Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Fan Life, the opposite of Fan Death

Some Koreans have a crazy superstition that sleeping with a fan on in a closed room will cause you to die.  This is why all Korean fans sold come with a built-in timer, so that the fan will shut off after a certain amount of time, and save your life.

New research suggests that contrary to Korean wisdom, fans may save the lives of infants by preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  The Wall Street Journal had this to say:

The study, which is being published in the October issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, found that using a fan cut the risk of SIDS by 72%. The use of a fan in a room with a temperature higher than 69 degrees Fahrenheit was associated with a 94% decreased risk of SIDS compared with no fan use.

Take that conventional wisdom.

[via Marmot’s Hole]

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