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Penn Study: Omega-3 Could Reduce Antisocial And Aggressive Behaviour In Kids.

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Could something as simple as a supplement curb aggressive behaviour in children? Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania say the answer might be yes. According to a new study, omega-3, a fatty acid that’s commonly found in fish oil, could help reduce behaviour problems in kids who tend to be aggressive and anti-social. Three Penn scientists worked on the research, which focused on children living on Mauritius. The control group of 100 kids between 8- and 16-years-old received an omega-3 infused juice drink once a day for six months, while one hundred other kids got the same...

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Playing outside can save your child's eyesight: Not enough time spent outdoors is creating an 'epidemic' of eye conditions

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Rate of short-sightedness among young people has doubled in 50 years This is being blamed in part on a lack of daylight 'Not having enough may cause the eye to grow in an uncontrolled manner' Hours glued to TV screens and electronic devices and not enough time spent outdoors is creating an 'epidemic' of eye conditions among children and teenagers, according to growing body of evidence. It used to be thought that your chances of being short-sighted were largely down to genetics - now it seems children's lifestyles can play a key role. The latest study published by Ulster University...

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Omega-3 Strongly Linked to Behaviour, Learning in Children.

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Researchers at the University of Oxford have found that a child’s blood levels of long-chain Omega-3 DHA can significantly predict how well he or she is able to concentrate and learn.  The study, published in the journal PLOS One, is one of the first to evaluate blood Omega-3 levels in UK schoolchildren. “From a sample of nearly 500 schoolchildren, we found that levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in the blood significantly predicted a child’s behaviour and ability to learn,” said co-author Paul Montgomery, Ph.D., from Oxford University’s Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. “Higher levels...

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