Medical Notes this week…

Ten to 15 percent of parents don’t follow the recommended vaccination schedule for their kids under age two. But a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that one of the reasons parents give doesn’t hold water. The study finds that it’s not true that vaccines overload the immune system and make kids more likely to contract other diseases later. Researchers say they can find no reason to deviate from the CDC’s recommended immunization schedule.

If you work for a company dealing face-to-face with customers, a new study finds that you’re likely to be happier than people who work for firms that don’t interact with people. For example, if you work for a retailer, you’re likely happier than those in manufacturing. And you’re likely to be happy even if you yourself don’t deal with customers at all. The study in the Academy of Management Journal upends conventional wisdom that says dealing with customers is aggravating.

And finally, pasta has gotten a bad rap among weight watchers, but it’s apparently undeserved. A study in the journal BMJ Open finds that pasta is unlike other carbs because it has a low glycemic index so it doesn’t contribute to weight gain. In fact, members of a study group that ate pasta in place of bread and other carbs for 12 weeks lost weight rather than gaining.

And that’s Medical Notes this week.

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