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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