Katherine Hobson

Katherine Hobson appears in the following:

Should My Slightly Sick Child Stay Home? The Rules Often Conflict

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Parents have to weigh a lot of factors in deciding whether their kid should get a sick day. But day care centers may make the decision for you — and their rules are not always evidence based.

Comment

Women Still Need Folic Acid Supplements To Prevent Birth Defects

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Taking folic acid while pregnant reduces the risk of birth defects. But there may not be enough of the vitamin in enriched grain products, a federal advisory panel says.

Comment

Feeling Less Than Grateful? Some People Are Just Wired That Way

Monday, December 26, 2016

Gratitude is linked to better physical and mental health. But some people are wired in a way that they place less value on it. And quickie exercises to boost gratefulness may not pay off.

Comment

For Young Kids' Ear Infections, Longer Antibiotic Treatment Works Better

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Cutting by half the time that children are given antibiotics for ear infections didn't do as good a job, a study finds. And it didn't reduce antibiotic resistance, which was a key goal.

Comment

A Brighter Outlook Could Translate To A Longer Life

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

This study doesn't prove that optimism actually causes better health or postpones death. But it joins a growing body of evidence suggesting that they're fellow travelers.

Comment

It's Never Too Late To Quit Smoking, Even In Your 60s

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

It's true that the earlier a smoker quits the better, but even people who quit in their 60s lowered their risk of death compared to those who kept puffing away.

Comment

Infectious Diseases Keep Delivering Surprises To The U.S.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The death toll from pneumonia and other infectious diseases in the U.S. is much lower than it was 100 years ago, but new pathogens like the West Nile, dengue and Zika viruses pose challenges.

Comment

Want To Prevent The Flu? Skip The Supplements, Eat Your Veggies

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

It's flu season — time for the marketing of juices and supplements that claim to boost immunity. But they don't help, scientists say. Instead, try eating healthy and getting enough sleep.

Comment

Is High-Intensity Interval Training The Fast Track To Health?

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Interval training is a hot thing. Alternating bouts of relatively intense exercise with recovery can provide some benefits of longer workouts in less time. But you still have to put in the work.

Comment

Children Gain Weight Faster Over Summer Break Than In School

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Many anti-obesity programs focus on children's diet and behavior during the school year. This study is the latest of many to find that they gain weight faster over summer vacation.

Comment

Is A Placebo A Sham If You Know It's A Fake And It Still Works?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Most research on placebos involves people who think they're getting an active treatment, but aren't. But they may also work when people know full well they're getting a sham treatment.

Comment

No Snapchat In The Bedroom? An Online Tool To Manage Kids' Media Use

Friday, October 21, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics has launched more liberal guidelines on children's media use. They're offering parents an online tool to help manage the what, where and when of family screen time.

Comment

Do You Need Extra Screening For Breast Cancer? The Picture Is Blurry

Friday, October 07, 2016

Many women have dense breasts, and they may benefit from other forms of cancer screening beyond mammograms. But none of the options is ideal, and the available data don't make the decision easier.

Comment

Walking Fends Off Loss Of Mobility, And It's Not Too Late To Start

Monday, September 26, 2016

People in their 70s and 80s recovered more quickly from physical setbacks if they remained active, a study finds. Walking a total of 150 minutes a week with some strength training did the trick.

Comment

Trying To Get The Kids To Put Down Those Phones? Here's Help

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

You can nudge your kids' relationship with digital technology in a more healthful direction, but warning: It's going to require parents to change, too.

Comment

Pot And Pregnancy: No Harm Seen At Birth, But Many Questions Remain

Thursday, September 08, 2016

A review of studies on the effects of using marijuana while pregnant found no harms to newborns. But other studies have found an increased risk of thinking problems and ADHD in older children.

Comment

Illegally Made Fentanyl Seems To Be Fueling A Spike In Overdoses

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fentanyl is showing up in heroin and counterfeit pain pills, and users may not even know they're taking the extremely potent drug.

Comment

For Pete's Sake, Don't Sleep Or Swim In Your Contact Lenses

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Contact lenses seem safe and easy, but a CDC analysis shows people can get serious eye infections from them. The usual culprits: wearing them too long and failing to be meticulous about cleaning.

Comment

Abuse In Childhood Raises The Risk Of Early Death For Women

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The link isn't definite, but it matches other research that suggests that difficult experiences in childhood affect physical health years down the line. Just how that happens remains a mystery.

Comment

How The Placebo Effect Could Boost An Olympic Performance

Sunday, August 14, 2016

One athlete's "psych-up" ritual may psych out an opponent. And even treatments that lack hard evidence of benefit, scientists say, might provide a competitive edge if the athletes believe they work.

Comment