Cell phone use linked to lower grades, anxiety
Smartphones are a double-edged sword. While the devices can be extremely useful for various tasks and staying connected to people, they may also increase users’ anxieties and unhappiness and harm academic performance, according to a new study.
Researchers from the College of Education, Health and Human Services at Kent State University in Ohio, recently surveyed more than 500 college students about their cell phone usage. These results were compared to the participants’ academic grades and clinical test results on happiness and anxiety.
The results, published in Computers in Human Behavior, suggested that higher cell phone usage was linked to poor grades, high anxiety, and less happiness.
A majority of the students were undergraduates across all classes (from freshman to seniors) and the questionnaires performed were the Beck’s Anxiety Inventory and the Satisfaction with Life (SWL) index.
However, this study was not a cause and effect analysis. The exact relationship and reasoning behind high cell phone usages and low grades is still uncertain, the researchers noted, and said these findings simply add to the debate on the health impact of cell phones.
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Sourced from: medicalnewstoday.com, Cell phone use linked to lower college grades, anxiety
Published On: Dec 10, 2013
Wii games help control diabetes
There’s more scientific evidence that computer games can be good for your health. A new study published in BMC Endocrine Disorders concludes that active computer games can help diabetics regulate blood sugar levels and lose weight.
Researchers from the West German Centre for Diabetes and Health had 220 diabetic participants play Nintendo’s Wii Fit Plus for 30 minutes a day for three months. The result is that they improved their overall blood sugar levels, also known as HbA1c, and lost weight. The participants also said their well-being and quality of life improved.
Exercise is encouraged for diabetics because it aids the body in using insulin more efficiently, as well as helping people maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. Active computer games are an alternative to other traditional exercises, but it may be difficult for people to make the necessary level of commitment. The study noted that one third of the participants dropped out of the trial.
The researchers also said further studies are needed to determine the long-term benefits of active computer games compared to other fitness routines. While exercise does help diabetes, proper medication and monitoring, with the oversight of a medical professional, is also critical to controlling the disease.
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Sourced from: bbc.co.uk, Wii Fit games ‘help control diabetes’
Published On: Dec 10, 2013