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child-091813.jpg The effects of childhood bullying may persist into adult years, according to research conducted at King's College London. The study, published by Beat Bullying, surveyed data collected on 7,771 kids whose parents detailed exposure to bullying. Bullying happened to roughly 28% of the children surveyed and had a negative physical and cognitive effect on that percentage of kids.

AlzheimerAssociation-040611.jpg Women are nearly twice as susceptible to Alzheimer's disease in their 60's, according to new statistics from the Alzheimer's Association. A new study, published in the Annals of Neurology, found that a specific gene variant called ApoE4 substantially increases a woman's risk for Alzheimer's disease. Researchers analyzed the records of over 8,000 people who had been monitored over time.

Child-Dog-041514.jpg Autistic kids may benefit by having a dog, according to research conducted at the University of Missouri. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, found that dog ownership was linked to responsibility and commitment, two traits that help autistic children cope with their condition. Researchers surveyed data on 70 families with autistic kids.

Antidepressants-042312.jpg Women who use SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to have children afflicted with autism, according to research conducted at Johns Hopkins University. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that boys with autism were three times as likely to have been exposed to SSRIs in the womb.

depression-090613.jpg Those who become dads young are at a greater risk of depression than those who wait until they're older, according to research conducted at Northwestern University. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that first time fathers (average age 25) were 68% more likely to struggle with the disorder.

antidepressants-041114.jpg New research suggests that women taking antidepressants are more successful at breastfeeding if they continue taking the medication. The research, which was presented at the 18th Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference in Perth, shows that the amount of antidepressants making its way into the child's system is so low that it is more beneficial for both mother and baby.

Aerobics-041014.jpg Regular doses of aerobic exercise including walking could help ward off dementia for some older women, according to a new study from researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. For the study the researchers examined 86 women between the ages of 70 and 80 for six months. The women were split into three groups.

Teens with low amounts of the stress hormone cortisol may be at higher risk for car accidents, according to research conducted at the University of Sherbrooke. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, notes that the brain induces the release of cortisol as part of its fight or flight response to various situations.

strokes-021314.jpg The initial warning signs of stroke symptoms often go unnoticed, according to a new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University. For the study the researchers examined data collected from emergency room visits as part of the 2009 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project State Inpatient Databases, and from the 2008-2009 State emergency department databases.

Autism-042412_04Jun12.jpg Autism in children may be linked to obesity in the father, according to a new study from researchers at the Norwegian Institute for Public Health. For the study the researchers examined records collected as part of the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study including data from over 90,000 children at 3, 5, and 7 years.

Sleeping-012213.jpg Young adults who suffer from insomnia may be far more likely to experience strokes, according to a new study from researchers at Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science in Taiwan. For the study the researchers collected data from 21,000 people with insomnia and 64,000 without. They found that those who reported suffering from chronic insomnia are eight times more likely to suffer stroke.

Autism-042412_04Jun12.jpg Autism may actually begin to develop when certain cells in the brain fail to properly develop in the womb, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California at San Diego's Autism Center of Excellence. For the study the researchers examined brain tissue from 22 deceased kids between the ages of 2 and 15, all of whom had been diagnosed with autism before their death.

stemcells-071013.jpg New stem cell research from a team at the University of Michigan may be shedding new light on bipolar disorder. The team says they have created embryonic stem cells from bipolar disorder patients that have already revealed new data about the inner workings of the condition. For the study the researchers were able to use stem cells from the skin.

videogames-120413.jpg Children who regularly play violent video games may be more likely to display violent tendencies later in life, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Iowa. For the study the researcher surveyed a group of 3,000 children in third, fourth, seventh and eighth grades over the course of three years monitoring increases in aggressive behavior.

AlzheimerAssociation-040611.jpg Women have a greater risk for Alzheimer's disease than men, according to research conducted by the Alzheimer's Association. The report, published in the org's 2014 Disease Facts and Figures paper, found that elderly women have a one in six chance of developing the disease, while men have a one in 11 chance.