children and teens

9 Out of 10 Parents Say Teens Spend Too Much Time Video Gaming

9 Out of 10 Parents Say Teens Spend Too Much Time Video Gaming

A new poll finds that nearly 90 percent of parents believe their teen spends too much time gaming. However, the poll also suggests many parents may be mistaken about the...
Air Pollution at Birth Can Change How Brain Develops

Air Pollution at Birth Can Change How Brain Develops

A new study finds a link between significant early childhood exposure to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) and structural changes in the brain at the age of 12. According to researchers...
Maternal Stress May Harm Babies’ Brains

Maternal Stress May Harm Babies’ Brains

New research has found that severe maternal stress, anxiety and depression may be associated with impairment in key fetal brain regions before birth. Researchers from the Children’s National Hospital
Mix of Air Pollution and Stress Tied to Cognitive Problems in Kids

Mix of Air Pollution and Stress Tied to Cognitive Problems in Kids

Children exposed to air pollution in the womb and who subsequently experience heightened levels of stress in early life show greater symptoms of attention and thought problems, according to a...
Siblings of Kids With Intellectual Disabilities Score High in Empathy

Siblings of Kids With Intellectual Disabilities Score High in Empathy

A new study suggests that the sibling relationship between a typically-developing child and a brother or sister with an intellectual disability tends to be more supportive and empathetic than the...
Study: Girls Diagnosed With Autism About 1.5 Years Later Than Boys

Study: Girls Diagnosed With Autism About 1.5 Years Later Than Boys

A new study reveals that girls with autism receive a diagnosis, on average, nearly 1.5 years later than boys. This is likely because parents and clinicians tend to notice language...
How Does Cyberbullying Impact Young Psychiatric Inpatients?

How Does Cyberbullying Impact Young Psychiatric Inpatients?

Cyberbullying can magnify symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in young inpatients at an adolescent psychiatric hospital, according to a new study published in the Journal
Smoking & Drinking in Pregnancy May Multiply SIDS Risk

Smoking & Drinking in Pregnancy May Multiply SIDS Risk

Fetal exposure to both alcohol and tobacco after the first trimester is tied to a 12-fold increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to a new study published...
Autism Families Face Numerous Taxing Challenges

Autism Families Face Numerous Taxing Challenges

A new survey of caregivers of children with autism found that families of children with autism face high physical, mental and emotional burdens. Moreover, some families are sometimes ridiculed and...
Social Support May Buffer Brain Effects of Early Life Adversity

Social Support May Buffer Brain Effects of Early Life Adversity

A new study finds that people with a history of childhood adversity may be more likely to experience brain changes in adolescence that indicate an altered response to threat. However,...
Judo Shows Promise for Kids With Autism

Judo Shows Promise for Kids With Autism

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may benefit socially and physically from participating in judo, a martial art form that uses unarmed combat to train the mind and body, according...
Is It Time to Teach Teens ‘Safe’ Sexting?

Is It Time to Teach Teens ‘Safe’ Sexting?

A new paper suggests that fear-based messages to prevent teen sexting is the wrong approach as the strategy will fail. A better tactic, say researchers from Florida Atlantic University and...
Study: 1 in 4 Kids With Autism May Be Undiagnosed

Study: 1 in 4 Kids With Autism May Be Undiagnosed

A new study suggests that one in four children under age 8 with autism spectrum disorder, most of them black or Hispanic, are undiagnosed. For the study, researchers from Rutgers...
Healthy Cooking Shows for Kids Can Promote Better Eating Habits

Healthy Cooking Shows for Kids Can Promote Better Eating Habits

A new study finds that children who watched a kid-oriented cooking show featuring healthy food were 2.7 times more likely to make healthy food choices than kids who watched a...

Emotional Engagement May Be Key to Student Success

A new study of Russian elementary school students finds that emotional engagement may be the key to academic success. It is well-established that student engagement affects children’s performance and

Communicating with Dad After Divorce Is Important for Teen Health

New research confirms the importance of sustaining a strong relationship between teenagers and both parents after a divorce. Maintaining a close association with the father is especially important;
Survey Finds High Rate of Unlocked Guns in Homes

Survey Finds High Rate of Unlocked Guns in Homes

A new survey of 3,000 gun owners finds that 40% reported having at least one firearm in their home that was not locked up. In addition, 39% indicated they kept...
Prenatal Exposure to Flame Retardants May Affect Brain’s Reading Network in Kids

Prenatal Exposure to Flame Retardants May Affect Brain’s Reading Network in Kids

Prenatal exposure to flame retardants may increase the risk of reading problems in young children, according to a new study at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in...
Calorie Intake May Affect Weight Gain More Than Physical Activity

Calorie Intake May Affect Weight Gain More Than Physical Activity

Research among forager-horticulturalist children in the Amazon rainforest suggest children in Amazonia do not spend more calories in their everyday lives than children in the United States, but they
A Simple Solution for Sleep-Deprived Teens

A Simple Solution for Sleep-Deprived Teens

It’s common knowledge that teenagers in the U.S. don’t get enough sleep. Experts point to various reasons for the chronic teenage sleep deficit: Growing homework loads, too many extracurricular