Predicting Consumer Behavior

Grind for November 12th, 2018
“Don’t throw stones at your neighbors, if your own window are glass.”

– Benjamin Franklin


The Headline

When it comes to heart attacks, some risk factors affect women more than men

The Grind

According to research conducted at the University of Oxford, women with the same risk factors are more likely than men to have a heart attack.

“Overall, more men experience heart attacks than women. However, several major risk factors increase the risk in women more than they increase the risk in men, so women with these factors experience a relative disadvantage,” explains study author Dr. Elizabeth Millett.

The study pinpointed the following factors as affecting women more than men: cigarette use, high blood pressure, and diabetes (both types).

The Details

After analyzing data on more than 470,000 patients with no history of heart disease, Millett’s team found that men who smoked 20 or more cigarettes per day were more than twice as likely to suffer a heart attack than men who did not smoke.

But female smokers were more than three times as likely to have a heart attack than women who didn’t smoke.

The associated increase in risk for women with high blood pressure was more than 80% higher than for men.

The relative risk was three times higher for women with type 1 diabetes and 47% higher for women with type 2 diabetes.

Risk factors like high cholesterol and obesity affected both genders equally.

“These findings highlight the importance of raising awareness around the risk of heart attack women face,” says Millett, “and ensuring that women, as well as men, have access to guideline-based treatments for diabetes and high blood pressure, and to resources to help them stop smoking.”

Risk factors like high cholesterol and obesity affected both genders equally.

Dark Roast

The Headline

Tanzanian government detains free press advocates; whereabouts remain unknown

The Details

Two of Africa’s top press freedom advocates were detained this week during a reporting mission in Dar es Salaam. The journalists – Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo – were taken in for questioning by law enforcement on Wednesday.

“SOS we are being taken away for interrogation in Dar,” tweeted Quintal. “We don’t know why. Taken away from Southern Sun Hotel.” That message was followed by, “God is great we are released going back to our hotel.”

Friends and family members, who have been unable to contact Quintal, insist the second tweet was sent by someone else. As of Thursday morning, Facebook and Twitter accounts for both women were deactivated.

The Details

As news of the arrest spread on social media, journalists and civil rights advocates from around the world called on the Tanzanian government to release them.

Unfortunately, the incident is in line with Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s crackdown on free speech.

Since taking office in 2015, Magufuli has introduced sweeping media regulations and cracked down on the country’s digital media outlets.

His administration has shut down newspapers, arrested journalists, and banned pregnant girls from attending public school.

So far, there has been no response from Magufuli or his administration as to why the two journalists were arrested or where they were taken.

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