Mindfulness is being promoted as a panacea for almost everything, from reducing anxiety to improving memory to preventing chronic illnesses to solving racism.
“In several of the articles in which unproven therapies were being sought, there was no mention of the possibility of inefficacy or the experimental nature of the intervention,” the researchers said.
More than three years after the study began, federal agencies have not issued any safety findings from their highly anticipated crumb rubber study.
Adolescents sit for an average of 8.2 hours a day, and adults sit for an average of 6.4 hours — about an hour more for both groups than a decade ago, the study reports.
This year, measles cases have been identified in 22 states. Minnesota, fortunately, is not among them.
The “truth about dentistry,” writes Ferris Jabr in the Atlantic, is that “common dental procedures are not always as safe, effective, or durable as we are meant to believe.”
Americans aren’t good at separating myths from fact about many health issues, and sleep is no different.
After participating in workplace wellness programs for 18 months, employees in the study did not score better on objective health indicators like blood pressure, blood sugar levels and BMI.
“These cultural messages appeared to augment women’s gut-level feeling that ‘thin’ is good and ‘fat’ is bad,” says Jennifer Bartz, the study’s senior author.
Americans’ overconsumption of sugar is considered a major risk factor for obesity and related cardiometabolic diseases, including heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
An estimated 12 percent of American adults have irritable bowel syndrome. There is no cure for IBS, but treatment can help relieve the symptoms.
A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University found that people who care for a family member or loved one with a serious illness have only an “extremely small” risk of inflammation and weakening of the immune system.
Both studies come with important caveats, so they aren’t going to end the often-heated dispute over whether red meat has a role to play in a healthy diet.
This result adds to a long line of studies that have shown most people receive no health benefits — but may experience harm — from taking vitamin and mineral supplements.
Cancer patients enrolled in Minnesota’s medical marijuana program reported significant improvement in their symptoms within four months after they started taking the medication, the study found.
The study also found that spending time in front of a screen before bedtime had no effect on young people’s well-being.
The evidence for the idea that moderate drinking is not only good for us, but better than abstaining, has always been weak. This new study shows just how weak that evidence may have been.
“Our study shows that for the greatest payoff, in terms of efficiently lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol, you should spend 20 to 30 minutes sitting or walking in a place that provides you with a sense of nature,” writes says MaryCarol Hunter, the study’s lead author.
Pharma has become such an inviting target that in a Legislature that can’t agree on anything, multiple bills taking on the industry are still alive in both the DFL-controlled House and a GOP-controlled Senate.
Health concerns about wind turbines stem from a decades-old misunderstanding about inaudible noise, or “infrasound,” writer Philip Jaekl points out.