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Early Trauma Plus ADHD Ups Risk of Self-Harm

Early Trauma Plus ADHD Ups Risk of Self-Harm

March 4th, 2015
Young women with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a history of a troubled childhood are at greater risk for a variety of negative psychosocial outcomes. Specifically, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), found that women with ADHD who have ...
Why Are More Kids on Antipsychotics?

Why Are More Kids on Antipsychotics?

March 3rd, 2015
More children are being prescribed antipsychotic medications -- drugs designed to treat such mental illnesses as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder -- and pediatricians and psychiatrists at the University of Vermont conducted a study to find out why. Specifically, the researchers wanted to find ...
More Stress for New Moms Hikes Secondhand Smoke Risk for Babies

More Stress for New Moms Hikes Secondhand Smoke Risk for Babies

March 1st, 2015
New moms who experience high levels of social stress (economic problems or feeling less in control over their own housing situation) are 2.5 times more likely to have no restriction or only a partial restriction on smoking in their homes, which may ...
Things Not to Try for Autism

Things Not to Try for Autism

February 27th, 2015
When a child has communication challenges related to an autism spectrum disorder, parents and educators will often try a variety of remedies -- many of which lack scientific evidence. Often, the interventions or “therapies” may actually do more harm than good. It ...
Excess Work Hours + Family Demands = Higher BMI

Excess Work Hours + Family Demands = Higher BMI

February 25th, 2015
A new study discovers working long hours while raising a family can take a toll on the body mass index of individuals in dual-earner families. Dr. Amit Kramer, a University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor also found that an increase in ...
Teen Pregnancy More Likely for Girls with Mental Illness

Nearly 3 in 5 Pregnant Teens Have Used Drugs or Alcohol

February 24th, 2015
Many teenagers, especially younger teens, may not be getting the message about the risks of using alcohol and other drugs during pregnancy, according to a new study by the University of Texas at Austin. In fact, nearly three in five pregnant teens reported ...
Telephone Support Can Help Ease Postnatal Depression

Telephone Support Can Help Ease Postnatal Depression

February 24th, 2015
Emerging research discovers telephone-based peer support helps to reduce postnatal or postpartum depression in new mothers. The new study, published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, also found that social support from peers may be effective for maternal depression up to two years ...
Preteens Who Experiment May Have Different Brain Processes

Preteens Who Experiment May Have Different Brain Processes

February 22nd, 2015
Preteens who experiment or explore new things may have brain processes that work differently, according to a new study. "The beginning of adolescence is associated with seeking new experiences and increasing exploratory behaviors, but little research has been done to measure that increase ...
Teens From Single-Parent Families May Get Less Schooling

Teens From Single-Parent Families May Get Less Schooling

February 22nd, 2015
A new study finds that people who lived in single-parent families as teens received fewer years of schooling and are less likely to attain a bachelor's degree than those from two-parent families. The study, from researchers at New York University, the University of ...
Higher Risk of Birth Defects in Babies of Teen Dads

Higher Risk of Birth Defects in Babies of Teen Dads

February 19th, 2015
The babies of teen fathers have surprisingly high levels of DNA mutations, which may help explain why the children of adolescent dads have a higher risk for disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and spina bifida, according to a new study by the ...