Teen brain differences linked to increased waist circumference — ScienceDaily

Differences in the microstructure of the nucleus accumbens (NAcc), a region in the brain that plays an important role in processing food and other reward stimuli, predict increases in indicators of obesity in children, according to a study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and nine other institutes, all part of the National Institutes of Health. The paper, published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is based on data from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study. The ABCD Study will follow nearly 12,000 children through early adulthood to assess factors that influence individual brain development and other health outcomes.

Findings from this study provide the first evidence of microstructural brain differences that are linked to waist circumference and body mass index (BMI) in children. These microstructural differences in cell density could be indicative of inflammatory processes triggered by a diet

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Why texting is GOOD for your teen: Smartphone addiction may boost children’s mental health

Why texting is GOOD for your teen: Smartphone addiction may boost children’s mental health, research suggests

  • University of California research reveals texting is not as bad as was thought
  • Youngsters cope better with feelings if they express them with friends via text
  • The study shows sharing emotions over text boosts moods among teenagers 

For many parents, it’s a constant struggle to get teenagers off their phones.

But research suggests their smartphone addictions may not be as harmful as previously thought.

Scientists believe texting could actually be good for children’s mental health.

Youngsters cope better with ups and downs if they can express their feelings to friends via messaging services such as WhatsApp, the study found. 

Sharing emotions over text after a demanding event boosted teenagers’ mood, lowered their stress levels

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South Bay teen author shares love of coding through books

In “The Code Detectives,” two middle school girls who love coding use artificial intelligence to solve mysteries. For 17-year-old author Ria Dosha, writing the book series is a way to advocate for increasing diversity within the technology field.

“I’ve brought a diverse cast of characters to life, with the series centering around Ramona Diaz, a powerful young girl of color,” says Ria, a student at Cupertino’s Monta Vista High School. “The book series gives young girls strong, fictional role models in technology and AI, and introduces them to AI topics in a compelling way, clearing common misconceptions.”

Ria writes what shoe knows, and vice versa. She is the founder of CodeBuddies, which uses workshops, panels, challenges and more to promote problem-solving through technology. She is also the founder of Monta Vista’s Women in AI club, where she teaches girls the impact of artificial intelligence in daily life.

Her work has

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Salt Lake City police have released body camera footage of a teen with Asperger’s being shot during call for help

The Salt Lake City Police Department released body camera footage of an officer involved shooting that left a 13-year-old boy who has Asperger’s with multiple injuries.



a person sitting at a table eating food: Linden Cameron


© Courtesy Golda Barton
Linden Cameron

The teen, identified as Linden Cameron by his mother Golda Barton, remains hospitalized following the shooting nearly two weeks ago.

An independent police investigation is being conducted, and Salt Lake City Police said they expect additional investigations from the district attorney’s office and a civilian review board.

What the video shows

Barton told CNN her son has Asperger’s syndrome and is unable to control himself. She called police on the day of the shooting requesting assistance for her son who was having a “mental breakdown.”

The bodycam video released Monday shows Barton asking police to subdue her son Cameron and take him to a hospital because of violent threats and unmanageable behavior.

The mother tells officers that

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Teen Science Cafe gives teens a chance to talk about science | Ascension

A series of free, out-of-school opportunity to talk with local scientists and engineers about current cutting-edge ideas in science and technology kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday online at the Teen Science Cafe.

Teen Science Cafés are for teens, by teens. A core group of teen leaders, with the committed mentorship of an adult, plan and run the café themselves. They make welcome as diverse of a teen crowd as possible — diverse in ethnicity, culture, gender, and motivations for learning about science. Teen Science Cafés are not just for the science geeks; they are for all curious teens. Along the way, teen organizers gain a host of leadership skills.

Cafés are typically an hour to an hour-and-a-half long, once per each month during the school year, with an additional Teen Leader planning meeting before each café.

Louisiana’s STEM Café au Lait, is a partnership between River Parishes Community College

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