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Exercise before school day may reduce ADHD symptom severity

September 17, 2014

Physical activity may reduce symptom severity and moodiness and improve peer functioning among children at risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in the home and school domain, according to study findings in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Betsy Hoza, PhD, of the department of psychological science at University of Vermont, and colleagues randomly assigned 94 children considered at risk for ADHD and 108 typically developing children to participate in a physical activity or sedentary classroom intervention for 31 minutes per day, each school day, for 12 weeks. Children were aged 4 to 9 years. The physical activity intervention consisted of continuous activity that required children to breathe hard or expend energy in a moderate to vigorous range. Children in the sedentary classroom intervention engaged in classroom-based art projects while remaining sedentary. Both interventions occurred before school started each day. Parents and teachers reported ADHD symptom severity before and after intervention. They also assessed children’s moodiness and peer functioning, reporting any problematic peer behavior.

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Bullied children more likely to develop parasomnias

September 16, 2014
Children who are bullied have an increased risk for parasomnias, including nightmares, night terrors and sleepwalking, according to study findings in…
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Family dinners could protect adolescents from cyberbullying

September 11, 2014
The effects of cyberbullying among children could be reduced by sharing regular family meals, according to recent study findings published in JAMA Pediatrics.“One…
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Sibling bullying increased risk for depression, self-harm in young adults

September 9, 2014
Children who were bullied by siblings were significantly more likely to experience depression, anxiety and self-harm by early adulthood compared with children who were…
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Determination of ADHD vs. Autism Spectrum Disorder

Psychiatric Annals, August 2012, Volume 42 Issue 8
1. Recognize that symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder…
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Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services July 2014 CNE Activity

This activity is co-provided by Villanova University College of Nursing and SLACK Incorporated.

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Oxytocin linked with social skills in children with, without autism

August 8, 2014
Oxytocin’s ability to boost social function could be useful in treating some children with autism, according to recent study findings published…
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Adolescent depression, anxiety linked to insomnia

August 5, 2014
Depression and generalized anxiety disorder can predict insomnia, according to recent study findings published in Sleep Medicine. “People with…
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Some electronic game play may have positive effects on social behavior, life satisfaction

August 4, 2014
Recent data show a small but statistically significant association between different levels of electronic game engagement and psychosocial…
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Program benefited PCPs treating adolescent depression

August 1, 2014
A depression screening and treatment program increased feelings of comfort and accountability among primary care providers treating depression in…
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Students with food allergies more likely to be bullied

July 29, 2014
Schoolchildren with food allergies were nearly twice as likely to be bullied compared with students without food allergies, according to recent study…
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Mental health of children affected by HIV comparable to children with HIV

July 21, 2014
Children affected by HIV experience anxiety and depression similar to children with HIV, which researchers said is indicates a need for policy and…
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Interventions reduced stress in mothers of preterm infants

July 21, 2014
A brief intervention could reduce symptoms of trauma, anxiety and depression in mothers of preterm infants, according to recent study findings…
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Treatment could improve mental health of mothers with offspring with disabilities

July 21, 2014
Mental health needs of mothers of children with disabilities can be improved by trained mentors and professionals, according to recent study findings…
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Abuse, neglect more common among children with developmental delays

July 18, 2014
A higher risk for abuse and neglect is found among children with developmental disabilities than children developing at a typical rate, according to…
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Amygdala volume predicted childhood anxiety

July 16, 2014
The development of anxiety problems can be influenced by alterations in the development of the amygdala during childhood, according to recent study…
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