TV Linked to Fast Food Intake and Other New Research

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In a new study in Obesity, researchers found that with every hour of television a preschool child watched, they were more likely to eat fast food more than once a week.  Dr. Don Goldmann, Chair of the CMCH Advisory Board, was one of the authors of this study. The December issue of Pediatrics is chock… Read more »

“This is Your Brain on Video Games”

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In a study released this week, researchers used fMRI technology to view people’s brains while they played violent video games.  The researchers found that these games simultaneously increased activity in the emotional response center and decreased activity in the regions dedicated to self-control. Dr. John Murray, a visiting scholar at CMCH, has also conducted research… Read more »

Advertising Violent Games on the Subway

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Today, the Campaign for a Commerical-Free Childhood sent a letter to the manager of the Boston MBTA subway system asking them to remove ads for the notoriously violent video game, Grand Theft Auto.  In the press release, a local community leader points out that by displaying these ads, the MBTA is undermining all the work… Read more »

Children and Television: 50 Years of Research

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CMCH authors are well represented in the new book Children and Television: Fifty Years of Research.  Editor Ellen Wartella is a member of the CMCH Advisory Board and editor John Murray was a visiting scientist at CMCH during 2005.  Additionally, CMCH Researchers have written these chapters: David Bickham was second author on the chapter "From… Read more »

CMCH Uses Cutting-Edge Search Technology

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In Saturday’s NY Times there was an article about the future of the web, where the authors predicted that meaning will be added to users’ questions and a search engine’s results.  Here at CMCH, we are already offering this service for our Database of Research!  Our Smart Search option allows parents and researchers to ask… Read more »

Controversy Over Game Ratings at Summit

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As I mentioned in a post earlier this week, Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, attended the National Video Game Summit in Minnesota this weekend.  Participants of the summit included researchers and representatives of the video game industry, who disagreed about whether the ratings system protects children from violent and sexually explicit content.  Many researchers… Read more »

Kaiser Forum on Reality TV

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On October 18th, CMCH Staff Scientist Dr. David Bickham spoke at the Kaiser Family Foundation forum titled "The Reality of Health: Reality Television and Public Health."  The report by Christenson and Ivancin concludes that there are two sides to health behavior portrayed on reality television: Positive results include: generating awareness about common health issues stimulating… Read more »

National Video Game Summit

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The National Video Game Summit, hosted by the National Institute on Media and the Family, will be held October 20-21st at the University of Minnesota.  CMCH Director, Dr. Michael Rich, will be a panelist on the Legislative Policy Panel.  During the meeting, researchers will: review current and emerging trends related to video game rating systems,… Read more »

TV’s at the Hospital

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In a front page article in today’s Boston Globe, parenting columnist Barbara Meltz presents an interesting question:  When the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no television for children under the age of 2, should children’s hospitals have televisions available to patients in that age group?  CMCH Director, Dr. Michael Rich, offered his thoughts on the… Read more »

Medical Librarians Month — CMCH Featured!

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In celebration of National Medical Librarians Month, the National Library of Medicine has chosen to profile a number of projects happening in medical libraries around the country.  CMCH’s Smart Search engine has been chosen as a featured project for the New England area!