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If You Suspect a Child Is Being Abused or Neglected, Report It

Posted 5 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 – You should alert authorities if you suspect a child is being hurt or is in danger, a child abuse expert says. The issue is in the spotlight with the recent arrest of David and Louise Turpin, the California couple accused of abusing their 13 children for years. Members of the public can report concerns anonymously, which is what happened in the Turpin case, according to ...

Why the 'Entitled' Think Rules Don't Apply to Them

Posted 2 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan.2, 2017 – Don't expect that you can knock some sense into people who have a strong sense of entitlement, a new study advises. Penalties or punishments do nothing to improve the conduct of entitled persons – those who believe they deserve the best regardless of their performance or effort, researchers report. That's because entitled folks are motivated by a powerful sense of ...

What Drives Teen School Shooters

Posted 3 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 – A teenage school shooter may be attempting to prove his masculinity. So says an Oregon researcher who analyzed the traits shared by 31 boys involved in 29 mass shootings at U.S. schools. The attacks occurred between 1995 and 2015, and the killers ranged in age from 11 to 18 years old. The total number of dead: 58. Boys who don't meet their classmates' idea of manliness can ...

U.S. Gun Injuries Nearing $3 Billion in ER, Hospital Costs

Posted 2 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 – Nearly 705,000 people were treated for gunshot wounds in U.S. emergency departments between 2006 and 2014, at a cost of $2.8 billion a year, a new study says. The report's release comes one day after a lone gunman unleashed automatic rifle fire upon a crowd of country music concertgoers in Las Vegas, killing at least 58 people and injuring 500 more, making it one of the ...

Looking at Laughter for Clues to Anti-Social Behavior

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 – A child's inability to laugh with others could point to psychopathic behavior later, a new study suggests. Most people find it natural to join in when they see or hear others laughing, the researchers noted. But laughter isn't contagious for boys at risk of developing psychopathy later in life, the researchers found. "Those social cues that automatically give us pleasure ...

Parents Say Schools Don't Help Kids With Mental Health, Chronic Disease

Posted 18 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – Many parents don't believe schools are prepared to help students with mental health problems and serious physical health issues, a new survey finds. While 77 percent of parents were certain that schools would be able to provide first aid for minor issues such as cuts, they were less confident that schools could respond to more challenging health situations. For example, ...

Self-Harm Can Be a Harbinger of Suicide

Posted 31 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 – Adults who self-harm appear to be at increased risk for suicide over the next year, a new study suggests. "The patterns seen in this study suggest that clinical efforts should focus on ensuring the safety of individuals who survive deliberate self-harm during the first few months after such attempts – particularly when a violent method such as a firearm has been used," ...

'Synthetic Pot' Tied to Risky Sex, Violence and Drug Abuse in Teens

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – Marijuana is often seen as a relatively benign drug that produces a typically mellow high, but new U.S. government research shows that the drugs called synthetic pot appear to be much different. Teens who use synthetic pot are at a heightened risk for violent behavior, risky sex and abuse of other drugs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study revealed. ...

Tiny Babies May Face Mental Health Problems Later

Posted 13 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – Extremely low birth weight babies may be at increased risk for mental health problems later in life, a new review suggests. Researchers examined 41 studies conducted from 1990 to 2016. The studies included more than 2,700 extremely low birth weight babies (less than 1,000 grams, or just over 2 pounds) and more than 11,000 normal birth weight babies in the United States, ...

Harsh Parenting Can Backfire With Bad Behavior From Teens

Posted 8 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 – "Harsh" parenting that includes frequent yelling, hitting and threats may bring out the worst in teens' behavior instead of getting them to toe the line, a new study suggests. Tracking nearly 1,500 students over nine years, researchers found that those who were parented harshly in seventh grade were more likely to turn to their peers in unhealthy ways, such as hanging ...

Why Certain Noises Really Irritate Some People

Posted 3 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 – Most people can recall a time when a certain sound annoyed them – say when your office mate was repeatedly clicking his pen – but some people find such sounds utterly unbearable. And new research suggests that brain abnormalities may explain why. People with a disorder called misophonia have an intense hatred of specific sounds, such as chewing, breathing or repeated pen ...

No Torture, Psychologists' Group Says to Trump

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 – Torture is ineffective and cruel, says a group of U.S. psychologists urging President Donald Trump not to restart the CIA's so-called "enhanced" interrogation program. Trump has said he would sign an executive order reinstituting torture, such as waterboarding, claiming it is an effective way to get information. The American Psychological Association is among those ...

Does 'Juvy' Confinement Jeopardize Long-Term Health?

Posted 23 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 – Young people in juvenile detention or jail may suffer health effects that last well into adulthood, a pair of new studies suggests. Together, they suggest incarcerated teens will face higher rates of depression, worse physical health, and a greater risk of sexually transmitted diseases, compared to other young Americans. Experts said the studies highlight a ...

PG-13 Movies Show More Gun Violence Than R-Rated Films: Study

Posted 11 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 – The most popular PG-13 movies now depict more acts of gun violence than R-rated films, a new look at the U.S. motion picture landscape reveals. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) states that a movie rated PG-13 is open to all viewers, but parental guidance is suggested. An R rating means a movie can't be seen by minors under the age of 17 unless they are ...

Research on U.S. Gun Violence Still a Low Priority, Study Finds

Posted 3 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 – Even though the United States has the highest death rate from firearms of any developed country, gun violence gets short shrift in government research compared to other leading causes of death, a new study reveals. Guns cause more than 30,000 fatalities a year in the United States. Yet, "gun violence had less funding and fewer publications than comparable injury-related ...

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