The Evidence on Alcoholics Anonymous

More than 15 million Americans have an alcohol-use disorder, and overuse of alcohol leads to nearly 90,000 deaths each year in the United States, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. [Read more…]

Understanding the Science of Hand Hygiene

By now, you’ve certainly heard about the coronavirus epidemic that began in China and is now spreading across the globe. Most people who contract the virus will come down with mild, flu-like symptoms including fever, fatigue, dry cough and shortness of breath. But the virus can be life-threatening for older adults or people with poor health. [Read more…]

How Do Smartphones Impact Youth Mental Health?

Brian/Adobe StockMore than 80 percent of teenagers now have smartphones in the U.S. In fact, half of all U.S. youth get their own personal phone by age 11 – up nearly 20 percentage points from four years ago, according to a national survey.

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Researchers Identify Unwarranted Medical Care Among Kids

Of course parents want their children to receive the most comprehensive, up-to-date and highest-quality medical care available. But medical researchers are finding that in a rush to adopt new medical practices and safeguard children’s health, providers may sometimes do more harm than good. [Read more…]

Looking On The Bright Side Can Help You Live Longer

We all like to be around optimistic people, those who feel hopeful and confident about the future, and embody a positive mental attitude.

Now a growing body of research demonstrates that those “glass-is-half-full” types are not just more pleasant to be around – they are more likely to live longer, healthier lives. [Read more…]

Clear Evidence: What You Eat Affects Your Mental Health

If there’s one concept health researchers have come to agree on it’s this: What you eat matters. Although they don’t always agree on what constitutes a healthy diet, medical experts have long understood that while certain foods can help to improve your physical well-being, others have the opposite effect. [Read more…]

The Latest Evidence on Autism Diagnoses and Treatment

The medical conditions we now call “autism spectrum disorders” were first identified and labeled in the late 1930s. This group of disorders result in communication difficulties, repetitive behaviors, sensory issues, and problems with social interaction. The medical community’s understanding of these disorders and the best ways to treat them is constantly evolving. [Read more…]

How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

This week’s start of a new year prompts all sorts of pledges to lose weight, quit smoking, save money and exercise more, among others. New Year’s resolutions are popular – but few people actually succeed at keeping them. [Read more…]

The Myth of the Holiday Blues

For many people, the holiday season inspires feelings of joy, gratitude and charity. For others, the added duties of shopping, cooking, wrapping and hosting lead to feelings of stress, anxiety and loneliness. (In, all likelihood, most people experience both happiness and increased stress levels in November and December.) [Read more…]

What We Know About The Measles Comback

The measles is back. This viral illness – one of the most contagious known – can cause serious complications and death among young children. Although eradicated in the U.S. in the year 2000, it has been staging a steady comeback. [Read more…]

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