Oct

19

2017

When Your Teenager Asks, ‘Did You Smoke Weed?’

October 19, 2017 Adolescence By LISA DAMOUR Adolescents sometimes raise important topics by putting adults on the spot. When asked if they have ever used marijuana, many parents feel surprised, defensive or wary. But with new research confirming that parents who provide direct information, guidance or advice about substances like marijuana have adolescents who are less likely to experiment with drugs, we might also feel…

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Oct

17

2017
HIV infection, even with antiretroviral therapy, appears to damage a growing child’s brain

HIV infection, even with antiretroviral therapy, appears to damage a growing child’s brain

One of the largest and best-documented trials of children receiving early antiretroviral therapy — the CHER clinical trial in South Africa — finds ongoing white matter damage in HIV-positive children at the age of 7 years. The study aims to contribute to a better understanding of brain development in HIV-infected and exposed children, as well as the impact of long-term antiretroviral treatment.


Oct

17

2017

Can Fathers Have Postpartum Depression?

By DOUGLAS QUENQUA October 17, 2017 In the days after his son was born, Rob Sandler found the thrill of becoming a new father replaced with dark feelings of dread and hopelessness. Those feelings, coupled with sleep deprivation and stress, culminated in a panic attack during his son’s bris. As a group of old friends was saying goodbye after the ceremony, “I had this feeling that they…

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Oct

17

2017
Fear Of Toxic Smog Leads India To Limit Diwali Fireworks

Fear Of Toxic Smog Leads India To Limit Diwali Fireworks

Enlarge this image Firecrackers are set off on the eve of last year’s Diwali festival. AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption AFP via Getty Images India is set to celebrate Diwali this week. But the holiday has morphed from a festival of lights, illuminated with clay lamps, to a festival of sound and fury. It’s estimated some 50,000 tons of fireworks are exploded…

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Oct

16

2017
Educators Employ Strategies To Help Kids With Anxiety Return To School

Educators Employ Strategies To Help Kids With Anxiety Return To School

Enlarge this image Anxiety-based school refusal affects 2 to 5 percent of school-age children. Some schools are employing new strategies to help these students overcome their symptoms. Anna_Isaeva/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption Anna_Isaeva/Getty Images/iStockphoto Your child doesn’t want to go to school. It’s a daily struggle that many parents are familiar with. But what if your child refuses to go to school? Mental health…

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Oct

16

2017
Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life ‘In An Underslept State’

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life ‘In An Underslept State’

Enlarge this image Some people claim a late cup of coffee won’t keep them up and that alcohol helps them sleep. But research shows both drugs mess with sleep’s depth and restorative quality, says scientist and Why We Sleep author Matthew Walker. MCKIBILLO/Getty Images/Imagezoo hide caption toggle caption MCKIBILLO/Getty Images/Imagezoo The National Sleep Foundation recommends an average of eight hours of sleep per night for…

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Oct

16

2017
Studies Skewed By Focus On Well-Off, Educated Brains

Studies Skewed By Focus On Well-Off, Educated Brains

Enlarge this image Roy Scott/Ikon Images/Getty Images Brain imaging studies have a diversity problem. That’s what researchers concluded after they re-analyzed data from a large study that used MRI to measure brain development in children from 3 to 18. Like most brain imaging studies of children, this one included a disproportionate number of kids who have highly educated parents with relatively high household incomes, the…

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Oct

16

2017

Literacy Builds Life Skills as Well as Language Skills

October 16, 2017 The Checkup By PERRI KLASS, M.D. Schoolchildren who read and write at home with their parents may build not only their academic literacy skills, but also other important life and learning skills, a recent study found. The project, a study by researchers at the University of Washington, followed children for five years, either grades one through five or three through seven. It…

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Oct

14

2017

Why Are Millennials Wary of Freedom?

October 14, 2017 Gray Matter By CLAY ROUTLEDGE Young Americans seem to be losing faith in freedom. Why? According to the World Values Survey, only about 30 percent of Americans born after 1980 believe it is absolutely essential to live in a democratic country, compared with 72 percent of Americans born before World War II. In 1995, 16 percent of Americans in their late teens…

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Oct

14

2017
A School For Kids With Autism Copes With Fire’s Physical And Emotional Damage

A School For Kids With Autism Copes With Fire’s Physical And Emotional Damage

Enlarge this image Andrew Bailey, CEO of Anova school, holds a cellphone with a photo of the facility, which was destroyed by the Tubbs Fire this week in Santa Rosa, Calif. Devin Katayama/KQED hide caption toggle caption Devin Katayama/KQED Among the many buildings destroyed in Northern California wildfires this week, was a nonprofit private school that serves 125 students with who have autism. Anova school…

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