Category: Health

  • Teen addiction to screens can lead to obesity

    Too much television time has long been linked to childhood obesity, but a U.S. study suggests that the connection holds true for smaller screens too, such as computers, gaming consoles, tablets and smartphones. With TV, a minimum five-hour-a-day habit increased the odds of obesity by 78 percent compared with teens who didn’t have TV time, […]

  • Skin-to-skin contact directly after birth gives a better start in life

    Skin-to-skin contact between mothers and newborns immediately after birth can be used to promote breastfeeding and may give babies a better start in life, according to a new review of existing evidence. Women who had skin-to-skin contact with their naked babies right after delivery were more likely to breastfeed longer and be breastfeeding months later […]

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  • Stronger muscles may mean sharper minds for children

    Making sure kids have good muscle fitness might also benefit their school performance, according to a recent U.S. study. Aerobic fitness has already been linked to better thinking abilities in pre-teen children, but the current study found an independent link between muscle fitness and kids’ performance on memory tests as well as their math and […]

  • Investing in girls’ education ‘could unlock billions’

    If countries ended forced marriage, child labour, female genital mutilation and other practices undermining girls’ health and rights, their economies could be billions of dollars richer for it, a U.N. agency has said. Around the world, 16 million girls between the ages of six and 11 never start school, many because they are married off […]

  • What our tweets say about our health

    Tapping into the Twitter stream could help researchers understand how healthy people’s lifestyles are and how to target improved public health, according to a recent study. Using geotagged tweets, researchers at the Universities of Utah and Washington were able to build a map of the U.S. by neighborhood, with indicators of how happy and active […]