New study links early school timings to depression in teenagers

The findings provide additional evidence over how school timings impact adolescent health. The results of the study showed that good baseline sleep hygiene was directly associated with lower average daily depressive/anxiety symptoms across all students

New study links early school timings to depression in teenagersTeenagers who start school before 8:30 a.m. are at a higher risk of depression and anxiety, even if they are doing everything else right to get a good night’s sleep, a study has found. The study not only reinforces the theorised link between sleep and adolescent mental health, but is among the first to demonstrate […]

New study says teenagers avoiding sex, alcohol, and driving like never before

A recent study reveals that nowadays teenagers prefer to sit at home, say no to drugs and alcohol, and scroll through a litany of social media apps, as compared to teens from the past generations

New study says teenagers avoiding sex, alcohol, and driving like never beforeToday’s teenagers don’t seem to care much about hitting the open road, scoring a six-pack with a fake ID, or asking their peers out on dates. According to a recent study from psychologists Jean Twenge and Heejung Park, teenagers instead prefer to sit at home, say no to drugs and alcohol, and scroll through a […]

American Academy of Paediatrics releases first ever guidelines on tattoos and piercings for children

The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) urges tattoo artists and piercers that teens and young people need to be screened for mental health concerns, and made aware that unsanitary piercing and tattooing can lead to infections like HIV and hepatitis

American Academy of Paediatrics releases first ever guidelines on tattoos and piercings for childrenMore young Americans are getting tattoos than ever before, starting at young as eight years old, according to a new report. As of 2010, 38 per cent of millennials reported having tattoos and between 10 and 23 per cent of Gen Z-ers reported having piercings somewhere besides the earlobes. Now, the growing popularity of tattoos […]

How your breast develops: A guide for teens

Breasts are made of fatty tissue, blood vessels, and milk ducts. The biological reason they get bigger is so that a woman can feed a baby, if or when she has one later in her life. Most girls develop breasts between the ages of 8 and 13 years old

How your breast develops: A guide for teens  Young women’s bodies go through many changes during puberty, and one of the biggest is when their breasts begin to grow. A question many girls and teenagers may ask themselves is should their breasts hurt when they grow? In this guide, we address common questions about breast development. We will also explore the signs […]

Can a mobile phone cause brain tumour?

As and when mobile phones have now become an integral part of our day-to-day lives, medical experts have been doing a wide research on its effects on health. Cancer experts threw a light on its correlation in the 6th National Conference of Teenage and Young Adult Cancers (TYACON 2017). While some experts argued that their correlation is not clear, other experts shared some researches that show excessive use of mobile phone can take 2nd stage cancer to 3rd stage

Can a mobile phone cause brain tumour?As mobile phones now have become an integral part of our lives, wide research has been going on its effects on health. The teens and young adults (TYA) are the major users of the mobile phones. Cancer experts from all over the country threw a light on this correlation in 6 National Conference of the […]

How to break bad news to your kids, paediatricians advise

In the aftermath of a major event, people are focused on the event itself and less on how to talk to kids. News is always available and bombarding us, even on channels we may not expect, such as social media, where children spend their time

How to break bad news to your kids, paediatricians adviseParents wondering how to talk to their children about tragedies such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks have a new resource to help them, published online in the medical journal JAMA Paediatrics. “There have been a lot of changes in how we receive news and the types of news we receive, which has impacted the […]

TV crime shows and their effects on the minds of children

Increasing addiction to crime shows on TV unleashes a plethora of negative effects on the children, and experts say this is a dangerous trend. Parents and caregivers have to be vigilant about what the kids are viewing on TV and online. The distinction between children friendly shows and other virtual content is a decision for parents to make

TV crime shows and their effects on the minds of childrenKunal Singh (name changed) was a cheerful, talkative boy who would be actively involved in his day to day activities at home and school. Six months ago, he started having sleep issues which were a result of frequent panic attacks during the night. For a nine-year-old, having frequent anxiety attacks is a rare phenomenon. Hence, […]

Let’s take up the challenge of killing ‘Blue Whale’

The biggest concern right now is about the game's accessibility across the Internet. Parents should talk to their children and create awareness about malicious content online. Teachers and counsellors in schools and colleges must give children time when they approach them wanting to speak to them about any problem

Let’s take up the challenge of killing ‘Blue Whale’Last week a 14-year-old boy committed suicide by jumping off the sixth floor terrace of his building in Andheri, Mumbai. Police investigations are probing the role of an internet game as the driving force behind his death. The game is named Blue Whale. Why is the name Blue Whale associated with such a game – […]

Parents beware! Blue Whale game could claim your child’s life

The Blue Whale game is unlike any online game where a participant can win by crossing a level. This is a 50-day game wherein participants are given a challenge for each day and suicide is the price of winning. Once a participant signs up for this game, the curator on the other side warns them that there is no turning back from the game. And at no point can you quit or opt out of the game

Parents beware! Blue Whale game could claim your child’s lifeGames generally are supposed to be fun and engaging for everyone who is part of it. Playing games had always been an activity which brought joy to children. Who knew that games could turn out to be so diabolical and twisted that it could claim a life of an innocent young boy? The suicide of […]

‘Spice’ may grow up to be very popular, say experts

A day after My Medical Mantra reported about the incidence of a new drug, ‘spice’ in the city, social networking websites, Twitter and Facebook, took to discuss the matter in detail. ‘Spice’ Drug, commonly known as synthetic weed is coincidentally reported to be common among young girls and teenagers

‘Spice’ may grow up to be very popular, say experts‘Smoking-up’ is a commonly used term among the teenagers these days. So much seems to be the daze of addiction that most of them don’t realize what’s ‘rolled in those papers’. Shockingly, a new drug seems to have hit the Indian shore. For one, it is dangerous as no one knows about its ill effects completely. […]