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Meds or no meds? How to treat a child with ADHD; Plus, is kale the only green superstar?

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A Study Linking Facebook Use to Unhappiness May Have You Rethinking Your Social Media Use

How much of the day do you spend staring at your Facebook newsfeed? If it's a lot, new research out of the University of Michigan may convince you to change your habits. For a new study, 82 participants completed a set of questionnaires regarding satisfaction with life, self esteem and other topics, and then they were text messaged five times per day for 14 days. The texts contained links to online five-question surveys that asked how the participants felt, how worried and lonely they are, how much they used Facebook since their last survey, and how much they've interacted directly with other people (via face-to-face or a phone call) since the last survey. After the 14 days, students filled out more questionnaires regarding satisfaction with life and loneliness.

What did the researchers conclude after analyzing participants' surveys and questionnaires? The study, published Wednesday in the journal Plos One, states: "The more people used Facebook at one time point, the worse they felt the next time we text-messaged them; the more they used Facebook over two-weeks, the more their life satisfaction levels declined over time."

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  • Meds or No Meds? How to Treat a Child with ADHD

    New clothes and notebooks and talk about favorite friends and tough teachers have made their way into American homes amid the exuberance and anxiety of a new school year. But for the millions of parents whose children struggle with attention deficity hyperactivity disorder, the back-to-school swirl of activity is tinged with another worry: whether behavioral challenges will stand in the way of their child's ability to learn and succeed.

    Just how many parents are grappling with these worries? Eleven percent of all children between ages 4 and 17, or 6.4 million American kids, have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to a New York Times report. Those numbers reflect a 41 percent jump in the last decade, with two-thirds of kids diagnosed being prescribed stimulant medications for treatment. The Times analyzed 2010 data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which currently lists 2007 data on its website. The CDC will release an analysis of the latest statistics within two weeks, according to an agency spokesperson.

    In the wake of that news came a study published in June that looked at increased use of stimulant medication to treat ADHD following expanded insurance coverage in Quebec, Canada. The study, conducted by researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research, found "evidence of increases in emotional problems among girls and reductions in educational attainment among boys." [Read more: Meds or No Meds? How to Treat a Child with ADHD]

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    • Is Kale The Only Green Superstar?

      These days, hardly a day goes by that I don't read something promoting kale as a nutritional powerhouse, writes U.S. News blogger Keri Gans. Recipes that include kale are popping up all over the place, making you wonder how we survived without it.

      To be honest, I don't love kale. It tastes bitter to me. But as some friends have pointed out, maybe I just haven't tasted it in the right dish. Regardless, I've decided to compare kale to other dark leafy greens that may not be getting the recognition they deserve, specifically: collard greens, Swiss chard and mustard greens.

      Kale does exceed the other greens in vitamins A and C, but Swiss chard has 16 percent more iron than kale. Collard greens has 18 percent more calcium per serving of kale and double the amount of protein and iron. And mustard greens holds its own by having the least amount of calories and slightly more protein and calcium than kale. [Read more: Is Kale The Only Green Superstar?]

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