It has been pretty widely accepted that cognitive ability declines as we age. If you ask most people, including most doctors, if alcohol consumption is good for cognitive function, they’d likely say no. But are they right? Does alcohol consumption speed age-related cognitive decline?
Everyone wants strong, healthy children. Good cardiovascular health is the foundation of health. New research tells us that one key to ensuring that your children are heart-healthy later in life is for mom to eat well and exercise while pregnant.
Most Americans avoid solitude. We crave contact and approval from others. But there are things we can only gain from being alone. There’s something revelatory about being alone for an extended period. We learn things about ourselves that we simply can’t when surrounded by others.
Anorexia Nervosa affects about 1 percent of women and 0.3 percent of men over the age of 15. It can cause serious health problems, including digestive system damage, hormonal damage and even heart attacks. If new research is accurate, girls with anorexia may also be at risk of stunted growth.
It’s almost an American tradition. Probably international, too. Parents have rules for kids, grandma and grandpa frequently ignore them. “Grandma’s house, grandma’s rules,” right? Maybe, but it doesn’t always sit well with parents. Later nights, extra TV and endless snacks may be bones of contention between parents and grandparents.
In 2019, over 67,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. Nearly 15 million abused alcohol regularly. Substance abuse isn’t going away. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation worse. But can we predict who will have a substance abuse disorder? Can we use such information to tailor prevention strategies that work?
For most people, ending the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic right now would be a huge win. The physical, emotional and financial challenges of shutdowns and collapsing economies make “crushing the curve” hugely attractive. But one Hawaiian researcher says controlling the curve would be better, at least for Hawaii.
Doctors and researchers have studied depression for many years. Dozens of risk factors and behaviors that influence the condition have been discovered. Many of those factors and behaviors are modifiable. Now, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have narrowed that field down to a key few modifiable factors.
Many American states, along with countries around the world, chose to shut down their economies and ask their citizens to stay at home to fight COVID-19. This social distancing and isolation may have led to the “perfect storm” of conditions to create another, longer-lasting health crisis.
Many parents, guardians, teachers and coaches use rewards to influence the behavior of young children. But a new study says that 4- and 5-year old kids like something else better than rewards. The findings of the Ohio State University team provides insight into early childhood development and learning.