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Low grades in adolescence linked to dopamine genes

The academic performance of adolescents will suffer in at least one of four key subjects -- -- English, math, science, history -- -- if their DNA contains one or more of three specific dopamine gene variations, according to a study led by ren...

Children raised by gay couples show good progress through school

In nearly every discussion, debate or lawsuit about gay marriage, the talk at some point turns to family values. Do gay couples make for good parents? Will their children -- whether adopted, conceived with the help of a surrogate or brought i...

USDA-backed study finds federal school lunches linked to childhood obesity

With children going back to school, parents are concerned that their youngsters are staying fit and eating right, especially those who dine in a school cafeteria. New research funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that children who ea...

Millions of Americans extremely bummed, not getting treatment

Millions of Americans suffer from major depression each year, and most are not getting proper treatment for this debilitating disorder, according to a two-year nationwide study reported in the June 18 Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, led by researchers from Harvard Medical School, found high rates of major depressive episodes (MDE) in all segments of the U.S. population. The researchers measured the severity and duration of depression in more than 9,000 Americans 18 years or older and looked at MDE's effect on daily activities and treatment received, if any.

An Unexplored Genomic Terrain in a Handful of Dirt

Researchers have literally unearthed a treasure trove of genomic information from ten newly identified viruses found in the monkey pit at the Bronx Zoo and other locations. The viruses are called mycobacteriophages and they infect a range of bacteria, including those that cause tuberculosis and leprosy.

More religion means fewer drugs in adolescents

When adolescents perceive religion as important in their lives, it may lower rates of cigarette smoking, heavy drinking and marijuana use, according to a study that tracked urban adolescents from middle school through high school. The researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that the perceived importance of religion was particularly important for teens who were facing a lot of life stressors. These findings are reported in the March issue of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, published by the American Psychological Association (APA).

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