screen time and health

September 30, 2022

Exchanging 30 minutes of social media a day with exercise benefits mental health

According to a report in Medical News Today, replacing 30 minutes of social media use per day with physical activity can enhance emotional well-being and reduce […]
September 29, 2022

Thursday Ask Dr. Walt – Primary or secondary prevention?

Dear Dr. Walt, I overheard two friends talking about preventive medicine. They were talking about primary and secondary prevention, but I’m not sure I understand the difference. […]
September 28, 2022

A new study shows that too much TV time really may harm your brain

HealthDay reported that older adults who get a lot of “screen time” may have an increased risk of developing dementia — but a lot depends on what […]
September 27, 2022

Tuesday Patient Stories – Kissimmee Tales Part 8

For the next few months, I’m excerpting chapters from the first of two books about my early years in family medicine in Kissimmee, Florida – The […]
September 26, 2022

Have you heard about the polypill therapy that is very effective in heart patients?

A report in Cardiovascular Business revealed that taking a polypill – a single pill containing three different medications – not only improved medication adherence but was associated […]
September 24, 2022

Saturday Book Report – “At First Light” featured in Baton Rouge Advocate

Upon arising last Saturday morning, I found my phone was blowing up with messages and emails from around Louisiana informing me of a huge article in […]
September 23, 2022

Did you know ultra-processed food increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, and premature death?

CNN reported, “Eating a lot of ultra-processed foods significantly increases men’s risk of colorectal cancer and can lead to heart disease and early death in both […]
September 22, 2022

Thursday Ask Dr. Walt – Do Bad Genes Doom Me?

Dear Dr. Walt, I read your column and enjoy it, and you’re always harping on us readers to improve our health. But, my family has really poor […]
March 5, 2010

TV, Computers Linked to Weak Relationships

Children in recent New Zealand studies who spent a lot of time watching television and using computer games had less attachment to family and peers. The […]
June 23, 2010

Long-term harm seen with too much TV for toddlers

The more TV a toddler watches, the higher the likelihood they will do badly at school and have poor health at the age of 10, researchers […]
November 15, 2010

Screen Time May Consume Nearly 1/3 of Day for U.S. Kids

Child experts have issued an updated policy statement on use of electronic media for entertainment by kids. This is critical because children and teens in the […]
November 15, 2010

Study Shows Risks for Kids Who Watch TV or Use Computers More Than 2 Hours a Day

New research is documenting some of the risks I’ve told you about in previous blogs for kids who utilize screen time (TV, computers, video games) more […]
February 25, 2011

Screen time (TV and computer) may be linked to increased heart risks

In multiple past blogs (see below) I’ve told you of the harms of too much screen time (TV, computer, video games, etc.) for your children. Many […]
March 7, 2011

More evidence that too much TV, computer time could harm your heart

Spending hours in front of a TV or computer monitor — known as “screen time” — has been linked to signs that the heart needs longer […]