Does Your Phone Come Between You and Your Kids?

A new study finds that adults pay more attention to their smart phone than their children during restaurant outings. And adults tend to react harshly – and in some cases, physically – to the children who interrupt their screen time. Researchers from Boston University spent time watching 55 adults at a fast-food restaurant. Each of … Read More

‘Sexting’ Can Indicate Other Sexual Behaviors in Teens

A middle-schooler who sends friends sexually explicit texts is more likely to engage in other sexual behaviors as well, a recent study says. Psychologist Kate Eshleman, Psy.D explains, “The study found a relationship between sending sexually explicit messages or photos and other high-risk behaviors such as engaging in sexual behaviors, including genital touching up to intercourse.” … Read More

Limit Kids’ ‘Screen Time’ to Avoid Back Pain

Contributor: Hilary Coughlin, PT, Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program Do you often find your child hunched over a tablet playing video games or slouched on the floor watching TV? Poor posture is a common cause of back pain and soreness for children. In a study of back pain in 648 children and adolescents, 50 percent of … Read More

Parents: Give Kids’ Screen Time a Time-out

As a parent, you worry that your kids spend too much time staring at screens on their media devices — whether it’s their phone, computer, TV or tablet. You may not realize that the average 8- to 10-year-old child spends nearly eight hours a day with different media. For older kids, the number goes up … Read More

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Be a Good Keeper of Your Peepers

Today, we’re using our eyes more than ever before. We’re looking at computer screens, smart phones and tablets at all hours of the day — and this can cause dry eye and other irritation. But there are things you can do to minimize eye strain. Read the full story:  5 Fixes for Computer Vision Syndrome

Can Kids Become ‘Addicted’ to iPads?

It’s the kind of sensational story that was destined to go viral. In April, London’s Telegraph newspaper reported that a British four-year-old who spends four hours a day on an iPad® has become so “addicted” that her parents send her to therapy. The story prompted worldwide shares, tweets and blogs, as serious questions about young … Read More

Good Chance Your Teen Texts While Driving

An alarming number of teens text while driving. Nearly 50 percent of the high school students surveyed in a new study admit they engage in texting while driving. The study also finds teens who text and drive are more likely to engage in other risky business behind the wheel, putting themselves and others in danger. … Read More

Is Your Wii the New Stroke Rehab?

It’s a lot easier to stick with exercises that are fun to do than with those that feel like a chore. That’s especially true for victims of stroke going through rehabilitation. That’s why the use of video games to aid stroke rehabilitation has become a major focus of research in my field. There’s growing evidence … Read More

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Need Relief From Job Stress? Go Online

Now you can go online to reduce your job stress. And a new study shows that it works. Internet-based stress management programs (ISM) in the workplace will effectively reduce stress for a sustainable period, says a new Cleveland Clinic study. The study even suggests that reducing stress using ISM is as effective as managing stress … Read More