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Friday, July 31, 2015

Childrens Health: Most adolescents feel better after gastric bypass ♦ Climbing a tree can improve cognitive skills ♦ Adolescents with sleep problems more likely to self-harm

Early prosocial behavior good predictor of kids' future Kindergartners' social-emotional skills are a significant predictor of their future education, employment and criminal activity, among other outcomes.
Climbing a tree can improve cognitive skills Climbing a tree and balancing on a beam can dramatically improve cognitive skills. The findings suggest working memory improvements can be made in just a couple of hours of these types of physical exercises.
Adolescents with sleep problems more likely to self-harm There is a strong relationship between sleep problems such as insomnia, and self-harm, according to findings in a new Norwegian study. The researchers say that depressive symptoms accounted for some, but not all, of the association to self-harming. However, the latter association remained significant even in the fully adjusted analyses.
Positive reinforcement plays key role in cognitive task performance in ADHD kids A little recognition for a job well done means a lot to children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder -- more so than it would for typically developing kids.
Most adolescents feel better after gastric bypass Teenagers suffering from severe obesity generally feel worse than their peers, but after undergoing gastric bypass nearly all experience improved mental health. One in five, however, still suffers from symptoms of depression -- some quite seriously.




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