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Wednesday Sep 17

Global Demographics

Does IQ Go Up in Smoke?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 16:34

Males with lower I.Q. are more likely to be smokers, claims a new study.  

Young men who smoke are likely to have lower IQs than men who do not smoke, says a joint study from Tel Aviv University and the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer Hospital that examined the IQs and smoking habits of young men aged 18 to 21 who were serving in Israeli military service.  

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Matters of the Head and Heart

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 16:34

Your brain and your heart may be connected; I.Q. found to be a predictor of cardiovascular health. 

Low I.Q. is strong predictor of poor cardiovascular health, says a UK study that compared several risk factors in a large population. Low I.Q. is second only to smoking as a risk factor, and that it is indicative of the “index of inequality,” by which those who most disadvantaged suffer poorer health, the researchers maintain. 

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Loyal to the Bone

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 16:34

One-fifth of adults prefer their furry loved ones to their partners this Valentine’s Day.

  

One in five adults would rather spend Valentine’s Day with their animal companions than their human partners, reveals an international survey that polled 24,000 people in 23 countries. According to the survey, jointly conducted by Reuters/Ipsos, younger and less affluent people are more likely to prefer pets over people, but there was no significant difference between men and women.

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No Future in England's Dreaming?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 16:34

Young people are dying from drug-related deaths in the UK.  

An academic paper from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK contends that the rate of young people dying of ecstasy-related deaths is increasing at an alarming rate. Most disturbing is the fact that most of the deaths occurred in people who were young and healthy, said lead author, Professor Fabrizio Schifano of the University's School of Pharmacy, in a public statement.

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Why I Took a Slum Tour

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 16:34

A demo dirt reader explains why it is important to visit the favelas of Brazil. 

I recently returned from a trip to Brazil and one of the last things I did there was a tour of Rocinha, Latin America's largest favela (shantytown), in Rio, where more than 200,000 people live.

 

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