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Risk Factors For Traumatic Brain Injury In The Elderly

Risk Factors For Traumatic Brain Injury In The Elderly

New research from scientists at the University of Milan considers the complications and new treatment challenges for elderly patients who suffer traumatic brain injury as a result of a fall.

Autism Speaks Issues Call To Action For National Leaders After CDC Findings

Autism Speaks Issues Call To Action For National Leaders After CDC Findings

In light of the new report from the CDC which found that 1 in every 88 American children are now diagnosed with Autism, the world’s leading autism advocacy group, Autism Speaks are calling on elected officials to develop a new national strategy to take on this national public health crisis. Autism Speaks considers the skyrocketing diagnosis of new autism patients to be on par with an epidemic. They are calling for new incentives to be implemented, such as increased funding for genetic research and environmental research which could uncover the causes for autism, and additional funding for the development of potential new medications and treatments to help those living with autism.

Emergency Dispatch Operators At Risk For PTSD

Emergency Dispatch Operators At Risk For PTSD

New research released in the recent edition of the Journal of Traumatic Stress has uncovered many emergency dispatch operators are at risk of developing PTSD. The report suggests emergency call operators experience a significantly higher level of emotional distress, due to the nature of their jobs. It is clear that there is a need to provide emergency call operators with similar prevention and intervention support programs as as provided to their colleagues who serve on the front lines.

ADHD Diagnosis More Likely For Youngest Members Of A Class

ADHD Diagnosis More Likely For Youngest Members Of A Class

Research published in this months edition of CMAJ suggests the youngest cohorts in a classroom are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD that their slightly older counterparts. Researchers consider the diagnosis could well be inaccurate for most. The research also considers the significant social and health ramifications of an inappropriate diagnosis of ADHD.

Motor Cortex Response Blunted In Patients With ASD

Motor Cortex Response Blunted In Patients With ASD

Could non-invasive brain stimulation be used to improve mirror neuron activity in patients with autism spectrum disorders? This question is being raised in light of new findings released by researchers at Monash University and published in the latest edition of Biological Psychology. Using transcranial magnetic stimulation on ASD patients, researchers noted a blunted brain response in the motor cortex when watching transitive hand gestures, compared to participants with no evidence of ASD.

New Research Gives Insight Into Teen Cocaine Addiction

New Research Gives Insight Into Teen Cocaine Addiction

New research from Yale could help explain why cocaine addiction, abuse and dependency is dramatically increased in people who began using the drug during their teenage years, as opposed to later in adulthood.

Family Support Can Help Reduce Suicide In Homosexual Adolescents

Family Support Can Help Reduce Suicide In Homosexual Adolescents

The unfortunate death of Tyler Clementi, helped raise a great deal of awareness of suicide within the gay, lesbian and LGBT community. In the wake of the events, national projects such as the “It Gets Better Project”, which was supported by stars such as Lady Gaga, helped to raise further awareness about the issues. A new report by Northwestern University suggests that the best way to prevent suicide or suicidal tendencies within the young gay community is for the family to be open and show support. Adolescents who feel able to discuss their problems and concerns with family or friends are less likely to engage in self harming behaviors, such as suicide, than those who feel, or have been victimized because of their sexuality.

Psychosomatic Symptoms Linked With Physical Abuse In Children

Psychosomatic Symptoms Linked With Physical Abuse In Children

Researchers in Sweden have uncover a link between psychosomatic symptoms, such as aches, pains and sleep disorders in children and physical abuse. The report states that the level of reporting psychosomatic symptoms rose in children who were not only physically abused, but who also witnessed intimate partner violence at home.

Teens With Depression More Likely To Be Bullied

Teens With Depression More Likely To Be Bullied

It is widely assumed that bullying leads to depression in children and teens, however new research from Arizona State University suggests the opposite could also be true. Teens who are depressed have greater difficulty in developing peer relationships, and this can often lead to bullying. The authors suggest parents and teachers look for signs of depression within children and understand that depression can be a significant risk factor for negative peer based relationships.

Child Sexual Abuse Victims More Likely To Be Blamed If Abuser Is A Juvenile

Child Sexual Abuse Victims More Likely To Be Blamed If Abuser Is A Juvenile

Research released this month in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence reaches the horrific conclusion that parents are more inclined to blame their children for being victims of sexual abuse when the perpetrator is another youth. Unfortunately, this is more commonly true when the victim is an older child, or black. Previous research conducted by the UNH Crimes against Children Research Center discovered that 36% of child sexual violations were committed by other juveniles. It is hoped that this research will force better education for parents and professionals about the rates of sexual abuse perpetrated by youths, and why juveniles might embark on such heinous crimes against their peers.