Social Media and Girls

By Scott LaFee

October 9, 2019 4 min read

A study of nearly 10,000 teens in the United Kingdom found that more than 25% of girls who used social media frequently throughout the day reported greater anxiety and lower rates of happiness than girls who were on social media sites on only a weekly basis, or even less frequently.

The researchers concluded that the effect could be linked to cyberbullying, as well as a lack of sleep and physical activity.

The study did not find a similar discernible effect in boys.

Body of Knowledge

Your lungs contain as much blood as the entire rest of your body, which is why your center of gravity is above your waist. Every time your heart beats, it sends an equal amount of blood to your lungs as it does everywhere else in your body.

Get Me That, Stat!

An analysis of 20 studies involving nearly 130,000 teens found that adolescents who use electronic cigarettes were 3.5 times more likely to also smoke marijuana than teens who did not use the vaping devices.


35: Percentage of U.S. children, ages 3-17, exposed to secondhand smoke

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Stories for the Waiting Room

More people have access to paid sick leave now than a decade ago, according to new CDC survey data. In 2009, approximately 58% of people polled said they had paid sick leave; in 2018, that percentage was almost 63%.

Doc Talk

Dysgeusia: a distortion of the sense of taste, in which foods taste different or like other foods. Common causes include chemotherapy, liver disease, hypothyroidism and zinc deficiency. Also known as parageusia. A complete lack of taste is called ageusia.

Phobia of the Week

Bromidrosiphobia: fear of body smells.

Never Say "Diet"

The Major League Eating record for peas is 9.5 one-pound bowls in 12 minutes, held by Eric Booker.

Best Medicine

First man: How'd your eye test go?

Second man: I just found out I'm colorblind. The diagnosis came completely out of the purple.


"The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison."

— Holistic health practitioner and raw food advocate Ann Wigmore (1909-1993)

Ig Nobel Apprised

The Ig Nobel Prizes celebrate achievements that make people laugh and then think — a look at real science that's hard to take seriously and even harder to ignore.

In 1997, the Ig Nobel Prize in medicine went to Carl Charnetski and Francis Brennan Jr. of Wilkes University and James Harrison of Muzak Ltd. for their discovery that listening to elevator music stimulates immunoglobulin A production, and thus may help prevent the common cold.

Med School

Q: When does your body typically produce the most saliva?

A: Late afternoon, with lowest production at night. Salivation is controlled by the autonomic nervous system and is an unconscious process.

Last Words

"Too bad you can only live so long."

— Operatic tenor Richard Versalle (1932-1996) sang these words just minutes into Leos Janacek's "The Makropulos Case" at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York before he collapsed on stage with a fatal heart attack.

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