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Read articles from our Evidence-Based Living blog that translate research findings into real-life applications and help separate the good scientific information from the bad.

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A proven method to reduce hospital infections

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, commonly called MRSA, is a type of bacteria resistant to many of the antibiotics we use today. It is most dangerous to patients in healthcare settings, who often have compromised immune systems that allow MRSA to spread in their bodies. When MRSA infections reached their...

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The state of preschool

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"Preschool is important to children’s development – the evidence on that is clear. But since preschool is not required and often not offered by local school systems, not all families have access to quality preschool programs. The National Institute for Early Education Research publishes a report every year that...

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The real evidence on prophylactic mastectomies

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"When actress Angelina Jolie revealed last week in the New York Times that she had a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer, media outlets across the country interviewed doctors, breast cancer patients, and generally added their two cents to the discussion about whether this type of surgery is...

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New conclusions about bed rest during pregnancy

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"So far, my third pregnancy is going well. I’m able to maintain almost all of my normal activities including work, swimming and taking care of my two children. But, I have to admit, one of my fears is that I will suffer a complication that requires bed rest....

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Evidence-based sports: Are winning streaks real?

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"Over the years, EBL readers have appreciated our occasional reports on scientific evidence on popular sports. Indeed, during Cornell’s epic run for the NCAA tournament, we reviewed very interesting research on the “hot hand” in basketball, one of our most viewed posts. We’ve also written about other factors...

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The link between depression and dementia

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"A disproportionate number of older adults suffer from depression, according to data collected by the National Institute of Mental Health. It is estimated that millions of senior citizens suffer from dementia. And older adults commit suicide at higher rates compared to other age groups. Now a new systematic review...

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New evidence about medical malpractice

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"More than 15,000 lawsuits are filed against doctors in the United States each year for medical malpractice, a claim that medical treatment caused injury or death to the patient, typically involving a medical error." Read the rest of this post on the Evidence-Based Living blog: New evidence about...

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Youth smoking prevention works

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"Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, causing about 500,000 deaths per year and driving up costs in the U.S. health care system." Read the rest of this post on the Evidence-Based Living blog: Youth...

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Treating breast cancer before you get it?

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"Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S. In any given year, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and more than 40,000 die from it." Read the rest of this post on the Evidence-Based Living blog: Treating breast cancer before you...

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Pregnancy and alcohol consumption: What we know

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"We have some exciting news in my family: We are expecting our third child in mid-October. The upcoming addition to our family has me reviewing the evidence on how to have a healthy pregnancy. So I was intrigued when I saw an article in the New York Times...

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