Health scare of the week
Ties constrict blood flow
Men who think the best part about wearing a tie is yanking it off at the end of the day may now have a scientific justification for adopting more casual dress codes. Researchers in Germany asked 15 healthy young men to put on a tie and make a Windsor knot. These men underwent three MRI scans. During the first scan they wore the tie loosely with an open collar. Next, the men tightened their ties to the point of slight discomfort. During the third scan, they loosened their tie and collar again. After comparing these images to MRI scans of men who were not wearing ties, the researchers found that wearing tightly secured neckties reduced blood flow to the men’s brains by an average of 7.5 percent. This may not be enough to cause obvious symptoms or serious damage, but blood flow carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain, so any reduction is reason for concern. Researchers tell MedicalDaily.com that the “socially desirable strangulation” of tie-wearing may have at least a temporary effect on men’s brain function, particularly if they have chronic health issues, such as diabetes or heart disease.