Evidence revisited: Sunscreen safety

sunscrnIt’s that time of year again when our morning ritual includes slathering on the sunblock, so I thought it was a topic worth revisiting. [Read more...]

An update: New evidence on vitamins

vitaminsFor decades, health advocates have touted the benefits of vitamins. And it’s a concept that our busy society can easily get behind: Just take a few tablets each day to ward off disease and improve your health. [Read more...]

Evidence-based soccer: How to treat hamstring strains

world cupOver the past month, much of the world has been glued to the television watching World Cup soccer matches. I’m not typically a soccer aficionado, but I did catch a few games. One thing I learned about the sport this year is the increasing prevalence of hamstring injuries among soccer players.

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New guidelines about pelvic exams for women

WOMEN-DOCTORAlthough it can feel counter intuitive, when it comes to medical screenings, sometimes the evidence tells us what not to do. That was the case when considering the data surrounding routine mammograms. And now there is similar evidence about pelvic exams for women.

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Technology in the doctor’s office

health care computerThese days when I go to a doctor’s office, my health care provider is nearly always using an electronic device – a laptop or handheld computer – in the examination room. Personally, it makes me feel reassured when my doctor is using the latest technology as part of my medical care. But do electronics really make a difference in health care settings? [Read more...]

Alternative treatments for eczema don’t work

Human_hand_with_dermatitisResearchers estimate more than 31 million Americans suffer from eczema, an itchy skin rash that often includes redness, swelling and cracking of the skin. The most common treatments are moisturizers and steroid creams, but they are not always effective at controlling the symptoms. [Read more...]

Kids and food allergies: What we don’t know

food allergyWe had some excitement at our house this past month when my 8-month-old daughter had two systematic allergic reactions to food. [Read more...]

How to measure childhood obesity

childhood obesityObesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Now a new systematic review has found that even more youth may be classified as obese. [Read more...]

New evidence on post-partum depression

depression440Post-partum depression is a serious problem for many women. It’s estimated that up to 15 percent of new mothers suffer from depression at some point in their child’s first year of life – episodes that affect their ability to function in everyday life and can also have serious consequences for their children. [Read more...]

Part 2: Obesity and stress – plus a lesson about reviews

Last week, we summarized a literature review that explained how stress leads to overeating and ultimately contributes to weight gain.

This information didn’t come from a meta analysis, but from a different kind of large-scale study called a literature review. We asked Janis Whitlock, a research scientist in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Transnational Research and Director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery, to explain the difference. Here’s what she had to say: [Read more...]