Katherine Hobson

Katherine Hobson appears in the following:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


How Weight Training Can Help Women Stay Strong

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The government recommends that adults engage in two sessions a week of resistance training to maintain muscle and prevent injury. Most of us aren't getting close to that, but it's easy to catch up.


As Trampoline Parks Jump In Popularity, So Do Injuries

Monday, August 01, 2016

Injuries at the indoor parks are still dwarfed by injuries on home trampolines. But researchers warn that the parks seem to result in more serious injuries that can require admission to the hospital.


What Women Need In A Checkup: Test Less, Talk More

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Some tests that used to be part of an annual physical are no longer recommended. Others can be done less often. Still, seeing your doctor regularly for a face-to-face chat may help your health.


Got Dense Breasts? That Can Depend On Who Is Reading The Mammogram

Monday, July 18, 2016

A big study suggests that radiologists vary widely in their assessment of density, a risk factor for breast cancer. And density is just one component of breast cancer risk, the researchers underscore.


It's Tough To Make Good Health Choices, But Science Can Help

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Good intentions are great, but they'll only take you so far. There are some research-backed techniques you can use to increase your odds of following through on living better, however.


Girls And Older Adults Are Missing Out On Parks For Recreation

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A survey of parks in 25 major cities find that they're used mostly by young children and teenage boys. Walking loops and other options that would appeal to women are in short supply.


Some Fat-Burning Supplements Contain Banned Stimulant Drug

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Some supplements sold to improve workouts contain a stimulant that's been banned and may pose health risks, according to tests. The Food and Drug Administration has warned seven manufacturers.


Parents Sleeping Badly? They May Think Their Children Are, Too

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Having a child who won't sleep can drive parents to distraction. But a study suggests that a parent's sleep issues play a role, too.


U.S. Lags Behind Other Countries In Reducing Stillbirths

Friday, January 22, 2016

Stillbirth remains largely hidden from society, and the tragic loss of a fetus late in pregnancy remains far too common.

A collection of research published Monday in The Lancet pulls back the curtain on the often-ignored subject and gives a global snapshot of the countries making the most progress ...


Federal Panel Finalizes Mammogram Advice That Stirred Controversy

Monday, January 11, 2016

The mammography debate heated up once again in April 2015, when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft of its latest breast cancer screening recommendations.

Now, after the public had a chance to comment, the influential task force has finalized the advice, reiterating that women ages ...