Approximately 8,000 American teens aged 14 and 15 suffer pedestrian accident-related injuries each year. Researcher s at the University of Alabama at Birmingham wondered whether sleep deprivation could be at the root of the problem.
In a virtual-reality setting in the university’s Youth Safety Lab, the scientists simulated a pedestrian street-crossing situation. Then they evaluated the behaviors of teens crossing the street based on the number of hours of sleep they had the night before. The teens were allowed either 4 hours or 8 ½ hours of sleep. View full article »
When sharing health information with young people, should the messages be positive or negative?
Researchers at University College London, England, recently studied this question. For years, advertisements on harmful health habits have focused on the negative aspect of risky health behaviors, including smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, texting while driving or unsafe sex. Many messages have shown the health danger graphically, such as with pictures of a car crash or diseased lungs on packages of cigarettes. Despite these efforts, health professionals have noted minimal improvements in young people’s decisions to engage in dangerous activities. View full article »
Medical professionals estimate that 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus. Described as persistent ringing sounds in the ears, tinnitus often impacts people’s ability to concentrate, sleep or just enjoy living. Recently scientists identified new strategies that may provide relief from tinnitus. View full article »
Most people will face traumatic events during their lifetime – the diagnosis of a serious medical problem, a serious accident involving family or friends, the sudden death of someone close, the unexpected loss of employment or severe weather that damages property. Traumatic experiences can be debilitating both physically and mentally, often creating scars that last throughout life, reinforcing the importance of knowing how to cope after a traumatic event.
Medical professionals offer the following tips for responding to difficult experiences: View full article »
An estimated 79 million Americans are in danger of developing diabetes, reports the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Do you know the symptoms and whether you’re at risk? View full article »