Exploring the link between diet and mental health in kids

childhood obesityOver the past 30 years, the rate of childhood obesity has more than doubled in the United States, increasing the risks for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and joint problems. Last month, a new systematic review found obesity among kids is associated with yet another health problem. [Read more...]

Growing evidence: Environmental factors influence heart disease

heartIn the United States, we regularly hear messages about how to prevent heart disease. Eat more vegetables.  Exercise more. Avoid fatty meats. But there is a large and growing body of evidence that demonstrates the environment also impacts our risk of developing cardiovascular disease. [Read more...]

The evidence on video games and brain function

631px-Video_Game_Barnstar_HiresAs the U.S. population continues to age, researchers warn us more people than ever before will grapple with neurological disease like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, as many as 16 million Americans could be suffering from some form of dementia by the year 2050, up from 5 million today. [Read more...]

What we know about pain relief during child birth

baby - skin to skinAlthough epidural anesthesia was first used in the early 1940s, this form of pain relief was popularly used for laboring women until the 1970s. Since then, both health care providers and women have asked all sorts of questions about whether epidurals are safe and effective for women and babies. [Read more...]

Should we teach doctors good “bed-side manner”?

health communicationHaving participated in health care visits for myself, my three children and my mother, I’ve interacted with doctors who have all sorts of personalities: caring and compassionate, business-like, and downright rude. Despite these experiences, I’ve never given much thought to the idea that a physician’s bedside manner can influence patient-care. [Read more...]

A new metric for health care decisions

healthcareDo you remember the last time a doctor gave you a prescription?  You most likely assumed the medicine would work effectively. It turns out, that’s not always the case. [Read more...]

Updated evidence: Workplace smoking interventions

smokingSmoking is one of the biggest public health threats across the globe, according to the World Health Organization. It accounts for one in ten deaths among adults worldwide.   The vast majority of these deaths are preventable. [Read more...]

Review: Knee surgery for cartilage tears

meniscusThe most common knee injury today is a torn meniscus, which is a rip in the cartilage that cushions the knee joint. There are two groups of people who commonly suffer this injury: athletes who twist their knees and older people who are more likely to have degenerative tears as cartilage becomes weaker with age.

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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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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...]