Prenatal exposure to ambient air pollution was associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder, a new study finds. Pregnant women in Vancouver who were exposed to the highest level of environmental nitric oxide, an airborne, traffic-related pollutant, were more likely to give birth to children later diagnosed with autism, the researchers say. Read more »
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When Shear Avory was a child, they’d look out the window and hope. For the bullying to stop. For conversion therapy to end. For Mom.
“I was constantly in a space of being unaccepted, unwelcomed and put down,” said Avory, who identifies as transgender and uses the personal identity pronouns they/them/theirs. “I think from those experiences, I’ve always held on to hope. … I had nothing else to rely on.” Read more »
If you could write something down that might one day save your life, would you?
A study published in JAMA Psychiatry in September found that when patients who visited the emergency department for suicide-related concerns were given a safety plan at discharge as well as follow-up phone calls, it reduced the odds of suicidal behavior by half. Read more »
In this panel discussion moderated by CHC’s Senior Engagement Manager for Community Connections, Christine Wang, teens share their thoughts and perspectives about anxiety and mental health. The discussion is followed by a Q & A session with the teen panelists. Read more »
In this community education session for educators, Lisa Parnello discusses how to identify a student with word attack struggles and offers helpful strategies that can make them a more successful reader. This class includes easy-to-implement methods to help students with and without learning differences to become better readers. Read more »
Why Is My Teen Always Tired? Nutritional Strategies for Improving Mood, Energy and Academics [video] [downloadable]
Does your teen always seem to be tired? Learn about the nutritional causes for low energy and fatigue in adolescents. Presented by Wendy Sterling, MS, RD, CSSD, Registered Dietitian, Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics and Signe Darpinian, LMFT, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, co-authors of No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food and Emotional Wisdom. Read more »
Some children and adolescents experience symptoms that are beyond the range of normal sadness. Depression can be diagnosed when feelings of sadness or irritability persist and interfere with a child or adolescent’s ability to function. About 5 percent of children and adolescents in the general population suffer from depression at any given point in time. Read more »