Feb

01

2017
Early signs of anxiety, depression may be evident in the brains of newborns

Early signs of anxiety, depression may be evident in the brains of newborns

Early predictors of anxiety and depression may be evident in the brain even at birth, suggests a study published in the February 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). Analyzing brain scans of newborns, the researchers found that the strength and pattern of connections between the amygdala and certain brain regions predicted the likelihood of the babies…

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Feb

01

2017
Experts recommend a shift in national priorities to prevent mental disorders among youth

Experts recommend a shift in national priorities to prevent mental disorders among youth

Growing up is hard enough, but when there is ongoing conflict or chaos in the home it can feel almost impossible. As a result of such pressures, thousands of today’s children suffer psychological and psychiatric difficulties ranging from depression to substance abuse. There are a variety of tried and true intervention programs that could help these children thrive in their environment, they just need to…

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Jan

31

2017
Children exposed to complications at birth at risk of autism, study finds

Children exposed to complications at birth at risk of autism, study finds

Children who were exposed to complications shortly before or during birth, including birth asphyxia and preeclampsia, were more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the American Journal of Perinatology. For this retrospective study, researchers examined the electronic health records of 594,638 children born in Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California between 1991 and 2009. During this time,…

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Jan

30

2017
Lung Cancer Screening Program Finds A Lot That’s Not Cancer

Lung Cancer Screening Program Finds A Lot That’s Not Cancer

Enlarge this image A color-enhanced spiral CT image of the chest shows a large cancerous mass (in yellow) in the left upper lobe. Medical Body Scans/Science Source hide caption toggle caption Medical Body Scans/Science Source Screening for lung cancer using low-dose CT scans can save lives, but at a cost: Tests frequently produce anxiety-producing false alarms and prompt unnecessary procedures. A study from the Veterans…

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Jan

30

2017

Being the Voice in Your Child’s Head

January 30, 2017 The Checkup By PERRI KLASS, M.D. When my son first negotiated for the right to take the New York subway to school alone, I thought I was agreeing that he could take a very particular train from one specific stop to another specific stop at certain times of day (and after all, if he didn’t arrive, I thought, the school would know…

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Jan

29

2017
Pets are a child’s best friend, not their siblings

Pets are a child’s best friend, not their siblings

Children get more satisfaction from relationships with their pets than with their brothers or sisters, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. Children also appear to get on even better with their animal companions than with siblings. The research adds to increasing evidence that household pets may have a major influence on child development, and could have a positive impact on children’s social…

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Jan

27

2017

Hugs and Hard Labor on an Indiana Farm

January 27, 2017 By LAIRD HUNT My grandmother, F. Helen Hunt, was tough. I learned this when I was 13, the year I moved alone from London to Clinton County, Ind., to live with her on her 80-acre farm. I sailed in amid the wreckage of my parents’ marriage. Maybe I should say as part of the wreckage. Upon my arrival, my grandmother took one…

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