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Happiness comes from family, community, nature — not money, study shows

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Mar 08, 2021 … BARCELONA — You don’t have to earn six figures and beyond to be happier, according to a new study. People in communities where there is little cash are as contented as those from rich societies. That’s because it focuses them on other values, including family and the beauty of nature, explain scientists. The finding questions…

‘Alpha generation’ will have fewer artists, musicians — and digital devices may be to blame

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Mar 05, 2021 … BUDAPEST, Hungary — For most people of a certain age, their brains tend to see the “big picture” before settling in to focus on the details. Those growing up in the digital age however, are being rewired to see the world a whole lot differently. Researchers in Hungary say children who start using digital devices…

Kids can easily bypass age restrictions on social media platforms, study warns

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Feb 16, 2021 … CASTLETROY, Ireland — Social media has never felt more like the wild west. Misinformation as well as general negativity are literally unavoidable on most platforms today, despite continual efforts to better police content. With this in mind, it’s never been more important to ensure young children stay off social media until they reach a reasonably appropriate…

Childhood cancer survivors are not more likely to terminate pregnancies, study concludes

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Jan 25, 2021 … HELSINKI, Finland — It’s more difficult for women who beat cancer as a child to become pregnant in comparison to the general population. But, that doesn’t mean that once they’re pregnant cancer survivors are any more likely to undergo an abortion. That’s the main conclusion of a new study conducted by scientists in Finland. In…

Troubling link found between ADHD, increased suicide risk, especially among women

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Jan 18, 2021 … TORONTO, Ontario — Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is usually synonymous with difficulty concentrating and a whole lot of extra energy. Now, however, a new study finds an unsettling connection between ADHD in adulthood and increased risk of attempting suicide. Researchers from the University of Toronto say women with ADHD are eight times more likely…

Teens who play violent video games ‘not at higher risk of mental health problems’ after all

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Jan 15, 2021 … SAN DIEGO — Watching children joyfully play gory video games where the characters are battling to the death can certainly make any parent worry about their adolescent’s mental state. But new research brings reason to calm those fears. Teens who play violent video games are not at higher risks of mental health problems after all,…

Mental benefits of mindfulness don’t happen for everyone, researchers conclude

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Jan 11, 2021 … CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom — Although finding peace and tranquility may sound like a great plan, a new study finds not everyone can clear their mind through meditation. Researchers at the University of Cambridge say the benefits of mindfulness vary depending on the person and their setting. Mindfulness involves sitting silently and focusing on your thoughts,…

The cat lady isn’t crazy: Study shows feline lovers aren’t more prone to mental illness

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Dec 30, 2020 … LONDON — Cats may scratch you and rip up your furniture, but they won’t play a part in you developing a mental illness, a recent study finds. Despite research that suggests felines transfer mental disorders to humans via parasites, researchers at University College London say there’s no evidence of such an outcome.  Their study examined nearly…

Social media use tops list of child health concerns among parents in 2020; COVID ranked tenth!

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Dec 24, 2020 … ANN ARBOR, Mich. — For American parents, you may think the constant concern over COVID-19 is their biggest fear when it comes to their child’s health. A new survey finds that’s not actually the case, not even close. Researchers from the University of Michigan say quarantine and lockdowns have parents worrying more about their kids…

E-cigarettes act as a ‘gateway’ to smoking tobacco for teens, experts warn

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Dec 08, 2020 … WASHINGTON — Cigarette smoking is not the socially accepted habit it once was in the United States. While science has helped new generations realize the dangers of smoking, a new study finds many children may be getting lured back into using tobacco. Researchers with the Children’s National Hospital say young teens who use e-cigarettes are…

Third of Americans binge drink during COVID pandemic, but lockdowns make problem worse

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Dec 07, 2020 … Alarming new study reveals that binge drinkers are taking down four to seven drinks in a single sitting. DALLAS, Texas — From social isolation to fears about job loss, the stresses of living in quarantine can have a devastating impact on millions of people during COVID-19. For drinkers, the problems of living in lockdown may be…

Guilt-free scrolling: Prolonged smartphone use isn’t bad for mental health after all, study says

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Dec 02, 2020 … LANCASHIRE, United Kingdom — Modern society tends to view smartphones and all their features as both a blessing and a curse. These devices enrich our lives in many ways, but over the past few years it’s become increasingly clear that it’s quite possible to go overboard and use them too much as well. Surprisingly, however,…

Video game addiction not a problem for most kids, but some gamers face serious issues later in life

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Nov 02, 2020 … WASHINGTON — There’s a certain perception society has about children who play a lot of video games. While some may think most kids who like their gaming systems have an unhealthy addiction, researchers at Brigham Young University say not so fast. According to a six-year study released by the American Physiological Association, playing video games…