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In a drug-ravaged town plagued by unexplained youth suicides, football is a savior

March 21, 2018   0 Comments

In a drug-ravaged town plagued by unexplained youth suicides, football is a savior

To most people, it may seem inconceivable that a picturesque and intimate town, steeped in history and famous for its cultural festivals, is battling a series of devastating circumstances. Madison, a small town of approximately 12,000 people in Indiana, is considered a national treasure for its elite collection of monuments. It is also a town
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Alzheimer’s drug Donepezil reverses brain damage in adolescent rats exposed to binge drinking, finds study

March 16, 2018   0 Comments

Alzheimer’s drug Donepezil reverses brain damage in adolescent rats exposed to binge drinking, finds study

Scientific evidence shows that exposure to neurotoxins during adolescence, especially due to alcohol use, causes long-lasting structural and genetic changes in the brain. Much of the research has focused on the hippocampus, a brain region primarily associated with memory and learning. Excessive alcohol use during adolescence can cause lasting impairments to learning, memory and attention.
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Nearly 60% Utah teens used both alcohol and e-cigarettes in 2017, finds survey

March 15, 2018   0 Comments

Nearly 60% Utah teens used both alcohol and e-cigarettes in 2017, finds survey

The use of alcohol and tobacco during adolescence is considered a strong predictor of the dependence on these and other substances during adulthood. Underage drinking and smoking can have a detrimental impact on the developing brain, and increase adolescents’ risk for mental health disorders and addiction. It was previously found that Utah youth had a
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Adolescents with OCD face severe disabilities in learning and memory, suggests study

March 9, 2018   0 Comments

Adolescents with OCD face severe disabilities in learning and memory, suggests study

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic and debilitating condition which can strike anyone irrespective of age, gender or socioeconomic background. Although there is sufficient research on OCD in adults, there is limited knowledge about its impact on adolescents and teens. Youngsters can experience severe anxiety and emotional turmoil due to intrusive thoughts, urges or
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Understanding the connection between childhood adversities, education and health

March 1, 2018   0 Comments

Understanding the connection between childhood adversities, education and health

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) include a variety of stressful or traumatic incidents which are associated with social, cognitive and emotional impairment, high-risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential and premature death. ACEs include physical or emotional neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, household mental illness, separation/divorce among parents, and household substance abuse. Early life
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Helping children cope with grief after student suicides

February 27, 2018   0 Comments

Helping children cope with grief after student suicides

Coping with the anguish of a loved one’s death by suicide can be an overwhelming challenge for those individuals who were closely associated with the deceased. And when the suicide victim is a teen student, it devastates not only his/her parents and family members, but also other students and peer groups. Student suicides also result
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Young, traumatized survivors of gun violence face significant shortage of mental health resources

February 21, 2018   0 Comments

Young, traumatized survivors of gun violence face significant shortage of mental health resources

When it comes to discussions on gun violence in the United States, repeated references are made to Chicago’s strict gun control laws or apparent failure thereof. The Windy City’s gun laws were reasonably strict even a decade ago, but successive court rulings have diluted many restrictive provisions. The significant increase in Chicago’s homicides, particularly in
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Utah County launches awareness campaign to limit opioid use and prevent addiction

February 19, 2018   0 Comments

Utah County launches awareness campaign to limit opioid use and prevent addiction

Utah is among the most severely impacted states by the opioid epidemic in the United States. From 2013-2015, the state ranked seventh nationwide for deaths from drug overdose. From 2000-2015, there was a 400 percent increase in deaths from the abuse/misuse of prescription drugs. Prescription opioid-related deaths have been significantly higher in specific counties and
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Academic accommodations help University of Iowa students with disabilities get over obstacles in learning

February 15, 2018   0 Comments

Academic accommodations help University of Iowa students with disabilities get over obstacles in learning

Finding the right college or university is a challenge for every student. This challenge becomes even more daunting for students with learning disabilities (LDs). Even academic institutions are found struggling because LDs are considered “non-apparent disabilities” due to the absence of outward signs. Although federal law mandates American colleges and universities to offer certain services
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Psychiatric medications under-prescribed in youth with ADHD and other mental disorders, finds study

February 6, 2018   0 Comments

Psychiatric medications under-prescribed in youth with ADHD and other mental disorders, finds study

Over the last few years, psychiatric medications have become popular for treating emotional or behavioral difficulties in children and adolescents. Significant increases were previously observed in the prescriptions of anti-stimulants, antidepressants and antipsychotic medicines for children with psychiatric disorders. This led to widespread concerns that instead of being made to undergo therapy, children and adolescents
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