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Advances in science can benefit everyone, everywhere. WISL aims to help narrow the huge gap between what is known scientifically about health and wellness, and what individuals and society actually practice. This includes advocating steps we can all take to maintain and improve personal and community health: learning about the nutrients we gain from specific foods, knowing what to consume carefully and in moderation, and participating in activities that will help keep our bodies healthy. Understanding the links between science and health is an important part of being science literate. What is more important is to act wisely on what we learn. For example, perhaps we can modify Wisconsin's cultural addiction to brats, beer, and brandy by accepting the scientific findings about obesity and alcoholism, thereby enjoying these local traditions in moderation.

Alcohol, Caffeine & Nicotine
A Guide for Parents on Talking to Kids About Alcohol
"Delaying That First Drink: A Parents' Guide"
Produced by the AAAS Science Inside Alcohol Project

Comparative Epidemiology of Dependence on Tobacco, Alcohol, Controlled Substances, and Inhalants
This 25-page PDF file contains an article from Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology which aims to report basic descriptive findings from new research on the epidemiology of drug dependence syndromes, conducted as part of the National Comorbidity Survey (NCS).

After the smoke clears
Chemical & Engineering News

Decaffeinated coffee is not caffeine-free, experts say
ScienceDaily

Ethanol: The Dose, Effects and Side-Effects of the World's Second-Most Popular Drug Conversations in Science Series
Introductory Chemistry Class Guest Lecture

Uncorked: The Science of Champagne
Recommended Reading

Fitness
Science of the Olympic Summer Games
A collaboration between NBC and the NSF

Science of the Olympic Winter Games
A collaboration between NBC and the NSF

Performance Enhancement: Beyond the Work, Sweat and Tears
Conversations in Science Series

Health Care
Will Science Take the Field?
A New York Times op-ed piece by UW-Madison's Deborah Blum

You Don’t Look a Day Over 50-Do Your Arteries? Using Ultrasound to Evaluate Arterial Age
Conversations in Science Series
View the Presentation Slides (13MB PDF)

Minimally Invasive Thoracic Oncology Surgery at UW: Technically More Difficult,
But Easier for the Patient

Conversations in Science Series
Watch the Video

Transforming Healthcare: Visions for the Future
Conversations in Science Series

Current Thinking About Skin Cancer and Sun Screens
Conversations in Science Series

Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy: What's Hot and What's Not
Conversations in Science Series

Nutrition
Will calorie listings curb our fast food habits?
UW Health News & Events

Calories, Cancer and Aging
Conversations in Science Series

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Recommended Reading

Fruits and Vegetables Aren't Nutritious Until Somebody Eats Them
Conversations in Science Series

Sleep
Sleep and the Brain
Conversations in Science Series
Watch the Video

Biology of Sleep
Conversations in Science Series

 


 

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