How important is breakfast?, Part 1

breakfast cerealCrowning breakfast as the most important meal of the day is a long-held conviction among many Americans and some nutritional experts. In reality, there are data on both sides of the debate showing that breakfast is essential to maintaining a healthy weight, and also that breakfast is no more important than any other meal for weight loss. Recently, new evidence sheds more light on the topic. [Read more...]

How to brush your teeth

toothbrushAre you surprised to find out that dental organizations around the world recommend different techniques for teeth-brushing?  I sure was.  But what surprised me even more is the lack of evidence that one method works better than another.

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The science of cooking

As gardens and local farms are in full swing this month producing vegetables of all sorts, I’ve found myself revisiting  America’s Test Kitchen to make sure I’m using evidence-based techniques in my kitchen. I thought it’d be a great time to revisit this post about this culinary research center. [Read more...]

New data on kids’ well-being

kids_runningEnsuring our youth grow up in healthy supportive environments is an important part of building a strong future for any society.  Even here in the United States, there are significant disparities in child well-being. [Read more...]

Evidenced-based learning: Play, play, play

My two oldest children received letters in the mail this week from their teachers – a sure sign that “back-to-school” is creeping closer. As I start wrapping my head around school supplies and book schedules, I thought back to this post about the importance of play in learning. I’m hoping that my kids’ teachers keep in mind the importance of play in the classroom this year.

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Gardening as a treatment for dementia

GardeningResearchers believe nearly 4 million Americans over age 60 suffer from some form of dementia.  Their symptoms may include memory loss, impaired judgment and reasoning, loss of communication skills, agitation and paranoia. [Read more...]

Myth-busting evidence: Childhood vaccines

swine-flu-vaccineWhen my son was born, I spent a lot of time reading and thinking about whether he should have the routine childhood vaccinations. I had heard about the potential link between vaccines and autism and some anecdotal reports from other moms about adverse reactions to vaccines. But I wanted to consider all of the evidence on vaccines. [Read more...]

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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