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Do Cell Phones Alter the Cognitive Development of Children?
Source: Imperial College London
Before now, most healthcare research surrounding mobile phones was based on the possibility of brain cancer in adults. What about children? The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently stressed the importance of researching and understanding the neurocognitive effects of cell phones on children and adolescents. Researchers have begun the largest study in the world to address effects on cognitive development in children who use cellular devices. Their study, the Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones (SCAMP), aims to uncover how phones could alter functions such as memory and attention.
Questions Remain About Suicide Treatment
Source: Science Daily
Studies show about 60 percent of suicidal people do not receive help or treatment, and there is little evidence that those who do receive treatment see effective results. There needs to be more extensive research to figure out which factors are most important and which treatment strategies are most effective for certain elements. Additionally, barriers need to be eliminated so patients can receive more mental health care.
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Mobile App Could Help Detect Signs of Bipolar Symptoms
Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a smartphone app that can monitor a bipolar patient’s voice to detect signs of mood swings. The pilot project, called PRIORI, aims to discover a biological marker to prioritize bipolar disorder treatment for patients who show more urgent symptoms. Mood swings can be detected through their phone conversations but their privacy will also remain protected. This mobile app could be especially beneficial to patients who do not have easy or quick access to mental health care in remote areas.
Bullying May Lead to Night Terrors for Children
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
Many children experience nightmares of some kind during childhood, but if they report experiencing them or any other kind of sleep disturbance over prolonged periods of time, it may point to bullying. This study shows that many children who were bullied did endure night terrors and nightmares afterwards. Researchers argue that this is important because it gives parents and caregivers a way to determine if their child is a victim of bullying even if the child remains silent, and they can address the issue before it develops into bigger, more dangerous mental illness.