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Why patients lie to their doctors

Stretching the truth  

We are all guilty of lying to our doctors at some time or the other. It’s mostly because we want to avoid being judged. According to a recent study, published in the journal of JAMA Network, 60-80% of people surveyed were not forthcoming with their doctors about information that could be relevant to their health.

Besides fibbing about diet and exercise, more than a third of respondents didn’t speak up when they disagreed with their doctor’s recommendation. Another common scenario was failing to admit they didn’t understand the doctor’s instructions. 

Hurdle for doctors


Does beauty signal health?     

New theory   

Is there a link between a beautiful face and a healthy body? Research in the past has indicated that beautiful people are healthier. However, a new study by psychologists at the University of Glasgow overturns this theory. It surveyed 600 young, female university students.

In the study published in the journal Evolution and Behavior, the researchers found that there was no relationship between any of the health measures in the study and either the attractiveness ratings or the measurements of face shape and colour. If this study is to be believed, the real reason humans are attracted to beauty remains a mystery.

Beauty skin deep?


Parents told not to give toddlers digital toys   

Creative play impeded     

Just like parking kids in front of the television, giving them tablets and smartphones to play games or handing them digitally enhanced toys is not a good idea. Parents may give infants and toddlers digital apps and toys out of a mistaken belief that this can be educational. But actually it gets in the way of creative play and interactions with caregivers that are essential for child development.

This is the highlight of a clinical report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published in the journal Pediatrics. In contrast, physical toys (and books) support warm, verbally rich interactions and quality time for the parent or caregiver and the child, says the report.

Doctor’s advice


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