Katherine Hobson

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Saunas Are A Hot Trend, And They Might Even Help Your Health

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Sweating in a sauna feels good, and it's associated with health benefits including a lower risk of heart disease. But is that because of the heat, or because you're able to kick back and relax?


Artificial Sweeteners Don't Help People Lose Weight, Review Finds

Monday, July 17, 2017

It's easy to think that artificial sweeteners are a health win. But a review of research finds that there's no evidence they help people lose weight, and they may be associated with other problems.


OB-GYNs Give Women More Say In When They Have Mammograms

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Updated guidelines on mammograms from the nation's gynecologists are intended to incorporate recommendations from three other medical societies and consider women's preferences, too.


Pediatricians Advise No Fruit Juice Until Kids Are 1

Monday, May 22, 2017

Older kids should limit the amount of juice they drink too. Whole fruit is better than juice because it contains fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar and fills you up the way juice doesn't.


Racial And Ethnic Disparities Persist In Sudden Infant Deaths

Monday, May 15, 2017

Babies in Native American and Alaska Native families are at higher risk of sudden unexplained infant death, despite years of effort to reduce the toll. African-American families also face higher risk.


Measuring Drug Impairment In Drivers Is Easier Said Than Done

Friday, May 05, 2017

A report on the potential influence of alcohol or drug impairment on traffic fatalities points to the difficulty of comparing alcohol impairment standards to other drugs.


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.