What We Know About Aging and Pain

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Do you think that growing older involves experiencing more pain?  You’re right.

Research shows that older adults experience more frequent pain compared to their younger counterparts, and they are less likely to receive treatment for that pain. A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control shows that approximately 50 million older adults experience significant or chronic pain every year – a result of stiff, aging joints, diseases such as cancer, injuries and surgeries. And a significant number – up to 40 percent – don’t receive adequate treatment for their pain. [Read more…]

Sex Education: Teens Teaching Teens

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There is clear evidence that risky sexual behavior harms young people. More than two million people ages 15 to 24 across the globe contract HIV each year, including more than 17,000 American young people.  Four million U.S. teens experience a sexually-transmitted infection each year. And between 750,000 and 900,000 teenage women in the U.S. become pregnant each year. [Read more…]

Exercise and social support: What we know

It’s well-documented that fitness centers across the nation see their busiest days in January as people embark on New Year’s resolutions to exercise more, and those number slowly drop in February and the months to follow. [Read more…]

Mental health and sexual orientation: What the evidence says

It’s no secret that being different than other people — whether it means your race, gender, or sexual orientation — is often a source of stress in our society. People of minority sexual orientations often feel that stress most acutely. And it’s no surprise. [Read more…]

The evidence on vacations

If you live in a cold climate, you know it’s the time of year when many people head for warmer locales. A week – or even less – in the sunshine can make you feel like a completely different person after months of freezing temperatures, snow and short days. [Read more…]

Cold Weather, Aching Joints? Think Again!

For centuries, doctors and patients have believed that cold, damp weather contributes to joint pain.  In fact, there is evidence this theory dates back to Hippocrates in about 400 B.C.  [Read more…]

How to avoid depression induced by social media

You check Facebook while in line at the grocery store.

You glance at Twitter while waiting at a stop light.

While working on your computer, social media alerts pop up in the corner of the screen.

Social media is a constant presence in the lives of billions of people across the globe. Facebook alone boasts of nearly 1.8 billion users. [Read more…]

Light therapy for seasonal depression: Does it work?

With last week’s winter solstice, the earth’s northern latitudes are getting more sunlight every day – even if only by minutes.  And yet for those who live in the northern hemisphere, the sun sets before many people leave work for the day. And the winter season makes it more difficult to get outside. [Read more…]

How to navigate health care choices

no-attribution-cc0-public-domain-roads-320371Older adults are more likely to suffer from medical problems and face more frequent decisions about their health care. This could mean anything from deciding whether to receive a flu vaccine to choosing among cancer treatments. [Read more…]

This Is What Happens When Kids Get Enough Exercise

no-attribution-cc0-public-domain-jump-1154509_1920-1The evidence is crystal clear: Physical activity is great for kids. Researchers around the world agree that youth who are active have better brain function, higher self-esteem, more motivation and better school performance.   [Read more…]

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