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4 Your Health: Reducing impulsive behavior in children

Many patients are not being honest with their doctor.

Researchers studied the survey responses from over 4,500 people.

Roughly half said they did not tell their doctor if they were experiencing life-threatening issues.

This included being a sexual assault victim, facing threats of domestic violence, struggling with depression, or having suicidal thoughts.

The biggest reasons given for the lack of disclosure were embarrassment and fear of being judged.

Younger patients and women were more likely to withhold information.

Reducing impulsive behavior in children

A new study suggests adequate sleep and limited screen time can reduce impulsive behavior in children.

Researchers in Canada studied the daily habits of more than 4,000 American children.

They found kids who slept at least nine hours a night and spent no more than two hours a day on a computer, TV or phone showed less impulsivity.

Regular physical activity also helped decrease impulsive behaviors.

Social media’s impact on teen boys and girls

Heavy social media use is impacting the mental health in teens girls and boys differently.

British researchers followed almost 10,000 teens for three years and heavy social media use predicted poor mental health and well-being in both sexes.

But the more girls checked social media, the more likely they were to report psychological distress.

It appeared to be driven by increased exposure to cyber-bullying, as well as disruptions in their sleep and physical activity.

Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper is an anchor and multi-skilled journalist for News 4 Tucson. She anchors weekdays at noon and 4 p.m.

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