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February 6, 2016

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February 6, 2016

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

What's the Impact of New Marijuana Laws? The Data So Far

Feb. 3, 2016 — How has new legislation affected marijuana use in the United States? The best available data suggest that marijuana use is increasing in adults but not teens, with a decrease in marijuana-related ... 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. 2, 2016 — Many K-12 school efforts to reduce bullying have proven not very effective, leading educators to wonder what bullying prevention approach works best. A new study finds one anti-bullying program works ... read more

Phone Counseling Found Insufficient to Help Teen Smokers Stay Quit Into Young Adulthood

Feb. 1, 2016 — In a 14-year study involving more than 2,000 teen smokers in 50 Washington state high schools, a team of cancer prevention researchers has found that one year of telephone counseling using ... read more

Once a Risk-Taker, Always a Risk-Taker, Study Suggests

Feb. 1, 2016 — People who are risk-takers in their youth also tend to take relatively more risks than their peers as they age, according to an analysis of more than 44,000 German ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Caring for others dips during adolescence. But when young people feel supported from their social circles, their concern for others rebound, a new study ... read more

Most Vaccine-Related Posts on Pinterest Are Anti-Vaccine, Reveals Research

Feb. 1, 2016 — 75 percent of the vaccine-related posts on Pinterest are negative towards vaccination, according to new ... read more

Imagining Positive Outcomes May Bring Pleasure Now but Pain Later

Feb. 1, 2016 — Positive fantasies about how future events will turn out can boost your mood in the here and now, but they may actually lead to increased depressive symptoms in the long run, according to new ... read more

Abnormal Gene Is a Triple Threat in Driving Pediatric Brain Tumors

Feb. 1, 2016 — An abnormal fused gene that drives pediatric brain tumors poses a triple threat, operating simultaneously through three distinct biological mechanisms -- the first such example in cancer biology. ... read more

Follow-Up Care Low Among Adolescents With New Depression Symptoms

Feb. 1, 2016 — While most adolescents with newly identified depression symptoms received some treatment within three months, some of them did not receive any follow-up care and 40 percent of adolescents prescribed ... read more

Rate of Abuse in Organizations Serving Youth

Feb. 1, 2016 — The rate of abuse among children and adolescents by individuals in organizations that serve youth, including schools and recreational groups, was small compared with rates of abuse by family members ... 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

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

Team-Based Treatment for First Episode Psychosis Found to Be High Value

Feb. 1, 2016 — Coordinated specialty care for first episode psychosis is a cost-effective treatment compared to typical community care, say experts. While the team-based coordinated specialty care (CSC) approach ... 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

Lasting Impressions: Psychologists Discover What Influences Our Food Choices

Jan. 29, 2016 — With Americans tipping the scales more than ever, social and personality psychologists are at the forefront of understanding the psychological motivations for healthy food choices and consumption ... read more

Recent Studies Show Value of Technology, in-Person Communications

Jan. 29, 2016 — Across four different research groups in the United States and Canada, findings from personality and social psychologists suggest that text messaging and social media can have emotional and ... 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

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