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…]

Giving Is Good For You!

If you head out shopping this weekend, you will likely see an iconic bell ringer, standing next to a basket or bucket to collect donations for a local charity.

On the whole, it’s a popular time of year for charitable donations. Some people make donations for tax purposes before the end of the calendar year.  Others incorporate giving into Christmas traditions, or make an effort to spread some holiday cheer to those who are less fortunate. [Read more…]

How To Beat The Common Cold

The season has arrived for running noses, sore throats and hacking coughs.

While typically not a life-threatening illness, the common cold is one of the most widespread diseases in the world and a leading cause of doctor visits and absenteeism from school and work.  Beyond that, having a cold is just plain uncomfortable.  So what does the evidence say about preventing and treating colds?  [Read more…]

Examining the Link Between Racism and Health

When the mind senses a potentially harmful situation, it tells the body to prepare by increasing its heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure. This response helped earlier humans outrun or fight predators and enemies. [Read more…]

All of the Feelings: Emotional Diversity Linked to Health

Joy. Enthusiasm. Pride. Happiness. Gratitude. Interest. Content. Awe. Serenity. Amusement.

Experiencing any one of these emotions would lead most people to feel like they had a good day. Experiencing several of them in a single day would be fantastic.

A growing body of research demonstrates that feeling a wide range of positive emotions in a single day is linked to health and well-being. [Read more…]

When Grandparents Raise Their Grandchildren

More children are living with their grandparents than ever before in contemporary society. This phenomenon leads to a complex set of issues and outcomes for grandparents and the children for whom they care. [Read more…]

Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal?

For decades, common wisdom held that how much we eat and exercise determines our weight. As researchers learned more about the human body, they discovered that what people eat plays an important role in weight gain and loss. This led to a wide range of dietary recommendations that changed over time: Don’t eat fats. Avoid sugars. Eat protein at every meal. [Read more…]

Is Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Unnecessary?

Some 2 million people undergo arthroscopic knee surgery each year.  The procedure involves making slits in the skin around the knee joint, and then using a tiny camera and surgical instruments to repair damage to the knee joint – usually tears in the knee cartilage. [Read more…]

What we know about gratitude and giving back

There is no question that gratitude is good for you. There is significant scientific literature showing that people who feel gratitude are less likely to be depressed and worried, and more likely to feel satisfied with their lives. [Read more…]

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