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In the News

For Some Trans Youth, Suicide Risk Lowers With Puberty Suppression

While only a minority of transgender youth who want puberty-blocking medicines receive this treatment, a new study suggests they may have a lower suicide risk when they get it. Read more ›

One in Four Children with Autism Goes Undiagnosed, Study Finds

As many as one in four children with autism go undiagnosed — and, the majority of those in whom the disorder is missed are black or Hispanic. Read more ›

New Screening App Can Identify Struggling Readers as Early as Preschool

What if a short digital game for young children could help lower the high school drop out rate? That’s a long-range goal of a new effort by a team from Boston Children’s Hospital in collaboration with Florida State University, which has developed a 15 to 20-minute game that tests children’s early literacy skills and generates a red flag for those in need of extra support. Read more ›

Bay Area Doctors Target Health Consequences of Childhood Trauma

A screening tool developed by Bay Area pediatricians to identify adverse childhood experiences, ranging from homelessness and food insecurity to physical and sexual abuse, will now help doctors statewide address trauma affecting patients’ health. Read more ›

Are Mental Health Apps Risking Students’ Privacy?

The rise in student wellness applications arrives as mental health problems among college students have dramatically increased. Three out of 5 U.S. college students experience overwhelming anxiety, and 2 in 5 students reported debilitating depression, according to a 2018 survey from the American College Health Association.

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One in Four Children ‘Have Problematic Smartphone Use’

The amount of time children and teens spend using their devices has become an issue of growing concern, but experts say there is still little evidence as to whether spending time on screens is harmful in itself.

The experts behind the latest study said they wanted to look beyond the time young people were spending on smartphones and instead explore the type of relationship they had with such devices. Read more ›

As Stigma Ebbs, College Students Seek Mental Health Help

More college students are turning to their schools for help with anxiety, depression and other mental health problems, and many must wait weeks for treatment or find help elsewhere as campus clinics struggle to meet demand, an Associated Press review of more than three dozen public universities found. Read more ›

Rising Depression and Hypertension in U.S. Millennials May Undercut Their Economic Potential [downloadable]

More millennials in the U.S. are suffering from chronic health problems, potentially restraining the lifetime economic potential of a generation of young adults. Read more ›

California Spending Over $13 Billion Annually on Special Education

Spending on special education students in California has increased by just over 20 percent over the past decade — from $10.8 billion to $13 billion in inflation-adjusted figures, according to a new report. Read more ›

No More ‘At-Risk’ Students in California

A bill to remove references to “at-risk youth” and replace the term with “at-promise youth” in California’s Education Code and Penal Code was approved by California governor Gavin Newsom in mid-October.  The bill does not change the definition of “at risk,” it merely replaces it with “at promise.” Read more ›

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