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Infants at High Risk for Autism Less Attuned to Speech Patterns

Infants at high risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are less attuned to differences in speech patterns compared to low-risk infants, according to a new study from Columbia University in...

Did Leonardo da Vinci Have ADHD?

In a paper published in the journal Brain, King’s College London researcher Professor Marco Catani suggests that the iconic artist Leonardo da Vinci may have had attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According...

Reading With Toddlers Can Benefit Kids and Parents Both

People who regularly read with their toddlers are less likely to engage in harsh parenting, while their children are less likely to be hyperactive or disruptive, according to a new...

Kids’ Risk of Attempting Suicide Doubles If Parent Uses Opioids

New research shows a connection between two epidemics in the U.S.: The rising suicide rate among young people and the increase in opioid abuse in adults. Researchers from the University...

European Study: Socioeconomic Status Strongly Tied to BMI in Kids

A new European study finds a strong link between a family’s socioeconomic status and children’s body mass index (BMI). The findings, published in the journal Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, show...

New Psychotherapy Approach Helps Abused Kids

A new developmentally adapted cognitive processing therapy specializing on the situations and needs of teens and young adults between the ages of 14 and 21 promises to improve care for...

Study: Esketamine Nasal Spray Safe and Effective for Depression

Emerging research supports the use of Esketamine nasal spray in treating depression among people who have not responded to previous treatment. Esketamine is revolutionary as it provides fast-acting treatment for...

Broccoli Sprout Compound May Help Restore Brain Chemistry Imbalance in Schizophrenia

In a series of recently published studies in humans and animals, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have identified certain glutamate-related chemical imbalances in the brains of schizophrenia patients —...

Use Exercise to Improve Teen Sleep

Getting good sleep is especially important during adolescence as teens are developing cognitive skills, learning to mitigate stress and formulating lifelong health behavioral habits. While previous research suggests that adolescents...

‘Augmented Reality’ Experiences Can Influence Later Behavior

As major technology firms ramp up production of augmented reality products, a new study from Stanford researchers assessed how the virtual experiences will affect people’s behavior – in the both...
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