Month: February 2016

Averting disaster with a voluntary ignition interlock device

You love your son and feel guilty the alcoholic gene runs as long in your family as the mustache of a Kung Fu master. Over the course of junior high you discover he’s got an alcohol abuse problem. You all agree to put him through detox quietly; no rehab for fear the community will alight, …

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Bros before woes: When your younger sibling is an addict

“Our sibling relationships, in fact, are the longest-lasting family ties we have. “Simple perception of parental favoritism was enough to undermine [sibling] relationship. “In families with more than one child, every sibling seems to get a label in contrast to every other sibling.” Such are the statistically-backed reflections of science writer Robin Marantz Henig, who’s …

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Natural Parenting in a world that is not family friendly

As time is progressing, more speculation and weariness is emerging regarding what our culture demands from kids and their caregivers. Young children are often expected to meet adult behavioral standards. Yet often overlooked are the developmental needs of kids that require principles of trial and error, exploration and learning along the way. A recent debate …

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The power of nurture: Early experiences impact brain development

Researchers have suggested that our vulnerability to developing problems such as substance abuse, mental illness and certain medical conditions derives from the interaction between our genes and the environment. Genetic factors underlie the development of certain mental disorders, including schizophrenia, alcoholism and depression, making it much more likely that children of parents with these psychiatric …

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Marijuana surpasses cigarettes in popularity with teens

The daily or near-daily use of marijuana now exceeds the daily cigarette smoking among high school seniors, according to the most recent Monitoring the Future (MFT) survey. The results also indicate that, while teens’ use of cigarettes dropped to an all-time low, the use of marijuana and e-cigarettes have increased among young people. Researchers have …

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Marijuana use can damage brain development and structure, study shows

The legalization of marijuana has led to the greater acceptance and availability of cannabis products, which has contributed to increased marijuana use among young people. Despite the lack of knowledge that exists about the consequences of higher potency cannabis strains and its’ long-term use, there seems to be a widespread misconception that marijuana use is …

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Researchers find link between picky eating and psychological distress

Most children prefer hamburgers to carrots, and ice cream to broccoli. For some children, however, their picky eating habits are so severe that they avoid entire food groups and would rather go hungry than eat a food item that isn’t one of their favorites. According to a research study published in the journal Pediatrics this …

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New, orally-disintegrating pill offers new avenue for ADHD treatment

All kids daydream; All kids loses stuff, fidget when they’re bored and talk out of turn. Most kids grow out of it, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11 percent of children aged between four and 17 don’t. They make up the percentage of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder …

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Antidepressants double suicidal behavior in children and adolescents

Last month, a group of researchers published a startling find in the British Medical Journal: Children and adolescents who take antidepressants are twice as likely to exhibit suicidal behavior. The researchers warn that clinicians should be extra cautious when prescribing antidepressants to their younger patients. The study Lead author, Tarang Sharma, and her fellow researchers …

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Bipolar disorder often misdiagnosed as depression or anxiety, study suggests

Ups and downs are a normal part of life, but for people with bipolar disorder, ups and downs take on a whole new meaning. Bipolar disorder is sometimes glamorized for the creativity and genius that often accompanies its symptoms. Abraham Lincoln, Ludwig Von Beethoven and Robin Williams were all said to have struggled with some …

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