What Can We Do About Youth Homelessness?

Somewhere between 1 and 1.7 million youth under the age of 18 are homeless in the United States, with often destructive consequences.  Young people who experience homelessness are at high risk for a variety of physical and mental health problems, violence and early death. [Read more…]

What Interventions Help to Prevent Suicide?

Every suicide is heartbreaking, leaving loved ones wondering what went wrong and how they could have prevented such a tragedy.

And yet suicide rates are currently at their highest level since World War II, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. In 2017, there were more than 47,000 recorded suicides in the U.S. – a 33 percent increase compared to 1999.

But what can we do about the devastating problem of suicide? [Read more…]

Urging a Healthier Choice? Use Motivational Interviewing

Most of us have had periods of our lives when we did not make the healthiest choices. Maybe you needed to lose weight, or your cholesterol was too high. Maybe you went through a stressful period when you drank too much, smoked cigarettes, or didn’t get enough sleep. [Read more…]

Is Vitamin D A Worthwhile Supplement?

There are three main ways that people obtain vitamin D—by eating foods rich in vitamin D, by ultraviolet rays from the sun reaching the skin, and by taking a supplement. Over the past 10 years, doctors have worried that people living in northern latitudes don’t absorb enough sunlight to prompt their bodies to manufacture their own vitamin D. [Read more…]

The Evidence on Medical Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

As scary as it is to think about, we know that all people make mistakes, including the health care professionals who work in hospitals and doctors’ offices. Furthermore, our health care system is complicated, leading to glitches that can harm patients. As a result, patients sometimes experience injuries, complications and even death as a result of the care they receive. [Read more…]

The Evidence on How Kids Learn To Read

Reading is an essential life skill that predicts success on many levels later in life. There is clear evidence demonstrating that young people who do not learn to read proficiently are more likely to live in poverty, achieve a lower educational level, and become involved with the criminal justice system. [Read more…]

Paying Smokers to Quit Really Works

Smoking is bad for you – that’s common knowledge. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. [Read more…]

Can Someone Really Die of a Broken Heart?

If you haven’t observed it first-hand, you’ve likely heard of “the widowhood effect” – where older people who lose a spouse have an increased chance of dying themselves. [Read more…]

Can Money Buy Happiness?

Many Americans are plagued by the “if-only” syndrome. Data show that most people believe if they could only get a raise, a new house, a new car, or some other material possession, they would finally be happy. Not surprisingly, studies demonstrate that buying things does not lead to happiness. [Read more…]

Is That Medical Intervention Doing You Any Good?

Human beings are creatures of habit. Psychology research clearly demonstrates that people develop automatic responses to specific conditions which become more ingrained with repetition, even if they may not be the best choices. [Read more…]

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