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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 ...

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 ...

Energy Drinks Can Hike Hyperactivity, Inattention in Preteens

February 10th, 2015
Preteens who consume heavily sweetened energy drinks are 66 percent more likely to be at risk for hyperactivity and inattention symptoms, according to a new study by the Yale School of Public Health. Experts suggest that children limit their intake of sweetened beverages ...

No Link Found Between Autism and Oxytocin-Induced Labor

February 8th, 2015
Early findings reveal good news in the largest-ever study of whether inducing or augmenting labor increases a child’s risk for developing autism -- researchers have found no increased risk associated with the practice, which involves a dose of synthetic oxytocin (Pitocin). The findings of ...

Modern Families Challenge Stepfathers’ Mental Health

February 6th, 2015
New research suggests the complexity of raising a modern family can increase the risk of depression in mothers and fathers. New parental roles -- be it biological, stepparent, cohabitating, or non-cohabitating -- place new forms of stress on parents. Scholars at Brigham ...

Opinions on Vaccines Strongly Influenced by Online Comments

February 6th, 2015
In a new study, researchers investigated how comments on the Internet tend to affect people’s opinions on whether or not childhood vaccines should be enforced. With some still fearing that vaccines have an impact on autism development, the subject is becoming more ...

New Strategies May Reduce Autism in High-Risk Kids

February 5th, 2015
A new study finds that parents can use a group of simple approaches to help one-year-olds at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). University of North Carolina researchers from the departments of Allied Health Sciences, Psychiatry and Psychology followed 18 families with a ...

Prenatal Attention to Maternal Health May Reduce Childhood Obesity

February 3rd, 2015
A new U.K. study adds to a growing body of evidence that links a child's early environment before and soon after birth to their chance of becoming obese later in life. The study looked at the combined effects of a variety of individual ...

Babies Show Memory Consolidation During Sleep

February 2nd, 2015
Emerging research discovers that while infants sleep they are reprocessing what they have learned. German researchers found that babies of the age from nine to 16 months remember the names of objects better if they had a short nap. And only after sleeping can ...

Should Preschoolers Use an iPad?

February 2nd, 2015
Many very young children use mobile devices these days, and little is known about their effects. In a commentary in the journal Pediatrics, researchers review the many types of interactive media available today and raise important questions regarding their use as educational tools. The ...

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