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The Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use Community of Interest brings together addiction and mental health service providers, researchers and subject matter experts in the fields of gambling, technology/Internet use and video gaming to collaborate and share knowledge on emerging trends and clinical best practices.

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Is Screen Time Hurting Your Heart?

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A recent publication from the American Hearth Association (AHA) has reiterated a commonly understood link between sedentary behaviour and heart disease. What's interesting is that they link it to the amount of time we spend in front of our screens. Longitudinal studies among adults show that increases in key indicators of sedentary behavior, including screen time and sitting time, are associated with an increased risk of fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular disease. As our screen time continues...
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How to Improve Screening for Problem Gambling - Recruiting for Concept Mapping Study

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Are you a health care or service provider? If so, please share your thoughts with St. Michael’s Hospital and U of T researchers on ways to improve screening for problem gambling. We are looking for a wide range of health care and service providers. You can participate in-person at group brainstorming sessions held at the University of Toronto, or online on your own time. Those who take part will be eligible to win a food basket and/ or an iPad. Please contact our research team at...
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Parents should worry less about screen time, says UK doctors

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I was in England over the Christmas break and the topic of screen time for children came up, which caught my attention for both personal and work reasons. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says parents should take a balanced approach to screen time and that it cannot be prescriptive. This is different from Canadian guidance which recommends no screen time for children under 2 and only one hour a day for children 2-4 years old. You can read the full article here.
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Searching for ways to improve screening problem gambling

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St. Michael’s and U of T are looking for health-care providers to take part in a research study Are you a health-care provider? If so, please share your thoughts with St. Michael’s and University of Toronto researchers on ways to improve screening for problem gambling. We are looking for a wide range of health-care and service providers. In-person or online sorting and rating sessions will be held at U of T. Those who take part will be eligible to win a gourmet food basket. Contact Amanda...
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The first long-term study on how screen time affects children's brains

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The National Institutes of Health are currently conducting a study on over 11,000 children to look at the long-term effects of screen time. Preliminary findings show that children who use screens for more than 2 hours a day score lower on language and thinking skills. It will be interesting to see what else is uncovered as this study continues, including whether changes are dependent on what the screen is being used for and/or on the child's developmental stage. Read the full article here .
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Sleep problems in teenagers reversed in just one week by limiting screen use

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Sleep in teenagers can be improved by just one week of limiting their evening exposure to light-emitting screens on phones, tablets and computers. The study indicates that by simply limiting their exposure to blue-light emitting devices in the evening, adolescents can improve their sleep quality and reduce symptoms of fatigue, lack of concentration and bad mood, after just one week. Those who had more than 4 hours per day of screen time had on average 30 minutes later sleep onset and wake up...
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Too much screen time for the kids? Grandparents may also be complicit

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Grandparents have long been associated with letting their grandchildren do things their parents would never permit. Candy. Extended bedtime. Too much television. Carefree fun. They like to spoil their grandchildren. A new study by Rutgers and other researchers finds that today's grandparents are still true to their traditional fun-loving image -- allowing their grandchildren, while under their supervision, to spend about half of their time on a mobile phone, tablet, computer or TV. The study...
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Re: The first long-term study on how screen time affects children's brains

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It will be interesting to see if they control for things like income and other social determinants of health. I have a sense that it might be more likely for parents with fewer resources to use the phone/TV as a coping strategy, especially if they don't have as much support as other more affluent parents.
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Re: The first long-term study on how screen time affects children's brains

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Hi Nimira, You make an excellent point. Another thing to consider, on the opposite spectrum, is that many middle class to upper class schools now utilize tablets and laptops as part of the school curriculum. Does the content matter? Or is it just screen time. I wonder if the added family resources outside of school, that may support vacations, hobbies and sports (events away from screen time) and resources that support enhanced learning, is large enough to combat the effects of increased...
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Re: The first long-term study on how screen time affects children's brains

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I was just about to say that Aaron! Content matters! This has been an ongoing debate and I'm afraid I'm on the pro-screen time. I find these studies skewed... "If you give a child an app where they play with virtual Legos, virtual blocks, and stack them, and then put real blocks in front of them, they start all over," Why would you test block-building capacity and say this skill isn't transferable when using real blocks? Seems pretty obvious. I'm sure if you tested for non gross motor skills...
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Re: Sleep problems in teenagers reversed in just one week by limiting screen use

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Might be worth investigating what else the teens are doing in their newly found 4 hours of time not sitting in front of a screen. If they are exercising, that might be the reason they are sleeping better, rather than blue light avoidance.
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Re: How to Improve Screening for Problem Gambling - Recruiting for Concept Mapping Study

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hi, do you have a website that your call could be linked to? This is because eenetconnect is a closed/shielded site which is not friendly to www interactivity beyond it's wall. thanks as useful project. Bill
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Re: How to Improve Screening for Problem Gambling - Recruiting for Concept Mapping Study

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Hi Bill, Thanks for the info, sorry as a new user, I was unaware of that. Information about the call and the study can be found at https://www.guilcherlab.com/re...t-opportunities.html and https://learn.problemgambling.ca/eip/poverty . Thanks again, Lauren
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Re: Is Screen Time Hurting Your Heart?

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Thanks for sharing Howie! I remember when the articles starting coming out a few years ago claiming "sitting is the new smoking" I was very, very scared. Those of us who work behind a computer know how much time we spend sitting in front of a screen. I can imagine that for young people, it will be even more true when they reach the working world, as they are accustomed to being on their phones/computers in their personal time. Let's hope the future brings some sort of technological advances...
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Re: Is Screen Time Hurting Your Heart?

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Thanks for sharing. As a mom with an adult son who is now 14 months detoxed from gaming, I can't say enough about how much exercise played a huge part in getting into recovery and continuing it with success for my son. It not only helps with keeping his heart healthy but also gives him the dopamine high he was addicted to with gaming. He is still working hard at keeping the balance as his work in in a maintenance software company doesn't provide the needed movement and cardio. He uses a...
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Re: Is Screen Time Hurting Your Heart?

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Great article, Howie, thanks for sharing! I agree with Elaine; exercise is so important to get our blood flowing and reduce our risk of developing one of the communicable diseases (e.g. high blood pressure, type II diabetes, etc.). The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) has released physical activity guidelines for adults and children. I think what's important to remember is to incorporate exercise into your daily routine so that you're more likely to stick with it. For example,...
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Re: Is Screen Time Hurting Your Heart?

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Thank you for posting the links for those guidelines, Tanya.
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Re: Is Screen Time Hurting Your Heart?

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Thanks for sharing, Howie! I think it's so important to highlight how sedentary behaviour, including screen use, has multiple risks associated with it across different dimensions of wellness. In other discussion threads we've discussed some of the psychosocial risks associated with screen use, and it's also important to highlight some of the physical health risks (as the article you posted suggests). The Canadian Pediatric Society has released a guide for physicians focusing on sedentary...
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Re: Parents should worry less about screen time, says UK doctors

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Interestingly, the majority of their sample was related to watching TV, not playing games / cellphones / computers. I think this is a serious limitation of this research, as there are many significant differences in terms of interactivity, reward expectation, and level of stimulation between watching TV and playing online games, for example. As a psychiatrist, I will point out this limitation to my clients and continue to follow Canadian guidelines.
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Re: Too much screen time for the kids? Grandparents may also be complicit

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These statistics are interesting. The struggle is real on some level for every generation it seems. I recently addressed a group of 85 concerned grandfathers about screen time with their grandchildren and was inspired to write a blog to help them manage better. https://eyespyhealth.ca/grandp...-with-grandchildren/
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