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The Overprotected Kid

By overcoming fears, children achieve a measure of independence, and may inoculate themselves from adult phobias. (Hanna Rosin) It’s hard to absorb how much childhood norms have shifted in just one generation. Actions that would have been considered paranoid in the ’70s—walking third-graders to school, forbidding your kid to play ball in the [...]

F.D.A. Imposes Rules For E-Cigarettes In A Landmark Move

After years of debate about the health risks of electronic cigarettes, the federal government on Thursday made it final: They need to be regulated and kept out of the hands of children. The Food and Drug Administration issued sweeping new rules that for the first time extend federal regulatory authority to e-cigarettes, banning their sale to anyone under 18 [...]

14 New Facts About What You Can – And Can’t – Eat

Stock Photo This was the week when everything we thought we knew about eating and drinking healthily was turned on its head. First, a damning new study in the British Medical Journal showed that - after all we have been told to the contrary - saturated fat is good for you. Far from being the [...]

Calls For Ban On Eyeball Tattooing As Procedure Regulated In NSW

PHOTO: A man shows off his body art, including eyeball tattoos, at a tattoo festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2014. (Flickr: Augusto dos Santos) The Baird Government has been criticised for recently regulating the practice of eyeball tattooing, as the New South Wales Opposition calls for a ban on the procedure. The [...]

Energy Drinks May Pose Public Health Danger

Over 70 percent of young adults (aged 18 to 29 years) who drink energy drinks mix them with alcohol, according to an EFSA study. Numerous studies have shown that this practice is more risky than drinking alcohol only, possibly because these drinks make it harder for people to notice when they are getting drunk. - Frontiers [...]

The Lancet Suicide Series

Worrying global trends in suicide are reported in a new Lancet Series of papers . The Lancet Series reviews a range of topics including self-harm and suicide in adolescents, suicide in young men and the effects of restricting the means of suicide, as well as including original research analysing suicide rates in India, where suicide [...]

Cannabis and the Adolescent Brain

For some time, people have known that using cannabis during adolescence increases the risk of developing cognitive impairment and mental illness (e.g. depression, anxiety or schizophrenia) later in life. Importantly however, the mechanisms responsible for this vulnerability are not well understood. A new study, published in Brain, shows that long-term cannabis use that starts during [...]

Alcohol Industry self-regulation has failed

The Alcohol Marketing and Young People: Time for a new policy agenda report provides a comprehensive, contemporary overview of the methods, the tricks and the effects of alcohol marketing to young people. “Alcohol marketing is a pervasive and dangerous presence in the lives of our young people,” Dr Hambleton said. “Young people are starting to [...]

Stress At Work And Heart Disease

Large Europe-wide study confirms work stress linked to greater risk of heart disease People who have highly demanding jobs and little freedom to make decisions are 23% more likely to experience a heart attack compared with their counterparts without such work stress, according to a study of nearly 200 000 people from seven European countries [...]

Even light drinking increases cancer risk

Just one alcoholic drink a day may increase the risk of cancer, according to a new study, which estimates that light drinking is responsible for 34,000 deaths a year worldwide. New research based on more than 150,000 men and women shows that light drinking increases the likelihood of cancer of the mouth, pharynx, oesophagus and [...]

By |2012-08-31T16:24:47+10:00August 27th, 2012|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Science & Research|Tags: , , , |2 Comments