Social Life in Youth May Impact Health Decades Later

August 6, 2015

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Having good social connections at age 20 can lead to improved well-being later in life, a new study suggests.
Previous research has shown that people with poor social links are at increased risk for early death.
“In fact, having few social connections is equivalent to tobacco use, and [the risk […]


Social Skills Program for Young Adults With Autism Shows Promise

August 6, 2015

By Emily WillinghamHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A special program for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) improved their social skills, a new study finds.
Because autism research tends to focus on therapies for younger children, the study’s attention to this older age group is unusual, said lead author and […]


Too Much Facebook, Twitter Tied to Poor Mental Health in Teens

July 31, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Teens who frequently use social media are more likely to say they struggle with mental health concerns that are not being addressed, new Canadian research reveals.
At issue is the amount of time adolescents spend browsing and posting on sites such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
“It […]


Social Life May Be Key to Suicide Prevention for Women

July 29, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Middle-aged women with a solid social life face a significantly lower risk for suicide than those who live in relative isolation, new research suggests.
Moreover, friendships and outside activities were found to offer protection against suicide even for women who struggled with mental health issues, such […]


Does Facebook Lead Young Women to Dangerous Diets?

July 27, 2015

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new study provides insight into how Facebook use by young women can lead to poor body image and risky dieting.
The study included 128 college-aged women who completed an online survey about their eating habits and their emotional connection to Facebook — such as how much time they […]


1 in 3 American Adults Owns a Gun, Survey Finds

June 29, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Guns are owned by nearly one in three Americans. And many of those people are part of a “social gun culture” that includes hunters and gun club members, a new survey finds.
“We were not surprised by the degree of gun ownership,” said study lead author […]


1 in 5 Teens May Be Bullied on Social Media

June 22, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new review suggests that estimates of cyberbullying are all over the place, ranging as low as 5 percent and as high as 74 percent.
But some findings are consistent: Bullied kids are more likely to be depressed and to be female, and cyberbullying mostly […]


Many Teens Suffer ‘Cyber’ Dating Abuse, Study Suggests

November 17, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many teens are abused online by the people they’re dating, a new study suggests.
This abuse can include being monitored, stalked, threatened and harassed through hurtful comments, the researchers said.
The findings were based on surveys of teens who visited northern California school health clinics, and don’t […]


Using Social Media to Manage Your Moods?

October 7, 2014

TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Misery loves company, and apparently social media users are no exception.
When people are feeling low, they’re likely to try to make themselves feel better by searching social networking sites for people who are doing even worse, Ohio State University researchers report.
Their study included 168 college students who […]


The Obese Are Frequent Targets for Cyberbullies

October 3, 2014

FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Cyberbullying and negative messages targeting overweight and obese people are common on social media, a new study finds.
Researchers analyzed more than 1.3 million messages that contained the words “fat,” “obese,” “obesity” or “overweight.” The messages were posted on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, forums and blogs, as well as […]




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