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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...

Genes and Autism

The risk of developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is largely determined by genetics, suggests a study in JAMA Psychiatry. Researchers analyzed data from more than 2 million individuals from Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Israel, and Australia born between 1998 and 2012, of...

Older Parents

Children born to older parents have fewer behavioral problems than those born to younger parents, according to a study in Child Development. Researchers in the Netherlands analyzed parent and teacher reports of problem behavior from 32,892 10- to 12-year-old Dutch...