What Happens Children Care for Sick Loved Ones

Taking care of a loved one who is sick is never easy. But for children and adolescents, caring for a family member with a chronic illness can be especially taxing. [Read more…]

Meditation Does Not Make You a Better Person

Many people think of meditation as a magic bullet that can improve our health, sharpen our focus, and make us better people overall.

But in reality, the evidence on meditation is mixed. According to reviews by the Cochrane Collaboration, there is little evidence that mindfulness can help improve health problems such as fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, and neck pain. There are some credible data that demonstrate meditation can improve risk factors for cardiovascular disease. And research on brain function shows that meditation can reduce feelings of pain. [Read more…]

New Evidence Links Sugary Drinks and Obesity

You have, no doubt, heard the statistics about obesity in the U.S: Nearly forty percent of adults and nineteen percent of youth are obese, the highest rate the country has ever seen, according to the most recent data from the National Center for Health Statistics. We hear all sorts of reasons why people gain weight such as too many sugary drinks, not enough physical activity, and a lack of access to healthy foods. [Read more…]

How The Flu Spreads

It’s shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in recent history, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which tracks the flu virus nationally. (This interactive map provides a visual of this year’s outbreak.) So far this season, 20 children have died from the flu, according to the CDC. [Read more…]

Is “Man-flu” a Real Phenomenon?

Have you heard of the phenomenon of “man flu”—when a man suffering from a common cold or virus exaggerates the severity of his illness? While women may joke that “man flu” is a fabrication to score extra time on the couch, there is a cohort of scientists who hypothesize that it may be the real deal. Last month, a doctor and professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada took an in-depth look at actual research into “man flu.” [Read more…]

New Evidence Finds Dementia Treatments Fall Short

Source: Footage Firm, Inc.More than 6 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, and that number is expected to grow significantly as the U.S. population ages. For decades, doctors across the globe have been looking for ways to strengthen aging brains and prevent dementia later in life. Researchers have tested a wide variety of treatments including exercise, “brain games” and medicine. [Read more…]

Sexual Harassment Training Is Largely Ineffective

ource: 123RF Stock PhotoMore than 40 politicians, actors, news journalists and high-profile managers have stepped down from their posts in recent weeks after being accused of sexual harassment. [Read more…]

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

In less than two weeks, millions of Americans will resolve to improve themselves in some way in honor of the New Year. Some people will pledge to lose weight or exercise more. Others want to quit smoking or make better financial decisions. [Read more…]

What We Know About the Holiday Blues

Regardless of one’s religious affiliation, the holiday season often inspires feelings of warmth, joy, and belonging. But for some people, this time of year can evoke feelings of loneliness, stress and anxiety. [Read more…]

What We Do and Do Not Know About Phones and Driving

Many people will soon travel to visit family and friends to celebrate the holidays, and car travel is the most popular transportation option. But the evidence shows it’s becoming more dangerous. [Read more…]

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