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29 Apr
Breathing Dirty Air Could Raise a Child's Risk for Adult Mental Illness

Breathing Dirty Air Could Raise a Child's Risk for Adult Mental Illness

Kids exposed to air pollution may be at risk for mental illness in early adulthood, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that young adults in Britain who were exposed to higher levels of traffic-related air pollutants during their childhood and teen years were prone t...

05 Apr
Is Empathy Born in Mom's First Hugs?

Is Empathy Born in Mom's First Hugs?

Show your baby your love, and you'll get a kinder, gentler adult child as your reward, a new study suggests.

More than 20 years ago, researchers in Israel began studying the impact on newborns of time spent in physical contact with their mothers.

The investigators...

01 Apr
Boys Who Spend Lots of Time Online More Likely to Cyberbully

Boys Who Spend Lots of Time Online More Likely to Cyberbully

Here's yet another reason to keep your teenager from spending countless hours online and on popular social media: New research suggests it increases cyberbullying, particularly among teen boys.

"There are some people who engage in cyberbullying online because of the an...

29 Mar
Why Are Half of U.S. Kids With Mental Health Issues Not Getting Treatment?

Why Are Half of U.S. Kids With Mental Health Issues Not Getting Treatment?

Over half of high-risk children in the United States are not receiving behavioral health services critical to their mental, emotional and physical well-being, new research warns.

"It's a pretty simple and kind of widely agreed upon finding that there are a lot of at-risk...

25 Mar
Whatever the Language, Babies LOVE Baby Talk

Whatever the Language, Babies LOVE Baby Talk

There's a reason you may choose to talk in singsong tones and with exaggerated sounds when you're talking to babies -- they're more likely to listen.

New research shows that babies pay more attention to baby talk than to regular speech. The finding held in many language...

22 Mar
Pandemic Has Many Kids Struggling With Weight Issues

Pandemic Has Many Kids Struggling With Weight Issues

Kids and teens are already struggling to learn outside the classroom during the pandemic, but lockdowns and quarantines are also making it hard for them to control their weight, child health experts say.

Lost routines, economic insecurity and grief are making things more...

19 Mar
Virtual Learning Has Taken a Toll on Kids' & Parents' Mental Health

Virtual Learning Has Taken a Toll on Kids' & Parents' Mental Health

A new government report confirms what many moms and dads already know: Parents and kids are struggling mightily to cope with the stresses of distance learning.

A survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of parents of children aged 5 to 12 f...

04 Mar
Is Your Teen Unmotivated at School? That Might Change

Is Your Teen Unmotivated at School? That Might Change

If your teen seems disinterested in school, new research suggests there's a good chance that things will get better over time.

"Our results point to a more hopeful picture for students who start out with lower levels of motivation," said study senior author Kui Xie, a pr...

03 Mar
Social Media, Binge Eating Often Go Together for Kids

Social Media, Binge Eating Often Go Together for Kids

Could endless hours spent scrolling through social media and watching TV trigger binge eating in preteens?

Apparently so, new research suggests.

"Children may be more prone to overeating while distracted in front of screens. They may also be exposed to more food ad...

02 Mar
Could ADHD Raise Odds for More Serious Psychiatric Ills?

Could ADHD Raise Odds for More Serious Psychiatric Ills?

As if attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) isn't already tough on a child, new research suggests the condition might also raise the odds for a psychotic disorder later in life.

But parents should not panic.

"I would say that this finding should not

02 Mar
Stressed and Distracted, Kids and Their Teachers Say Virtual Learning Isn't Working

Stressed and Distracted, Kids and Their Teachers Say Virtual Learning Isn't Working

For Morgan Compton, 7, who has attended school remotely for nearly a year, the stress of the pandemic manifests itself in meltdowns.

On one particular day, Morgan "threw a fit and decided to go upstairs," said her mother, Tracy Compton. Hearing the sound of his daug...

02 Mar
Strep Throat Doesn't Worsen Tourette But May Affect ADHD: Study

Strep Throat Doesn't Worsen Tourette But May Affect ADHD: Study

Strep throat doesn't appear to aggravate Tourette syndrome and other chronic tic disorders in youngsters, according to a new study.

But it did find an association between strep infection and increased hyperactivity and impulsiveness among kids with ADHD.

People wit...

18 Feb
Mental Illness in Childhood Could Mean Worse Physical Health Decades Later

Mental Illness in Childhood Could Mean Worse Physical Health Decades Later

As if suffering from a mental illness as a child isn't tough enough, new research suggests it could predict higher odds for physical ills in later life.

