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Teenage gamer collapses after fourth day of “Modern Warfare” marathon

FOR four days a US teenager stayed shut in his bedroom, engrossed in his Xbox game. Then he collapsed. WBNS-TV reports that fifteen-year-old Columbus teen Tyler Rigsby collapsed and was taken to hospital on Tuesday after becoming severely dehydrated. His mother says he emerged from his bedroom during the four days only to pick up [...]

Marijuana and memory: study shows it’s not good news

Australian scientists say they have proved that persistent heavy marijuana use damages the brain's memory and learning capacity. Their study showed for the first time the earlier people developed a cannabis habit, the worse the damage. Scientists from Melbourne's Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), Melbourne University and Wollongong University used Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to [...]

Facebook supports racism

A Facebook page filled with offensive comments about Aboriginal people, which is still online despite calls by the Communications Minister Stephen Conroy to take it down. Facebook did flag the page as "controversial humour" in response to complaints yesterday and then briefly took it down. But now it is up and running again under a new [...]

Vegetarianism And Eating Disorders

Can you pick an eating disorder by a persons dietary preference? At first glance it seems that you can. A cross-sectional study has found that individuals with a history of eating disorders are considerably more likely to have been vegetarian in the past, vegetarian now and primarily motivated by weight. Furthermore, 68 per cent of [...]

Honest People Are Healthier And Happier

Honesty may actually help your health, suggests a study presented to psychologists at the weekend that found telling fewer lies benefits people physically and mentally. via Honest People Are Healthier And Happier, Says Study.

Are nice people born or made?

Oxytocin and vasopressin, two hormones that inspire feelings of love and generosity when they flood our brains, bind to neurons by attaching to molecules called receptors, which can come in different forms.   The new research, led by psychologist Michel Poulin of the University of Buffalo, suggests that if you have the genes that give [...]

Reflecting on narcissism

Imagine a country where everyone acts like a reality show contestant — obsessed with power, status and appearance, and is comfortable manipulating others for their personal gain. “I’m here to win, not make friends,” would be the national motto. via Reflecting on narcissism.

Tips on how to tame anger in teenagers

The teenage years are trying at the best of times. Young people experience huge hormonal changes which often lead to mood swings and confused emotions. Then there is the added stress and anxiety about getting good grades at school, fitting in with their social group and how they can enter the adult world. Feeling unable to manage [...]

10 minute activist: Walk away from violence and make your voice heard

We’ve all seen the footage of violence erupting in the city on a Saturday night, or the increasing violence in public places such as train stations. The police are trying to contain and defuse it, hospitals are treating it and the families and friends of victims are trying to come to terms with it. But [...]

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