New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics:

Allahverdipour, H., Bazargan, M., Farhadinasab, A.,& Moeini, B. (2010). Correlates of video games playing among adolescents in an Islamic country. BMC Public Health, 10(1), 286.

  • This study demonstrates a relationship between video game playing and mental health outcomes, with "moderate" gamers faring best and "excessive" gamers showing mild increases in problematic behaviors. Almost half of participants reported that they had played one or more intensely violent games.

Bingham, P.M., Bates, J.H.T., Thompson-Figueroa, J., & Lahiri, T. (2010). A Breath biofeedback computer game for children with cystic fibrosis. Clinical Pediatrics, 49(4), 337-342.

  • The researchers concluded that an electronic breath game is safe and can improve breath awareness among children with CF. This technology could also contribute to awareness of respiratory symptoms and foster social ties among CF patients.

Dixon, R., Maddison, R., Mhurchu, C.N.,  Jull, A. Meagher-Lundberg, P., & Widdowson, D.(2010).
Parents’ and children’s perceptions of active video games: A focus group study. Child Health Care, 14(2), 189-199.

  • This study found that playing Active Video Games (AVG)  may be a useful means of addressing inactivity and obesity in children. According to parents, barriers are associated with the cost of AVGs and lack of space in the home to play the games. According to children, long-term engagement depended on game content and child age.

Lemal, M., &  Van den Bulck, J. (2010).Television news coverage about cervical cancer: Impact on female viewers' vulnerability perceptions and fear. Eur J Public Health, Available May 26.

  • The study results suggest that television news may be an effective means for health education. Women (ages 18-85) who had been regularly exposure to cervical cancer messages were also three times more likely to perceive a moderate risk and seven times more likely to perceive a large risk of being diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Martinez-Gomez, D., et al. (2010). Excessive TV viewing and cardiovascular disease risk factors in adolescents. The AVENA cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health, 10(1), 274.

  • This study determined that excessive television (TV) viewing might play an important role in the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in adolescence. Researchers found that over 20%  of participants were overweight and had less favorable values of HDL-cholesterol.

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