It’s no secret that cupcakes in the break room provide little nutrition. But we might be overindulging in snacks. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assessed the foods and beverages bought at work or items that were free from common areas, meetings or worksite social events. They found that nearly a quarter of the participants received food from work at least once a week averaging almost 1,300 calories. More than 70 percent of those calories came from food that was free.

Depression in seniors tends to be more severe

Depression in older people tends to be more severe, last longer and be less likely to remit than in younger people, a study concludes. People older than 70 had worse outcomes than any other age group. Factors other than age — such as loneliness, social support, pain, chronic diseases — explained only part of the effect. Old age by itself remained a significant risk factor.

Tonsillectomy risk may outweigh benefits

More than 530,000 children have their tonsils or adenoids removed in the United States each year to prevent recurrent infections and sleep or breathing disorders. But a study of 60,667 Danish children found that tonsillectomy was associated with almost triple the relative risk of diseases of the upper respiratory tract. Adenoidectomy was associated with about double the relative risk of obstructive pulmonary disorder, upper respiratory tract diseases and conjunctivitis.

Stay in school longer, get glasses

The more years of schooling you have, the higher your risk for nearsightedness. Researchers found that genetic predisposition was a more powerful predictor, but years of education were strongly and causally linked to nearsightedness. They said it may have something to do with reduced exposure to natural light.

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