Is your teen girl acting out? One in four teenagers are at increased risk of depression

Is your teen girl acting out? One in four teenagers are at increased risk of depression

A team of Briton researchers has recently found that one in four adolescent girls, especially poor, are at an increased risk of depression. The researchers from the University of Liverpool and University College London found that a quarter of girls (24%) and one in 10 boys (9%) are depressed at age 14. Lead author Dr Praveetha Patalay said that in the recent years there has been a growing policy focus on children’s mental health. However, there has been a lack of nationally representative estimates of mental health problems for this…

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Increased Smartphone Use May Affect Sleep, Health of Kids

Increased Smartphone Use May Affect Sleep, Health of Kids

Does your child indulge in playing games or watching videos on a smartphone or tablet even during bedtime? Beware, he/she may be over double the risk of having inadequate sleep, which may lead to various health issues, a study has found. Sleep is an often undervalued but important part of children’s development, with a regular lack of sleep causing adverse physical and mental health consequences, including poor diet, sedative behaviour, obesity, reduced immunity, stunted growth and mental health issues, said the researchers from Cardiff University in Britain. Currently 72 per…

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Job Insecurity Tied to Increased Risk of Diabetes

Job Insecurity Tied to Increased Risk of Diabetes

People who are worried about losing their jobs may be more likely to be diagnosed withdiabetes, according to a new analysis. Compared to people who felt secure in their jobs, people who were experiencing so-called job insecurity had a 19 percent higher rate of new cases of diabetes, which researchers called a “modest increased risk.” The study can’t prove that job insecurity causes diabetes. Still, said lead author Jane Ferrie, “In an ideal world, the sort of thing I’d like to see come out of this study is a reduction…

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Exercising More May Not Lead to an Increased Calorie Loss

Exercising More May Not Lead to an Increased Calorie Loss

According to a recent study published in the in the journal Current Biology, people do not necessarily burn extra calories even if they exercise more. This is due to the fact that their bodies adapt to higher activity levels. Researchers from City University of New York measured the daily energy expenditure and activity levels of more than 300 men and women over the course of a week. In the data they collected, they saw a weak but measurable effect of physical activity on daily energy expenditure. However, further analysis showed…

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