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Monday's papers: Doping use, panda advantages and the link between education and mortality

Today’s papers look at doping among non-competing athletes, Finnish MPs on Finland's new pandas and how the parents of educated children tend to live longer.

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Today’s Helsingin Sanomat features a story on the increased use of performance enhancing drugs among non-professional athletes and other exercise and fitness enthusiasts.

The use of doping is most common among weightlifters, runners, cyclists and players of basketball and ice hockey, says Mikko Salasuo, a researcher interviewed in the article. Others, such as models, dancers and actors, take anabolic steroids or testosterone to improve their appearance for professional reasons.

Getting ready for the beach season drives some people to try steroids too, Salasuo adds.

Close to 40,000 Finns have used doping but it is well-known the drugs are not risk-free. A bodybuilder interviewed by HS said the long-term doping use has caused him sleeplessness, depression and loss of hair. On top of it all, he has large debts.

Lumi and Pyry expectations

According to Turun Sanomat, a majority of Finnish MPs have a positive view on the arrival of the two Chinese pandas in Ähtäri.

Of the 101 MPs that responded to the survey by Lännen Media, almost 60 percent said exhibiting Lumi and Pyry, as the pandas have been named, would benefit tourism and trade with China.

The representatives from the coalition government parties were the most optimistic, believing that the pandas will boost the number of visitors to central Finland and southern Ostrobothnia.

On the other hand, some members of the opposition parties were concerned that endangered animals that have been removed from their natural habitat are used for diplomatic and trade reasons.

Benefits of kids' schooling on parents

Meanwhile, daily Kauppalehti reports that parents whose children are better educated than them tend to live longer.

A study by three researchers investigated the link between the level of education, profession and income and showed that mortality among Finnish parents aged 50 to 75 whose children’s education level exceeded theirs decreased by about a third. Deaths from cancer were the only exception.

The sample included Finns who were at least 50 years old and lived between 1970-2007.

The benefit of education was particularly strong for parents whose offspring worked in well-paid high-level white-collar jobs. Having a child educated in health care was also linked to parents living longer.

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