Here at EBL, we’ve written before about the impact of volunteering on public health. In fact, Cornell gerontologist Karl Pillemer has conducted research that found that older adults who get involved in creating a sustainable society are not only helping the environment, they are also helping themselves. So we were interested to find a new systematic review on the health and survival of people who volunteer.
Last week, we discussed the evidence on using exercise to treat depression. This week, there is a new review on the benefits of exercise – this time to treat heart disease. [Read more...]
If I come home in a bad mood, my husband usually suggests I head out for a run or over to the pool for a swim. That’s because he knows that exercise helps to improve my frame of mind. But does it also help improve the symptoms for people suffering from clinical depression? [Read more...]
It’s no surprise that the parents of chronically ill children face more stress than other parents. But now a systematic review lays out the evidence on exactly what causes this stress, and what health care providers should do to help. [Read more...]
Here on EBL, we’ve written several times about the epidemic of obesity in the U.S., where more than one-third of adults and nearly 20 percent of children are obese. Whether or not obesity is a disease in its own right, it is clearly a nationwide problem. And there is some interesting new evidence about the link between obesity and sleep. [Read more...]
For at least 4,000 years, the human race has prized the use of spice cinnamon in religious rituals and to flavor foods. And in traditional medicine, cinnamon was used to improve circulation, relieve abdominal discomfort and treat infections.
In the United States, it’s common for pregnant women to see an obstetrician for prenatal care and to deliver their baby. But in most other parts of the world, it’s primarily midwives – care providers who are often nurses and certified by a national organization – who care for pregnant women.
If you pay attention to diet advice, you’ve probably noticed the recommendation that we should follow a “Mediterranean” diet. The trend began when a well-known study conducted in the 1960s found that people who lived near the Mediterranean Sea were less likely to die from heart disease, most likely due to their diets. But does that evidence hold true today?
Most people don’t relate the concepts of religion and evidence because, by its definition, religion involves a faith or belief outside of facts and data. Nonetheless, there are plenty of researchers who have dedicated their careers to studying how religion impacts people and society. So I was intrigued to come across a new meta-analysis last week that delved into the relationship between intelligence and religiosity.
With only about 9 weeks until our third child is due, I’m starting to think once again about everything that comes along with a new baby. At a recent birth preparation class, the instructor encouraged us to look up the evidence about holding your baby skin-to-skin immediately after he or she is born.