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Time-Outs Are Ok

Using time-outs to discipline children does not harm them or their relationships with their parents, suggests a study in the Journal of Development & Behavioral Pediatrics. Researchers analyzed longitudinal data from 1,387 U.S. children enrolled in Head Start programs. The data revealed that by...

Origins of Anorexia

Anorexia nervosa appears to have both psychiatric and metabolic aspects, suggests a study in Nature Genetics. Analyzing genetic data from 16,992 individuals with anorexia nervosa and 55,525 control individuals from 17 countries, investigators identified eight gene variants associated with anorexia...

Developing Empathy

When teenagers play a video game designed by researchers to teach empathy, the game affects areas of their brains related to empathy and emotional regulation, finds research in npc Science of Learning. In the game, players interact with human-like aliens and must...

Nicotine and ADHD

Babies born to mothers who smoke tobacco are at increased risk for attention-deficit hyper-activity disorder (ADHD), finds a study of Finnish mothers and infants published in Pediatrics. Researchers looked at 1,079 Finnish children born in 1998 and 1999 who...

Reading Faces

Teenagers are particularly sensitive to facial expressions of anger and fear and lose some of that sensitivity as they age, finds a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Researchers tested more than 9,500 online participants, ages 10 to 85, on a...

ADHD-Amphetamine Risk

Teenagers and young adults who take amphetamine-based stimulants to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at increased risk for developing psychosis, finds a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers analyzed the health-insurance records of nearly 222,000 young people, ages 13...