|Cheers to the last day of 2015, Morning Rounds readers! If you’re like me and you’ll be shivering your way into the new year in some chilly winter weather, you might find the idea of freezing your fat away cringe-worthy right now. But with products like ice-pack vests on the market, the concept is becoming a popular trend. I took a look at what the science actually says about the strategy for shedding pounds.
Another interesting strategy for losing weight, as explained by the Washington Post: eat your desserts in front of the mirror.
There’s a popular myth that suicides peak around Christmas, with people feeling more lonely and coming down with conditions like seasonal affective disorder. But is that anything more than a myth? Sharon Begley gives the idea a Gut Check. And another often-cited statistic this time of year: Heart attacks increase around the holiday season. It turns out, the UK takes that concern much more soberly than the US does, as contributor Ryan Hoskins explains.
There’s also this guide to sticking to your New Year’s resolutions from Austin Frakt over at the New York Times. And if you’re planning on celebrating New Year’s Eve with a toast or two, the American Chemical Society has you covered with videos on both the chemistry of that champagne you’re popping and what science can teach you about how to beat your next-day hangover.
Before you go, here's one more story I loved — for some seniors who want to keep living independently, products like smart pill bottles and door sensors track their everyday moves to let health care professionals monitor their wellbeing from afar, Eric Boodman reports.
Enjoy your holiday, and we'll see you in the new year!