Amit Sood shares four-step guide to happiness

ORLANDO – Stress affects one in five Americans, sending many people to a therapist’s office to address the problem. But what if people could prevent stress on their own? That was the focus of the “Science of Stress” session at the Association of Healthcare Journalists conference on April 20, 2017 led by Dr. Amit Sood. Sood, a professor of medicine at…

Why are fewer heavy Americans trying to lose weight

By Jing Ren “During the past 12 months, have you tried to lose weight?” The majority of overweight Americans will say no to that question, according to a recent study. Across the nation, the obesity rate is rising, but fewer overweight Americans are trying to lose weight, according to a study published in the Journal…

Lead prevention policy: Where we stand

By Catherine Wheeler In the United States today, about half a million children ages 1-5 have high blood lead levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Though the number of children with lead poisoning has gone down in recent years, effective policies to prevent lead poisoning remain minimal. Current policy primarily focuses on what happens…

Debunking the myths of obesity treatment

By Jing Ren ORLANDO —Weight loss isn’t easy, especially considering that many people would rather watch Netflix with a bowl of snacks than get up off the couch and go for a run. But another major reason that people have a difficult time losing weight is that they don’t know how, said Magdalena Pasarica, associate professor…

Bronshtein merges data visualization and journalism at STAT

Natalia Bronshtein remembers the moment data visualization changed her life. She was in the middle of her Ph.D. defense at the Higher Attestation Commission of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the projector stopped working. She tried to convey several years of her research to her thesis committee verbally, but it…