Middle-aged men with diet high in fruits and vegetables may have lower risk of cognitive problems, study indicates

Middle-aged men with diet high in fruits and vegetables may have lower risk of cognitive problems, study indicates

Reuters (12/6, Rapaport) reports researchers found that “middle-aged men who eat lots of fruits and vegetables may be lowering their odds of cognitive problems as they get on in years, compared to peers who don’t consume these foods very often.” The findings were published in Neurology.

AAP suggests traditional, not electronic, toys for young children

AAP suggests traditional, not electronic, toys for young children

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued an updated clinical report in Pediatrics recommending caregivers give traditional hands-on toys that stimulate imagination and creativity, such as puzzles, building blocks and cardboard boxes, to youths ages 5 and younger, instead of interactive electronic toys. The report also advised that those younger than 5 should only play developmentally appropriate computer or video games with parent or caregiver supervision.

The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (12/3),  ABC News (12/3)

Most-viewed YouTube videos on prostate cancer found to have low quality information

Most-viewed YouTube videos on prostate cancer found to have low quality information

The New York Times (11/28, Bakalar) reports on a study published in European Urology finding that in a study of YouTube videos on prostate cancer, those that had the greater number of views and “likes” had lower quality information. The study consisted of searching YouTube for “prostate cancer screening” and “prostate cancer treatment” then scoring “the first 75 hits for each phrase.”

Crain’s New York Business (11/28, Henderson) reports “77% of the 150 most-viewed YouTube videos on prostate cancer contained factual errors or biased content that posed health risks to patients.”

Teens whose families eat dinner together may be more likely to make healthy food choices

Teens whose families eat dinner together may be more likely to make healthy food choices

Reuters (11/23, Carroll) reported that teenagers “whose families eat dinner together are more likely to make healthy food choices, even when kids and parents have issues with communicating and connecting emotionally,” research indicated. The findings were published online in JAMA Network Open.

Violent acts more prevalent among superhero film protagonists

Violent acts more prevalent among superhero film protagonists

Protagonists in superhero films committed 23 acts of violence per hour, compared with 16 per hour among antagonists, while violent acts more likely involved male characters, researchers reported at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ annual meeting. The findings, based on an analysis of 10 superhero-based movies released in 2015 and 2016, should prompt parents to view superhero films with their children, as well as discuss violence-related themes and conflict-resolution approaches with them, said researcher John Muller.