child abuse

Childhood physical and sexual abuse has been linked to endometriosis, a painful condition that affects one in 10 reproductive-age women in the U.S., according to new findings. The association between abuse and endometriosis is considered particularly strong, since women reporting severe to chronic abuse had a 79 percent higher risk of developing the condition. “Both… Read more

Child abuse and other traumatic childhood experiences may alter the brain, making the effects of trauma last into adulthood, a new study reveals. The long-lasting effects may be due to an impaired structure and functioning of cells in the anterior cingulate cortex. This is a part of the brain which plays an important role in… Read more

Child abuse and neglect are, sadly, more common than you might think. According to a 2011 study in JAMA Pediatrics, more than five million U.S. children experienced confirmed cases of maltreatment between 2004 and 2011. The effects of abuse can linger beyond childhood – and migraine headaches might be one of them. Previous research, including… Read more

A new study about impulse control adds to a growing body of evidence about the lasting effects of child abuse and neglect. Quick “go or don’t go” thinking, so crucial to everyday situations, appears to be less accurate and more impulsive in adults who suffered physical, emotional, or sexual trauma in their early years than… Read more