Category Archives: Teens

Short, Intense Exercise for Teen Health

Although most teenagers feel like they are practically adults, a new study finds one important way in which adolescents resemble children: exercise. The study, from the University of Exeter, finds that there are more physical benefits to exercising in short, high-intensity bursts—similar to how children play exercise, and use their motor skills—than to exercising with…

Irregular Sleep Linked to Snacking in Teens

When teenagers have irregular sleep schedules, they are more likely to snack, finds new research from Penn State University. A number of studies have linked reduced sleep to overeating and obesity. This study links inconsistent sleep to increased calorie consumption and snacking among teens. The study is the first in this field to use objective…

Sleep Issues Linked to Alcohol Problems in Teens

Many children do not get enough sleep: national polls show that 27 percent of school-aged children and 45 percent of adolescents do not sleep enough. Research has demonstrated a link between poor sleep and use of alcohol and illicit drugs among adolescents. A new study from Idaho State University contributes to the body of evidence…

Supervised Extracurricular Activities Associated with Lower Risk of Smoking and Drinking

How can adults help young people avoid risky behavior like smoking and drinking? Research from Dartmouth University found that participation in coached extracurricular activities, like sports or clubs, is linked to a decreased risk of trying smoking and drinking among pre-adolescents. For these “tweens,” young people aged 10 to 14, involvement in supervised activities seems…

Teens Report High Levels of Stress

If you think your life is stressful, you should talk to a teenager. A recent survey found that teens report experiencing greater levels of stress than adults, primarily due to school. Stress impacts teens both psychologically and physically, so it is critical that parents and educators support teens in finding ways to combat stress. Last…

Teenagers’ Energy Drink Consumption Linked to Alcohol Use

Approximately one-third of teenagers in the US use energy drinks or shots—beverages with a high caffeine content that are intended to increase energy and concentration. Research from the University of Michigan (UM) has discovered a relationship between energy drink and alcohol consumption; teens who use energy drinks are more likely to consume alcohol. Data was…

Some Teens at “Invisible” Risk for Mental Health Problems

How can adults identify teenagers at-risk for psychiatric problems like anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts? Although some teens at significant risk for these issues exhibit the traditional characteristics of “at risk” youth, many do not, forming an “invisible” group of teens struggling with mental health problems. An international study from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet is the…

Teens Who Use Marijuana Put Minds at Risk

Just how does marijuana use affect a developing teenager’s brain? Researchers, lead by Matthew Smith, at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have some answers. Smith and his team compared brain images of young adults who had used marijuana as teenagers with non-marijuana smoking young people as well as people diagnosed with schizophrenia. They discovered…

Teens Are Worse Drivers When Listening to Preferred Tunes

Can the music teens listen to while driving affect their ability to drive safely? Research from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel indicates that music can play a role in safe driving. Researchers Warren Brodsky, BGU director of Music Science Research, and Zack Slor found that listening to preferred music increased the number…

What is iLs?

iLs is a complementary approach to brain fitness which can be integrated into a broad variety of educational, therapeutic and self-improvement programs. In the same way we can train our bodies to become stronger and healthier, iLs trains the brain to process sensory, cognitive and emotional information more effectively. With better synaptic connectivity, we perform better. It’s about as simple as that.

We start with music and movement, and then gradually integrate language and cognitive processes. The exercises appear simple but become increasingly difficult as we add new layers for simultaneous processing. The program involves no computers or screens of any type. Someone once referred to iLs as “a boot camp for the brain.” We’d like to think of it more as play, and we all know we work hardest when we play!

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