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August 20, 2006

Mama, take the pain away...

This is sure to mess up some parents.

Italian researchers have run a test on a random sample of 72 children.  The test? Draw blood with a hypodermic, see who complains and how much.

Scientific method requires a test case, and a base case with which to compare them, so half the kids were just there with Mom.  The other half, they were watching TV. That's right, the person most likely to restrict time with the TV, is competing with the TV as painkiller.

You can already see where this is going.

Yup, the TV watchers reported 50% less pain than the kids with mom.

Follow up tests showed that kids watching TV felt one third of the pain felt by kids entirely on their own.

But take heart Mom, we're sure you'd win the contest against Dad.  "Suck it up!" and "Quit your whining!" were never as comforting as he seemed to think.


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