Have your children been bouncing off the walls recently? Blame holiday excitement, not the holiday candy.
According to scientists at the Indiana University School of Medicine, at least 12 studies show that parents who expect their children to become hyper automatically perceive hyperactivity when they think their kids have consumed sugar - even when the kids actually ate sugar-free foods.
Other timely medical myths include the notion that suicides increase over the holidays; in truth, studies say suicides are LOWEST during winter months.
And did you know that poinsettia plants aren't particularly poisonous? While doctors don't recommend eating them, they can't find a single death attributed to the poinsettias. Most people don't even require medical treatment after consuming them.
Snacking at night won't make you fat, researchers find. Calories count the same morning, noon and night.
Also, we don't lose 40% of our body heat through our heads - the true figure is probably under 10 percent.
Last but not least: go easy on the alcohol at holiday parties because thus far, there is proven cure for hangovers.
Source: the BMJ