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Behavior / Diet

An Apple a Day…

My colleague recently sent along an intriguing and fun research article. We’ve all heard the aphorism: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” And while it seems intuitively healthy and practical because fruit and vegetable consumption has innumerable health benefits, this colloquialism, like many, is not rooted in established scientific evidence. Until now. Authors from … Continue reading

Behavior / running

Behind Those Pictures

Recently I read this ESPN article on University of Pennsylvania runner Madison Holleran, a star runner and student-athlete who struggled from depression and committed suicide in 2014 when she jumped from the 9th level of a parking garage. Suicide in young adults (ages 10-24), is the third leading cause of death, taking approximately 4600 lives/year … Continue reading

Behavior / Diet

Simplifying our Rules

I recently read yet another research study finding that dietary sodium intake has very little effect on an individual’s blood pressure over time, in line with a growing body of evidence refuting dietary salt as an important factor in hypertension (except for a small portion of hypertensive adults who suffer specifically from salt-sensitive hypertension). Guidelines establishing quantifiable … Continue reading

Cardiovascular Disease / Health / Mortality

Tweeting our Happiness and Health

I previously wrote about the novel use of Twitter to predict geographic happiness, citing a study that used a geo-tagged data set of over 80 million words generated in 2011 on Twitter to estimate the happiest and saddest states (shown in red and blue, respectively, on the map). Authors describe their methodology as follows: “To measure sentiment … Continue reading

Evidence

Find Your Number

I adjunct at University of Connecticut, so frequently use their online databases for journal research. Not so exciting, but necessary. However, I recently logged on to discover a new resource they’ve made available…Statista! For those of you who don’t know about it, this is a web-based portal that provides access to statistics on almost any … Continue reading