Children and Teens News

Experts Debate Toddler Access to Digital Devices

October 14th, 2014
Times have changed when it comes to electronic media and the availability and use of digital devices by children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) basic policy statement, published in 1999, discouraged electronic media use by children under two. Given the proliferation of ...

Physical Activity May Not Protect Teens from Depression

October 14th, 2014
Although evidence suggests physical activity can help adults relieve depression and suppress depression relapse, a new study finds that physical activity is not associated with a reduction in adolescent depression. Prior studies have shown that major depressive disorder is the second leading cause ...

Study Finds Chemical in Broccoli Sprouts Eases Autism Symptoms

October 14th, 2014
A small clinical trial provides tantalizing evidence that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts may mitigate behavioral symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, studied 40 teenage boys ...

For Some, Multitasking May Not Hinder Performance

October 13th, 2014
Although scientists and educators recommend focusing on a single task to aid retention and improve task proficiency, new research suggest some teen digital natives may be an exception. Presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition, researchers caution that ...

Moms Make the Decision to Breastfeed Longer

October 13th, 2014
A new study discovers the decision to breastfeed beyond one year of age is the mother’s unilateral decision. In a paper to be presented at the at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference, researchers discovered mothers believe extended breastfeeding will aid ...

Caregiving Kids May Be at Risk

October 12th, 2014
While most preteens and adolescents play sports or video games after school, new research has found that more than 1.3 million kids spend their free time caring for a family member who suffers from a physical or mental illness or substance misuse. These ...

Home Visits Decrease Drug Use, Depression in Pregnant Teens

October 12th, 2014
New research has found that parenting and health education provided in the homes of pregnant American Indian teens reduced the girls' illegal drug use, depression, and behavior problems. Researchers at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said they also found that ...

New Hypothesis Posits Autism as Disorder of Prediction

October 12th, 2014
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) neuroscientists have posed a new hypothesis for autism, suggesting that the disorder may be rooted in an impaired ability to predict events and other people’s actions. The researchers assert that, to an autistic child, the world appears to ...

Maternal IQ Not Tied to Child Attachment

October 11th, 2014
A mother’s intelligence does not have a significant effect on her child’s style of attachment, according to the first study on attachment among children whose mothers have mild intellectual disabilities (ID). The research, conducted by Stockholm and Uppsala universities in Sweden, found that ...

Stress May Underlie Teen Girls’ Risk of Depression

October 10th, 2014
While adolescence often brings a mixed bag of emotional events, new research suggests girls have more interpersonal challenges, increasing their risk for depression. Temple University researchers believe frequent exposure to stressful events causes girls to ruminate, or overly contemplate their emotional affairs, which ...