General Health

Daily Dose: 12/5/2012


Stay Away From Those Bouncy Castles: A rather upsetting study shows that the number of injuries caused by inflatable bouncers, such as those bouncy castles we all enjoyed at childhood birthday parties, rose by 111% from 2008 to 2010. By the end of 2010, an average of 31 children per day were being treated for pretty serious injuries, including sprains, fractures, and concussions. Ninety percent of these children were under 13, and at least 16% of the injuries were caused when the child collided with another bouncer. The study’s senior author calls this an “epidemic”, and warns that although parents shouldn’t ban their children from these toys altogether, they should at least limit the bouncing to children over six years old, prevent crazy stunts like flips and somersaults, and ensure that if multiple children are bouncing, they are around the same size.

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: It turns out that the more you lie, the better liar you become. Recent research from Northwestern University shows that even 20 minutes of practicing a lie makes telling the lie just as easy taking the truth. Participants were given false facts about themselves, such as a new name, hometown, and birthday. They used these new identities to lie while answering a series of true or false questions, and after 20 minutes of practice, were able to answer in the same amount of time and just as accurately as those telling the truth. Researchers attribute this to the repetition of a lie subconsciously convincing your own brain that the lie is true, or possibly your brain memorizing the lie after telling it a certain number of times. Learn how to spot a liar with these tips from Women’s Health.