May 29, 2024

ODD SPOT: you won’t die laughing

Some readers have commented that when they finish their weekly fix of BioEdge they feel elated by the service but depressed by its contents. Our apologies — we don’t want to depress anyone. In fact, the latest research indicates that depression is morbid, literally. Dr Wei Jiang, of Duke University in North Carolina, has found that people with mild depression have a 44% greater change of dying. The good news is that laughter reduces the risk of a heart attack as it appears to inhibit hardening of the arteries, according to Dr Michael Miller, of the University of Maryland. Perhaps the solution is to watch The Simpsons after reading BioEdge. We welcome other suggestions.