Social media use may harm teens’ mental health by disrupting positive activities

The research, published Tuesday in the journal The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, involved interviews with almost 10,000 children between the ages of 13 and 16 in England. The researchers found that social media may harm girls’ mental health by increasing their exposure to bullying and reducing their sleep and physical exercise. “Our results suggest […]

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WHO welcomes Facebook pledge to curb anti-vaccine misinformation

After several months of talks with the WHO, Facebook has pledged to direct its users to “accurate and reliable vaccine information in several languages” on the WHO’s website, the United Nations health agency said, “to ensure that vital health messages reach people who need them the most”. “Major digital organisations have a responsibility to their […]

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Social media stress can lead to social media addiction, reveals study

Social networking sites (SNS) such as Facebook and Instagram are known to cause stress in users, known as technostress from social media. However, when faced with such stress, instead of switching off or using them less, people are moving from one aspect of the social media platforms to another – escaping the causes of their […]

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Screen time ‘not to blame’ for teenagers mental health problems, says study

The study tracked young adolescents on their smartphones to test whether more time spent using digital technology was linked to worse mental health outcomes. The researchers – Candice Odgers, professor of psychological science at the University of California, Irvine; Michaeline Jensen, assistant professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Madeleine George, […]

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Ragging: 150 medical students forced to shave head by seniors, BOG issues show-cause notice to college

A heinous incident of ragging has shocked the medical fraternity, this time in Uttar Pradesh, where 150 medical students were made to shave off their heads by seniors. A video surfaced and went viral on social media. Doctors and medical students demanded strict action, the Board of Governors (BOG) which supersedes Medical Council of India […]

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My Medical Mantra receives social media award from Maha govt for #SaveAaradhya campaign

My Medical Mantra received the award from the hands of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The award was conferred for the social media campaign which ultimately helped save the life of a child. While speaking at the award distribution ceremony, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, said, “Journalism is the fourth estate of the Democracy. Media should […]

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What is Tokophobia? Here’s all you need to know about it

Childbirth can clearly be a scary prospect. For women who have not given birth before, it is the great unknown. Research into women’s concerns and fears suggests that women may be anxious about the risk of injuries or complications, pain, their ability to give birth, losing control, and interactions with health professionals. Even women who […]

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Excessive social media use, television viewing increase depression in teenagers

Changes in adolescent social media use and television use predict increases in symptoms of depression. The study, published July 15 in JAMA Pediatrics, revealed that a higher than average frequency of social media and television viewing over four years predicts more severe symptoms of depression over that same time frame. Over and above a potential […]

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Facebook might actually benefit adult mental health, finds study

Previous studies have suggested that social media can cause psychological distress, loneliness, and depression. For example, research from 2019 suggested that quitting Facebook may improve overall well-being. However, a 2018 study on the use of social media by undergraduates found that limiting social media use to approximately 30 minutes per day may improve mental health. […]

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Ban junk food advertisements near schools: FSSAI

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed banning advertisements of unhealthy food in and around school premises in an attempt to promote safe and wholesome food among school children, its CEO Pawan Kumar Agarwal said on Thursday, June 13. With such a move, the regulator aims to promote wholesome and nutritious […]

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