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“Because” Just Isn’t the Answer

Children are inquisitive by nature. When they are younger, it’s usually because they want to better understand something. When they are older, it’s because they want to better understand why you think something is important and why they should also feel the same way. Regardless of their age, it’s imperative that when setting forth the […]

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FDA Warns Against Over the Counter Chelation

The FDA warned eight companies that market over-the-counter (OTC) chelation therapies that their products are unapproved drugs and it is a violation to make unsubstantiated claims about these products.  Recently there has been an upsurge of chelation products in the internet.  Chelation is a process to bind toxic chemicals such as heavy metals like lead and […]

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Therapy Dogs Reduce Stress in Autistic Children

A new study by researchers at the Universite of Montreal published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology reveals that Autistic children who are exposed to the presence of a therapy dog have reduced stress levels. “Our findings showed that the dogs had a clear impact on the children’s stress hormone levels,” says Sonia Lupien, senior researcher and […]

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TV and Video Game Time Associated with Psychological Problems

A recent study published in Pediatrics indicates that children who watch television or play computer games more than two hours a day have a higher risk for psychological problems.  This study examined over 1000 children between 10 and 11 years of age, they are given a questionnaire regarding their television and computer game time, emotional state, […]

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Autism, Asperger’s and Family Life

In the Parenting section of our website, we try to talk about topics of interest to all parents rather than parents facing one particular issue.  But this month, our article turns the scope on families dealing with Autistic Spectrum conditions.  Specifically, our goal this month is to understand some things that happen to other members […]

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Childhood ADHD May Predict Depression and Suicidality

A recent study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry showed that children diagnosed with ADHD between 4 to 6 years old were at higher risk of developing depression and suicidality in their teen years.  Girls were at especially higher risk than boys.  Patients with Attention Deficit Disorder have different subtypes, with and without Hyperactivity.  […]

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