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Cool Down: The Week in Health
Robo-nurses, standing desks, and wicked hangovers—all in this week’s health headlines
A study to be released in the May issue of the American Journal of Public Health found that kids who use standing desks at school burn an average of 17 percent more calories than kids seated at traditional desks. Teachers also reported that students who stood at desks were more alert and focused, and they exhibited less disruptive behavior than their seated peers. Researchers are thinking this could be a way to reduce obesity in kids and improve school performance—a win-win. You know we'd be for it—we're all about squeezing in some extra calorie burning wherever we can.
You know when you stare at a computer screen all day and your eyes get bloodshot and itchy? Well, now there's a name for it: computer vision syndrome, or CVS. According to Women's Health, it affects up to 90 percent of people who spend two or more continuous hours a day staring at a screen. There's still some debate over whether the damage is reversible, but to at least alleviate the day-to-day symptoms, experts recommend looking away from your computer every 20 minutes for 20 seconds at a point 20 feet away. That should be easy to remember—20-20-20. The point is to give your eyes a break by refocusing on a point that's further away.
A bit hungover from all the St. Patty's day frivolity? We're not here to judge, but you should know that as you age, hangovers actually do get worse. The older you get, the less able your body is to process alcohol, so the more severe your hangovers become. Which is to say, no, you're not imagining it—you really can't hold your liquor as well as you used to in college. So, um, here's to better judgment next time? We'll call that the silver lining.