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Girls Who Are Impulsive, Poor Planners May Be Prone to Weight Gain

Posted: 09/30/15 19:43

Girls who are impulsive and have difficulties planning at age 10 may tend to gain more weight as they enter puberty, and binge eating may be a common path to that result, new research suggests. Girls at age 10 with poorer "executive function" -- characterized in part by problems with self-regulating or planning ahead -- were significantly more likely to have episodes of binge eating by 12 and gain excess weight by 16, the study...

Breast-Feeding Tied to Better Emotion Perception in Some Infants

Posted: 09/23/15 20:17

Researchers found that among 44 babies with a particular autism "risk" gene, those who were breast-fed longer spent more time looking at images of "happy" eyes and shied away from "angry" eyes. The findings, published online Sept. 14 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that breast-feeding might enhance social development in certain at-risk infants. However, the...

Sleep Apnea May Hurt Kids' Grades

Posted: 09/16/15 17:39

When children have sleep troubles due to breathing problems -- such as sleep apnea -- they may struggle in school, new research suggests. "Sleep apnea may not be directly causing academic problems," said study lead author Barbara Galland, a research associate professor at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. "Instead, sleep apnea may interfere with getting a good night's sleep, which may, in turn, contribute to children having...

One-Third of U.S. Kids With ADHD Diagnosed Before Age 6: Report

Posted: 09/09/15 21:18

Almost a third of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were diagnosed before the age of 6, even though there aren't many valid tests to support diagnosis in children that young, a new federal government report shows. It's difficult to determine whether the results show over diagnosis of ADHD or not, said Joel Nigg, director of the division of psychology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. "Although...

Study: Dads' Involvement Key For Families Affected By ASD

Posted: 09/02/15 21:52

Many women struggle to deal with stress associated with having a child with autism, but new research suggests that fathers can play a big role in boosting moms' mental health. The extent that dads take a hands-on role in caregiving when children are young is directly tied to the level of depressive symptoms mothers experienced later, according to a <a...

Vocabulary at 2 May Help Predict Kindergarten Success

Posted: 08/26/15 19:24

Children with a larger speaking vocabulary at age 2 are better prepared for kindergarten, a new study shows. And prior research has shown that kids who function better in kindergarten have greater social and educational opportunities as they grow up, according to background notes in the study. The analysis of data from more than 8,600 children in the United States showed that 2-year-olds with larger speaking vocabularies did better academically and had...

Missing Piece Surfaces in the Puzzle of Autism

Posted: 08/19/15 18:17

A new gene that plays a crucial role during early development in humans and whose under-expression may induce certain autistic traits has been uncovered by scientists. Understanding the mechanisms that underlie autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which affect 7.6 million people is a major challenge. Characterized by heterogeneous symptoms and a multifactorial origin, this complex condition evolves during brain development. The scientists thus chose to study adult olfactory stem cells as...

Head Injury Tied to Long-Term Attention Issues in Kids

Posted: 08/12/15 20:09

Children who suffer even mild brain injuries may experience momentary lapses in attention long after their accident, new research finds. The study of 6- to 13-year-olds found these attention lapses led to lower behavior and intelligence ratings by their parents and teachers. "Parents, teachers and doctors should be aware that attention impairment after traumatic brain injury can manifest as very short lapses in focus, causing children to be...

Could Antibiotics Raise a Child's Risk for Juvenile Arthritis?

Posted: 07/29/15 18:49

Here's yet another reason not to overuse antibiotics: Children treated with the antibacterial drugs may face a greater risk for developing juvenile arthritis, new research suggests. The study found that children and teens prescribed antibiotics had about twice the risk of developing juvenile arthritis compared to children the same age who were not prescribed the drugs. "This risk was greatest within a year of receiving antibiotics and increased...

Early Intervention Shows Promise in Treating Schizophrenia

Posted: 07/22/15 19:50

Interventions that include resiliency training, education and job support may boost the mental health of patients in the early stages of schizophrenia, new research reveals. The finding, reported in the July issue of Psychiatric Services, followed an assessment of several specialty care programs, including some funded through a U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) initiative known as RAISE (Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia...

Best Friends May Help Poor Kids Succeed

Posted: 07/13/15 19:51

 Children who grow up in poor neighborhoods face more obstacles in life, but new research suggests that having a best friend can help these kids succeed. "Research into promoting resilience in young people has concentrated on support from the family, but friendships are important, too," study leader Rebecca Graber, a psychologist at the University of Sussex in England, said in a news release from the British Psychological...

Parents, Stop Hovering: 'Risky' Play May Have Benefits for Kids

Posted: 07/06/15 19:32

Children may benefit, physically and socially, from being allowed to play with less monitoring from mom and dad, a new research review finds. There was a time when parents sent their kids outside to play, with the instruction to '"just be home by dinner." Times have changed, however, and worries over children's safety -- whether it's being injured, or harmed by a stranger -- have led to kids having more structured activities, and less "free...

Stronger Working Memory, Reduced Sexual Risk-Taking in Adolescents

Posted: 07/01/15 19:44

Teenagers vary substantially in their ability to control impulses and regulate their behavior. Adolescents who have difficulty with impulse control may be more prone to risky sexual behavior, with serious consequences such as sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancies. A new study has found that individual differences in working memory can predict both early sexual activity and unprotected sexual involvement during adolescence. Working memory -- the system...

Which Artificial Pancreas System is the Best for Children with Type 1 Diabetes?

Posted: 06/22/15 19:53

A Montréal research team, co-supervised by Dr. Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret from the IRCM and Dr. Laurent Legault from the Montreal Children's Hospital, undertook the first paediatric outpatient study to compare three alternative treatments for type 1 diabetes. The results, published this week in the scientific journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, shows the dual-hormone artificial pancreas provides the most benefits by reducing the time spent in nocturnal...

Survey Finds Most With Special Needs 'Striving To Work'

Posted: 06/17/15 19:23

A new, national survey finds that the majority of people with disabilities want to be employed, but they often encounter barriers to work. Overall, nearly 43 percent of individuals surveyed said they were currently working. Another 25 percent said they'd been previously employed and a handful of people said they hadn't worked but were looking for a job. Collectively, those behind the research said the figures show that nearly 69...

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