Modern technology is affecting our sleep. The artificial light from TV and computer screens affects melatonin production and throws off circadian rhythms, preventing deep, restorative sleep.
New research out of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden reinforces this fact, specifically relating to young adults. Doctoral student Sara Thomée and her colleagues at the University of Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska Academy conducted four studies to find out the effects of heavy computer and cell phone use on the sleep quality, stress levels, and general mental health of young adults.
Parents may resort to physical means of admonishing their kids in public spaces much more frequently than they admit to in surveys, a new study suggests. In another finding, the research showed that fathers tended to more often dole out hugs versus spankings to their kids when out in public. The study, from a team at Michigan State University, is published in the current issue of Behavior and Social Issues.
The Transforming Public Health project supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and convened by RESOLVE brought together a group of local, state and national public health leaders to develop guidance for public health officials and policymakers in prioritizing critical public health functions in a changing political and funding landscape.
Mothers face a significantly increased risk of death in the years following the death of a child, a new analysis has found.
Using federal Census Bureau data, researchers tracked information on 69,224 mothers ages 20 to 50 over nine years. Mortality for the entire group was low, about 1.2 percent.
But in the two years following the death of a child, the odds of the mother dying increased to more than three times that of mothers whose children survived. After two years, the difference narrowed, but it was still 22 percent higher for grieving mothers.
Here's another reason to log off at a reasonable hour: exposure to dim lighting at night — such as that generated by a TV screen, computer or night-light — may lead to depressive symptoms, new animal research suggests.
Creating communities free of violence and injury is a priority in the first-ever National Prevention Council Action Plan, and the Surgeon General affirmed the importance of this work at the June 13 event in Sacramento. The Action Plan calls on 17 federal departments to consider health and safety in their work and to collaborate more closely. The “Safety in All Policies” approach can be replicated at the local level.
Brief Report: Does Exposure to Violent Video Games Increase Moral Disengagement among Adolescents? | Journal of Adolescents
Several studies have repeatedly shown that violent/action video games increase aggressive tendencies. The present study provides preliminary evidence that exposure to these games also affects the process of moral disengagement. High school students (N = 385) were recruited, and the impact of both recency and frequency of their exposure to the video game Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA; 2008) on moral disengagement was explored. Results showed that exposure to GTA predicted higher levels of moral disengagement.
New Media, Old Risks: Toward an Understanding of the Relationships Between Online and Offline Health Behavior | Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
The Internet and cell phones now present an interactive and immersive environment. Many cell phones are so-called smartphones that have the same capacity for exchange of text, audio, and visual information found on web-connected computers. As we have learned more about the culture, rules, and expectations of these digital environments, our understanding of people’s behavior and identity within social media have evolved.
The Center for Schools and Communities is pleased to announce its Safe Kids Pennsylvania initiative is now on Facebook.
Chances are if you have a teen, he or she likely spends considerable time on Facebook and other social media. Wondering how to best monitor their usage without being a hovering parent? A new expert statement released on Wednesday offers some practical advice.