Category Archives: Health

How to induce sleep without drugs

Struggling to stay awake? You may need a professional (Credit: Thinkstock)

By Rhea Wessel

Kerstin Schneiderbauer, a freelance data analyst, was having trouble sleeping.

 I never really closed the office door

Her mind would keep running through her work and to-do lists throughout the night when she was overloaded with projects.

When she wasn’t working through an assignment, worrying about where the next one was coming from interrupted her night’s rest.  Read more »

Should you use the snooze button?


 

The science of “hangry” — how low blood sugar makes you a monster

This is what happens when Bruce Banner skips breakfast. Ferdaus Shamim/Getty Images

You may have heard the term “hangry” before — the word for the state of being both hungry and angry. As in: “I’m so hangry that I yelled at my boss. Someone please pass me a banana.”

there’s a growing body of evidence that being hangry is a real thing

But it’s not just weird slang. There’s a growing body of scientific evidence that being hangry is a completely real thing — and that low blood sugar leads to bad behavior.

Case in point: in a study published in 2014 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers showed that married couples get increasingly angry and mean towards one another when their blood sugar is low.

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Is Happiness Really Linked To Longevity? Maybe Not, Study Finds

Pediatricians Now Agree: Screen Time Isn’t So Bad for Kids

Beyond ‘turn it off’: How to advise families on media use

Ari Brown, M.D., FAAP, Donald L. Shifrin, M.D., FAAP and David L. Hill, M.D., FAAP

When families seek our professional advice on managing technology in their children’s lives, we turn to research-based AAP guidelines that promote positive media use and discourage potentially harmful use.

The most well-known of these guidelines discourage “screen time” for children under age 2 and limit “screen time” to two hours a day for children over age 2 (Abstract/FREE Full Text; Abstract/FREE Full Text). As we know, however, scientific research and policy statements lag behind the pace of digital innovation.

Case in point: The 2011 AAP policy statement Media Use by Children Younger Than Two Years was drafted prior to the first generation iPad and explosion of apps aimed at young children.

Today, more than 30% of U.S. children first play with a mobile device when they still are in diapers, according to Common Sense Media. Furthermore, almost 75% of 13- to 17-year-olds have smartphones, and 24% admit using their phones almost constantly, according to the Pew Research Center.

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