OMG: It’s another stupid diet

The latest diet to take the world by storm and knock the Dukan Diet off its low-carb throne (and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ off the ebook best-seller list) has arrived. ‘Six Weeks to OMG: Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends’ was written by London personal trainer, Venice. A Fulton (real name Paul Khanna). Fulton is.. Read more

Teen drug users ‘wired that way’

Why do some teenagers start smoking or experimenting with drugs — when others don’t? It seems to be the way their brain is wired. In the largest imaging study of the human brain ever conducted—involving 1,896 14-year-olds—scientists have discovered a number of previously unknown networks that go a long way toward an answer. “Some teenagers.. Read more

Study: Impulsive kids play more video games

Impulsive children with attention problems tend to play more video games, while kids in general who spend lots of time video gaming may also develop impulsivity and attention difficulties, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. “This is an important finding because most research on attention problems has focused on biological and.. Read more

Iron intake as teenager can impact adult brain

Researchers have recently discovered that healthy brain wiring in adults depended on having good iron levels as a teenager. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide, causing poor cognitive achievement in school-aged children. But what scientists have just discovered is that there is a relationship between poor iron levels in children, and the.. Read more

Back to school, earlier to bed

Over the school holidays, our teenagers have been enjoying late nights and even later mornings. They’ve been playing Xbox, Facebooking and watching DVDs till the wee hours, waking only when the lunchtime hunger pangs hit. But holidays are at an end and parents are now facing a zombie child in the morning and Jack Russell.. Read more

Energy drink ‘overdose’ on the rise

Reports of caffeine poisoning from ‘energy drink’ consumption are increasing in Australia, particularly among adolescents. A new study is calling for greater regulation of the labelling and sale of energy drinks, and for teenagers to be better educated about their hazards. Telephone calls to an Australian poisons information centre about energy drinks ‘overdose’ increased from.. Read more

Improve impulse control for better decision-making

Although most teens have the knowledge and reasoning ability to make decisions as rationally as adults, their tendency to make much riskier choices suggests that they still lack some key component of wise decision making. Why is this so? Because adolescents may not bother to use those thinking skills before they act. That’s the finding.. Read more