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Exercise optional? Researchers find children can stay healthy, avoid obesity by sleeping more

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Apr 29, 2021 … ADELAIDE, Australia — As school vacations near, many parents worry about their kids falling into bad habits during their summer daze. Without school to make sure children are getting their daily physical activity and balanced meals, the job for working moms and dads to keep their youngsters healthy gets even harder. While not every family will…

Frequently yelling at your children may wind up shrinking their brains, scientist warns

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Mar 22, 2021 … MONTREAL — Parents who have a short fuse and often find themselves angrily yelling at their children could be doing more than just hurting the child’s feelings. According to one new study, shouting at kids frequently can actually make their brain shrink during their teenage years. Scientists say that “harsh parenting,” which falls below the…

Kids who play sports less likely to suffer from depression, study finds

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Dec 16, 2020 … TRONDHEIM, Norway — There’s plenty of heart-healthy reasons to get children involved in recreational sports, but now the emotional benefits may be just as important. That’s because a new study finds active children are less likely to experience depression. That conclusion had already been reached in previous studies for adults, but researchers at the Norwegian University of…

COVID-19 is making symptoms of OCD, anxiety worse in children and young adults

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Nov 10, 2020 … AARHUS, Denmark — For children dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or anxiety, the world can be very difficult to navigate. Researchers in Denmark say the coronavirus pandemic is only making obstacles these young people face even more challenging. Their study finds the majority of children and young adults diagnosed with these conditions are suffering…

Psychedelic substance in ‘magic mushrooms’ can alleviate depression

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Nov 05, 2020 … BALTIMORE, Md. — Researchers say “magic mushrooms” produce hallucinations and “profound changes in consciousness” a few hours after ingestion. Historically, these tiny pieces of fungi have been considered nothing more than a recreational drug with no real medicinal value. A groundbreaking new study may change all of that for people suffering from depression. Researchers from…

Election Day: Voters in states backing presidential candidate who loses face greater depression risk

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Nov 03, 2020 … SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — No matter who wins or loses on Election Day, half of the United States won’t be pleased with the outcome. For the states backing the losing candidate, the fallout may be even worse. A study finds voters who back the nominee who ultimately loses the race to the White House experience…

Children addicted to online video games at no greater risk for psychiatric issues

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Oct 02, 2020 … Researchers say children diagnosed with ‘Internet Gaming Disorder’ actually less likely to experience anxiety than other kids. TRONDHEIM, Norway — Internet Gaming Disorder is a uniquely modern ailment. Scientists generally describe it as video games interfering with one’s life to the point it becomes an addiction. IGD is seen most often in young children and adolescents. Now,…

Inherited stress: Baby heartbeats can reveal if mom has depression or anxiety

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Oct 01, 2020 … HEIDELBERG, Germany — We inherit a whole lot from our parents. Appearance, of course, but many people also share similar personalities or demeanors with at least one parent as well. On a concerning note, a new study from the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology finds babies born to mothers dealing with depression or anxiety often show physiological…

Children who don’t get enough sleep more likely to battle mental health issues later in life

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Sep 22, 2020 … TRONDHEIM, Norway — As a new school year gets underway, getting kids off their summer sleep schedules may be more important than ever before. A study by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) finds children who don’t get enough sleep at night have a greater risk of developing mental health problems…

Children whose parents divorce have lower ‘love hormone’ levels in adulthood

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Sep 10, 2020 … WACO, Texas — Renowned American author William Faulkner once wrote, “The past is never dead, it’s not even past.” Now, a new study is lending some scientific credence to the notion that one’s past influences and dictates their present and future. Researchers from Baylor University say that adults whose parents divorced while they were a child show lower…

Teens who don’t get enough sleep much more likely to battle depression

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Jul 02, 2020 … READING, England — A good night’s sleep is really important for the developing brain. The brain’s growth and development can suffer if it’s not well rested. That’s especially the case for younger minds. A new study led by researchers from the University of Reading shows a strong connection between poor sleep in teenagers and a…

Loneliness From Months Of Lockdown May Have Lasting Impact On Children’s Mental Health

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Jun 01, 2020 … BATH, England — As the summer months begin, many parents are left wondering if they will be able to send their children to camp or if they’ll continue to spend the year in lockdown. With children already missing out on their last few months of the school year, many — if not most — are…