Brain Development Archives - NWI
New Research Finds Unique Fingerprint-Like Pattern in Human Brain
February 28, 2017 | Emily Taylor
A study by researchers from the University of Oslo in Norway published recently in Nature Neuroscience, found unique, fingerprint-like patterns in the human brain. These unique network patterns develop during childhood and adolescence. Children and adolescents with mental illness symptoms were found to have a delay in the way these brain network patterns developed.
Research: Maternal Depression Impacts Children’s Basis of Empathy
February 8, 2017 | Emily Taylor
A study published in the January 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry followed children of mothers with depression from birth to preadolescence to look at the impact of mothers’ depression on children’s neural empathic response. Researchers found the neural reaction to pain in others stops earlier for children of depressed mothers than in controls. The patterns of interaction between mother–child were also found to be a factor.
Developing Healthy Minds: It’s Never Too Early to Start!
February 1, 2017 | Emily Taylor
In this recent blog post, Paolo del Vecchio, Director, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA, highlights current thinking on brain development from birth to age 25. The post includes links several resources for positive mental health development from infancy to early childhood and beyond.
Research on Awareness of Impact of Diet on Children’s Mental Development
January 23, 2017 | Emily Taylor
Recent research published in The British Journal of Nutrition measured awareness of the impact of diet on children’s mental health among teachers and parents in four European countries. While the study showed high understanding of the impact of diet on physical health, they found lower levels of awareness about the importance of diet on brain development and cognition, especially among parents. The researchers concluded there is need for greater education of parents.
Emerging Research: Can Mental Illness Be Prevented In The Womb?
November 21, 2016 | Emily Taylor
Story about emerging research investigating potential impact of prenatal supplement of B vitamin choline for the future mental health. Multiple researchers in the field agree the subject deserves additional study.
Policing the Teenage Brain
September 12, 2016 | Emily Taylor
In this Atlantic interview, Lisa Thurau, founder and executive director of Strategies for Youth discusses the positive impact of their training program for police on youth mental health. In Cambridge, the program led to a 65 percent decline in juvenile arrests and an 80 percent decline in runaways.
Common brain changes found in children with autism, ADHD and OCD
August 11, 2016 | Emily Taylor
New research from the Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders Network (POND) founds similarities in brain imaging of white matter in 200 children with autism, ADHD, OCD or no diagnosis.
New Recommendation: Limit Exposure to ‘virtual violence’ in children’s lives
August 1, 2016 | Emily Taylor
New guidelines from American Academy of Pediatrics recommend limiting children’s exposure to “virtual violence” in video games and media. One recommendation is to “protect children under age six from all virtual violence, because they cannot always distinguish fantasy from reality”.
Poor outcomes for adolescents who use Marijuana
June 22, 2016 | Emily Taylor
A recent study by RAND Corporation followed a group of LA-area students over a seven year period, from their participation in an alcohol and other drug use prevention program in middle schools through high school, surveying them on their drug use and academic progress.
New study: Medication and Children in Foster Care
June 16, 2016 | Emily Taylor
A new study by Rutgers University-New Brunswick researchers looked at the use of anti-psychotic medication for children in foster care and other Medicaid-insured children. Although they found encouraging progress in several states, the researchers confirmed an ongoing need for greater oversight and quality improvement to ensure judicious prescription of anti-psychotics medications for children.Read the article about anti-psychotic medication for children in foster care and other Medicaid-insured children»