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More children = lower blood pressure

Raising Kids May Lower Blood Pressure: A new Brigham Young University study found that parenthood is associated with lower blood pressure, particularly so among women. … The study involved 198 adults who wore portable blood pressure monitors, mostly concealed by their clothes, for 24 hours. The monitors took measurements at random intervals throughout the day…

Heritability of height vs. weight

Megan McArdle has a post, Thining Thin, a follow up to America’s Moral Panic Over Obesity. She says: 1. Obesity is increasing in the population, so it can’t be genetic. Well, average height is also increasing in the population. Does that mean that you could be as tall as me, if you weren’t too lazy…

Healthcare under an insane dictator

Turkmenistan had a bizarre dictator as its ruler until 2006, Saparmurat Niyazov. Here’s a sample of his healthcare initiatives: So, in a frankly insane healthcare reform effort, he restricted the public’s access to care by replacing up to 15,000 doctors and nurses with unqualified military conscripts. The next year, he ordered hospitals and clinics outside…

Tyler Cowen linked to a Time article on the phenomenon of Southern Americans being relatively overweight vis-a-vis Americans from other regions of the country. Several reasons are offered, from the lower per capita income of Southern states, to the fact that Southern food tends to be fried and less healthful. But the article doesn’t mention…

Circumcision reduces spread of HIV

Male Circumcision Reduces HIV Risk: No Further Evidence Needed, According To Review: The clinical trials included in the review took place in South Africa, Uganda, and Kenya between 2002 and 2006, and included a total of 11,054 men. The results show that circumcision in heterosexual men significantly reduces their risk of acquiring HIV by 54%…

I only know about Phenylketonuria (PKU) because it is an elementary example of an autosomal recessive disease. Newborns are routinely tested, because those with PKU may develop mental retardation on a normal diet. That’s about all I knew, but this from Wikipedia: If PKU is diagnosed early enough, an affected newborn can grow up with…

Map of Health in America

A few years ago I pointed to a paper which surveyed variation in health across the United States as a function of geography. Today Andrew Gelman points to a new map put out by the heath insurance industry. I’ve placed the two maps side by side below.