There was one silver lining to the findings, however.

Knowing that childhood mental illness is a factor, "you ca...

12 Feb
U.S. Schools Can Reopen, With Safeguards in Place: CDC

U.S. Schools Can Reopen, With Safeguards in Place: CDC

It may be safe for many of America's kids to head back to classrooms, experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday.

According to the agency's new operational guidance, schools can safely reopen if they employ five key "layered mitiga...

04 Feb
When Kids Misbehave, 'Verbal Reasoning' Can Sometimes Backfire

When Kids Misbehave, 'Verbal Reasoning' Can Sometimes Backfire

Most parents know that child behavior experts recommend against spanking, but new research suggests that so-called "positive" discipline methods don't always work either.

For example, the common tactic of "verbal reasoning" with an unruly child "was associated with a mix...

19 Jan
How Divorce Harms Kids, and How to Lessen That Harm

How Divorce Harms Kids, and How to Lessen That Harm

Kids who see their parents bicker during a separation or divorce are more likely to develop a fear of abandonment, new research warns.

And even if a youngster feels close to one or both parents, that fear can still undermine his or her mental health down the road.

...

08 Jan
Coping With Anxiety, Fear During a Rocky Presidential Transition

Coping With Anxiety, Fear During a Rocky Presidential Transition

The nation is in a state of shock and outrage over Wednesday's riotous siege on the U.S. Capitol Building by supporters of President Donald Trump, and there could be still worse to come before the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

So, taking care of your...

05 Jan
Kids With Congenital Heart Disease Face Higher Odds of Mental Health Issues

Kids With Congenital Heart Disease Face Higher Odds of Mental Health Issues

Kids born with heart defects may be more likely to develop anxiety, depression and/or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), regardless of the severity of their heart condition.

Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the United Sta...

28 Oct
AHA News: Can Video Games Help You Level Up Your Health?

AHA News: Can Video Games Help You Level Up Your Health?

You might assume that portraying video games as bad for your health would be as easy as shooting ducks on an old Nintendo.

Even a professional gamer like Noah "Nifty" Francis, 22, admits players aren't known for having great habits. Francis, who plays Counter-Strike: Glo...

24 Sep
Parent's Skin-to-Skin Hug Does Ease a Baby's Pain, Brain Study Suggests

Parent's Skin-to-Skin Hug Does Ease a Baby's Pain, Brain Study Suggests

Infants may feel less pain when held by a parent with skin-to-skin contact, a new U.K. study suggests.

"We have found when a baby is held by their parent with skin-on-skin contact, the higher-level brain processing in response to pain is somewhat dampened. The baby's...

23 Sep
Mom-to-Be's Pot Use Linked With Higher Odds for Kids' Mental Woes

Mom-to-Be's Pot Use Linked With Higher Odds for Kids' Mental Woes

Expectant mothers who smoke pot in pregnancy could increase their baby's risk for mental or emotional problems later in childhood, a new study finds.

Marijuana use during pregnancy was associated with a host of problems in the preteen years, researchers report.

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31 Aug
Time Spent in Nature Boosts Kids' Well-Being

Time Spent in Nature Boosts Kids' Well-Being

Whether camping, hiking or gardening, connecting with nature has many benefits for children's well-being, a new study suggests.

"There is strong evidence that children are happier, healthier, function better, know more about the environment, and are more likely to t...

24 Jun
Cyberbullies and Their Victims Can Both Develop PTSD

Cyberbullies and Their Victims Can Both Develop PTSD

Both cyberbullies and their victims can suffer from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new British study finds.

Cyberbullying is bullying online rather than in person. It's so pervasive that pediatricians should routinel...

28 May
Pandemic Can Overwhelm Those With Autism

Pandemic Can Overwhelm Those With Autism

The coronavirus pandemic can be especially difficult for children and adults with autism and their families, experts say.

Self-isolation and disruption of routine are tough for anyone, but may emotionally upend someone with an autism spectrum disorder, said Dr. Adrie...

27 May
Uncles, Aunts May Influence a Child's Odds for Autism

Uncles, Aunts May Influence a Child's Odds for Autism

A child with an uncle or aunt with autism appears to have a more than doubled risk of being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder themselves, a new U.S. government-funded study reports.

Roughly 3% to 5% of children with an aunt or uncle with autism can a...

