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How to Prevent Your Child From Getting Bullied -- or Being a Bully

Posted 22 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 – With the start of a new school year, bullying will become an issue for many children and their parents. Parents should teach their children to respond to bullying by staying calm; looking the bully in the eye; saying in a firm voice, "I don't like what you are doing," or "Please don't talk to me like that"; or simply walking away, the American Academy of Pediatrics ...

Could Pot-Linked Drug Help Ease Agitation in Alzheimer's?

Posted 24 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 – The active ingredient in pot that gets you high can calm agitation in people with advanced Alzheimer's disease, a small new study suggests. Canadian researchers found that a form of synthetic THC significantly decreased agitation in a small group of Alzheimer's patients, working even better than the drugs now used. "This is the first clinical trial to show that a ...

Health Tip: Recognize Warning Signs of Youth Violence

Posted 6 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

-- People who are prone to violence often have trouble controlling their behavior, the American Psychological Association says. The group says there may be tell-tale signs that a young person is about to "act out," such as: Having a history of violent or aggressive behavior. Being young at the first violent incident. Having been a victim of bullying. Having a history of discipline problems or ...

Health Tip: If Your Child Becomes Too Aggressive

Posted 12 May 2018 by Drugs.com

-- All children become aggressive now and then. But is your youngster prone to long or frequent outbursts? If so, it may be time to see a pediatrician, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Providing your child with a stable, warm, and secure home life with firm, yet loving discipline is the best way to prevent aggressive behavior, the academy says. Sometimes that isn't enough. The AAP says ...

How to Keep Anger From Getting the Better of You

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – Anger isn't just an emotional reaction – it can affect you physically, too. It's been shown to raise your risk for heart disease and other problems related to stress – like sleep trouble, digestion woes and headaches. That makes it important, then, to diffuse your anger. Start by figuring out what it is that makes you angry. Researchers from George Mason University, in ...

U.S. Gun Injuries Getting More Severe

Posted 3 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 – Nonfatal gun injuries in the United States are becoming more severe, increasing pressure on the health care system, researchers say. Since the 1990s, the severity of nonfatal gun injuries treated in U.S. hospitals has risen 1.4 percent a year, the new study found. "Both males and females and all types of intents of firearm injury demonstrated a comparable significant ...

Youth Violence in U.S. Declines -- but the War's Not Over

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – Far fewer young people are turning up in U.S. emergency rooms with assault injuries, but youth violence remains a serious issue, a new government study shows. The good news: The number of nonfatal assault patients aged 10 to 24 dropped 28 percent between 2011 and 2015, reaching the lowest level in the 15 years studied, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

New Research Probes the Criminal Mind

Posted 26 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 – Are brain lesions linked to criminal behavior? That's the suggestion of a new study by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Ever since the 1966 University of Texas Tower mass shooting, which left 13 people dead and 31 others injured, researchers have been intrigued by the possible ties between brain abnormalities and criminal behavior. In that ...

Study: Tougher Gun Laws Help Prevent Domestic Violence Deaths

Posted 30 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 30, 2017 – More stringent gun laws might spur a decline n domestic violence murders, new research suggests. Thirteen states and federal law prohibit people convicted of domestic violence from buying guns. But the study found that states that extended this ban to people convicted of any violent crime had 23 percent fewer domestic violence murders. The researchers also found that ...

Bullied Teens More Likely to Take Weapons to School

Posted 27 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 – Bullied teens are twice as likely to take weapons such as guns or knives to school, a new study reveals. Three factors were linked to greater odds of high school students carrying a weapon during school hours: fighting at school; being threatened or injured at school; and skipping school out of fear for their safety. "If kids were being bullied, but not in fear of their ...

Gun Injuries Getting More Severe, Experts Say

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 – U.S. hospitals have been tackling increasingly serious injuries in the gunshot victims they treat, a 20-year review reports. "The severity of hospitalized firearm injuries [has] increased significantly," said researcher Bindu Kalesan, amounting to what she described as "a significantly elevated cumulative probability of death and disability from firearm injury." That ...

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 ...

Health Tip: Talk To Your Kids About a Tragedy

Posted 26 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- With graphic images of terrorist acts and mass shootings all over the news, it's difficult to keep your children from seeing and hearing about these events. The American Academy of Pediatrics says parents should explain these tragedies to children in ways they can understand and cope with. Explain in an age-appropriate way that you are here to protect and support them. Ask them what they've ...

Can Gun Shows Trigger Gun Violence?

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – Gun shows held in Nevada are not subject to any regulations, and they take place in a state that features some of the least restrictive gun laws in the country. But on the heels of the Oct. 1 shooting massacre in Las Vegas, a troubling new investigation reveals that when gun shows have been staged in Nevada, the neighboring state of California has seen gun-related ...

States That Make You Wait to Buy Guns Have Fewer Deaths: Study

Posted 16 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 – State laws that mandate a waiting period before gun purchases were associated with roughly 36 fewer gun homicides per year in that state, new research shows. "We show that waiting periods, which don't limit anyone's right to own a gun, have a large impact on gun deaths," said study co-author Deepak Malhotra, a professor at Harvard Business School. Seventeen states ...

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