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Skipping Meals Linked to Child Obesity

December 16th, 2014
It may seem paradoxical, but new research discovers children who skip main meals are more likely to have excess body fat and an increased cardiometabolic risk. Remarkably, Finnish investigators discovered the link may be apparent by the age of six to eight years. Researchers ...

Prenatal Exposure to Household Chemicals May Reduce Kids’ IQ

December 15th, 2014
A new study finds that children exposed during pregnancy to elevated levels of two common household chemicals had a significantly lower IQ score than children exposed at lower levels. The chemicals, di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) and di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP) are found in a wide ...

Friends’ Support for Victimized Teens Has Pros and Cons

December 11th, 2014
Researchers from the University of Kansas find in a new study that there are pros and cons to the support victimized teenagers get from their friends. Depending on the type of aggression they are exposed to, such support may reduce young people's risk ...

Teen ADHD + Conduct Disorder = Substance Abuse

December 11th, 2014
New research finds that teens diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorder are more likely to use alcohol and tobacco. The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study is among the first to assess such an association in this age group. Conduct disorder ...

Half of U.S. Kids Face Harmful Events That Can Impact Health, School

December 9th, 2014
Nearly half of all children in the United States experience an adverse event during childhood that could lead to long-term health or educational consequences, according to new research. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health say the experiences -- including ...

Higher Birth Weight Linked to Better School Performance

December 7th, 2014
A new study has found that the higher a child’s weight at birth, the better that child performed on reading and math tests in school. According to researchers at the University of Florida and Northwestern University, this holds true throughout elementary school and ...

Summer Jobs Program Linked to Less Youth Violence

December 7th, 2014
A summer jobs program for high school students from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago reduced violent crime arrests by 43 percent over a 16-month period, according to a new study. The study evaluated the impact of Chicago's One Summer Plus program, which offers eight ...

More Smartphone Use Leads to ‘Leisure Distress’

December 6th, 2014
A new study has found that young adults who are high-frequency smartphone users experience “leisure distress,” defined as feeling uptight, stressed, and anxious during free time. “The high-frequency cell phone user may not have the leisure skills necessary to creatively fill their free ...

Surprise: Male Aggression is Norm in High Schools

December 2nd, 2014
A new study finds that boys display more aggressive behavior than girls in grades six to 12. University of Georgia investigators discovered boys used relational aggression -- malicious rumors, social exclusion, and rejection -- to harm or manipulate others more often than girls. Researchers ...

Mice Study Suggests Cancer Drug May Combat Fragile X Autism

December 1st, 2014
New research suggests people affected by a common inherited form of autism may be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer. The most common genetic cause of autism spectrum disorders is Fragile X Syndrome, a condition that ...