How to More Effectively Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Every day, children in the United States experience sexual abuse. It’s difficult to determine how widespread this problem is because child sexual abuse is not uniformly defined and most certainly under-reported. The best data available tells us that more than 25 percent of girls and 5 percent of boys experience sexual abuse at some point during their formative years. [Read more…]

Global Review Finds Most People Need More Exercise

It’s no surprise that exercise is good for us. There is a significant body of evidence that demonstrates a wide range of benefits to regular physical activity. This includes improved cardiovascular health, stronger bones, reduced risk of developing cancer, increased likelihood of maintaining a healthy weight, better sleep, fewer mental health problems and an overall higher quality of life. [Read more…]

Are Carbs the Culprit?

New evidence from a sweeping study of diet choices reinforces the old adage, “Everything in moderation.” [Read more…]

Do Girls Perform Better in School?

Kids across the nation are headed back to school. For boys and girls, that means the excitement of seeing friends and learning new subjects. But does gender make a difference?

overhead view of a round table with open books on it and youth seated around studying

top view, group of students together at school table working homework and have fun

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Novel Research Methods Reveal More About Police Violence

If you follow the news, you can’t miss the stories about violent interactions between police and civilians. Over the past six years, there have been dozens of high profile cases of police violence against civilians and, specifically, African-Americans. Numerous activist groups campaigning for the people involved in these incidents have formed including Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, Say Her Name, Blue Lives Matter and many more. [Read more…]

The Evidence on Kids, Sleep, and School Start Times

It’s nearly time for kids across the country to head back to school and that means—for most kids—waking up bright and early. While early mornings are not often problematic for younger kids, tweens and teens often struggle to get up in the morning. [Read more…]

How To Treat the Growing Problem of Childhood Anxiety

Whether it’s feeling nervous to attend a new school, afraid of a scary looking bug, or scared of the dark, most children experience some form of anxiety. But up to one in three children experience more severe anxiety that affects their ability to learn and socialize. [Read more…]

Do Violent Video Games Make Kids More Violent?

If you know a tween, teenager or avid gamer, you have probably heard about the latest video game phenomenon: Fortnite. In the game’s Battle Royale mode, up to 100 players parachute into a small island, scavenge for armor and weapons, and then kill or hide from other players in an attempt to be the lone survivor. The game’s cartoonish violence and quirky features–including costumes and custom dance moves–have attracted more than 125 million players across all the globe since its release last September. [Read more…]

Does Sunscreen Really Prevent Skin Cancer?

More than 3 million Americans develop skin cancer each year. Our understanding of how skin cancer develops is limited; the only known medical strategy  to lower the risk of developing skin cancer is to avoid skin damage from the sun. There are several ways to accomplish this: stay inside during the middle of the day, wear clothing and hats to cover your skin, and – of course – use sunscreen.
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What Happens When We Separate Families

Over the past several months, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – a branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – has been separating parents and their children seeking asylum at the U.S. border. In the vast majority of cases, these children have been taken to care institutions while their parents are detained in jail. [Read more…]

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