Eyespy: March 2014
Switch it off—Television won’t give you square eyes, but mum was right to limit the time you spent watching it. In a Canadian prospective longitudinal study (doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.50.), parent reported data of 1314 children on weekly hours of television exposure at 29 and 53 months of age was recorded. The researchers then looked at parent and teacher reports of the children’s academic, psychosocial and health behaviours, and body mass index measurements when the children reached the age of 10. Adjusting for pre-existing individual and family factors, every additional hour of television exposure at 29 months resulted in several poor outcomes, including a 7% decrease in classroom engagement (95% confidence interval −0.02 to −0.004), a 6% decrease in mathematics achievement (−0.03 to 0.01), and a 5% increase in body mass index (0.01 to 0.05).
Orega-go—The active component in the herb oregano might be a useful tool in the fight against norovirus.