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…]

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…]