We've had lots of stories about kids watching too much T.V. A new study gives a new reason to cut the tube time for toddlers. The study found 4-year-olds who watched at least four hours of T.V. a day were 25% more likely to end up as bullies in grade school. On the other hand, researchers found kids who spent more of their time reading , listening to music and bonding with parents were much less likely to be labeled later as bullies. The University of Washington study suggests parents follow guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recommend no T.V. for kids under age two and no more than two hours a day for older kids.
There's a long-standing debate as to whether cell phones can increase the risk of brain tumors. A new study add brings more reason for relief, but isn't likely to settle the issue. Danish researchers followed more than 1,200 cell phone users and found no link between the use of cell phones and the risk of developing a brain tumor. In fact, when a brain tumor was reported, it did not appear more frequently on the side where people reported using their phones. The study is in the Journal Neurology.
You know how loud concert music is. A new study indicates teens and young adults are showing signs that they're on the way to some hearing impairment later, but most don't seem concerned enough to do something about it now. The Harvard study included nearly 10,000 people, with an average age of 19 and the results are in the April issue of Pediatrics. They found 61% said they leave a concert with their ears ringing or some other sign of hearing impairment, and that's not good because Harvard researchers say we already know that loud music can lead to permanent hearing damage.