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Sweet or not, after all

Almost everyone who gets old dies.

Overall, that short sentence can summarize the Dutch/Danish/British study as “Sugar intake in coffee and tea and long-term risk of death in older adult Danish men: 32-year follow-up from a prospective cohort study.

The study states: “In total, 2923 men (mean age at inclusion: 63 ± 5 years) were included, of whom 1007 (34.5%) added sugar. Over 32 years of follow-up, 2581 participants (88.3 %) died, 1677 in the nondiabetic group (87.5%) versus 904 in the diabetic group (89.9%).

Feedback’s nifty, frugal summary recalls a speech by Yoshiro Nakamatsu at the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. (Nakamatsu, also known as Dr. NakaMats, won the 2005 Ig Nobel Nutrition Prize for photographing and analyzing every food he ate over 34 years, an activity he plans to continue in 2024. held.) Nakamatsu said: “Life should be long. Speeches should be short.

Shocking news

Mindfulness practice helps us to focus on something in particular – not just momentarily, but over time. Feedback can’t stop focusing on a 10-year-old study called “The Role of Mindfulness-Based Psychosocial Support During ECT.”

ECT is an acronym for electroconvulsive therapy. This study was one of the most successful attempts—perhaps the only attempt—to combine intentional mindfulness with this therapy.

The researchers reported that after receiving the electroshock, their patients “engaged cognitively in simple mindfulness-based psychotherapy, with no evidence of difficulty recalling new information”.

They (the researchers), who were then at the Mid-Central District Health Board in Palmerston North, New Zealand, came to a conclusion that is multidisciplinary.

They wrote: “This study confirms the benefits of ultrabrief plus ECT in preventing cognitive adverse effects… but demonstrates that psychological interventions and physical mechanisms of treatment are not mutually exclusive.”

Take care of the dishes

Just over a year later, researchers in the US published a study called “Washing the Dishes to Wash the Dishes: Brief Instructions in an Informal Mindfulness Practice” They had a goal in mind. “We hypothesized,” they wrote, “that, relative to the control condition, participants would receive mindfulness instructions to wash dishes that would lead to a state of greater mindfulness, attentional awareness, And will prove a positive effect.”

They tested their hypothesis on 51 college students, and reported that the test was successful. Their study ends with an appreciation of the bigger picture, saying: “The implications of these findings are diverse.”

Careful Mindfulness

It can also be about mindfulness. Three researchers (two at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, one at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) combed through the piles of published studies on mindfulness, then published a study on what they thought was the best way to improve mindfulness. . His study, which “Exploring the past, present, and future of the field of mindfulness: A multidisciplinary bibliographic review“, is more or less a complaint that many people have not paid attention to these studies.

The team offers an excuse for why so few people consider mindfulness research: “A low citation rate may also indicate that a document is relevant to a narrow field of study. Thus, these should not be misinterpreted as evidence of poor quality.”

Antibiotic resistance

David Gordon adds his non-prescriptive perspective to Feedback’s collection of professional opinions on whether “the art of medicine amounts to entertaining the patient while nature influences the cure”.

He says: “All interventions have potential side effects, so it’s unwise to avoid unnecessary interventions. As a retired family doctor, I’ve overcome my fears and drastically reduced my antibiotic prescriptions. did… due to symptoms, and defining the natural history of self-limiting and predominantly viral acute respiratory tract infections; particularly for mothers of young children.

“These principles can, in fairness, be applied to other medical scenarios. Unfortunately, this is not good for business, both for the practitioner and for the pharmaceutical companies for whom one inevitably acts as an agent. There are fewer ‘return visits’ to deal with drug side effects and unwanted problems. More importantly, in the long term, patients are denied the belief that every ailment requires a prescription. Is.

Losing power

Superpowers — even the little things that readers add to a collection of feedback — aren’t all permanent. Green Collins admitted: “I had a superpower: I could look at any list or table of numbers and instantly know there was a mistake. It might take 10 minutes to do a job, but I Was always right. Unfortunately, as my dyslexia has subsided (now I can tell the difference between ‘form’ and ‘to’ without studying), so has my superpower!

Mark Abrahams created the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony and co-founded the magazine Annals of Improbable Research. Before that, he worked on unusual ways to use computers. It has a website. improbable.com.

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