Katherine Hobson appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.