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NASPGHAN clinical practice guidelines recommend screening test for NAFLD in obese children

NASPGHAN clinical practice guidelines recommend screening test for NAFLD in obese children

A screening test for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)--a serious condition that may have lifelong health consequences--is recommended for all obese children aged nine to eleven years, according to clinical practice guidelines developed by the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. [More]
Suicide deaths among White Mountain Apache members drop by nearly 40%, research finds

Suicide deaths among White Mountain Apache members drop by nearly 40%, research finds

Deaths by suicide among the White Mountain Apache in Arizona dropped by nearly 40 percent between 2006 and 2012 compared to the previous six-year period, new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the tribe finds. [More]
Study explores link between feeding behavior and alcohol consumption

Study explores link between feeding behavior and alcohol consumption

Laboratory rats will drink alcohol if it's available, and may even get a little tipsy, researchers report in a new study. [More]
Teen stalking victims more likely to engage in risky behaviors, study finds

Teen stalking victims more likely to engage in risky behaviors, study finds

Stalking is a widely recognized public health concern, yet little information is available about stalking behaviors among teenage victims. [More]
Repeated binge drinking during adolescence can affect brain functions of future offspring

Repeated binge drinking during adolescence can affect brain functions of future offspring

Repeated binge drinking during adolescence can affect brain functions in future generations, potentially putting offspring at risk for such conditions as depression, anxiety, and metabolic disorders, a Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine study has found. [More]
Researchers identify blood test that may help predict FASD during pregnancy

Researchers identify blood test that may help predict FASD during pregnancy

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Texas A&M College of Medicine and the Omni-Net Birth Defects Prevention Program in Ukraine have identified a blood test that may help predict how severely a baby will be affected by alcohol exposure during pregnancy, according to a study published November 9 in the journal PLOS ONE. [More]
Researchers explore link between childhood traumas and adult drug use

Researchers explore link between childhood traumas and adult drug use

Children who are sexually abused are nearly five times more likely to inject drugs in adulthood as those who are not — while children who witness violence are about three times more likely — according to new research released today at the American Public Health Association's 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo in Denver. [More]
Alcohol consumption at early age linked to increase of psychopathological symptoms

Alcohol consumption at early age linked to increase of psychopathological symptoms

Alcohol consumption onset between eleven and thirteen years old is associated with an increased risk of psychological disorders in the future, according to a study conducted by the Complutense University of Madrid. [More]
Moderately vigorous physical activity in midlife linked to better cognition at old age

Moderately vigorous physical activity in midlife linked to better cognition at old age

A new study of 3050 twins finds moderately vigorous physical activity - i.e., more strenuous than walking - to be associated with better cognition in a 25-year follow-up. [More]
Study finds rising trends in marijuana use among college students

Study finds rising trends in marijuana use among college students

College student marijuana use continues its nearly decade-long increase, according to the most recent national Monitoring the Future study. [More]
TSRI researchers find way to switch off urge for compulsive drinking in rat models

TSRI researchers find way to switch off urge for compulsive drinking in rat models

There may be a way to switch off the urge for compulsive drinking, according to a new study in animal models led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute. [More]
Minimum legal drinking age can have major impact on crimes committed by young adults

Minimum legal drinking age can have major impact on crimes committed by young adults

A new study from the Northern Medical Program at the University of Northern British Columbia has shown that minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) legislation in Canada can have a major effect on crimes committed by young adults. [More]
Experts propose new clinical guidelines for diagnosing FASD

Experts propose new clinical guidelines for diagnosing FASD

A group of experts on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, organized by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, has produced proposed clinical guidelines for diagnosing FASD, which can result when a mother drinks during pregnancy. [More]

Alcohol consumption during adolescence adversely affects verbal learning and memory performance

Adolescence is both a time of rapid neurobiological changes and of the initiation of drinking - alcohol is the most commonly used substance among students in grades eight to 12. [More]
New report urges policy makers to act against excessive energy drinks consumption by children, teenagers

New report urges policy makers to act against excessive energy drinks consumption by children, teenagers

UK policy makers must act against excessive energy drinks consumption by children and young people, argues a new report published by the Food Research Collaboration, an initiative of the Centre for Food Policy. [More]
UC Riverside investigators to study impact of drought on public health

UC Riverside investigators to study impact of drought on public health

Drought and extreme temperatures continue to challenge policymakers in California and globally who grapple with managing limited water resources. [More]
Activation of D2 neurons may help decrease alcohol consumption, research shows

Activation of D2 neurons may help decrease alcohol consumption, research shows

By activating particular neurons, we may be able to influence alcohol drinking behavior, according to new findings published by researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in the journal Biological Psychiatry. [More]
Inhibition behavior may help predict binge drinking habits among young adults

Inhibition behavior may help predict binge drinking habits among young adults

While there are a number of studies on alcohol misuse, most of the research has been focused on the adult population. Alcohol is the most widely used drug among young adults between the ages of 18 to 25. [More]
Media-awareness campaign aims to reduce binge drinking among ethnic-minority emerging adults

Media-awareness campaign aims to reduce binge drinking among ethnic-minority emerging adults

Health-promotion and disease-prevention efforts can no longer use a one-size-fits-all approach. Efforts targeting emerging adult populations - encompassing late adolescence and early adulthood - must embrace and utilize multi-pronged, multi-media approaches in order to be successful. [More]

MLDA of 21 appears to protect against alcohol-related mortality later in life

The minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) in the U.S. regulates the age at which individuals can legally purchase and possess alcohol in public. An MLDA of 21 has been linked to a number of benefits, including a lower risk for alcoholism in adulthood. [More]
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