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Why Do People with Autism See Faces Differently?

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The way people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gather information – not the judgement process itself – might explain why they gain different perceptions from peoples’ faces, according to a new study from Hôpital Rivière-des-Prairies and the University of Montreal. "

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Teens Prescribed Anti-Anxiety or Sleep Medications More Likely to Abuse Those Drugs Illegally

Teens prescribed anti-anxiety or sleep medications may be up to 12 times more likely to abuse those drugs illegally than teens who have never received a prescription, often by obtaining additional pills from friends or family members, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

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New Resource Available for Parents of Children Diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

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NEWARK, NJ (November 20, 2014) – Navigating through the maze of health and medical services can be challenging for parents of children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). A new resource is now available for caregivers, health professionals and, especially, parents. A pediatric neurologist and pediatrician/geneticist at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School recognized a need for a comprehensive guide to help parents obtain quality medical care for each stage of their child’s development.

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Teens Prescribed Anxiety, Sleep Medications Likelier to Illegally Abuse Them Later

The medical community may be inadvertently creating a new generation of illegal, recreational drug users by prescribing anti-anxiety or sleep medications to teenagers, say University of Michigan researchers.

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A Mother's Soothing Presence Makes Pain Go Away – and Changes Gene Activity in the Infant Brain

A mother’s “TLC” not only can help soothe pain in infants, but it may also impact early brain development by altering gene activity in a part of the brain involved in emotions, according to new study from NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Reported Opioid Abuse in Pregnant Women More Than Doubles in 14 Years

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The number of pregnant women who abuse or are dependent on opioids (narcotics) jumped 127 percent in 14 years, leading to an increased risk of maternal death and stillbirth among other serious problems, according to a review of more than 57 million American women admitted for delivery. The results were published in the December issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®).

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Ten Easy Tips to Keep Kids Healthy During the Holidays

Montefiore Dietitians Share Tips on How to Keep Kids Active and Healthy This Winter

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74 Percent of Parents Would Remove Their Kids From Daycare if Other Children Are Unvaccinated

In this national sample of parents of child 0-5 years, most indicate that daycare providers should review children’s immunization status every year to ensure they are up-to-date (52 percent strongly agree, 22 percent agree).

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Caffeine to Viagra: The Medications Saving Preemies May Surprise You

This month is Prematurity Awareness Month and today is World Prematurity Day. What many people may not know is part of the comprehensive care for the tiniest babies includes medications such as Sildenafil and caffeine. Nearly all of the babies in Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) receive caffeine as they are coming off a ventilator and learning to breathe on their own.

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Teens with Disabilities May Face Greater Obesity Risk

Embargoed research from APHA's 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition, Nov. 15-19.

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