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Your Health: Toddlers & touchscreens, mental illness, primary direct care

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There is a  new study from the University of London, published in Scientific Reports. This information indicates that babies and toddlers who spend a lot of time using touchscreens may be sleeping less.

75 percent of parents in the 700 families studied say their children use an iPad or smartphone from nine to 45 minutes per day. Researchers found each hour of touchscreen use equaled 15 minutes less sleep.

Their study indicates electronic media may be replacing sleep time or online games and videos are so stimulating, children have a tough time falling asleep.

Another study by New York University Medical Center and published in Psychiatric Services concludes the number of mentally ill patients is skyrocketing, yet fewer people have access to care.

This is something Alabamians have known for a while. North Alabama Regional Hospital in Decatur closed in 2015. And the waiting list of patients waiting to get into Bryce grew to lengths that haven't been seen in years. Earlier this year, the waiting time peaked at more than two months.

New York Researchers cite doctor shortages, psychiatric medication costs and insurance coverage as being problematic.

Something new is actually old school when it comes to medical care. direct primary care. It's a flat rate for families to pay to see their doctor for basic services.

This trend is showing more accessibility to see the doctor, appointments that last longer and happier families.

The fee is between $25 and $85 per month, depending on age. And that's for unlimited visits.

We have not seen this trend locally, but that could change.

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