Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths (from the CDC)

About 90 people die each day in the US from crashes— resulting in the highest death rate among comparison countries.*

US crash deaths fell 31% compared to an average 56% in 19 other high—income countries* from 2000-2013.

Over 18,000 lives could be saved each year if US crash deaths equaled the average rate of 19 other high—income countries.*

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Vital Signs, May, 2016 

A massive new study links being a workaholic to a myriad of other psychiatric disorders

Psychology researchers, led by Cecilie Schou Andreassen from the University of Bergen in Norway, found a strong link between workaholism and ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and depression. They found:

Olivia Goldhill,, May 30, 2016

Air pollution doesn’t just make breathing harder for humans. In the Pacific, fish are choking, too.

Researchers have known for a long time that excess dust is falling on ocean coasts and that air pollution is making that problem much worse. But the study’s co-author, Athanasios Nenes, another Georgia Tech professor, said it is the first to show that strong currents carry it to the deep.

“People never thought that it gets transported thousands of miles away,” Nenes said in an interview Sunday. The only way to stop the process, he said, is to “control emissions of sulfur and nitrogen” as air pollution for factories and power plants — an effort that the leaders of 170 nations agreed to undertake at climate talks in Paris last year, knowing it faced enormous political challenges.

Darryl Fears, Washington Post, May 16, 2016

How to create the perfect office, according to science

Everyone seems to have an opinion about how to make your office more bearable. Indeed, it often seems like every week, a new scientific study is telling us the latest, greatest way to make our workspaces more conducive to human occupation and productivity.

If all these studies are to be believed, implementing small changes to the office environment can make you more productive, less stressed, more energetic, more compassionate, and maybe, if you apply them all just right, will endow you with co-working superpowers.

Simply follow these steps:

Tammy Kennon, The Week, June 8, 2016

At a deadly time of year for teen drivers, report says texting is on the rise

As the deadliest time of year for teenage drivers begins, a new report says that texting and use of social media are on the rise among them as they drive.

Nearly 60­ percent of crashes involving teen drivers involve some form of distraction, according to a report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and in the 100 days after Memorial Day, teen crashes rise so dramatically that AAA has given those fair-weather months a name: the “100 Deadliest Days.”

Ashley Halsey III, Washington Post, June 1, 2016

Surprising New Evidence Shows Bias in Police Use of Force but Not in Shootings

A new study confirms that black men and women are treated differently in the hands of law enforcement. They are more likely to be touched, handcuffed, pushed to the ground or pepper-sprayed by a police officer, even after accounting for how, where and when they encounter the police.

But when it comes to the most lethal form of force — police shootings — the study finds no racial bias.

Quoctrung Bui and Amanda Cox, New York Times, July 11, 2016

Repeat After Me: Cold Does Not Increase Odds of Catching Cold

In 1968, another study was published in The New England Journal of Medicine. This one gathered volunteers from federal or state penitentiaries in Texas and subjected them to a variety of conditions, with temperatures ranging from 4 to 10 degrees Celsius. They even submerged them in water baths at 32 degrees Celsius. As in previous studies, they inoculated the subjects with rhinovirus and then followed them clinically and with many cellular and antibody studies.

They found no differences in how people became infected, how they reacted if they were infected, and how they recovered based on exposure to cold.

Aaron E. Carroll, New York Times, July 18, 2016

Three-Quarters of U.S. Drivers Say They’d Cede Wheel to Robot

Almost three-quarters of U.S. drivers are eager to replace the daily commute’s drudgery with a self-driving car and 80 percent say they would pay extra to have a robot take the wheel, according to a survey that contradicts other recent studies.

AlixPartners said that when the 1,517 people it surveyed were presented with the attributes of self-driving cars, 73 percent said they would want autonomous vehicles to take over all their driving needs. Mark Wakefield, head of the consulting firm’s automotive practice, said 90 percent would let a driverless car handle their commute if they could occasionally take the wheel.

Keith Naughton, Bloomberg, June 30, 2016

Drink Up—Coffee Probably Won’t Give You Cancer

But hold onto the creamer, because the World Health Organization’s cancer research body did raise some broader concerns about the consumption of hot beverages. There’s limited evidence that beverages hotter than 65 degrees Celsius (149 degrees Fahrenheit) probably pose some cancer risk.

John Tozzi, Bloomberg, June 15, 2016

Closest Thing to a Wonder Drug? Try Exercise

After I wrote last year that diet, not exercise, was the key to weight loss, I was troubled by how some readers took this to mean that exercise therefore had no value.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Of all the things we as physicians can recommend for health, few provide as much benefit as physical activity.

In 2015, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges put out a report calling exercise a “miracle cure.” This isn’t a conclusion based simply on some cohort or case-control studies. There are many, many randomized controlled trials. A huge meta-analysis examined the effect of exercise therapy on outcomes in people with chronic diseases.

Aaron E. Carroll, New York Times, June 20, 2016

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