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Strong Attention Skills Can Help Some Teens Avoid Substance Use Problems

October 3rd, 2014
New research suggests teens with strong executive attention skills -- the ability to focus on task and ignore distractions -- are more likely to avoid substance abuse issues after early drug experimentation. University of Oregon researchers say that the positive traits are components of a ...

Full-Court Press Aims to Tame Mean Teen Girls

October 2nd, 2014
Relational aggression by adolescent girls can include gossiping, rumor spreading, exclusion, and rejection. Recent media coverage of this behavior -- sometimes known as “mean girl” bullying -- has shown that this form of aggression can lead to tragic and sometimes fatal outcomes. University of Missouri researchers ...

Weight Training Can Enhance Memory

October 2nd, 2014
A new study suggests resistance exercises can boost brain power. Georgia Tech researchers discovered that an intense workout of as little as 20 minutes can enhance episodic memory -- also known as long-term memory for events -- by about 10 percent in healthy ...

Study Probes Anorexia in Males

September 30th, 2014
New research suggests male anorexia is similar to female anorexia although the male disorder is associated with personality and gender identity issues. Although anorexia is traditionally associated with females, the disorder also occurs among boys and men. University of Montreal researchers embarked on a ...

After-School Exercise Can Aid Attention, Cognition in Preteens

September 30th, 2014
New research suggests an after-school physical activity program of moderate to intense exercise can improve seven, eight, and nine year-olds' attention span and cognitive abilities. For the study, researchers performed a nine-month-long, randomized controlled trial involving 221 prepubescent children. They found that those who ...

Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem for Body Image

September 30th, 2014
Researchers have discovered that self-compassion can protect girls and young women from unhealthy weight-control practices and eating disorders. University of Waterloo investigators discovered women who accept and tolerate their imperfections appear to have a more positive body image despite their body mass index ...

Kids with Autism Inactive, Yet Similar Fitness Levels to Peers

September 29th, 2014
New research discovers that children with autism are more sedentary and inactive than their developing peers. Oregon State University investigators found that children with autism averaged 50 minutes less a day of moderate physical activity and 70 minutes more each day of ...

Retention in Elementary School Can Leave Lasting Scars

September 29th, 2014
A provocative new study suggest the practice of retaining children in primary grades may have unintended consequences. Student retention is when a child is "held back" from graduating to the next grade at the end of the school year. It's often done because ...

Study Points to Neural Basis for Social Deficits in ADHD Kids

September 29th, 2014
New research finds evidence of differences in brain function in kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that may underlie problems recognizing emotion in facial expressions. Children with ADHD frequently exhibit inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These behaviors may explain why they are often excluded from peer activities, according to ...

Teen Sleep Deficits Can Hurt Grades

September 25th, 2014
A new study finds that adolescents with sleep problems and poor sleeping habits have lower academic performance when compared to those who enjoy a good night's sleep. Swedish researchers reviewed more than 20,000 adolescents aged between 12 and 19 from Uppsala County, north ...