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Screen time linked to ADHD symptoms in teens

July 23, 2018

(Reuters Health) – Teens who spend lots of time surfing the web, playing games and chatting with friends on smartphones and tablets may be more likely to develop ADHD symptoms than youth who don’t, a U.S. study suggests.
Researchers followed more than 2,500 Los Angeles high school students over two years, …

More U.S. teens saying ‘no’ to smoking and drinking

(Reuters Health) – High school students in the U.S. are a lot more sober than they used to be, a new study suggests.
The proportion of high school students in their final year who have never tried alcohol or drugs increased fivefold from 1975 to 2014, and surged nearly as much …

Parenting In The Age Of Screens: Here’s What The Experts Do

July 17, 2018

Parents today struggle to set screen time guidelines.
One big reason is a lack of role models. Grandma doesn’t have any tried-and-true sayings about iPad time. This stuff is just too new.
But many experts on kids and media are also parents themselves. So when I was interviewing dozens of them for my …

To improve digital well-being, put your phone down and talk to people

Apple and Google recently announced features in their forthcoming mobile operating systems designed to “reduce interruptions and manage screen time.” Android and iOS users alike will soon be able to guard their sleep against digital temptations, easily activate “Do Not Disturb” mode when needed, and get prompted to stop when they have used their …

Mental health and the relentless YouTuber life

Jacques Slade was spending a week at the beach recently, away from the internet and his responsibilities as a full-time YouTube creator, where he’s about to reach 1 million subscribers. It was supposed to be a time to relax and enjoy life. But being stress free, even on vacation, doesn’t …

One-third of Australians are ‘jet-lagged’ from lack of sleep.

July 11, 2018

A third of Australians experience jet lag-like symptoms associated with using tablets and laptops in the hour before they go to bed, a new study has found.
Social jet lag is the name given to sleepiness which results from breaking natural sleep patterns to wake at least an hour too early to meet …

US stuns world health community by opposing breastfeeding.

New York: A resolution to encourage breastfeeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this (northern) spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.
Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries …

New York and Virginia Become the First States to Require Mental Health Education in Schools

July 04, 2018

For the first time, two U.S. states will require schools to provide mental health education in a bid to combat a rising tide of depression and psychological hurdles facing American youth.
New York and Virginia enacted their respective mental health education laws on Sunday. The states’ statutes differ on the specifics, as CNN …

Researchers reveal results of world’s longest study into cannabis and opioids to treat pain

It’s safe to say most people think cannabis chills you out.
Now researchers have discovered that perception may be stronger than the drug itself.
In a large study of the effect cannabis has on pain in sufferers across Australia, the team from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) uncovered some …

Women Working Long Hours More Likely To Develop Diabetes, Study Shows

Canadian researchers revealed that the risk of type 2 diabetes is higher among women who clock up to 45 hours a week or more at work. The findings draw attention toward yet another health risk of long working hours, encouraging a limit to provide a better work-life balance to employees.
The …

Researchers change clinical practice for infants with diabetes

June 27, 2018

Infants with diabetes can drop insulin syringes. This will be new clinical practice after a recent study, now published in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. Researchers from Bergen and Exeter have been leading the work, which causes children worldwide to replace insulin syringes with tablets.
“All infants diagnosed with diabetes before 6-7 …

New Genetic Causes of Cleft Lip and Palate Revealed

A study conducted by an international research team, which included investigators from Seattle Children’s Research Institute, implicates variants in four genes as a primary cause of non-syndromic cleft lip and palate in humans. The genes, associated for the first time with cleft lip and palate, encode proteins that work together in …

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