But at a casino, you don’t know what your reward will be, or even if you’ll get one. In fact, most of the time, you get nothing at all. But that kind of reinforcement, the “sometimes-surprise” schedule, reinforces the behavior even more effectively. Think about people pumping money into slot machines, only to get occasional, unpredictable rewards. […]
The idea of eating healthy seems to change as often as the seasons. Concerns over fats, sugars, undercooked red meat, carbohydrates, and many others have made news at one time or another. Vitamins have always remained a constant recommendation. But how do vitamins really benefit us, and are they a “one size fits all” dosage? […]
Excessive media use in early childhood is also associated with cognitive, language, and social delays. Some of these associations depend on exactly what’s being watched—switching from violent to pro-social content has been shown to improve preschool behavior, especially in boys. There’s also concern that excessive media use by parents can interfere with other family activities, and may model and reinforce media excess in their children. […]
Parents are sometimes surprised to find out that migraines are the most common cause of recurrent headaches in children. Yes, kids get migraines – and many adults who get them started getting them as children, even if they weren’t diagnosed correctly. […]
Here’s the scoop, the insider secret you all have been waiting for: most concerns that most people bring to the doctor, most of the time, are things that will get better on their own. Your cough will get better, your fever will get better, your sprained ankle will get better. […]
We know that vitamin D, separate from its role in calcium metabolism, has an important part to play in our immune response to infections. It supports the production of built-in antiviral and antibacterial peptides, and helps immune cells make germ-destroying oxygen and nitrogen compounds. Population studies that have shown an increased susceptibility to colds among people who are immune deficient. […]
Online rating sites are here to stay, and they’ll continue to rate doctors and hospitals, and people are going to continue to use them (Google just shoves the rating down your throat when you search. There’s no avoiding this.) Just remember the Black Box warning: physician rating sites may have some use, but they can have unintended side effects. They may mislead you into making a poor decision about your doctors, and that’s not good for your health.
In the late 1800’s, multiple outbreaks of the plague popped up in China and India. What resulted was not just the horrors of disease, but also a modern understanding of what the plague is, and how it spreads. […]