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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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Evidence on child well-being across the globe

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"Ensuring children grow up to be healthy, productive and fulfilled adults are major goals of every society. Children across the world today face complex risks and challenges including the wide availability of unhealthy foods, the prevalence of bullying and increases in drug and alcohol abuse." Read the rest of...

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Reduce your salt intake, help your heart

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"Salt makes our food taste, well, delicious. It’s found in nearly everything we eat – from soups, to baked goods to meats and cheeses. Most adults consume between 6 and 12 grams of salt per day, even though health organizations recommend intake less than 5 grams per day." Read...

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Dementia and antipsychotic medicine: A new review

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"One in three senior citizens suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia when they die, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Often patients with dementia have behavioral problems such as agitation, aggression, anxiety and depression. Many times, doctors prescribe antipsychotic medications to control these problems. But their effectiveness is limited...

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What we know about custodial grandparents

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"About 2 percent of children in the U.S. are being raised by their grandparents with no parent living in the home, according to the U.S. Census bureau. But what do we know about these families? And do grandparents face any particular parenting challenges that differ from more traditional...

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In the media: Evidence-based mental health therapy?

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"The New York Times’ Well Blog has a fascinating post this week on why mental health therapists do not consistently use evidence-based techniques in treating their patients. "The post cites a meta-analysis conducted in 2009 that found patients rarely received evidence-based psychological treatments. And when patients do receive them,...

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How gay marriage impacts the well-being of children

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"As the U.S. Supreme Court is set to consider a historic case on gay marriage, new evidence is available on how same-sex unions impact children. "For the past four years, researchers working for the American Academy of Pediatrics have conducted an extensive review of the evidence on gay marriage,...

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New evidence about the federal food stamps program

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"Nearly 45 million American receive help purchasing food each year through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly called food stamps. Here on EBL, we’ve written about the federal program in the past, specifically how it helps keep families out of poverty. "Now a new report from the National...

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Evaluating programs to promote teen sexual health

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"Teenagers and young adults represent only 25 percent of the sexually active population in the U.S., but they acquire nearly half of all new sexually transmitted infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. In addition, about 3 in 10 girls in the U.S. become pregnant before...

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The murky evidence on saturated fat

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"For decades, it has been accepted as truth that eating foods high in saturated fats such as full-fat milk products and fatty cuts of meat — lead to an increased risk of heart disease. Yet a small but growing body of evidence is raising questions about whether reducing...

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The latest evidence on Vitamin D

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The latest post from the Evidence-Based Living blog updates the knowledge on vitamin D supplements for post-menopausal women. The latest evidence on Vitamin...

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