Feb

14

2017
Parenting significantly impacts development of children with Fragile X Syndrome

Parenting significantly impacts development of children with Fragile X Syndrome

University of Kansas researchers have found that certain specific parenting practices are significantly associated with the development of communication and language skills in children with Fragile X syndrome. These same parent behaviors are also associated with the growth of socialization and daily living skills of these children. Parenting even mitigated declines often reported in children with FXS beginning in middle childhood. Fragile X Syndrome is…

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Feb

14

2017
Do children inherit drug protection from parents exposed to nicotine or drugs?

Do children inherit drug protection from parents exposed to nicotine or drugs?

A father’s nicotine use may have a significant impact on children’s risk of some diseases. In a study published in the online biomedical sciences journal eLife, Oliver J. Rando, MD, PhD, and colleagues at UMass Medical School, demonstrate that mice born of fathers who are habitually exposed to nicotine inherit enhanced chemical tolerance and drug clearance abilities. These findings offer a powerful framework for exploring…

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Feb

13

2017
Low birth weight babies at higher risk for mental health problems later in life

Low birth weight babies at higher risk for mental health problems later in life

Babies born with extremely low birth weight are not only at risk for physical problems but are also more likely to experience mental health problems later in life, according to an analysis of research conducted over nearly 30 years. “Our findings provide evidence that individuals born at extremely low birth weight are at higher overall risk for psychological difficulties than their normal birth weight peers….

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Feb

13

2017

Is a Teen Depressed, or Just Moody?

February 13, 2017 The Checkup By PERRI KLASS, M.D. The hardest questions pediatricians must routinely ask teenagers at checkups are those about depression and suicide. But they aren’t optional; we have to ask them, every time. From 2005 to 2014, the prevalence of depression — that is, the chance of having a major depressive episode over the course of a year — increased significantly among…

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Feb

13

2017
Depression Strikes Today’s Teen Girls Especially Hard

Depression Strikes Today’s Teen Girls Especially Hard

Enlarge this image Nicole Xu for NPR It’s tough to be a teenager. Hormones kick in, peer pressures escalate and academic expectations loom large. Kids become more aware of their environment in the teen years — down the block and online. The whole mix of changes can increase stress, anxiety and the risk of depression among all teens, research has long shown. But a recent…

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Feb

11

2017
More Women in Their 60s and 70s Are Having ‘Way Too Much Fun’ to Retire

More Women in Their 60s and 70s Are Having ‘Way Too Much Fun’ to Retire

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER February 11, 2017 Kay Abramowitz has been working, with a few breaks, since she was 14. Now 76, she is a partner in a law firm in Portland, Ore. — with no intention of stopping anytime soon. “Retirement or death is always on the horizon, but I have no plans,” she said. “I’m actually having way too much fun.” The arc of women’s working…

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Feb

10

2017
Studies uncover long-term effects of traumatic brain injury

Studies uncover long-term effects of traumatic brain injury

Doctors are beginning to get answers to the question that every parent whose child has had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) wants to know: What will my child be like 10 years from now? In a study to be presented February 10 at the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists in Las Vegas, researchers from Cincinnati Children’s will present research on long-term effects…

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Feb

09

2017
Brain stem volume linked to aggression in autism

Brain stem volume linked to aggression in autism

New research from BYU’s autism experts is providing clues into the link between aggression and autism — clues the team hopes will eventually lead to more effective intervention. In the study, published in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, researchers report an inverse correlation between aggression and brain stem volume in children with autism: the smaller the brain stem, the greater the likelihood of aggression. The…

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Feb

09

2017
A Secret of Many Urban 20-Somethings: Their Parents Help With the Rent

A Secret of Many Urban 20-Somethings: Their Parents Help With the Rent

Parent Trap By QUOCTRUNG BUI February 9, 2017 Almost half of people in their early 20s have a secret, one they don’t usually share even with friends: Their parents help them pay the rent. Moving into adulthood has never been easy, but America’s rapidly changing labor market is making it harder to find economic security at a young age. Skilled work is increasingly concentrated in high-rent metropolitan…

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