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

Social media use has been linked to depression, especially in teenage girls. But a new study argues that the issue may be more complex than experts think

Social media use may harm teens’ mental health by disrupting positive activitiesThe 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 […]

Night owls’ brains work differently to early birds’, reveals new study

 ‘Night owls’, people who go to bed and get up later, have fundamental differences in their brain function compared to ‘morning larks’, which may put constraints on their normal working day, a study has found

Night owls’ brains work differently to early birds’, reveals new studyThe brain function of very late risers and ‘morning larks’ during the hours of the working day is different, according to a study. Researchers scanned the brains of night owls with a bedtime of 02:30 and a wake time of 10:15, along with early risers. The tests, performed between 08:00 and 20:00, found night owls […]

Certain Facebook users perceive worsening physical health, says study

Facebook use linked to perceptions of worsening physical health, new research from the University of Surrey, reports

Certain Facebook users perceive worsening physical health, says studyIn the first study of its kind, published today in the journal Heliyon, researchers led by Dr Bridget Dibb investigated the relationship between Facebook and perceptions of physical health. One hundred and sixty five participants, all Facebook users, were surveyed to identify levels of comparison with others on the social networking site, self-esteem rates, perceived […]

30% of diabetics don’t take their prescribed medication, reveals study

Metformin is the most commonly prescribed drug for type two diabetes. For many people it is an essential, yet University of Surrey researchers found that up to a third of diabetics don’t adhere to their medical doses

30% of diabetics don’t take their prescribed medication, reveals studyDiabetes patients who take the most commonly prescribed diabetes drug, metformin, are the least likely to follow medical advice regarding their medication due its side effects, a new article in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism reports. Researchers from the University of Surrey examined in detail how likely 1.6 million people with Type 2 diabetes […]