adolescence

Social media use, television viewing and computer use, but not video gaming, are linked to an increase in anxiety symptoms among adolescents, according to a new study by researchers affiliated with CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center and the University of Montreal[1]. The study shows that a higher than average frequency of social media use, television viewing… Read more

As children age into adolescence and on into young adulthood, they show dramatic improvements in their ability to control impulses, stay organized, and make decisions. Those executive functions of the brain are key factors in determining outcomes including their educational success, and whether they will use recreational drugs, or develop psychiatric illness. In a new… Read more

Factors that influence when boys go through puberty could affect a man’s future risk of developing prostate cancer, a large study funded by World Cancer Research Fund has found. For the first time, sexual maturation was assessed using genetic markers. The international research team, which included academics from the University of Bristol, found these early… Read more

That the neurons in adult rats could be saved with learning has been known by scientists for years. What they didn’t know was if this would be the case for young rats, which produce two to four times more neurons than adult animals. When scientists looked at the hippocampus, a portion of the brain associated… Read more