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Gender Identity Deeply Held in Transgender Kids

February 1st, 2015
The gender identity of transgender children is deeply held and is not the result of confusion about gender or pretense, according to new research by psychological scientist Kristina Olson, Ph.D., of the University of Washington. Olson is the first to take a scientific approach ...

Many Teens Have Easy Access to Guns, Despite Suicide Risk

February 1st, 2015
Teens with mental health problems who are also at risk for suicide have just as easy access to the guns in their homes as teens without a suicide risk, according to new research from the University of Washington. In fact, 41 percent ...

Inability to Control Emotions Linked to Impaired Brain Activity in Autistic Adults

February 1st, 2015
New research has found that when it comes to the ability to regulate emotions, the brain activity in autistic people is significantly different from the brain activity in people without autism. Researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine say their ...

Children Feel Most Positive About Mothers Who Respect Their Autonomy

January 31st, 2015
New research shows that mothers who support their children's need for autonomy tend to be viewed more positively by their children. "When mothers are highly controlling of small children's play, those children are less likely to want to engage with them," said Jean ...

Mouse Study: Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase Risk of ADHD

January 30th, 2015
A new lab study by scientists from several prominent universities suggests a commonly used pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. Researchers believe the pesticide alters the development of the brain's dopamine system, the part of the brain ...

Specific Games Enhance Child’s Spatial Reasoning

January 29th, 2015
New research shows that some games can help a child develop important cognitive skills. Using data from a nationally representative study, researchers from Rhodes College determined that children who play frequently with puzzles, blocks, and board games tend to have better spatial reasoning ability. The ...

Teen Body Image Perceptions Influence Adult Body Type

January 29th, 2015
New research discovers that teens who mistakenly perceive themselves as overweight are at greater risk of obesity as adults. The finding confirms the belief that an inappropriate body image can lead to a variety of issues during adolescence and adulthood. “Our research shows that ...

Adult Drug Users with ADHD Tend to Start Earlier

January 29th, 2015
On average, adults who use drugs and also have a history of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder began using substances one to two years earlier than those without ADHD, according to new research from the University of Florida (UF). The findings suggest the need for early ...

Teen ‘Pharming’ Is a Rising Concern

January 28th, 2015
A new review suggests new initiatives are needed to address the rise of “pharming,” or recreational use and abuse of prescription drugs, among teenagers. Teens often believe the drugs are harmless with the abuse of prescription medications now the second-most commonly abused drug ...

Mindfulness Can Boost Kids’ Math Scores, Kindness, Likability

January 28th, 2015
A new social and emotional program with mindfulness techniques, called MindUp, has been shown to successfully help children become more caring and optimistic, improve their math scores and lower their stress levels. The program, founded by Oscar-winning actress Goldie Hawn, was recently ...

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