Sunday, December 23, 2007

False Medical Beliefs

The most common medical myths are:

*Drink at least eight glasses of water a day.
*Reading in dim light ruins your eyesight.
*We use only 10% of our brains.
*Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death.
*Shaving causes hair to grow back faster or coarser.
*Mobile phones are dangerous in hospitals.
*Eating turkey makes people especially drowsy.

A review of evidence by US researchers surrounding these seven commonly-hold beliefs suggests they are actually "medical myths".
Some are utterly untrue, while others have no evidential proof, the British Medical Journal reports.
Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis hunted medical literature for evidence on each claim.
They found no evidence supporting the need to drink eight glasses of water a day.

Read more @ BBC