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Autism Underreported in Minorities

November 7th, 2014
A new study suggests autistic black and Hispanic children are not being identified in national counts. Jason Travers, an assistant professor of special education at the University of Kansas co-authored a study that analyzed administrative identification of autism in every state for ...

Breathing Dirty Air During Pregnancy May Hike ADHD Risk

November 6th, 2014
A new study suggests exposure to dirty air during pregnancy increases the risk of odds of behavior problems associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health discovered prenatal ...

Mice Study Suggests Exposure to Smoke Can Lead to Weight Gain

November 5th, 2014
While many people smoke as a means to control their weight, provoking new research suggests the effects of smoking can actually cause weight gain. The finding comes with a caveat as the potential to gain weight comes from exposure to secondhand smoke. “For people ...

Youth Pastors Challenged by Adolescent Mental Health Issues

November 5th, 2014
Adolescence is a time in life when mental health issues often lead youth to seek counsel from college and youth pastors. The pastors can either provide assistance or steer youths elsewhere to obtain help. However, new research discovers many of those pastors feel ...

Bipolar Disorder May Hike Risk of Premature Birth

November 4th, 2014
New research suggests women who have been hospitalized for bipolar disorder are nearly twice as likely to have premature babies compared to women without a history of mental illness. Investigators from Women's College Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), both ...

Canadian Study: Rates of Mental Illness Steady in Children and Teens

November 4th, 2014
A large study of Canadian youth discovers symptoms of mental illness in children and adolescents do not appear to be increasing. The finding, as published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), suggests a different mental health trajectory compared to some media reports. "Popular media ...

New Tools Sought to Assess Cognitive Growth in Intellectually Disabled

November 3rd, 2014
A new initiative seeks to improve the assessment of cognitive development among people with an intellectual disability. Better methods to evaluate changes in status are critical for the development of new treatments and programs. The five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes ...

Short, Fun Exercise Sessions Improve Class Behavior

November 3rd, 2014
A new Canadian study shows that brief bouts of physical activity can improve behavior in the classroom for primary school students. Researchers found that a brief, high-intensity interval exercise, or a “FUNterval,” for second grade and fourth grade students reduced off-task behaviors like ...

Changes in Speech Patterns Could Be Used to Monitor Mental Health

November 2nd, 2014
New research may lead to a smartphone app that analyzes your speech to monitor your mental health. It’s based on research from the University of Maryland that shows that certain vocal features change as feelings of depression worsen. Researchers envision the day when those ...

Conforming Is Uniquely Human, Begins Early

November 1st, 2014
Conforming just to fit in is a trait unique to humans and often begins in early childhood, according to new research published in the journal Psychological Science. In fact, it is nonexistent in apes. "Conformity is a very basic feature of human sociality. It ...

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