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April 30, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Finds Prenatal Marijuana Exposure Is Associated With A Small Increase In Psychosis In Children

April 30, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

cananbis pregnancy
A new study published in the JAMA Psychiatry examined whether maternal use of cannabis during pregnancy is associated with psychosis liability in offspring. “We expected that cannabis use would be associated with increased psychosis proneness in offspring,” study author Ryan Bogdan told us. “However, we also expected that some of this relationship might be accounted for by other potentially related factors (e.g., other substance use during pregnancy, maternal education, family history of psychopathology, maternal prenatal vitamin use, child substance use, etc.).” [More]

April 29, 2019
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Growing Up in Poor Neighborhoods Increases Risk of Psychosis-Spectrum Illnesses

April 29, 2019 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

a poor neighbourhood
Children who grow up in poor neighbourhoods are at an increased risk of developing a psychosis-spectrum mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder by the time they reach middle adulthood. Researchers say the finding of the study suggest interventions aimed at improving neighbourhoods and assisting children displaying atypical social characteristics could prevent the conditions from developing. [More]

April 23, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Poverty Impacts Children’s Brain Development Negatively, New Study Confirms

April 23, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

child poverty brain dev
It’s hard to imagine how, annually, over 250 million children in low and middle income countries worldwide do not have the ability to meet their development potential. Is there a link between poverty and brain development? A new study published in the Journal of Developmental Science found that poverty can indeed negatively affect children’s brain development. [More]

April 16, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Texting Helps Kids Talk About Abuse According To New Study

April 16, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

kid texting child abuse
A new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that children are able to communicate that they’ve been abused via text message, often within the very first message sent. “We were surprised,” study author Laura Schwab-Reese told us. “We didn’t expect kids to be willing to be so open about their experiences.” [More]

March 12, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

happy parents happy kids

Happy Parents, Happy Kids? Depends On How Much Support Parents Get

March 12, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

happy parents happy kids
If happy parents make happy kids, as the science tells us it does, then how do we ensure parents are happy? “Economic anxiety is a big piece of the puzzle,” parenting expert and author, Ann Douglas told us. “Given the high cost of housing, childcare, post-secondary education, and all the other assorted expenses that go along with raising a child, she says it’s hardly surprising that parents are spending a lot of time worrying about how they’re going to pay the bills.” [More]