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Rutgers-Camden nursing scholar develops tool for ostomy care
Nurses caring for ostomy patients will now be equipped with an essential new tool developed by a Rutgers-Camden scholar that provides them with the first comprehensive guide to optimize ostomy management and enhance patient safety. (2013-11-21)

NUI Galway study compares the health of Irish children to those across Europe and Canada
A new report, Spotlight on Adolescent Health and Well-being, published today by WHO Regional Office for Europe, compiles extensive data on the physical health, social relationships and mental well-being of 227 441 schoolchildren aged 11, 13 and 15, from 45 countries. Irish children rank low on substance use such as smoking and drinking alcohol and high on physical activity. Ireland also ranks high for problematic social media use. (2020-05-21)

Is chivalry the norm for insects?
The long-standing consensus of why insects stick together after mating has been turned on its head by scientists from the University of Exeter. This study shows that, contrary to previous thinking, females benefit from this arrangement just as much as males. Instead of dominating their female partners through bullying and aggressive behavior, males were revealed to be protective, even laying their lives on the line when their mates faced danger. (2011-10-06)

Screening for mental health issues in a pediatric ED
In a study to be published on Oct. 1 by the journal Pediatric Emergency Care, investigators at Children's Hospital Los Angeles piloted a brief mental health screening tool to be used with patients accessing the emergency department for medical complaints who might be at risk for mental health problems. Of the 992 patients studied, nearly half (47.5 percent) responded 'yes' to questions about substance abuse, traumatic exposure or behavioral symptoms such as depression and anxiety. (2015-10-01)

Study shows mean screens prime the brain for aggression
Research over the past few decades has shown that viewing physical violence in the media can increase aggression in adults and children. But a new study, co-authored by an Iowa State University psychology professor, has also found that onscreen relational aggression -- including social exclusion, gossip and emotional bullying -- may prime the brain for aggression. (2012-03-07)

English-only policies may not promote success for Spanish-speaking pre-schoolers
Contrary to conventional wisdom, English-only pre-kindergarten classrooms may not help native Spanish-speaking children become better prepared for school. According to research by FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Spanish-speaking children had better social skills when their teachers spoke some Spanish. (2007-03-22)

A family-based weight management program improved self-perception among obese children
Battling the childhood obesity epidemic is a priority for many researchers, as obesity during adolescence increases the risk of chronic diseases throughout life. Because obese children have lower quality of life and self-esteem, greater levels of depression and anxiety, and also face more teasing and bullying than normal-weight peers, including mental health in any intervention is necessary. To that end, researchers studied the self-perception of children participating in the Fit Families program. (2016-06-06)

Cutting-edge research in children's health to be presented at pediatric meeting
Research on electronic cigarettes, teen texting and driving, bullying, mobile device use, health care of immigrant children and other pediatric topics will be presented April 25-28 at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting at the San Diego Convention Center. More than 7,000 pediatric leaders from around the world are expected to attend the meeting, the largest international conference focused on child health research. (2015-04-20)

Toddlers who chill in front of TV are at later risk of being victimized by classmates
For young children, the number of hours spent watching TV at the age of 29 months correlates to the likelihood he'll be bullied in sixth grade, says Linda Pagani of the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children's hospital. (2015-07-17)

UNH research highlights extent and effects of school violence
Six percent of US children and youth missed a day of school over the course of a year because they were the victim of violence or abuse at school. This was a major finding of a study on school safety by University of New Hampshire researchers published this month in the Journal of School Violence. (2014-10-21)

What's fear got to do with it?
The education world is under more scrutiny than ever before. Reports, political platforms, test result comparisons, and various articles in newspapers and magazines all criticize a field that just a generation or so ago was considered an unabashed American success. Educators, students and parents each experience significant fear as it relates to the education system, fearing such things as job loss, testing, bullying, or poor educational quality. (2008-01-23)

Resilience, not abstinence, may help teens battle online risk
Boosting teenagers' ability to cope with online risks, rather than trying to stop them from using the Internet, may be a more practical and effective strategy for keeping them safe, according to a team of researchers. (2015-04-23)

Is gallows humor in medicine wrong?
Doctors and other medical professionals occasionally joke about their patients' problems. Some of these jokes are clearly wrong, but some joking between medical professionals is not only ethical, it can actually be beneficial, concludes an article in the Hastings Center Report. (2011-09-26)

Parental discipline, life events, and peers affect teens' risk of depression
New findings suggest that environment can affect a child's likelihood of depression, regardless of genetic predisposition towards the mental illness. This study of 328 identical twins showed twins who experienced greater numbers of negative events and who were punished more frequently were more likely to suffer from depression than their siblings. These findings suggest a need for research on ways to help teen reduce adverse life events as a protection against adolescent depression. (2005-11-14)

Good grief: Victimized employees don't get a break
As if being picked on wasn't bad enough, victims of workplace mistreatment may also be seen as bullies themselves, even if they've never engaged in such behavior. Adding insult to injury, victims may even be seen by supervisors as worse employees, despite exemplary performance. Bullies, on the other hand, may be given a pass if they are liked by their supervisor. (2019-03-08)

'Hacking Autism' selects technology apps for development to help individuals with autism
Autism Speaks and the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism announced seven technology applications ( (2011-09-18)

Discrimination contributes to pediatric asthma rates in African American and Latino youth
In a new study published in CHEST, investigators found that African American children who reported experiencing discrimination had almost twice the probability of having asthma than their peers who did not experience/report discrimination. Among African American children with asthma, discrimination was also associated with a greater probability of having poorly controlled asthma. For Mexican American children, discrimination and socioeconomic status (SES) act together with discrimination having an effect on asthma only among low-SES children. (2017-04-20)

