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Benefits of breastfeeding last into adolescence

Breastfeeding appears to confer advantages well beyond infancy, with European researchers reporting significant differences in muscle strength and aerobic capacity when comparing teenagers who were breastfed as infants with others who were not breastfed. “Until now, no studies have examined the association between breastfeeding and future muscular aptitude,” noted researcher García Artero, from the University […]

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New evidence linking marijuana use to brain abnormalities in adolescents

Young people who are heavy users of marijuana are more likely than non-users to have disrupted development in the areas of the brain that are involved in memory, attention, decision-making, language and executive functioning skills. That’s according to researchers from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who add that the findings are of particular concern because […]

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Adolescence Lasts Into Twenties

Just when does an adolescent transform into a mature, responsible adult? Some parents who are still cooking, washing and picking up after their 18 year old offspring may suspect the answer is never. These parents may feel vindicated when they hear of two Dartmouth researchers who claim that a person’s brain continues developing toward adult […]

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Adolescent Mental Health Studies Cause Alarm

A study from Brandeis University, reported in the journal Psychiatric Services, has found that psychotropic drug prescriptions for adolescents leapt 250 percent between 1994 and 2001. The researchers say the greatest increase occurred after 1999, when direct-to-consumer advertising was permitted. Stats in the study show that in 2001, one in every ten consultations with teenage […]

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