Children and Teens News

Genes Underpin Leukemia Brain Effects

February 18th, 2015
Some children who are treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) develop brain impairments, and the risk of this happening may be linked to certain genes. ALL is the most common cancer in childhood and about 90 percent of patients survive. But the treatment, ...

Strong Parental Bond Helps Protect Shy Babies from Future Anxiety

February 18th, 2015
Having a strong infant/parent bond is vital in preventing shy babies, and particularly males, from turning into anxious teenagers, according to a new study at the University of Waterloo. Researchers have long been aware that toddlers who react with behavioral inhibition or shyness ...

Organizational Culture Impacts Therapy Choice for Kids

February 18th, 2015
Researchers have found that mental health practitioners tend to use clinical techniques favored by their colleagues. This practice pattern leads to use of treatments that have little evidence to support them, especially when it comes to treatment of of children and adolescents with psychiatric ...

Teens Get Less Sleep Than Two Decades Ago

February 17th, 2015
Getting enough sleep is vital for adolescent health, yet over the last 20 years, many teens appear to be sleeping less and less, according to a new study at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Specifically, those who get the least amount of ...

Study Finds Saliva Differences in Autistic Kids

February 17th, 2015
New research suggests a spit test may help to diagnose autism in the future. Researchers at Clarkson University and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh have published the first study showing that children with autism spectrum disorder have differences in protein ...

Dramatic Brain Changes May Help Explain Teen Risk-Taking

February 15th, 2015
Teenage exploration and risk taking could be explained by dramatic changes in the brain that allow elaborate planning, according to new research. A neuroscientist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine also found that teenage brains are driven by the need for ...

Study Finds 1 Million Juvenile Gang Members in U.S.

February 13th, 2015
More than 1 million young people in the U.S. (about two percent of youth) belong to a gang, which is more than three times the number estimated by law enforcement, according to a new study. The researchers found that these young people ...

Teachers’ Depression Linked to Poor Student Performance

February 12th, 2015
The classrooms of elementary school teachers who suffer from depression tend to be of lesser quality in many areas, and students in these classrooms show lower performance gains, particularly in math, according to a new study published in the journal Child Development. "Teaching ...

Positive Youth-Parent Bonds Can Reduce Teen Suicide Attempts

February 12th, 2015
A new study of the connection between adolescents and their parents discovers a caring relationship can be key to preventing suicide attempts. Sadly, suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-olds in the U.S., after accidental injuries and homicide. In the ...

Higher Risk of Depression, ADHD among Preemies

February 10th, 2015
A new Canadian study has found that extremely low birth weight babies may have a higher risk of psychiatric problems in adulthood than other infants born at normal birth weights. Low birth weight infants, however, are less likely than others to have alcohol ...