Online gaming and online risk behaviours predict cyberbullying in adolescents

*picture credit   As part our special issue “Communication Technology, Media Use and the Health of our Kids“, Fong-Ching Chang and colleagues just published a study on online gaming and online risk taking and how they predict cyberbullying perpetration and victimization in adolescents in Taiwan. The study used questionnaire data from 2,315 students in Taiwan, […]

Differences in infant health in South America are socially and economically driven

picture credit Racial and ethnic disparities in infant health are common worldwide and of particular interest in countries that are highly ethnically admixed, like many South American countries. We recently published a study that aimed to examine disparities in birth weight and gestational age by ethnic ancestry between 2000-2011 in 8 South American countries. Data […]

Combined smoking and drinking: most common health threat for job seekers

In developed countries, the vast majority of preventable causes of premature morbidity and mortality in the developed countries are accounted for by behaviour-related health risk factors, such as smoking and physical inactivity. Unemployment, on the other hand, is associated with poorer physical and mental health and elevated risk for premature mortality. In a study we […]

Computer gaming and Internet use may be harmful to young people’s social relations.

    Although concerns are often raised about the effects of computer gaming and internet use on social relations amongst adolescents, the results of relevant studies have been contradictory. We recently published a study that aimed to investigate whether perceived problems with computer gaming and internet use are associated with young people’s social relations. The […]

Health disadvantage of Eastern European immigrants in Western Europe

According to literature, immigrants tend to have poorer health than native-born people. Between 1950 and 1990 an estimated 12 million people left Eastern European countries and a lot of them resided in Western Europe. In a study we just published, the authors sought to investigate whether immigrants from Eastern European countries above 50 years of […]

More than 80% of young adults consume less fruit and vegetable than recommended!

The World Health Organisation estimates that 2.8% of deaths worldwide are attributable to low fruit and vegetable consumption. Young adults, in particular, tend to consume less than the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables. In a study we published last month, Karl Peltzer and Supa Pengpid investigate the prevalence of fruit and vegetable consumption, as […]

More time on screen, more health complaints in adolescents

picture credit   As part of our special issue “Communication Technology, Media Use and the Health of our Kids”, we published a new study looking at the associations between screen-based behaviour and health complaints in adolescents. The study uses data from HBSC study and focuses on Slovak adolescents. More than 8,000 adolescents were included, aged […]

TV viewing associated with increased metabolic risk in young Brazilian girls

picture credit   Prevalence of obesity among youth has increased and that can be attributed- amongst other factors- to increased lack of physical activity and sedentary behaviours, to which technological advances have also contributed: systematic reviews have shown that children watch on average 2-2.5 hours of television per day. As sedentary behaviours are associated with […]

World AIDS day: read our HIV-related papers!

As you most probably know, today is the World AIDS Day so we thought it’d be a good idea to share our most recently published HIV-related papers! – HIV/AIDS knowledge among adolescents: did a prevention campaign make a difference? – Modifying nutrition and lifestyle on HIV-infected patients slows down the rate of CD4 decline: a study […]

Socioeconomic inequalities in health in the oldest old over time

picture credit   It is known that socioeconomic inequalities in health prevail in the old age; not a lot is known, however, on how such inequalities have developed over time. In a study we just published, the authors aimed to explore the trends in educational inequalities in health among adults aged 77+  years in Sweden […]

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