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Issue 97 | 23 November 2017


Teen health news

Improving teen mental health and self-worth through communication

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Across very different cultures – Ghana and the United States – when parents acknowledge the perspectives of their adolescent children and encourage them to express themselves, the youths have a stronger sense of self-worth, intrinsic motivation, and engagement, and also have less depression...
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Light therapy improves teen sleep patterns

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Exposing sleepy teens to bright light in the morning can improve their sleep and help them feel more alert during the day, a Flinders University study shows...
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Kids and technology

Children uniquely vulnerable from screen time sleep disruption

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With their brains, sleep patterns, and eyes still developing, children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the sleep-disrupting effects of...
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Virtual puzzles can teach kids to solve real-world problems

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Swinburne researchers have shown that children can apply the skills they learn on a tablet to the real world...
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Using video games to engage kids in classrooms

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A Deakin-led research project has found video games such as Minecraft could be useful classroom tools for teaching disengaged students....
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Of interest

More IVF babies come from frozen embryos

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The latest report on Assisted Reproductive Technology in Australia and New Zealand reveals that for the first time, more babies are born from IVF treatment using frozen embryos....
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Recall means all Hyland’s baby teething products will no longer be marketed in Australia

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Consumers and health professionals are advised that Kadac, in consultation with the TGA, is recalling all batches of Hyland’s Baby teething tablets and Hyland’s Baby nighttime teething...
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Skimping on sleep may contribute to gestational diabetes

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A new study has found that lack of sleep among pregnant women may be a contributing factor to the development of gestational diabetes...
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Hot topics this week

Baby cold symptoms

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Colds cause similar symptoms in babies as they do in children and adults – bothers like blocked noses, coughing and sneezing...
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How pregnancy affects your sleep

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Sleep is vital for a healthy pregnancy. Have you considered how your changing body affects your slumber and things you can do to get a good night’s sleep?...
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Baby walkers: Helpful or harmful?

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Are baby walkers safe? Will they help your child learn to walk and keep them occupied while you work? Find out if baby walkers are right for your child...
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Kids activities

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Moving dinosaurs (from paper plates)
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Dress up game
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Competition winners

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The winners of the LeapFrog’s new Count Along Registers, the CoziGo sleep and sun covers and the Violet & Lily pram liners have been announced.
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Joke of the month

“If there are any idiots in the room, will they please stand up.” said the sarcastic teacher.
 
After a long silence, one freshman rose to his feet.
 
”Now then mister, why do you consider yourself an idiot?” enquired the teacher with a sneer.
 
“Well, actually I don’t,” said the student, “but I hate to see you standing up there all by yourself.”


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