12 May
Pandemic Lockdown Increases Child Abuse Risk

Pandemic Lockdown Increases Child Abuse Risk

Hunkering down during the coronavirus pandemic has stressed families and raised the risk for child abuse, Penn State researchers report.

"We're very worried about children becoming more seriously injured over longer periods of time before they can get treatment," sa...

11 May
Kids' ER Visits for Mental Health Problems Soared Over 10 Years

Kids' ER Visits for Mental Health Problems Soared Over 10 Years

Children treated in America's emergency rooms for mental health disorders jumped 60% over a recent decade, a new study finds.

Between 2007 and 2016, visits for self-harm like suicidal thoughts and cutting soared 329% and treatment for drug abuse rose 159%...

01 May
Best Ways to Help Kids Through the Pandemic

Best Ways to Help Kids Through the Pandemic

They're not at school. They miss their friends. And Mom and Dad look worried. Lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic can take a toll on everyone, especially kids.

Most children are aware of what's going on at some level, said Dr. David Schonfeld, director of the N...

08 Apr
Hugs More Calming for Baby When Given by Mom or Dad

Hugs More Calming for Baby When Given by Mom or Dad

All hugs are not created equal -- and babies as young as 4 months are proof.

Heart rates in infants less than a year old slowed more during a hug than a hold. And the hug had a greater effect when it came from Mom or Dad rather than from a stranger, according to a st...

19 Feb
Common Plastics Chemicals Linked to Autism Traits in Young Boys

Common Plastics Chemicals Linked to Autism Traits in Young Boys

Young boys whose mothers were exposed to chemicals known as phthalates while pregnant may face an increased risk for developing behaviors associated with autism, a new study warns.

Phthalates are chemicals found in many household products, including cosmetics and pla...

07 Feb
'Tired, Stressed and Bored': Study Finds Most Teens Hate High School

'Tired, Stressed and Bored': Study Finds Most Teens Hate High School

It's supposed to be the best time in your life, but a new study finds that U.S. high school students have mostly negative feelings throughout their schoolday.

Surveying nearly 22,000 students nationwide, researchers found about 75% expressed boredom, anger, sadne...

29 Jan
When it Comes to Classroom Performance, Praising Kids Works Best

When it Comes to Classroom Performance, Praising Kids Works Best

Students have better focus in class if teachers praise them for being good rather than scolding them for being bad, according to a new study.

Researchers spent three years observing more than 2,500 students in 19 elementary schools across Missouri, Tennessee and Utah...

28 Jan
Girls With Autism Diagnosed Later Than Boys

Girls With Autism Diagnosed Later Than Boys

Girls tend to be diagnosed with autism at an older age than boys, perhaps delaying essential treatment, a new study concludes.

That delay in diagnosis is a clinically important finding, said study author Eric Morrow, an associate professor of molecular biology, neuro...

04 Nov
Many U.S. Parents Can't Find a Psychiatrist to Help Their Child

Many U.S. Parents Can't Find a Psychiatrist to Help Their Child

Despite a growing need for mental health care for children and teens -- including a rise in youth suicide -- many areas of the United States lack any child psychiatrists, new research reports.

The study found that almost three-quarters of American counties don't hav...

12 Sep
U.S. Autism Rates Rising Fastest for Hispanics, Blacks

U.S. Autism Rates Rising Fastest for Hispanics, Blacks

Autism rates among U.S. children are rising fastest among blacks and Hispanics, researchers say.

"We found that rates among blacks and Hispanics are not only catching up to those of whites -- which have historically been higher -- but surpassing them," said study aut...

05 Aug
Explaining, Easing the Horror of Mass Shootings for Your Kids

Explaining, Easing the Horror of Mass Shootings for Your Kids

Over the past weekend, 21 people were killed in a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, while a separate incident in Dayton, Ohio, claimed the lives of nine people. Dozens more were injured.

For adults, horrific and senseless events like these have become a t...

25 Jul
What Happens to the Children When Parents Fight?

What Happens to the Children When Parents Fight?

"Don't fight in front of the kids."

Sounds like familiar advice that's been passed down from generation to generation. But as it turns out, it's not always the fighting, but rather the way you fight that can have a negative -- or a positive -- effect on your childre...

09 Jul
Parent Who Listens Can Help Kids Thrive Despite Trauma

Parent Who Listens Can Help Kids Thrive Despite Trauma

Heartfelt talks between parent and child are essential to help kids overcome tough times and do their best at school, a new study says.

