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ODD problem: Oppositional defiant disorder can affect best-behaved children too

May 26, 2017   0 Comments

Every child can be disobedient from time to time due to his or her hunger, tiredness, stress or bad mood. The child may argue, or be insolent towards parents and other adults. When such behavior becomes too frequent, lasts for more than six months, and starts affecting the child’s social, family and academic life, it
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Mindfulness in the classroom produces positive effects on students

November 2, 2016   0 Comments

A recent spotlight on mindfulness and meditation practices in the public school setting touted how this practice inspired students to clean up nearby parks, and build and tend gardens, rather than simply sitting in detention. A recent study conducted at the University of Cincinnati (UC) evaluated nine children between 9 and 16 years of age,
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Scary stories may be good for children

September 26, 2016   0 Comments

Halloween is nearly upon us. Jack-o-lanterns grin from atop porches. Cardboard witches and skeletons dangle from doorways. Fake spider webs hang between tree branches, sometimes adorned with their very own plastic arachnid – or two. During this spooky season, children may feel frightened, gleeful or both. There’s a reason why kids like to tell scary
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Changing the way we perceive teens to tap into ‘The Power of the Adolescent Brain’

September 26, 2016   0 Comments

What do adults see when they look at teenagers? Maybe they see the similarity the children have to their parents. Maybe they see blooming human beings learning to be themselves. Maybe they see a buzzing hive of hormones and obstinacy. But do they see power? The truth is that teenagers are full of opportunity, dreams
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When childhood adversity leads to mental illness

July 26, 2016   0 Comments

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgia State University have uncovered the neurological impact of early childhood stress on the human brain. From these results, it may be possible to determine why some individuals who are exposed to these stressors later go on to develop mental health problems. This study was published in the
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Bringing awareness to juvenile arthritis

June 24, 2016   0 Comments

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), formally known as juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), is one of the most common chronic diseases in childhood and the etiology is unknown to date. This childhood arthritis is highlighted by joint swelling, fevers, and a salmon-pink skin rash. The arthritis must be present for at least six weeks before a diagnosis
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Poverty physically linked to depression

June 24, 2016   0 Comments

Why do some people in the same family get sick and others do not? Until recently, scientists explained that such differences were attributable to either nature (genes) or nurture (environment), or some indescribable combination of both. And, for the most part, that explanation is still correct, except for the indescribable part. That part is now
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Some psychiatrists worry about a new, chewable ADHD drug

June 24, 2016   0 Comments

Is the latest ADHD drug a new, enticing drug of abuse? Or is it simply another way to help children who are coping with a stressful disorder? Adzenys XR-ODT is a drug that combines d- and l-amphetamine, two central nervous system stimulants that can help mitigate the symptoms associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
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Spanking and other physical punishment harm children’s mental health

June 16, 2016   0 Comments

Spanking has been widely used as a form of physical punishment for child misbehavior, particularly by parents in the United States. Although the acceptance of spanking and other forms of physical punishment has decreased over the past several decades, it is still commonly used as an approach to punish and reduce the frequency of child
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Learn about ‘Raising Men’ with parenting tips from former Navy SEALs

May 25, 2016   0 Comments

The Navy SEALs are a well-known part of our military. SEALs, an acronym standing for Sea, Air and Land teams, are a special operations force who are trained to operate in all environments. These are likely some of the toughest men you can meet. Some of these Navy SEALs become fathers who provide very unique
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