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

Diet / Evidence

Vegetable, Vegetable

While scrolling through the National Geographic March 2015 issue, I found a brief synopsis of a research article analyzing the effects that various diets have on our carbon footprint. Researchers estimated the global warming potential of various diets by weighting dietary components according to carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide produced during production, transport, storage, cooking … Continue reading

Behavior / Evidence

Treating Our Emotions

“When we are over-medicated, our emotions become synthetic. For personal growth, for a satisfying marriage and for a more peaceful world, what we need is more empathy, compassion, receptivity, emotionality and vulnerability, not less. We need to stop labeling our sadness and anxiety as uncomfortable symptoms, and to appreciate them as a healthy, adaptive part … Continue reading

Evidence / Health

The Facts of Random Chance and Cancer Prevention

I spend a lot of time researching and teaching about cardiovascular disease (CVD), and I have found over the years that my students view CVD similarly: as the fault of the individual. Although this isn’t true (there are unmodifiable risk factors for CVD such as menopausal status, gender, age and heredity), many students perceive that unhealthy lifestyle habits … Continue reading


Flu Season

Recently, this article in the New York Times about the intensity of this year’s flu season piqued my interest. According to the authors (as well as most epidemiologists), this year’s flu season is unusually severe due to “a confluence of factors: an early start to the flu season, with more people sick in December than … Continue reading


The Cost of Getting There

I often use this blog to post data from studies conducted by highly trained researchers. And while it takes innumerable hours, intellectual perseverance, money, collaboration, and oversight to collect and publish such data, it also takes substantial resources for people to attain the credentials needed to conduct such studies. Yes, I’m talking about college. More specifically, … Continue reading