Snoring Dogs and Dangerous Bulls

by DavalosMcCormack on August 25, 2008

If you have ever slept next to someone who snores you’ll know just how irritating it can be. Whether it’s a low rasping sound or a throat warbling roar the end result is the same, you are unable to sleep. So you might try something sneaky to get them to stop, like pinching their nose or nudging them in the ribs (if you regularly wake up with sore ribs now you know why!) Those don’t always work, and even if they do they might only work for a short time. Fortunately a new study has some answers on why people snore. Unfortunately it’s not going to help you stop them.

The study is in the journal Respiratory Research. The authors say that the roots of adult snoring begin years earlier, in childhood, and they can include having a family pet, lots of ear infections, even just being part of a large family.

The Swedish researchers questioned more than 15,500 people about snoring. They found that being hospitalized for a respiratory infection before you were two years of age, having lots of ear infections, having a pet dog when you were growing up, or growing up in a big family were all independently related to snoring later in life. And if you had all four, then boy, you are in serious trouble. Worse still, your partner is in for a lot of sleepless nights.

As for the snorer, they risk a lot more than just bruised ribs. Snoring puts you at increased risk of early death from heart disease or strokes. So, maybe it’s worth trying to get some help.

Red Bull May Increase Risk of Heart Problems

And speaking of cardiovascular problems, a new study is raising some questions about the energy drink Red Bull. It’s a popular drink here in the US, particular among those trying to fight off fatigue or get a bit of a buzz going at a club or bar (mixed with vodka or some other brew).
The study was done by researchers at the Cardiovascular Research Center or Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia. They tested the cardiovascular systems of 30 young adults one hour before and after they drank a 250ml can of Red Bull.

One hour after drinking it, the participants blood was “sticky”, which is considered a warning sign that they may be at risk for heart problems, or even a stroke.

Now that does not mean it will cause you to have a heart attack or stroke, but if you are already at risk for these problems it might be a good idea to avoid these kinds of energy drinks.

The questions about its safety are part of the reason why Red Bull is banned in Norway, Denmark and Uruguay.

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