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Food advergames linked to increased caloric intake in children  

...s of impulsivity on children’s snack consumption while playing advergames (online electronic games used to advertise a product or a brand). Results indicated that advergames supporting food caused kids to consume more unhealthy snacks. In addition, rewarding children for refraining from eating during the games helped to reduce caloric intake. Impulsive children were not found to eat more than other kids, although rewards did not reduce caloric int...

Youth exposure to e-cigarette advertisements increasing

.... Results of this study are limited to television advertising (no data for online, radio, and print) and by the data collection method, which used “target rating points” as estimates of advertisement exposure. These findings may aid physicians in counseling parents and youth about reducing television exposure time and the potential harms of using e-cigarettes as substitutes for traditional cigarettes. Click to read the study published today in Ped...

2 Minute Medicine® Medical Journal Power Rankings™ – Best Medical Journals

...ribution of the journal to practice-changing landmark literature, as cited online and in the Classics in Medicine reference text. “Social Media Leverage Rank” is a conglomerate measure of the number of followers a journal has and the percentage of referrals to their articles made through social media, analyzing how the journal leverages its reach to its advantage. “Web Penetration Rank” is a measure of the number of links back to various article’s...

#VisualAbstract: BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine shows benefit against symptomatic and asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection

...spiratory function, as the major outcomes considered were recorded through online questionnaires. Nonetheless, it provides valuable insight into the effectiveness of the BNT162b2 vaccine in a population-level cohort. Click to read the study in The Lancet Relevant Reading: Safety and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine In-depth [prospective cohort]: By Dec 7, 2020, 29 378 patients were assessed for eligibility across 104 hospital sites i...

Mental health in young adults may be linked to sleep chronotype

...g adults attending Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada, completed an online questionnaire related to demographics and sleep chronotype. Inclusion criteria were limited to attending university students aged 18-35 years. The questionnaire incorporated existing scales and survey instruments (ex. Morningness-Eveningness questionnaire and the Pittsburg Sleep Quality index) to assess for sleep chronotype, symptoms of anxiety and depression, mindfu...

Improved glycemic control in type 1 diabetics on very low-carbohydrate diets

..., diabetic complications, and general health were collected from a primary online survey of volunteer patients who are part of the VLCD Facebook community “TypeOneGrit.” A secondary survey of medical care providers who cared for the participants was also sought. Out of 316 participants (57% female, 42% children) in the analysis, only 138 had follow-up medical survey data gathered. The mean amount of time participants committed to this lifestyle wa...

Wellness Check: Nutrition

...s cognitive function, which was measured using Cogstate Brief Battery™, an online, self-administered assessment commonly used to measure cognitive decline in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and other neuropsychiatric conditions. Cognitive scores in 1) psychomotor speed and attention, 2) learning and working memory, and 3) global cognition were collected from 2014-2019. Women who did not complete the full cognitive assessment, had implausible low...

Patient Basics: Alcohol Dependence (Alcoholism)

...s for the general public and for clinicians. They are all easily available online at www.niaaa.nih.gov. Expected Duration For most people who have alcohol dependence, the first alcohol-related life problems usually appear in the mid-20s to early 40s. Left untreated, alcoholism often persists and gets worse over time. Up to 30% of people with alcohol dependence do manage to abstain from alcohol or control their drinking without formal treatment. On...

Rustbelt states may have greatest racial disparities between black and white men for firearm...

...[surveillance study]: Researchers used data from the WONDER (Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research) database of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to obtain data for homicide and suicide. Age-adjusted data between 2008 and 2016 was collected for all states and the District of Columbia for non-Hispanic black and white men. Data for firearm ownership was collected from 2004 data from the National Behavioral Risk Factor Sur...

Reduced physical activity from COVID-19 related restrictions may be linked to higher stress and...

...stemming from non-shared environmental factors. Participants completed an online survey which assessed perceived changes in physical activity (increased, decreased, or stayed the same), stress (using the 5-point Likert-type Perceived Stress Scale), and anxiety (using the Brief Symptom Inventory, also on a 5-point scale). The study found that there was no association between physical activity and mental health, in twins who reported an increase or...

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