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Grip Strength May Hint at Dementia Risk.

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In this study, researchers monitored 1,055 older Japanese adults for 24 years and found that participants who experienced a reduction in handgrip strength over time were up to 51% more likely to be diagnosed with dementia in their later years.

Journal of Epidemiology, December 2018

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Could a Childhood Infection Lead to Mental Health Issues?

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After reviewing the health records of more than one million persons, researchers report that individuals who had been hospitalized with an infection as children were 84% more likely to have received a diagnosis for one or more mental health conditions (schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, personality and behavior disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, or tics, for example) later in life. Lead researcher Dr. Ole Kohler-Forsberg writes, “The findings linking infections with mental disorders in the developing brain ...

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Standing Up to Bullies.

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In a study that included 450 sixth-graders and 446 ninth-graders, researchers observed that children with positive familial relationships were more likely to deem bullying behaviors as unacceptable and intervene in such situations.

Journal of Youth and Adolescence, October 2018

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Certain Chemicals Tied to Language Delays in Children.

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A new study suggests that children may suffer a delay in language development if their mothers come into frequent contact with chemicals called phthalates early in their pregnancy. In a study that involved 1,370 pregnant women in Sweden and the United States, researchers found that children with higher exposure to two phthalates (dibutyl phthalate and butyl benzyl phthalate) while in utero had up to a 30% increased risk for language delay than kids with less phthalate exposure.

JAMA Pediatrics, October 2018 ...

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Stigma of Autism Can Affect Psyche.

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Social stigma may play a significant role in depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues experienced by individuals with autism spectrum disorder. In a study involving 111 autistic adults, researchers found that 72% of psychological distress reported by participants was due to social stigma such as discrimination and rejection. Study author Dr. Monique Botha writes, “We already suspected there would be a significant impact of discrimination on the mental health of the autistic population, it’s just that no one’s really ...

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