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Cats do not harm children's mental health, study finds

New research brings some good news for cat lovers. Contrary to previous claims, researchers have found no link between cat ownership in childhood and increased risk of mental illness. Researchers say there is no link between cat ownership in childhood ...

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Removing barriers to early intervention for autistic children: A new model shows promise

In the February 2017 issue of Pediatrics, investigators representing the South Carolina Act Early Team report a five-fold increase in the number of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) eligible for early intensive behavioral therapy (also known as applied behavior ...

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Headache far more common stroke symptom in children than adults

Headaches were present in nearly half of all children older than 3 years of age having a stroke. Headaches were most common in children with specific forms of blood vessel abnormalities. Children are far more likely than adults to report ...

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Drugs that alter inhibitory targets offer therapeutic strategies for Autism, Schizophrenia

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Memories are formed at structures in the brain known as dendritic spines, which communicate with other brain cells through ‘synapses.’ Researchers recently discovered that an inhibitory brain receptor triggers synaptic pruning in adolescence. Now, a ...

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Gay marriage legalization linked to drop in teenage suicide attempts

In June 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage bans were unconstitutional, enabling homosexual couples across America to marry. A new nationwide analysis suggests the legalization of gay marriage in the U.S. may have led to a ...

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Cholesterol levels by age: Differences and recommendations

Cholesterol levels vary by age, weight, and gender. Over time, a person’s body tends to produce more cholesterol, meaning that all adults should check their cholesterol levels regularly, ideally about every 4 to 6 years. Cholesterol is measured in ...

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Yeast found in babies' guts increases risk of asthma

University of British Columbia microbiologists have found a yeast in the gut of new babies in Ecuador that appears to be a strong predictor that they will develop asthma in childhood. The new research furthers our understanding of the role ...

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Sheryl Sandberg: Facebook Employees Now Get 20 Paid Days to Mourn a Family Death

This article originally appeared on Fortune.com.  Over the past couple of years, Silicon Valley’s conversation about paid leave has largely revolved around the arrival of children, with tech companies racing to one-up one another in a parental leave “arms race.” ...

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Brain differences in ADHD

Largest imaging study of ADHD to date identifies differences in five regions of the brain, with greatest differences seen in children rather than adults. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with the delayed development of five brain regions and should ...

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Why's Your Sibling 'The Smart One'? Blame Your Parents

Sorry, younger siblings: Research shows that firstborn children tend to outperform their brothers and sisters in school, and earn more money as adults. But if it makes you feel better, you can blame Mom and Dad. A new study suggests that the differences between ...

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