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

The 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 […]

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Certain Facebook users perceive worsening physical health, says study

In 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 […]

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

Diabetes 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 […]

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