Watch Out, Young Moms: Your Kids Are More Likely to Have ADHD

We hear plenty about the risks of becoming a mother when you’re older (even though recent studies have shown that older parents have better-behaved children, so there’s that!). But yesterday, a new study conducted by the University of South Australia, which was published in Nature’s Scientific Reports, explains how younger moms are more likely to have kids with ADHD — especially […]

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Rise in testosterone level boosts young women’s running capacity

A rise in the level of the male hormone testosterone significantly boosts young physically active women’s capacity to run for longer, reveals the first study of its kind, published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Testosterone also increases muscle mass and leanness, even though body weight doesn’t change, the findings show. The impact of the hormone on athletic […]

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We used smartphones to screen young children for vision and hearing loss

Healthy hearing and vision in early childhood are the foundation for success at school. Hearing and vision difficulties are the most common developmental disabilities in children younger than 5 years, with more than 40 million affected globally. But more than 90% of children with hearing or vision loss live in low and middle-income countries where services to detect problems early […]

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Why young females with obesity are at early risk for cardiovascular disease

In the face of obesity, the sex hormone progesterone that helps females get and stay pregnant appears to also put them at increased, early risk for cardiovascular disease, investigators report. Premenopausal women are considered protected from cardiovascular disease, but evidence indicates obesity can negate those benefits, and in fact put them at even higher risk than men, but just how […]

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Psychotherapy should be first-line treatment for depression in young people, trial finds

Young people seeking support for depression should be offered psychotherapy as the first line of treatment, a clinical trial by researchers at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, has found. Associate Professor Christopher Davey, head of mood disorder research at Orygen, said the clinical trial results emphasised the importance of a multi-faceted approach to treating depression […]

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New insights into young men’s sexting practices in youth sexting culture

Drawing on findings from a qualitative study published by the Journal of Youth Studies, new research from Dr. Emily Setty explores young men’s sexting practices and how they position themselves within youth sexting culture in terms of masculine heterosexuality. Young people who engage in sexting—the digital exchange of personal sexual messages and images—are considered at risk of potentially irreparable psychological, […]

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Why Are Young Guys Suddenly Getting Colon Cancer?

Kimmie Ng, M.D., a Boston oncologist, started noticing an alarming trend in her work a few years ago. Men in their 20s, 30s, and 40s—runners, CrossFitters, lifelong nonsmokers—were streaming through her door at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. They all appeared lively and strong—yet there they were, battling colorectal cancers, a family of diseases that can start in the colon or […]

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Two Meningitis B Vaccines Have Been Approved in the US. So Why Are Young People Still Dying From It?

When it came to her sons’ medical care, Aracelly Bibl did everything right. She prioritized the health of her three boys, knew their pediatrician's phone number by heart, and made sure they were up to date on their recommended vaccinations. But all of her diligence still didn't protect her oldest child, Joseph Clouse, from meningitis B, which killed him this past […]

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23% of young black women now identify as bisexual

Since 1972, social scientists have studied the General Social Survey to chart the complexities of social change in the United States. The survey, which is conducted every couple years, asks respondents their attitudes on topics ranging from race relations to drug use. In 2008, the survey started including a question on sexual identity. As sociologists who study sexuality, we’ve noticed […]

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