Media Health News

Date Posted
Article Title
12/13/2017
10/18/2017
The Value of Unplugging

Yes, this means turning off your devices!

10/11/2017
America's 'Beautiful People' Are Changing

Icons of attractiveness are more diverse, older now than in decades past

10/6/2017
9/25/2017
Gun Violence in Movies a Trigger for Teens?

Parents need to keep weapons locked up, limit exposure to media violence, experts say

9/21/2017
Booze Often Glorified On YouTube Videos

Kids typically see images that boost the drinking culture, study finds

9/11/2017
Does Study Claim a Cure? Beware of Scientific 'Spin'

'Breakthroughs' are rare, so view bold claims with skepticism, researcher warns

8/17/2017
TV Binge-Watching May Leave You Like 'The Walking Dead'

Study suggests multi-episode viewers can end up sleepless and fatigued

8/8/2017
Instagram Photos May Offer Snapshot of Mental Health

Social media posts seem to give clues to presence of depression, researchers say

8/7/2017
Instagram Shows How Diabetics Really Wear a Glucose Monitor

2 out of 3 use a device that continuously tracks blood sugar on 'unapproved' body part, study finds

8/4/2017
Student Motivation 101: There's an App for That

College students who used game-style app got higher marks and fewer dropped out of class, study finds

7/31/2017
Netflix Series '13 Reasons Why' Sparks Uptick in Google Searches for Suicide

The news wasn't all bad, since some looked for suicide prevention, study found

7/6/2017
Smoking On the Rise in Movies Aimed at Young: Study

Rise prompts call for R rating on movies that show or imply tobacco use

5/31/2017
Did a 1980 Letter Help Spark the U.S. Opioid Crisis?

Doctors may have been misled by report calling painkiller addiction 'rare'

5/18/2017
Charlie Sheen's 2015 HIV Disclosure Spiked Use of Home Test Kits

New study finds a near doubling of sales of OraQuick test, showing power of celebrity announcements

5/4/2017
More Starring Roles for Booze in Kids' Movies, Study Finds

Drinking figured in 85 percent of the top children's films over 2 decades

5/4/2017
Reasons Why Parents Should Be Wary of '13 Reasons Why'

Netflix series is too explicit in depicting teen suicide while leaving out key elements, mental health experts warn

4/10/2017
Muppet With Autism Makes Her 'Sesame Street' Debut

4-year-old 'Julia' joins cast to help young viewers understand the disorder

4/5/2017
Hollywood Villains Are No Dermatologist's Friend

Skin specialists say on-screen creeps often have faces that equate blemishes with 'evil'

3/31/2017
Is Your TV Making You Fat?

People who eat home-cooked meals and don't watch TV while eating less likely to be obese, study finds

3/22/2017
'Eraser Challenge' Latest Harmful Social Media Trend for Kids

Burns, abrasions the result as youngsters 'erase' their skin away

3/14/2017
Too Much Screen Time May Raise Kids' Diabetes Risk

Study finds 3-plus hours each day linked to increased body fat and insulin resistance

3/8/2017
Violent Video Games May Not 'Desensitize' Players, Brain Scans Suggest

In small study, frequent players had empathetic responses similar to those who don't play much

3/6/2017
Can Social Media Sites Leave You Socially Isolated?

More time using apps and sites like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook linked to greater sense of isolation, study suggests

3/1/2017
Does TV Hinder Kindergarten-Readiness?

Lower-income kids harmed more by excess screen time than affluent children, study finds

2/14/2017
Screen Time and Teen Time

Study found no link between high use of video games/computers and academics, delinquency

1/30/2017
Teach Your Kids to Use Media in Healthy Ways

Even toddlers can benefit from educational TV and apps, pediatricians say

1/27/2017
If You Can't Stay Off Social Media, Maybe It's in Your Genes

Findings put 'the consumer in the driver's seat,' researcher says

1/20/2017
Screen Time May Not Be So Bad for Teens After All

Those who spend hours on smartphones, computers, TV can still flourish, develop social skills, study finds

1/17/2017
James Bond Has Kicked Butts, But His Co-Stars Haven't

Smoking scenes still appear in nearly every '007' film, study finds

1/11/2017
PG-13 Movies Show More Gun Violence Than R-Rated Films: Study

Though scenes are less bloody and more cartoon-like, the effect on young viewers needs scrutiny, researchers say

12/19/2016
Some Kids' Genes Might Make Food Ads More Tempting

Brain scans showed they had more reaction in 'reward center' when viewing fast-food commercials

11/11/2016
Food Safety Not Always on Menu of TV Cooking Shows

Researchers say producers are missing a chance to teach viewers how to head off foodborne illnesses

11/9/2016
Smartphones May Hinder a Good Night's Sleep

Study suggests a link between the devices and troubled slumber

11/1/2016
Health Tip: Skip TV Before Bed

How the tube can harm your sleep

10/31/2016
Smartphones, Tablets Keep Kids Buzzing at Bedtime

Children with access to these devices don't get enough sleep, study finds

10/21/2016
Kids' Media Time Adds Up, Subtracts From Homework

Interest in learning new things also shrinks with greater screen time, pediatricians find

10/21/2016
Pediatricians: Kids Need 'Media Use Plan' From Parents

Suggestions include no screen time for those under 18 months, not using media as 'soothing tool'

10/13/2016
'Doc, This Election's Killing Me!'

More than half of Americans report stress as Clinton, Trump battle for the White House

9/13/2016
Sugar Companies Shifted Focus to Fat as Heart Harm: Study

Decades-old documents show researchers were paid to influence scientific thinking, researchers say

9/7/2016
TV Booze Ads a Lubricant for Teen Drinking: Study

Those who saw the most commercials downed 200-plus drinks a month, researchers say

8/22/2016
TV Ratings for Parents Let Violence, Drinking Slip Through

Industry guidelines often misleading, study finds

8/5/2016
Body Acceptance Rises for Women

But study finds men a bit concerned about their muscle size

8/5/2016
Think Before You Sext: 1 in 4 Shares What You Send

Erotic images and messages a popular way to flirt, but don't expect them to stay private, study finds

7/18/2016
Limit Kids' Exposure to Media Violence, Pediatricians Say

Parents need to tighten the reins, while media needs to stop glorifying aggression, statement says

7/6/2016
Don't Blame the Media for Teen Sex, Study Says

Parents and peers have far more influence on sexual behavior

7/5/2016
Junk Food Ads Sway Kids' Preferences

Children under 8 most vulnerable to marketing's effects, study says

6/10/2016
Parents Often Using TVs, Tablets as 'Electronic Babysitters'

Study of 44 families found parent-child interaction rare during hours when preschoolers watched media

6/6/2016
Pop Stars Often Hawk Unhealthy Foods to Kids: Study

Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and others endorse sugary, less healthy fare, researchers say

5/17/2016
Middle Schoolers Exposed to Alcohol Ads Every Day: Study

Researchers say billboards, signs and TV ads may encourage under-age drinking