Part 1: Obesity and stress – plus a lesson about reviews

obesityIf you think about your own life, you likely understand intuitively that stress often leads to overeating. In my own life, if I think about stressful times, I can picture myself standing in front of the pantry looking for something to munch on.

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New evidence: Colonoscopies save lives

colorectal_ribbonWidespread screening for colorectal cancer is helping to save lives, according to a new longitudinal study by researchers at Yale University published in the journal Cancer. [Read more...]

Using evidence to ask the right questions

obesity-300x225For decades, health and nutrition experts have built weight-loss programs around the commonly-accepted notion of balancing calories in and calories out.  In other words, to lose weight, one simply needs to burn more calories than he eats. But there is growing evidence that’s only part of the equation for losing and maintaining a healthy weight. [Read more...]

Debt and your health

loan debtU.S. consumers carry more than $11.6 trillion in debt – money owed to outside lenders such as banks and credit card companies. What does that mean for the average American family? A total of $15,000 in credit card debt, $154,000 in mortgage debt and $33,000 in student loans.  While those numbers are certainly harmful to our financial health, there is new evidence that all of this debt is also bad for our physical health. [Read more...]

The toothbrush debate

toothbrushMy husband and I have an ongoing debate about whether to buy one of those expensive electric toothbrushes nearly every time one of us goes to the dentist for a cleaning. For the record, he would like to buy one, and I always argue they are a waste of money. [Read more...]

The systematic review: “A social movement”

internet-and-womanThis blog was founded more than four years ago with the a focus on one key idea: Today, there more research available than ever before. So we set out to help readers separate the good scientific information from the bad. One great resource for that is the systematic review. [Read more...]

The evidence on kangaroo care

baby - skin to skinAn estimated 18 million babies worldwide are born each year with low birthweight – the vast majority of them in developing countries where comprehensive neonatal care is not available. So what’s the best way to care for them? [Read more...]

Exercise and the brain

aging_activeWe know that exercise yields health benefits and lowers the risk of disease. But there is new evidence that exercising as a young adult can improve your cognitive skills later in life. [Read more...]

What we know about newborn brain injuries

baby - skin to skinAbout three in 1,000 babies born in the U.S. have brain injuries, a devastating occurrence for families and medical professionals. For decades, the medical community believed that most newborn brain injuries occurred when a baby suffered oxygen deprivation during labor and delivery. But now there is new evidence about the cause of newborn brain trauma. [Read more...]

What we know about treating nausea during pregnancy

pregnant teenFeeling nauseous while pregnant can have a debilitating effect on your life – making it difficult to concentrate at work, care for other children and even perform ordinary tasks like taking out the garbage. [Read more...]