What we know about autism screening

autismThe autism spectrum is a group of brain disorders that results in communication difficulties, repetitive behaviors, sensory issues, and problems with social interaction.

Approximately 1 in every 68 children born in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.  And an estimated 3 million people in the U.S. have an autism spectrum disorder.  The data show that this is a growing problem.  Statistics indicate rates of the disease have increased by up to 17 percent in recent years. [Read more…]

The link between body image and media

body image measure waistOn a daily basis, we are surrounded by unrealistic images of women: celebrities on the covers of gossip magazines, animated cartoons depicting attractive female characters, and models advertising beauty supplies, to name a few. How do all of these images affect how women view their own bodies?  [Read more…]

Evidence-based health: Lose those extra pounds now

christmas cookiesChristmas cookies are my worst dietary weakness.  If they’re in the house, I can’t help but munch on them. So I’m coming back from a lovely holiday break at least a few pounds heavier than before. [Read more…]

Revisiting tips on avoiding holiday weight gain

santa on scaleWith a slew of holiday parties this week, cookies to bake with my children, and goodies coming from the neighbors, I paused for a few minutes to look back at EBL’s tips on avoiding holiday weight gain. This evidence-based advice still applies! [Read more…]

Can we improve how well people take their medicine?

asprinIn our modern health care system, prescribing medicines is one of the main ways that doctors treat illness and prevent more serious diseases. [Read more…]

Having your tonsils out? The evidence in unclear

TonsilsEach year, more than half a million children in the United States undergo tonsillectomies – surgery to remove tonsils from the throat.  Typically, doctors decide to remove a child’s tonsils to treat reoccurring throat infections. [Read more…]

New evidence on volunteering later in life

volunteerThe U.S. population is aging as the baby boomers begin reaching their golden years. This means our nation is facing more people with the declining function, memory and cognition associated with aging.  [Read more…]

The evidence on giving thanks

As most of us  spend the upcoming week cooking turkeys, gathering with family and friends, and preparing for the holiday season, I found myself returning to a blog post that Karl wrote several years ago about the evidence surrounding gratitude. As my life feels increasingly busy, I find it helpful to remember that giving thanks is not simply a nice sentiment – it’s actually good for you! [Read more…]

How to prevent antibiotic overuse

Common-ColdCold and flu season is fast approaching as most of the United States heads into the winter season. At my house, we’ve already had a round of respiratory viruses this week. This is also the time of year that antibiotics are most commonly prescribed. [Read more…]

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…]