Katherine Hobson

Katherine Hobson appears in the following:

We're All Tired. But When Could Fatigue Mean a Medical Problem?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Avoiding your phone and TV at night and setting a firm bedtime might solve your problem if you feel tired a lot. But fatigue can also be a sign of disease.


Lonely People Report More Severe Cold Symptoms, Study Finds

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The study builds on previous evidence linking loneliness to more serious health problems, but the findings do not link the sheer size of a person's social network to cold symptom severity.


Exercising While Pregnant Is Almost Always A Good Idea

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Women often worry that exercise is dangerous during pregnancy, but the data shows it's almost always good for both mother and the developing fetus. As with so many things, moderation is key.


Common Blood Tests Can Help Predict Chronic Disease Risk

Friday, March 17, 2017

The creators of the risk assessment score say they want to help primary care physicians better identify patients who need extra counseling and follow-up.


Feeling Lonely? Too Much Time On Social Media May Be Why

Monday, March 06, 2017

It's not clear whether spending a lot of time on Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram leads to social isolation, or whether the lonely seek solace in social media.


Some Melanoma Survivors Are Still Getting Too Much Sun Exposure

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Getting people to change their health behaviors is hard. A cancer diagnosis may increase motivation to reduce risk, but it doesn't necessarily make the change easier.


Does 1-Minute Interval Training Work? We Ask The Guy Who Tested It

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

In his new book, researcher Martin Gibala explains that workouts with periods of intense exercise aren't just for the super-fit. They also help make the most of limited workout time.


Young Girls Are Less Apt To Think That Women Are Really, Really Smart

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Girls are less likely to identify their own gender as brilliant than boys are, even at age 5. One question is whether it's the girls who need to change their thinking about innate intelligence.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.