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Kids Get Caught in Deadly Cross-Fire of Domestic Violence

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 – Twenty percent of homicides of U.S. children ages 2 to 14 years are related to intimate partner violence, a new study indicates. That's double the rate in the National Violent Death Reporting System, according to Harvard School of Public Health researchers. For the study, the researchers analyzed data on nearly 1,400 children in 16 states who were homicide victims from ...

Pediatricians Renew Call to Abandon Spanking

Posted 10 days ago by

MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 – The American Academy of Pediatrics is strengthening its recommendation to ban spanking and other forms of corporal punishment, citing new research that says that type of discipline can affect normal brain development. Harsh verbal punishment, such as shaming or humiliation, is also a threat to children, the AAP says in an updated policy statement. "The good news is, fewer ...

Guns Kill Fewer Kids in States With Strict Firearm Laws

Posted 13 days ago by

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 – Kids are safer in states with strict gun laws, a new preliminary study reports. Researchers found that the stringency of a state's firearm legislation has a direct impact on the number of kids killed by guns. Twice as many child gun deaths occur in states with the most lenient gun regulation, compared with states where gun laws are strictest, said lead researcher Dr. ...

Countries That Ban Spanking See Less Teen Violence: Study

Posted 16 Oct 2018 by

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 – Nations that officially frown upon hitting kids as a form of punishment appear to have teens who are less prone to violence, new research suggests. In countries that have a complete ban on corporal punishment (spanking and slapping), the rates of physical fighting among teens are as much as 69 percent lower than in countries without such a ban, the study found. What isn't ...

More Evidence Video Games May Trigger Aggression in Kids

Posted 1 Oct 2018 by

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 – Can violent video games push some kids to act violently in real life? A new research review suggests the answer is "yes." The analysis combined the results of 24 past studies, involving more than 17,000 children and teenagers. Overall, researchers found, kids who played video games featuring fighting, attacks and killing were somewhat more likely than their peers to become ...

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

Posted 22 Aug 2018 by

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 ...

U.S. Murder, Suicide Rates Climbing Again

Posted 2 Aug 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – After a period of steady decline, homicides and suicides are on the rise again in America, new statistics show. Experts believe the opioid addiction crisis may be at least partly to blame. Researchers tracked data from a national injury-reporting database and found that, especially between 2014 and 2016, the homicide rate climbed sharply for blacks, while suicide rates ...

The Right Lighting Can Calm Alzheimer's Patients

Posted 24 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 – Lighting that mimics natural night-day patterns might improve sleep and mood problems for Alzheimer's patients living in nursing homes, new research suggests. The lighting intervention, designed to stimulate dementia patients' circadian rhythm – which regulates sleep and wake cycles – led to significant decreases in sleep disturbance, depression and agitation, the ...

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

Posted 24 Jul 2018 by

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 ...

Animal Cruelty May Indicate Child Abuse

Posted 17 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 – Children who abuse animals may have been abused themselves, a new study suggests. Kids aged 10 and up who intentionally hurt animals are two to three times more likely to have been abused than kids who treat animals with respect, said the British researchers who conducted the review. "Asking about a history of animal abuse in a safeguarding history should be commonplace, ...

Many Gay Men Suffer Domestic Abuse: Study

Posted 16 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 – In a sobering finding that shows women aren't the only victims of domestic violence, researchers report that nearly half of men in same-sex couples have suffered some form of abuse at the hands of their partner. The study included 320 men in 160 couples, and found that 46 percent reported some form of intimate partner abuse in the last year, including physical and sexual ...

Health Tip: Recognize Warning Signs of Youth Violence

Posted 6 Jul 2018 by

-- 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: Manage Family Arguments

Posted 5 Jul 2018 by

-- Arguments are a natural part of family life, but constant and recurring battles can be exhausting. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to keep household bickering to a minimum: Pick your battles. Evaluate which issues really need to become a source of dispute. Allow your child to win an argument sometimes. This shows a willingness to negotiate and to see that you may be wrong. Set ...

Health Tip: If Your Child Becomes Too Aggressive

Posted 12 May 2018 by

-- 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

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 ...

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