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October 4, 2015

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October 4, 2015

Relationship Quality Affects Siblings' Mental Health, Risky Behaviors

Sep. 30, 2015 — The Latino culture, more than others, places a high value on the family unit; yet, little research has examined the dynamics of Latino family relationships and how those dynamics affect children’s ... read more

Math and Me: Children Who Identify With Math Get Higher Scores

Sep. 30, 2015 — How strongly children identify with math (their math 'self-concept') can be used to predict how high they will score on a standardized test of math achievement, according to a new ... read more

Kids Allowed to Be Kids Make Better Parents

Sep. 29, 2015 — Mothers who took on burdensome caregiving roles as children -- and weren't allowed to just 'be kids' -- tend to be less sensitive to their own children's needs, finds new ... read more

The Citizen and the Embryo: Birth Weight Affects Social Trust, Danish Study Shows

Sep. 28, 2015 — Low birth weight is statistically correlated with low levels of social trust, a new study suggests. The findings deepen our understanding of what keeps society ... read more

Children With ADHD and Their Mothers May Live Less Than Average Population

Sep. 28, 2015 — Brazilian scientists found that ADHD children and their mothers are more likely to have shorter telomeres, a hallmark of cellular aging, which is associated with increased risk for chronic diseases ... read more

Breaking the Anxiety Cycle

Sep. 25, 2015 — Children of anxious parents are at increased risk for developing the disorder. Yet that does not need to be the case, according to new research. Researchers tested a one-year therapy intervention in ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Over half of all pregnant women world-wide are at risk for malaria, but little is known about possible consequences for the neurodevelopment of children exposed to malaria in pregnancy. A new study ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Games used for exercising can improve physical and mental fitness in children with autism spectrum disorders, a new study concludes. As a way to combat a lack of physical activity, researchers ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Adolescence, like infancy, has been said to include distinct sensitive periods during which brain plasticity is heightened; but in a review of the neuroscience literature saw little evidence for this ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — A new analysis of data on the genetics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been released by experts. One commonly held theory is that autism results from chance combinations of commonly occurring ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — Children are not as gullible as we might think -- and that's especially true for those who have a good understanding of what's going on inside someone else's head, new research ... read more

Researchers Find Biomarker for Autism That May Aid Diagnostics

Sep. 22, 2015 — By identifying a key signaling defect within a specific membrane structure in all cells, researchers believe they have found both a possible reliable biomarker for diagnosing certain forms of autism ... read more

National School-Based Mental Health Intervention Improves Outcomes for at-Risk Students

Sep. 22, 2015 — A national school-based mental health program that is now reaching almost one quarter of all elementary school students in Chile appears to have produced significant improvements in both behavioral ... read more

Sep. 21, 2015 — For adults, memories tend to fade with time. But a new study has shown that there are circumstances under which the opposite is true for small children: they can remember a piece of information ... read more

Unemployment Takes Its Toll on Young People's Mental Health

Sep. 21, 2015 — Young people who are not in education, employment or training are committed to working but vulnerable to experiencing mental health problems, according to a new ... read more

Benefits of Word Repetition to Infants

Sep. 21, 2015 —  New research suggests that young infants benefit from hearing words repeated by their parents. With this knowledge, parents may make conscious communication choices that could pay off in their ... read more

Is It Cyberbullying? Parents' Views Differ on How Schools Should Respond

Sep. 21, 2015 — One in five parents say students who post online rumors about sex should be referred to police, a new study shows. The research highlights the differing parental views on how schools should respond ... read more

Hydrocortisone Effects on Neurodevelopment for Extremely Low Birthweight Infants

Sep. 18, 2015 — First placebo-controlled study on stress dose hydrocortisone and neurodevelopment shows that higher doses of hydrocortisone are not associated with brain injury or neurodevelopmental impairments, but ... read more

Maternal Chronic Stress Linked to More Dental Cavities in Children

Sep. 18, 2015 — Chronic maternal stress, when measured by biological markers, has been found for the first time to be associated with a higher prevalence of cavities among children, according to a study. Chronic ... read more

If Mom or Dad Is a Smoker, Their Teenager Is More Likely to Be a Smoker Too

Sep. 18, 2015 — The more a parent smokes, the more their teenage son or daughter will also smoke. Teenagers are much more likely to smoke and be dependent on nicotine if a parent is dependent on nicotine, especially ... read more

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