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February 7, 2016

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February 7, 2016

Gambling Is Associated With 'Risk-Taking Behavior' in Young Teens, Study Finds

Feb. 4, 2016 — Gambling among young teens may be associated with increased use of alcohol, cigarettes, or marijuana, according to a study that surveyed sixth- to eighth-graders in Italian ... read more

Association Among Childhood ADHD, Sex and Obesity

Feb. 4, 2016 — The incidence of childhood and adult obesity has increased significantly over the past three decades. New research shows that there is an association between obesity development during adulthood and ... read more

Addressing Trauma in Juvenile Offenders Should Be Larger Focus of Rehabilitation, Study Finds

Feb. 3, 2016 — Treating trauma in juvenile offenders can aid social relationships that help them stay out of trouble, according to a new study. Between 65 and 75 percent of juveniles in the criminal justice system ... read more

'How Much Does It Hurt?' For Preschoolers, Cognitive Development Can Limit Ability to Rate Pain

Feb. 3, 2016 — 'Rate your pain on a scale of zero to ten' -- for most adults and older children, it's a simple concept. But preschool-aged children generally lack the cognitive skills needed to make ... read more

Practice Makes Perfect: Switching Between Languages Pays Off

Feb. 3, 2016 — Bilingual children are better than monolinguals at a certain type of mental control, and that those children with more practice switching between languages have even greater ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Abnormalities in embryonic brain development in mice, including transient embryonic brain enlargement during neuron formation, are responsible for abnormal adult brain structures and behavioral ... read more

Helicopter Parents Take Extreme Approach to Homework

Feb. 2, 2016 — A new study has revealed helicopter parents who take over responsibility for their child's homework can be doing more harm than good, especially as children get older. They often put more ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — A study has found there is no difference in the time it takes people from different countries to read and process different ... read more

Blood Pressure Medicine Improves Conversational Skills of Individuals With Autism

Feb. 1, 2016 — An estimated one in 68 children in the United States has autism. The neurodevelopmental disorder, which impairs communication and social interaction skills, can be treated with medications and ... read more

Study Strengthens Evidence Linking Autism to Maternal Obesity-Diabetes

Feb. 1, 2016 — Scientists show they can use electronic medical records and birth information to verify and strengthen an already suspected link between autistic children and pregnant mothers with obesity and ... read more

Future Help for Stroke Patients With Language Problems

Feb. 1, 2016 — A new method of analysis to distinguish between stroke patients with language problem has been developed by a brain researcher. The result may be individualized treatment for each ... read more

Teen Suicide: ADHD Medication as Prevention

Feb. 1, 2016 — Black-box warnings about the dangers of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications are confusing and could have serious consequences for the risk of youth suicide, according to ... read more

Teachers Reported Moderate to Major Concerns Prior to 2015 State Testing

Feb. 1, 2016 — Prior to the first round of K-12 standardized testing under Common Core education standards last year, most teachers had moderate to major concerns about test difficulty and low student performance, ... read more

Proton Beam Therapy Offers Potential to Treat Childhood Brain Cancer With Fewer Severe Side Effects Than Conventional Radiotherapy

Jan. 30, 2016 — Proton beam therapy -- a more precise form of radiotherapy -- to treat the childhood brain cancer medulloblastoma appears to be as safe as conventional radiotherapy with similar survival rates, ... read more

Obesity, Diabetes in Mom Increases Risk of Autism in Child

Jan. 29, 2016 — Children born to obese women with diabetes are more than four times as likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder than children of healthy weight mothers without diabetes, new research ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — Research has revealed subtle brain differences in adult males with autism spectrum disorder, which may go some way towards explaining why symptoms persist into adulthood in some people with the ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Hearing loss, if left untreated, can lead to serious emotional and social consequences, reduced job performance and diminished quality of life. Untreated hearing loss also can interfere with ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Exposure to secondhand smoke is associated with a larger waist and poorer cognition in children, researchers say. Researchers looked at passive smoke exposure in 220 overweight or obese 7-11-year-old ... read more

Brain's 'Amplifier' Compensates for Lost Inner Ear Function

Jan. 28, 2016 — Researchers have described, for the first time, the adult brain's ability to compensate for a near-complete loss of auditory nerve fibers that link the ear to the brain. The findings suggest ... read more

Research Hints at a Nutritional Strategy for Reducing Autism Risk

Jan. 28, 2016 — Folic acid has long been touted as an important supplement for women of childbearing age for its ability to prevent defects in the baby's developing brain and spinal cord. In fact, folic acid is ... read more

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