The evidence on salt? The jury is still out

salt-shaker_300To most people across the globe, salt tastes delicious. It’s the reason most people crave foods like potato chips, peanuts and pretzels. There’s also a sizeable dose of salt in most processed foods, such as soups, frozen entrees and store-bought sauces. Salt even turns up in foods you wouldn’t expect, such as Corn Flakes and cookies. [Read more…]

Seasonal depression: What we know

depressionIt’s the time of year when I start to feeling a little stir crazy.  This week, the wind chill in my hometown on Ithaca, NY has kept me and the rest of my family indoors for the most part. I notice a difference in my mood and energy levels when I can’t get outside. [Read more…]

Do vacations make you happier?

disney castleAfter several winters in a cold and snowy climate with small children, my family has vowed to take warm weather vacations in the winters. So this week, my husband, three children, and mother are at Disney World.  [Read more…]

New dietary guidelines: Updates on sugar, coffee, and alcohol

dietary-guidelinesThe U.S. Department of Agriculture released updated dietary guidlines earlier this month, which include some recommended changes in American diets.

The report is significant because it determines the foods served in school lunches and sets priorities for the food assistance programs. The guidelines also impact labeling, advertising and the advice given by medical professionals.

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A new measure for aging

agingFor centuries, humans have been searching for a fountain of youth to reverse the effects of aging.  While no one has ever found one, scientists are getting closer to understanding why some people age with fewer ailments than others, and what that means for anti-aging therapies. [Read more…]

The link between relationships and health

teenagers2For decades, social science researchers have believed that social interactions play an important part in our health and well-being. If you think about your own daily life, it makes perfect sense. When you feel supported by a network of family and friends, you likely feel happier and more relaxed. But do those feelings translate into better health? [Read more…]

Wearable fitness trackers: Accurate or imprecise?

fitness bandWearable fitness bands — which can provide data including how many steps you take in a day, how many calories you burn and even your sleep patterns — have become extremely popular. According to market research data, nearly 70 million are sold worldwide each year.  But do they work? [Read more…]

Everything you need to know about stretching and exercise

Happy New Year, and welcome back to EBL in 2016!stretching-muscles-579122_960_720

Does your New Year’s resolution involve a pledge to exercise more?  Mine does.  And one of my goals to avoid getting injured as I ramp up my workouts. So I was happy to come across this systematic review on stretching. [Read more…]

Spirits bring good cheer — and, in some cases, good health too

alcohol‘Tis the season for end-of-year celebrations, and with them often come a few more alcoholic beverages than usual. So we thought it’d be a good time to review how consuming alcohol impacts your health. [Read more…]

What we know about the holiday blues

depressionRegardless 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…]

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