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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

Incarceration of a Parent During Childhood May Later Add to Men's Heart Attack Risk

Feb. 4, 2016 — Men who as children experienced a family member’s incarceration are approximately twice as likely to have a heart attack in later adulthood in comparison with men who were not exposed to such a ... 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

Early Poverty Disrupts Link Between Hunger and Eating

Feb. 4, 2016 — How much you eat when you're not really hungry may depend on how well off your family was when you were a child, according to new ... 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

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

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. 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

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