Your Mission: Re-Mission

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When this blog first started, I posted about some new video games that aimed to improve health.  One of those games, Re-Mission, has recently been shown to be an effective mode of health education about cancer.  Beale et al tested the game with 375 teen and young adult cancer patients.  Participants received either a commercial… Read more »

For Teens, Media Trumps Health

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In a new study in the Journal of School Nursing, researchers developed a questionnaire for middle school students to learn more about what measures they are willing to take to prevent obesity.  They found that teens are willing to exercise more and change their eating habits, but they are unwilling to give up video games… Read more »

Making Facebook Friends with a Frog?

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Sophos, an IT security company, performed an interesting experiment to learn more about identity theft.  They created a fake profile for a frog named Freddy Staur, then sent out 200 friend requests.  Eighty-seven Facebook users accepted Freddy’s friend request, 82 of whom also gave out identifying information such as their email addresses, phone numbers, photos… Read more »

Brainy Babies Don’t Pan Out

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For years now, parents have been buying videos from companies like Baby Einstein and Brainy Baby, aiming to increase their children’s intelligence.  Pediatricians have been wary of these videos, even recommending that children use no screen media until they are two years old.  Today, a study by Zimmerman and Christakis shows evidence that the videos… Read more »

McDonald’s: They’re Lovin It

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Robinson, Borzekowski, Matheson, and Kraemer performed a study to see whether children’s tastes were influenced by heavily marketed brands.  Over 60 preschool children tasted 5 pairs of identical food items.  In each pair, one item was packaged with the McDonald’s logo, and one item was in unbranded packaging.  The children were asked whether the foods… Read more »

Online Bullying and Sexual Harassment Studies

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There are two new studies on the Internet in this month’s Journal of Adolescent Health: Prevalence and Frequency of Internet Harassment Instigation: Implications for Adolescent Health. by Ybarra, M. L., & Mitchell, K. J. Using data from a survey of 1500 teens, researchers found that 6% reported being frequent perpetrators of online harassment, 6% reported… Read more »