Tomorrow's Health: Benefits Of Video Games


Story Updated: Aug 5, 2014

Playing video games might not be so bad for children after all.

A new study shows playing games for less than an hour a day can actually help children dealing with hyperactivity, and with understanding peer relationships and empathy.

But British researchers found these benefit went away and even turned negative the more children play computer and console games for more than three hours a day.

Flu Complications

One in three children are at risk for developing serious complications of the flu this season.

Research in the journal "Pediatrics" finds that while many children show flu symptoms during peak flu season, 35 percent can develop serious complications, including pneumonia.

Those most at risk are children with neurological and neuromuscular conditions, but 40 percent have no underlying conditions.

Some Foods Reduce Cancer Risk

If you're worried about red meat increasing your risk of colorectal cancer, you might find some help a little farther down the picnic table.

A study in "Cancer Prevention Research" suggests that so-called "resistant starch" in some foods can reduce levels of molecules linked to cancer.

Resistant starch can be found in lentils, beans and cooked-then-cooled potatoes -- including potato salad.

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