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Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution May Hike Risk of Cognitive, Behavior Problems

Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution May Hike Risk of Cognitive, Behavior Problems

March 26th, 2015
A new study suggests a pregnant woman's exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), the toxic air pollution caused in part by vehicle emissions, coal burning and smoking, may be bad for her child's brain. In a small study, researchers found a powerful relationship between ...
Do More Academic Challenges = Higher IQ?

Do More Academic Challenges = Higher IQ?

March 26th, 2015
The argument on the role of nature (genetics) verse nurture (environment) for influencing a person’s intelligence has taken a new chapter. Pennsylvania State University researchers believe more schooling -- and the more mentally challenging problems tackled in those schools -- may be the ...
Teens Need to Know Risks of Prescription Drugs

Teens Need to Know Risks of Prescription Drugs

March 25th, 2015
Today, more people die from legally prescribed drugs than from heroin and cocaine combined. While most teens and parents are well aware of the dangers of illegal drugs, many are still ignorant of the significant dangers of taking legal, prescription drugs, according to ...
Home Environment Packs Big Impact on Kids' IQ

Home Environment Packs Big Impact on Kids’ IQ

March 25th, 2015
A new study suggests a nurturing environment plays a strong role in enhancing a child’s intelligence. Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the University of Virginia, and Lund University in Sweden discovered that young adults who were raised in educated households develop higher ...
New ‘SMART’ Cars Prevent Impaired Driving

New ‘SMART’ Cars Prevent Impaired Driving

March 23rd, 2015
Emerging research suggests the installation of alcohol ignition interlock devices could prevent nearly 60,000 deaths. Researchers at the University of Michigan Injury Center and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute studied the impact of installing these alcohol ignition interlock devices in all ...
Suspension Boosts Marijunana Use In Teens

Suspension Boosts Marijunana Use In Teens

March 22nd, 2015
New research has found that suspending teens from school for using marijuana is likely to lead to more marijuana use among their classmates. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Washington and in Australia, found that counseling was a more effective ...
Study Finds Boys More Affected by Sexual Music Videos

Study Finds Boys More Affected by Sexual Music Videos

March 22nd, 2015
A new study has found unexpected gender differences among teenagers who watch music videos on television. The study, conducted at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, found that sexually active youth of both genders think their peers are also sexually active after ...
Age in Kindergarten Tied to Later Dropping Out, Crime

Age in Kindergarten Tied to Later Dropping Out, Crime

March 21st, 2015
A new study has found that students who are older when they start kindergarten are more likely to drop out of school and commit serious crimes as teenagers. Additionally, this negative outcome is significantly more likely for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, according to ...
Power Naps Help Your Brain Retain New Information

Power Naps Help Your Brain Retain New Information

March 21st, 2015
Taking a brief nap after studying -- instead of participating in other activities -- can significantly increase retention of the information just learned, according to a new study at Saarland University. “Even a short sleep lasting 45 to 60 minutes produces a five-fold ...
Low Vitamin D Linked with Depression in Young Women

Low Vitamin D Linked with Depression in Young Women

March 20th, 2015
Emerging research suggest an association between low levels of vitamin D and depression in otherwise healthy young women. Oregon State University (OSU) researchers found that young women with lower levels of vitamin D were more likely to have clinically significant depressive symptoms over ...