Monthly Archives: May 2019

Experts Say ‘How Much’ Is the Wrong Way to Assess Screen Time

BY MARKHAM HEID  MAY 29, 2019 Way back in the late 1990s—not long after home Internet use became widespread in the U.S.—researchers started turning up links between time spent on computers and poor mental health. A 1998 study in the journal CyberPsychology and Behavior found heavy internet use—defined as 38 hours or more of non-work, non-school online activity—was associated with… Read more »

What Drinking Does to Your Body Over Time

BY ALEXANDRA SIFFERLIN JULY 1, 2015 The effects of having a few drinks can differ person to person, but often people may not realize just how risky their drinking patterns are, or what that alcohol is doing to them under the hood. There are two definitions for “safe” drinking. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines say moderate alcohol consumption is… Read more »

Why you’ll never escape being a doctor

SIDE HUSTLE SCRUBS, MD|PHYSICIAN | OCTOBER 18, 2018 I want you to do me a favor. Pretend we’re meeting each other for the first time. You have to describe who you are in 10 words or less without mentioning any relationship to another human being. You can’t cop out and say: I’m Anne’s husband, Paul’s mom or… Read more »

What Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain?

BY ALEXANDRA SIFFERLIN JULY 5, 2017 Exercise is just as good for the brain as it is for the body, a growing body of research is showing. And one kind in particular—aerobic exercise—appears to be king. “Back in the day, the majority of exercise studies focused on the parts of the body from the neck down, like the heart… Read more »

The Food That Helps Battle Depression

ByElizabeth BernsteinApril 2, 2018 10:12 a.m. ET You’re feeling depressed. What have you been eating? Psychiatrists and therapists don’t often ask this question. But a growing body of research over the past decade shows that a healthy diet—high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and unprocessed lean red meat—can prevent depression. And an unhealthy diet—high… Read more »

The Neuroscience of Drives for Food, Water, and Salt

The New England Journal of Medicine TO THE EDITOR For 30 years, end-of-life experts, including bioethicists1 and clinical researchers,2 have maintained that dying without artificial hydration is more comfortable than having dehydration relieved by intravenous fluids. The review article by Lowell (Jan. 31 issue)3 suggests that this is not true. By identifying the brain regions and neuronal pathways… Read more »

The truth and challenges of being a doctor mom

NADIA SABRI, MD | PHYSICIAN | APRIL 25, 2019 Being a doctor mom is a beautiful paradox of feeling like a badass one moment and a frazzled I-don’t-know-what-the-heck-I-am-doing mess of a person. Being a female physician, the majority of us feel there is a societal and cultural pressure to be perfect all the time in every sphere of our… Read more »

Should You Get a Measles Booster Shot? Here’s What Experts Say

BY JAMIE DUCHARME  APRIL 29, 2019 Unvaccinated individuals have been the focus of attention during this year’s measles outbreaks. A record 704 cases of the illness have been confirmed in 22 states so far in 2019, and the CDC says the majority of those diagnoses have been in unvaccinated people. Health officials have repeatedly warned nearly everyone to get… Read more »