Historic legacies affect climate change survival in Caribbean
In a new paper published this week, Dr Sealey-Huggins finds that discussion of climate change has failed to pay enough attention to the social, political and historic factors which increase the vulnerability of Caribbean societies, and calls for a new approach focused on understanding and addressing these historic inequalities. (2017-09-12)

American Psychological Association campaign to help kids & teens with stress and trauma
The APA campaign, (2003-09-08)

IU research study finds social bullying prevalent in children's television
A new research study led by an Indiana University professor has found that social bullying is just as prevalent in children's television as depictions of physical aggression. (2012-09-27)

Social bullying prevalent in children's television
Children ages 2-11 view an alarming amount of television shows that contain forms of social bullying or social aggression. Physical aggression in television for children is greatly documented, but this is the first in-depth analysis on children's exposure to behaviors like cruel gossiping and manipulation of friendship. (2012-09-27)

School violence worldwide linked to competitive test scores
A Penn State study shows a significant link between school violence on a global scale and educational inequality. (2005-05-06)

No silver bullet: ISU study identifies risk factors of youth charged with murder
News of a school shooting or a homicide involving a teenage suspect always leads to the question of why? It is human nature to want an explanation or someone to blame, and policymakers try to pinpoint a cause in an effort to prevent it from happening again. But too often, the speculation or rush to judgment clouds reality, said Matt DeLisi, a professor of sociology and criminal justice at Iowa State University. (2014-10-22)

Neural-digital interface advances raise ethical and social issues
Human-machine interfaces raise important ethical and social issues. These technological innovations have the potential to restore, alter, or enhance cognitive or physical function in humans, but also may exacerbate existing social tensions around equality, identity, security, privacy, and access. (2019-10-20)

UAlberta program found to lessen depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts in youth
A University of Alberta pilot program designed to promote mental health skills in youth has been found in a new study to significantly lessen cases of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. The EMPATHY program ran in public schools in Red Deer, Alberta from 2013 to 2015 and was offered to more than 6,000 youth in grades six through 12. (2017-06-20)

Donald or Hillary? Why listening to them makes a difference to voters
Does listening to Donald Trump's or Hillary Clinton's opinions humanize them to voters more than reading their opinions? A new study examining people's reactions to those with differing political views and found that when they watch or listen to those with opposing opinions, rather than read about them, they tend to view them as more thoughtful, competent, and rational -- that is, more human. (2016-10-05)

Study casts doubt on usefulness of Ofsted ratings
A study, led by the University of York, suggests that Ofsted ratings of secondary school quality account for less than one percent of the differences in students' educational achievement at age 16. For example, if one student attending a school rated ''good'' achieves an A at GCSE and another student from a school that ''requires improvement'' gets a B - the study reveals that only one tenth of the difference in their grades can be attributed to the school rating. (2020-06-02)

New book by Carnegie Mellon roboticist suggests humans brace themselves for robo-innovation
Robots already vacuum our floors, help dispose of bombs and are exploring Mars. But in his new book, (2013-03-25)

Violence puts wear and tear on kids' DNA
Children who have experienced violence might really be older than their years. The DNA of 10-year-olds who experienced violence in their young lives has been found to show wear and tear normally associated with aging, a Duke University study has found. (2012-04-24)

Kids want parental help with online risk, but fear parental freak outs
In a study, teens rarely talked to their parents about potentially risky online experiences. Parents and children often have much different perceptions of and reactions to the same online situations. Some of these situations may include cyberbullying, sexual exchanges and viewing inappropriate content online. (2017-02-27)

New study: Adolescents suffering from depression more likely to be bullied
A new study provides evidence that adolescents who suffer from depression are more likely to develop difficulty in peer relationships including being bullied at school. It's often assumed that being bullied leads to psychological problems, such as depression, but the study doesn't support this line of thought. (2012-02-08)

Very overweight teens face stigma, discrimination, and isolation
Very overweight teens face a social world of stigma, discrimination, and isolation because of their body size, reveals an analysis of their views, published in the online journal BMJ Open. (2014-04-30)

Injuries from teen fighting deal a blow to IQ
A new Florida State University study has found that adolescent boys who are hurt in just two physical fights suffer a loss in IQ that is roughly equivalent to missing an entire year of school. Girls experience a similar loss of IQ after only a single fighting-related injury. (2013-08-02)

Swedish lifestyle stops women working
Elements of work and family life, especially traditional family circumstances and inequality in the workplace, are associated with long-term sick leave taken by Swedish women, reveals research published in the online open access journal BMC Public Health. (2007-10-10)

Childhood eating difficulties could be a sign of underlying psychological issues
Researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children's hospital are warning parents that difficult eaters could have underlying psychological issues, as they have found that restrictive behaviors can appear before puberty. (2014-10-07)

Chimps with higher-ranking moms do better in fights
For chimpanzees, just like humans, teasing, taunting and bullying are familiar parts of playground politics. An analysis of twelve years of observations of playground fights between young chimpanzees in East Africa finds that chimps with higher-ranked moms are more likely to win. (2015-01-28)

Study Finds Characteristics That Identify Bullies And Victims
Bullies are controlling, hot tempered and lack empathy for others. Victims lack social skills, blame themselves for their problems and are afraid to go to school. These traits are among the most common indicators of bullying and victim behaviors in children, according to a new study at Ohio University (1997-05-19)

More students report carrying guns in Chicago than New York or Los Angeles
More students report carrying guns in Chicago than in New York or Los Angeles, a new Northwestern Medicine study shows. The findings provide historical background for Chicago's 2016 spike in gun violence, which occurred mostly among youth and young adults. (2018-04-19)

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