Answers to readers’ questions about health care reform, the damaging long-term effects of spanking, a parasite that could increase women’s suicide risk, and more of this week’s top news stories.
Cat Litter Parasite May Raise Suicide Risk
A new study has found that women infected with the paraste Toxoplasma gondii, found in dirty kitty litter, undercooked meat, and unwashed vegetables may be at higher risk for self-injury and suicide. Read more
Aging Eyes are Seeing Better
Advances in cataract surgery, declines in smoking, and better treatments for diabetes may be helping older Americans see better. According to a new study, there’s been a dramatic drop in vision impairment among older Americans over the last generation. Read more
Spanking Linked to Long-Term Mental Health Issues
They say that sparing the rod will spoil the child, but new research indicates that physical punishment may increase a child’s risk for developing several types of emotional problems. Read more