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September 2017

Your Mental Health Involves your Whole Body and Starts with Diet

By | 2017-09-18T17:43:55+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Categories: Eating Disorders, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

While many individuals intuitively understand the link between how we fuel and move our bodies and how we feel, the medical community is in the midst of a paradigm shift. "This mind/body dichotomy that has informed psychiatry for at least the last 50 years or so, we know that is erroneous and is not based on [...]

Talking About Suicide and Self-Harm in Schools Can Save Lives

By | 2017-09-18T16:39:36+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Suicide, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Suicide and self-harm remain taboo topics in schools, despite the fact youth suicide has reached a ten year high. Recent statistics show around eight children and young people die by suicide each week in Australia. Around one in ten self-harm during their teenage years. This loss of life means that the topic is too important not to talk about, but [...]

Want to Rebound from Failure? Feel the Pain

By | 2017-09-18T16:38:06+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Mental Illness, Society & Culture, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Feeling the pain of failure leads to more effort to correct your mistake than simply thinking about what went wrong, according to a new study. Researchers found that people who just thought about a failure tended to make excuses for why they were unsuccessful and didn't try harder when faced with a similar situation. In contrast, people who focused [...]

Kids Praised for Being Smart are More Likely to Cheat

By | 2017-09-18T16:35:26+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Kids who are praised for being smart, or who are told they have a reputation for being smart, are more likely to be dishonest and cheat, a pair of studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and researchers in the U.S. and China has found. OISE's Jackman [...]

Business of Addiction: How the Games Industry is Learning From Casinos

By | 2017-09-18T16:32:54+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Categories: Gambling, Society & Culture, Technology, Uncategorized|Tags: |

The video gaming industry has transitioned from a group of backyard innovators to an industry of multi-billion dollar companies, hiring psychologists, neuroscientists and marketing experts to turn customers into addicts. The latest trend is the creation of "whales", people so addicted to games that they spend their entire life savings to keep playing. But the video gaming industry, [...]

More Children Sexting at Younger Age says Central Queensland Police Officer

By | 2017-09-18T15:55:53+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Categories: Society & Culture, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Every day, at least one case of under-age sexting lands on the desk at the Child Protection Investigation Unit in Rockhampton, central Queensland. Sexting is the sending, receiving, or forwarding, of sexually explicit messages, photographs or videos via mobile phone. It falls to Detective Sergeant Angus Kerr and his team to handle these cases, and he said [...]

Scientist Finds Secret to Thriving

By | 2017-09-18T15:49:36+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

What it takes to thrive, rather than merely survive, could be as simple as feeling good about life and yourself and being good at something, according to new research. From a teenager studying for their exams to an employee succeeding at work, thriving can be seen at all ages and across all cultures. Until now [...]

Zero Childhood Cancer Program Launched to Help Kids with Aggressive Cancers

By | 2017-09-18T15:44:11+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Categories: Science & Research|Tags: |

In Australia, three children die from cancer each week. But doctors and researchers say they have a "game-changing" plan to drive the death rate down to zero. The Children's Cancer Institute and the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children's Hospital announced on Monday the launch of a national clinical trial, in which scientists and doctors will [...]

Not Suitable for Children: Parenting Group Warns on Plan to Change Trailer Rules

By | 2017-09-11T17:15:44+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Categories: Society & Culture, Uncategorized|Tags: |

A child protection group says proposed changes to cinema trailer rules could lead to psychological harm in kids. Children could suffer lasting psychological damage if proposed changes to cinema trailer classifications are approved, a child protection group claims. The Australian Council on Children and the Media, which runs the Know Before You Go movie review service for [...]

How Caffeine Helps Premature Babies Breathe Easy

By | 2017-09-11T17:13:52+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Science & Research, Society & Culture|

Doctors have been using caffeine for pre-term babies since the 1990s, and new research shows the benefits last for years. There’s nothing like a good slug of caffeine to keep you on your toes, but it’s probably the last thing you’d want to give to a baby. Yet that’s exactly what doctors routinely use to [...]