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Moving When Young May Strengthen the Adult Brain

Recent neurological study on rats shows that activity while we are young might change the inner workings of brain cells and improve thinking later in life.

“The study suggests that the effects of youthful exercise on the brain could linger deep into adulthood, potentially providing a buffer against the declines in brain health and . . . → Read More: Moving When Young May Strengthen the Adult Brain

Study: No difference in well-being of kids raised in single-mom homes

Recent study from the Netherlands finds no difference in the well-being of young children raised by single women who chose to become pregnant without a partner than children from more traditional two partner households.

“With fertility treatments for single women becoming increasingly common, Mathilde Brewaeys of the VU University Medical Center chose to study how . . . → Read More: Study: No difference in well-being of kids raised in single-mom homes

Why does prenatal alcohol exposure increase the likelihood of addiction?

Recent study finds the reasons that when fetuses are exposed to alcohol in their mother’s womb there is an increased risk for drug addiction later in life.

“Prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and neurodevelopmental abnormalities in the United States. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) cause cognitive and behavioral problems. . . . → Read More: Why does prenatal alcohol exposure increase the likelihood of addiction?

Seasonal affective disorder in kids

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD,) better known as seasonal depression, can affect kids as well as adults.

The most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) uses the following criteria to identify or diagnose depression with a seasonal pattern:

Depression that begins during a specific season every year for at least . . . → Read More: Seasonal affective disorder in kids

What’s the Latest With the Flu? A Message for Caregivers & Teachers

If you are a teacher or a child caretaker, read the latest advice on what to do to help a child in your care prevent from getting the flu.

“Flu activity is increasing in the United States, as usually happens at this time of year. It’s vitally important that everyone – … children and staff . . . → Read More: What’s the Latest With the Flu? A Message for Caregivers & Teachers