:12 a.m. Sunday, Maki's rig went through the median, crossed both westbound lanes, plowed through a fence and came to a stop in a cornfield, the State Patrol said. » Article here

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Wow, football is really getting out of hand these days.

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Dude loses top of his head in brain surgery.

A German court has awarded 3,000 euros ($4,100) in damages to a man who had to have the top of his skull replaced with plastic because of a faulty hospital fridge.

Doctors removed the top of the man's head and put it in cold storage while they operated on his brain, the court in the western city of Koblenz said Tuesday.

Because the refrigerator was defective, the section of skull was not kept cool enough and could not be reattached. Doctors replaced the bone with a plastic prosthesis. » Read the full article here

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