Traumatic events in a kid's life can cause the child to neglect school work and increase the odds that they'll wind up repeating a ...

28 Jun
Meet 'Huggable,' the Robot Bear Who's Helping Hospitalized Kids

Meet 'Huggable,' the Robot Bear Who's Helping Hospitalized Kids

He sings, he plays games -- and Huggable the 'social robot' teddy bear could be good medicine for kids in the hospital.

In a study of 50 children, aged 3 to 10 years, the plush bear boosted spirits, eased anxiety and even lowered perceived pain levels, say Boston Chi...

27 Jun
Will Video Games Make Your Kid Obese? Maybe Not

Will Video Games Make Your Kid Obese? Maybe Not

To the millions of parents who worry about the extra pounds their child might pile on while playing Xbox all day, rest easy.

A new study suggests that video game-loving kids aren't any heavier than those who aren't into the gaming scene.

Childhood obesity a...

19 Jun
Kindergarten Behavior Linked to Life Earnings in Study

Kindergarten Behavior Linked to Life Earnings in Study

Believe it or not, how your kid acts in kindergarten might impact his earning potential years later, a new study suggests.

Canadian researchers found that boys and girls who were identified by their kindergarten teachers as inattentive earned nearly $1,300 less a ye...

11 Jun
Can Playing a Sport Foster Better-Adjusted Kids?

Can Playing a Sport Foster Better-Adjusted Kids?

Getting a young child involved in organized sports may have a mental health payoff down the line, according to a new study.

Kids who had participated in athletic programs between ages 6 and 10 had less emotional distress, anxiety and shyness by age 12. They were also...

17 May
What to Do When Your Child Throws a Fit

What to Do When Your Child Throws a Fit

You know the scenario -- your child has a meltdown, leaving you frustrated, embarrassed and arguing even though your brain says it's a battle you're not likely to win.

Tantrums often start during the "terrible 2's" because little ones can't yet clearly voice their fr...

10 May
More Active Lupus Linked to Childhood Events

More Active Lupus Linked to Childhood Events

Lupus patients who had difficult childhoods have higher disease activity, worse depression and poorer overall health than those with better childhoods, a new study finds.

Bad childhood experiences included abuse, neglect and household challenges.

The study ...

29 Apr
Autism Diagnoses Reliable at 14 Months, Study Finds

Autism Diagnoses Reliable at 14 Months, Study Finds

Although autism is typically diagnosed around age 3 or 4, new research suggests it can be spotted soon after a child's first birthday.

Diagnosing autism spectrum disorders early is "extremely important because the brain is really plastic during early development," s...

17 Apr
More TV, Tablets, More Attention Issues at Age 5

More TV, Tablets, More Attention Issues at Age 5

Five-year-olds who spend more than two hours a day in front of a smartphone or tablet may be at risk of attention problems, a new study suggests.

Excessive "screen time" among children has been the subject of much research -- particularly now that even the youngest k...

08 Apr
Suicidal Behavior Nearly Doubles Among U.S. Kids

Suicidal Behavior Nearly Doubles Among U.S. Kids

Suicide attempts and talk about suicide are rising alarmingly among America's kids, with emergency departments seeing a near doubling of cases over less than a decade, a new study reveals.

Among children aged 5 to 18, suicidal thoughts and attempts led to more than 1...

28 Mar
Kids Can Get 'Stuck' on Traumatic Event, Leading to PTSD

Kids Can Get 'Stuck' on Traumatic Event, Leading to PTSD

The risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among children and teens is higher if they think their response to a traumatic event is abnormal, a new study indicates.

Most kids fully recover after a traumatic event, such as a car accident. But some develop PTSD t...

21 Mar
Abuse in Childhood Tied to Brain Changes and Later Depression

Abuse in Childhood Tied to Brain Changes and Later Depression

Abuse during childhood can cause structural changes in the brain that increase a person's risk of severe and recurrent depression, a new study reveals.

The findings "add further weight to the notion that patients with clinical depression who were mistreated as childr...

19 Mar
Nix That TV in Your 4-Year-Old's Bedroom

Nix That TV in Your 4-Year-Old's Bedroom

Thinking about a TV for your young child? Based on new evidence, you might want to reconsider that.

Preschoolers who had a TV in their bedroom were at increased risk for poor eating habits, overweight/obesity and social/emotional struggles in their teens, Canadian re...

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