If you’re a regular reader here at Evidenced-based Living, you know of our love for the systematic review. The concept of analyzing all of the evidence on a given topic before drawing a conclusion ensures you’re making the best decision possible. But systematic reviews do have one problem: they can quickly become out-dated.
Each year in the U.S., more than 600,000 children suffer abuse or neglect that warrants the intervention of Child Protective Services. Often times, these children need support for emotional and behavioral difficulties. It’s a heart-breaking problem, but there is evidence that some treatments can help. [Read more...]
Colorful bottles of liquid hand soap line the shelves of stores across the country – and most contain the antibacterial agent triclosan. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is questioning whether these products actually prevent the spread of germs, and whether their use has any negative consequences. [Read more...]
The National Cancer Institute recommends that women age 40 and older have a mammogram to screen for breast cancer every 1 or 2 years. But now a new study is raising questions about whether mammography is really worthwhile. [Read more...]
The cold and snowy winter has inspired my family to take a last-minute, warm-weather vacation. The idea of escaping frigid temperatures to lounge in the sunshine seems like it will lift our spirits. But now that our plane tickets are booked, I’m wondering what the evidence says. [Read more...]
The evidence shows that high school dropouts earn less money, have poorer health outcomes and are more likely to get into legal trouble. And teenagers who are pregnant or who are parents are especially vulnerable to dropping out of school. There are hundreds of programs designed to keep teens in school. But how effective are they, especially for pregnant and parenting teens?
There are dozens of medical options to help those who struggle with infertility, but it can be difficult to ascertain which methods work best. For those who experience infertility, making evidence-based decisions is important because fertility treatments are costly and time consuming. [Read more...]
Contradictory tips and strategies about how to improve our health fill the airwaves, magazines and newspapers year-round. Drink coffee; don’t drink coffee. Eat whole grains; avoid carbohydrates of any kind. Vitamin supplements are good for you; wait, no they’re not. All of these news stories claim they are based on “evidence.” So what’s the deal?
If you’re at all interested in losing weight, you’ve likely come across the en vogue advice to avoid eating wheat. People across the country are following diets that avoid wheat including the paleo and gluten-free diets. Now a new systematic review answers the question, is eating wheat bad for us? [Read more...]