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These Body-Maps Show Where We Do And Don't Like Being Touched

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 10.28.2015 | Science

Touching is an essential part of any relationship. Handshakes, pats on the back and kisses on the lips -- a touch can mean a lot. But some touching is...

No, Students Do Not Really "Hate School Lunches"

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 10.15.2015 | Parents
Bettina Elias Siegel

By now many of you have likely read "Why Students Hate School Lunches," by Kate Murphy in this week's New York Times Sunday Review. Here's my one word reaction to the piece: GAH!!!!

New Study Finds Recessions Mean Fewer Babies

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 09.11.2015 | Business

Babies are really cute. They're also good for the economy. The fertility rate can be an important part of a nation's long-term economic picture....

A Composer Hopes His Music Will Put You to Sleep

Science of Us | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Science of Us

The entire point of "Sleep," a digital album composed by British musician Max Richter, is that the eight-hour piece lulls its listeners to sleep. The classical composition includes strings, a lightly-played piano, and some appropriately dreamy vocals -- more oohs and ahhs than actual lyrics.

A Recent Pysch Study Shows: Don't Trust Studies

The Huffington Post | Elisabeth Brier | Posted 09.03.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

A new psychological study reveals: we shouldn't believe psychological studies. These findings are based upon the discovery that three o...

Buddy, Can You Spare a Trillion Dollars? The Cost of Veteran Health Care

Dawson Church | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Dawson Church

"Are you a Vietnam veteran?" I asked "Stan," an auto mechanic I'd met a few minutes earlier in the course of a routine car checkup. He nodded affirm...

Lessons from Amazon about the Importance of Thriving at Work

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 08.19.2015 | Business
Paula Davis-Laack

Simply using the word "together" can have a profound impact on how work teams operate. New research by Priyanka Carr and Gregory Walton shows that using social cues that signal an invitation for folks to work together can fuel intrinsic motivation even when people work alone.

Why Lonely People Stay Lonely

Science of Us | Posted 07.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Science of Us

Nobody likes feeling lonely, and some recent research suggests that the ache of isolation isn't only a psychological problem; unwanted solitude impacts physical health, too.

What It's Like To Live With Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Science of Us | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Science of Us

People with body dysmorphic disorder have what you might call a complicated relationship with mirrors, to put things mildly. BDD, a psychiatric condition marked by a preoccupation with perceived flaws in one's personal appearance, is the subject of a new paper published in the Journal of Health Psychology.

Exercise: the Luminous, Latent Potential of a Little Action

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is an enormous benefit from even a little exercise, more benefit from more, and then a threshold past which returns diminish, but don't decline. The take-away message is that there is enormous potential for even a little bit of action to make our health, and lives, better.

Breast Cancer Screening: Where Are We Now?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Among the more important medical studies reported in recent weeks, even resulting in that rarefied "front page, above the crease" coverage by the New York Times, was a paper in JAMA indicating that the interpretation of breast biopsies is not the infallible gold standard we had hoped.

Monolingual Myopia

Clayton Lewis | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
Clayton Lewis

Debates are sizzling about the efficacy of American education in preparing students for the global economy. Graduates face escalating competition as millions of recent job entrants hit the market from expanding middle-class economies such as India, China and Brazil.

10 Tips On What to Do Before, During and After Your College Intership

David Ongchoco | Posted 03.28.2015 | College
David Ongchoco

A lot of students enter college not knowing how to go about finding an internship that will help them with their career goals. It's a process that can sometimes be very daunting and confusing.

Cancer and Random Genes: Fortune Favors the Prepared

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.08.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

At this point, you should be scratching your head and asking: Didn't they study cancer occurrence in actual people? The answer is no. Didn't they show that lifestyle factors don't influence the rate of mutation? Again, the answer is no.

Survey Finds 1 In 5 College Students Have Abused Prescription Medication

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 11.14.2014 | College

A new survey released by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids found that abuse of prescription stimulants is "becoming normalized" among college student...

Seeking The Sweet Spot, From Mouth To Microbiome

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A study out last week in the top-tier journal Nature told us that non-caloric artificial sweeteners (NAS) may contribute to glucose intolerance by mucking up our microbiomes. That's a serious indictment, since these products are intended to help defend against glucose intolerance, and other ills related to diabetes risk and weight gain.

7 Social Media Psychology Studies That Will Make Your Marketing Smarter

Courtney Seiter | Posted 11.02.2014 | Technology
Courtney Seiter

Every day seems to bring exciting new studies as research shows us more about how social media is changing the way we relate to one another, share information and even form our identities.

Diet Research, Stuck in the Stone Age

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.02.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This was a study designed to generate a predictably useless, misleading, and potentially harmful answer to an egregiously silly and perhaps even willfully disingenuous question. If science were generally this bad, we would never have exited the Stone Age.

New Study: Diet Soda meets Straw Man

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A new study in the journal Obesity, comparing diet soda to water for weight loss, has resulted in extensive and worldwide media coverage -- some of it, to my surprise, directly involving me. My involvement derives from my published opinions about diet soda and artificial sweeteners, which thus far remain unchanged after reading the study in question.

The Ruder The Sales Associate, The More You Buy?

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | Posted 04.30.2014 | Style

If you encounter a rude sales associate, are you more likely to buy something? Well, according to new research from the University of British Colum...

What I Would Do If My Foot Caught Fire

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.14.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If my foot caught fire, I would just go ahead and fetch a pail of water. Soldiering past the want of randomized clinical trials on the topic, and weirdly wonderful fad approaches would test me sorely, but I think I could deal with it.

Why There Are No Winners in the Battle of Breast vs. Bottle

Suzanne Barston | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Barston

What the Golen/Ramsey study shows should not be controversial. It's proof that whether a woman chooses, or is capable of, feeding a baby from her breast is not what defines her as a mother.

Fine Young Philanthropists

Varda Epstein | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Varda Epstein

Kids are being taught at home and in their schools about the meaning of giving. Apparently, doing nice things for others makes kids smarter, happier and more successful, too.

These Cringeworthy Restaurant Truths Will Make You Think Twice About Dinner

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.29.2014 | Healthy Living

For peace of mind, we may prefer to imagine restaurants as sanitized bastions of total cleanliness. Their spotless surfaces have to exemplify the loft...

Public Journal Club: New Method in Improving Blood Pressure Control

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Although further investigations may be useful in further legitimizing this innovative method in controlling blood pressure, this study demonstrates that there may be more effective ways in managing hypertension than the current standard of care.