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Problem Solving Buffers the Brain Against Anxiety

When it comes to managing anxiety, science just lent more credibility to the advice to “stay busy.” Engaging the brain to stay busy with problem-solving appears to be an effective buffer against debilitating anxiety, especially in those prone to the worst of the condition, according to a new brain imaging study from Duke University researchers. The [...]

By | 2018-01-22T10:56:29+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

White Children More Likely to Suffer Mental Health Issues

White children are more likely to suffer mental health issues than their peers, a major study has found. The rise of marital breakdown has been blamed for the higher instance of “emotional problems” among white children, with researchers pointing to “better family cohesion” in ethnic communities. A report published today [THURS] details findings from the [...]

Link Between Dads Who Treat Daughters Like Princesses and Anxiety

A study has shown that encouraging children to take risks, be competitive and engage in rough and tumble play can help prevent childhood anxiety disorders. But, unfortunately, this type of play is more commonly experienced by young boys than girls. The study, which was undertaken by the Macquarie University's Centre for Emotional Health, the University of Amsterdam and the University of Reading, took [...]

By | 2018-01-15T15:57:56+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Violent Media and Aggressive Behavior in Children

Does watching violence on TV, in movies, or video games promote aggression? With recent worry about mass shootings and gun violence in the United States, one of the questions that always comes up is whether violent media promotes violent or aggressive behavior. This is something that is especially important to think about for parents, as violent [...]

The Many Benefits For Teenagers to Have Jobs

If your teenager heads back to school next year, you might be already thinking about what after-school activities they’re going to do. Footy? Netball? Soccer? Recent research shows that another option — adolescent work experience — can pay big dividends later in life. Many schools and parents push children to engage in excessive after-school activities. [...]

By | 2018-01-08T15:04:25+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Categories: Science & Research, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

13 Weird Ways to Get Children to Sleep

Exhausted after Christmas and the new year? Are you craving a few more hours in bed? Are you a parent whose sleepless children are leaving you a sleep-starved wreck? These days in early January are claimed as the darkest days for sleep deprivation. The modern barometer for such moments - the number of Google searches [...]

Babies’ Brains Damaged by Pollution – Unicef

Seventeen million babies under the age of one are breathing toxic air, putting their brain development at risk, the UN children's agency has warned. Babies in South Asia were worst affected, with more than 12 million living in areas with pollution six times higher than safe levels. A further four million were at risk in [...]

Mental Illness Linked to Early Childhood Adversity May be Passed to Next Generation

Mental illness associated with early childhood adversity may be passed from generation to generation, according to a study of adults whose parents evacuated Finland as children during World War II. The study was conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, Uppsala University in Sweden, and Helsinki University in Finland. It appears in JAMA Psychiatry. [...]

By | 2017-12-11T13:28:34+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Science & Research|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Improved Non-Stick Coatings Prevented Low-Weight Births and Brain Damage

Government and industry efforts since 2003 to phase out chemicals used to make non-stick coatings, such as Teflon, have prevented more than 118,000 low-weight births and related brain damage in the United States. This is the main finding of a new report - based on analysis of new mothers' blood samples gathered for a national [...]

1 in 10 Five Year Old’s Show Signs of Mental Illness

Being exposed to abuse or neglect before age five is the strongest predictor of whether a child will be at risk for future mental illness, a study from UNSW Sydney finds. Primary school teachers could detect children at high risk of developing mental disorders soon after they start school, new research at UNSW Sydney suggests. The study [...]

By | 2017-11-30T09:57:30+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Categories: Mental Illness, Science & Research|Tags: , , |0 Comments