25th July 2009
Do you suffer from Internet addiction?
The Internet is a wonderful tool for finding information, doing business, connecting people. But for some people, using the Internet can become addictive.

Mental health professionals are increasingly seeing Internet users showing classic symptoms of addiction. ABC Radio National Science Show produced a special program on Internet Addiction.  It is a problem here in Australia, but also in other countries such as South Korea, the most densely Internet connected country in the world, where two people died last year from addictive computer use, and increasingly in  China, the single country with the most Internet connections

10th July 2009
Are boys getting the message on good health?
Ensuring boys know how to look after their physical and mental wellbeing is an important step towards improving men's health in the long term.

When it comes to men's health, as for so many other things, it's best to start learning good habits young.

At a time when men are leading the health statistics in all the wrong directions - with a higher mortality in just about every health category - the need to help boys become healthy men has particular urgency.

A recent Australian Senate inquiry into men's health has recommended putting programs in place to help boys to take more responsibility for their health. But how do we do it?

More at 'The Pulse', ABC Health and Wellbeing


Caffeine Buzzes Boys More Than Girls
Caffeine has a stronger effect on boys than on girls, finds a new study that zeros in on the drug's health impacts on adolescents.

More kids are consuming more and more caffeinated drinks, but the stimulant's effects on their growing bodies are still largely unknown.

The study, which was published in Behavioural Pharmacology, looked at how consuming caffeinated beverages affected children between 12 and 17 years old. It found that boys would work significantly longer at a computer game to win a caffeinated soda than girls would.

Full story http://abc.gov.au/science/articles/2010/01/12/2790249.htm?topic=health

from the local Quest Newspaper

Christine Foley, of Anita Trendle Psychology, said many  cyber bullying victims did not report it.

``It is suggested that a third of those who experience cyber bullying do not report it, therefore we need to break the climate of silence in which it thrives by empowering children and young people to speak out and seek help,'' she said.

Ms Foley said those worst affected were usually less socially developed, which meant no one age was targeted more than others.


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