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Top Five on Spotify - 6/11/21
1. good 4 u - Olivia Rodrigo
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3. traitor - Olivia Rodrigo
4. Kiss Me More (feat. SZA) - Doja Cat
5. favorite crime - Olivia Rodrigo
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Top Five on Apple Music - 6/11/21
1. good 4 u - Olivia Rodrigo
2. Hats Off - Lil Baby, Lil Durk & Travis Scott
3. 2040 - Lil Baby & Lil Durk
4. Wands and Needs (feat. Lil Baby) - Drake
5. Who I Want - Lil Baby & Lil Durk
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5. Lisey's Story - Apple TV+
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4. Lucifer
5. Cocomelon
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*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on ScienceDaily.

Adolescents who stopped studying maths exhibited greater disadvantage -- compared with peers who continued studying maths -- in terms of brain and cognitive development, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

133 students between the ages of 14-18 took part in an experiment run by researchers from the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. Unlike the majority of countries worldwide, in the UK 16-year-old students can decide to stop their math education. This situation allowed the team to examine whether this specific lack of math education in students coming from a similar environment could impact brain development and cognition.

The study found that students who didn't study math had a lower amount of a crucial chemical for brain plasticity (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) in a key brain region involved in many important cognitive functions, including reasoning, problem-solving, math, memory, and learning. Based on the amount of this brain chemical found in each student, researchers were able to discriminate between adolescents who studied or did not study math, independent of their cognitive abilities. Moreover, the amount of this brain chemical successfully predicted changes in mathematical attainment score around 19 months later. Notably, the researchers did not find differences in the brain chemical before the adolescents stopped studying math.

Roi Cohen Kadosh, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oxford, led the study. He said: "Math skills are associated with a range of benefits, including employment, socioeconomic status, and mental and physical health. Adolescence is an important period in life that is associated with important brain and cognitive changes. Sadly, the opportunity to stop studying math at this age seems to lead to a gap between adolescents who stop their math education compared to those who continue it. Our study provides a new level of biological understanding of the impact of education on the developing brain and the mutual effect between biology and education."

Source: ScienceDaily

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on HealthDay.

Your teens' route to a healthy or unhealthy weight may be in their hands -- literally.

New research out of South Korea shows that teens who spend too much time on their smartphones are also more prone to eating habits that increase their odds of obesity.

One nutritionist who helps treat obesity in the young wasn't surprised by the findings.

"Spending hours on end on your phone — or any blue-light screen — can disrupt our sleeping patterns, and less snooze can affect our appetite-stimulating hormones, causing hyperphagia [overeating]," explained registered dietitian Sharon Zarabi, who wasn't involved in the new research.

In the new study, researchers tracked the health of more than 53,000 South Korean adolescents, aged 12 to 18. The team found that those who spent more than two hours a day on their smartphone were much more likely to eat larger amounts of junk food, while consuming fewer fruits and vegetables, compared to those who spent less time on their phones.

Specifically, teens who spent five or more hours a day on their phones were more likely to consume sugar-sweetened beverages, fast food, chips, and instant noodles than those who spent less than two hours a day on their phones, said a team led by Hannah Oh, assistant professor at Korea University.

All of this added up to added pounds: Teens who spent more than three hours a day on a smartphone were also significantly more likely to be overweight or obese, the findings showed.

The reasons teens used their phones appeared to matter, too. Those who did more information searches and retrieval on their phones had healthier eating behaviors versus those who used their phones more for chatting/messenger, gaming, video/music, and social networking.

As for obesity, teens who primarily used their smartphones for gaming or looking at videos, or listening to music were more likely to be heavy, according to the study presented June 7 at a virtual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition.

Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, its findings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Source: HealthDay