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Children and adolescents

Researchers: Drop ineffective drugs for psychotic children

Take kids off antipsychotics if they do not improve after four weeks of treatment, says new research. This will shorten ineffective treatment and reduce side effects.

Adopted children have higher IQs than their non-adopted siblings

New study illustrates how crucial adolescence is for the development of our IQ potential.

Third-graders write faster on tablets

A study conducted in two Norwegian primary schools shows that children write considerably faster on computer tablets than on paper.

Children taking unapproved sleep meds for several years

More children are being prescribed melatonin as a sleep medication, although it is not approved for this use and little research exists on its long-term side effects.

Diarrhoea stunts development of Indian children

A study by Norwegian researchers in New Delhi indicates that young children suffering frequent bouts of diarrhoea experience developmental delays compared to healthy children.

ADHD and language delay connections

A “wait-and-see” approach is not always in the child’s best interest. Early attention can alleviate later struggles.

Education researcher points the way to good schools

Many people ask how schools can be improved. A Norwegian researcher says that a positive learning environment makes all the difference.

More training needed to help online abuse victims

Children are exposed to abuse on the Internet, but the support system doesn’t have enough knowledge to follow up effectively.

Strict parents can get wasteful teenagers

Youth get good economic habits if their parents talk about savings and financial planning. Kids who perceive their parents as psychologically controlling can often be just as extravagant, hedonistic spenders as ones whose parents make few demands.

Young Somali girls want modern circumcision

Attitudes toward traditional circumcision are changing in Somalia, but new forms may be replacing the old.