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Screen Time, Even Before Bed, Has Little Impact on Teen Mental Health

A large new study casts doubt on the widely accepted notion that spending time online, gaming, or watching TV, especially before bedtime, can damage young people's mental health.

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Children Looking at Screens in Darkness Before Bedtime at Risk of Poor Sleep

Preteens who use a mobile phone or watch TV in the dark an hour before bed are at risk of not getting enough sleep compared to those who use these devices in a lit room or do not use them at all before bedtime.

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Kids Who Walk to School Have Healthier Hearts

Heart disease prevention starts during childhood, and the best way to help your child build a healthy cardiovascular system is to keep him active. One way to do this is to make sure he burns some calories getting to school in the morning.

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Brain Matures Faster Due to Childhood Stress

Stress in early childhood leads to faster maturation of certain brain regions during adolescence. In contrast, stress experienced later in life leads to slower maturation of the adolescent brain. This is the outcome of a long-term study conducted by researchers of Radboud University in which 37 subjects have been monitored for almost 20 years.

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Don’t Blame Adolescent Social Behavior on Hormones

Reproductive hormones that develop during puberty are not responsible for changes in social behavior that occur during adolescence, according to the results of a newly published study.

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Study: Negative Effects of Early Abuse and Neglect May Persist into Adulthood

Children who experience abuse and neglect early in life are more likely to have problems in social relationships and underachieve academically as adults. Maltreatment experienced before age 5 can have negative effects that continue to be seen nearly three decades later, according to a new study.

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Pica: The World’s Strangest Eating Disorder

The world is full of strange diseases and disorders, but the one known as Pica is one of the strangest eating disorders of all! What is this eating disorder known as Pica? By Dr. Kristie.

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6 Warning Signs Your Teenager Is Depressed

The stress of schoolwork, tons of activities, peer pressure and constantly changing hormones can take its toll on a teenager. Life can quickly become overwhelming and teens can easily become depressed. This article discusses the warning signs for parents to look for if they think their teen might be suffering from depression.

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Fake Prescription Drugs Are Dangerous

Young people are facing the danger of exposure to fake prescription drugs. Most middle school age children are unaware that what they are given or what they purchase from another person can hurt them. Educating youngsters about this problem has become gravely necessary.

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Binge Drinking in College May Lower Chances of Landing a Job After College

Heavy drinking six times a month reduces the probability that a new college graduate will land a job by 10 percent, according to Tel Aviv University and Cornell University research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

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Recognizing Poisons in Your Home and Garden

Poisoning is a significant public health issue for children. Over 90 percent of poisoning exposures occur in homes. Household cleaners or chemicals in spray bottles are particularly dangerous because of their allure to children. One study by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital found that spray bottles were implicated in 40 percent of all household cleaner poisonings involving children...

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Could Your Child Have a Sleep Disorder?

Diagnosing a sleep disorder in a child is a difficult task due to the ever changing sleep patterns children manifest as they mature. What’s normal at one age regarding sleep, may be abnormal at an older age.

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