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Real-time audio of corporal punishment shows kids misbehave within 10 minutes of spanking

A new study based on real-time audio recordings of parents practicing corporal punishment discovered that spanking was far more common than parents admit, that children were hit for trivial misdeeds and that children then misbehaved within 10 minutes of being punished.…

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Added by Joanna Weill on April 17, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Profile: Joanna Weill, Intern, ACEsConnection

We think everyone who’s joined ACEsConnection has a story to tell. So, we’ll be contacting many of you to ask you a few questions about what inspired you to work on ACEs. We ACEs Connection Network team members will go first, partly because if we want you to participate, we should, too.…

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Internists favor public policy to reduce gun violence

 

Renee Butkus and Arlene Weissman, Ph.D., from the American College of Physicians in Washington, D.C., conducted a survey of 573 internists (response rate, 56.5 percent) regarding experiences, practice behaviors, and opinions related to firearms and related public policies. Physician education and training in firearm safety were also…

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Brain changes associated with casual marijuana use in young adults: More 'joints' equal more damage

The size and shape of two brain regions involved in emotion and motivation may differ in young adults who smoke marijuana at least once a week, according to a study published April 16 in The Journal of Neuroscience. The findings suggest that recreational marijuana use may lead to previously unidentified brain changes, and highlight the…

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Groundbreaking nationwide study finds that people of color live in neighborhoods with more air pollution than whites

A first-of-its-kind study by researchers at the University of Minnesota found that on average nationally, people of color are exposed to 38 percent higher levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) outdoor air pollution compared to white people.



Nitrogen dioxide…

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Added by Joanna Weill on April 17, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

Black adults with financial worries have lower health scores

Feeling stress about finances leads some Black adults to rate their health more poorly, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Behavior. While lower income and education among minorities have been linked to poor health for decades, this study focused just on the connection between financial worries and poor health.…

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Preterm delivery, low birth weight and neonatal risk in pregnant women with high blood pressure

Pregnant women with chronic hypertension (high blood pressure) are highly likely to suffer from adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm delivery, low birth weight and neonatal death, which highlights a need for heightened surveillance, suggests a paper published in BMJ today.…



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Profiles: Rebecca Ruiz, reporter/community manager, ACEsTooHigh/ACEsConnection

This is a view from the coastal trail near Muir Beach in California. It's a steep climb to this vantage point, but well worth the hard work. 

As mentioned in the weekly newsletter, we'll be doing mini-profiles of…

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Added by Rebecca Ruiz on April 16, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Chicago Gun Violence: Big Numbers, But a Surprisingly Small Network

...To begin with, the dramatic disparities the rates of nonfatal gunshot injury: overall it’s 46.5 per 100,000 for the city as a whole from 2006-2012. It’s 1.62 per 100,000 for whites; 28.72 for Hispanics, and 112.83 for blacks.

For all males, it’s 44.68 per 100,000; 239.77 for black males, and for…

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Added by Jane Stevens on April 16, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

New thinking on brain-science therapies could help foster kids

...At Mount Saint Vincent, children's treatment begins with an evaluation of their brains, based on a system developed by Houston-based ChildTrauma Academy. The first tests seem like part of a comprehensive medical checkup: resting heart rate, gag reflex, temperature regulation and metabolism.

They…

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Primary source: Adverse childhood experiences, psychosocial well-being and cognitive development among orphans and abandoned children in five low income countries

The most salient finding is that increases in emotional difficulties are associated with lags in cognitive development for two separate measures of learning within and across multiple study sites. Exposure to potentially traumatic events, male gender, and lower socio-economic status are associated with more…

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COMPLETE SURVEY TO DEVELOP FIRST VALID AND RELIABLE MEASURE OF TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE

Dear ACEs Colleagues,

 

The ACE Study helped launch the movement for trauma-informed care. However, at this time, there are NO reliable and valid measures of trauma-informed care. We are working on an instrument to measure staff beliefs related to TIC. When finished, this could be…

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Added by Steve Brown, Psy.D. on April 16, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Traces of Trauma in Sperm RNA

The offspring of mice that suffered early-life stress show signs of the disturbance their parent experienced, researchers from the University of Zurich and their colleagues have found, pointing to a potential RNA-based mechanism by which trauma may be epigenetically inherited. The team’s work was published…

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Added by Jane Stevens on April 16, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

Mental Health Care Hard to Find in Colo. Medicaid

...About 80% of the clients at Metro Community Provider Network have some behavioral or psychosocial component of their care.

Metro Community didn't find zeroing in on their highest utilizers moved the needle on controlling costs. Instead, they focused on those who consume around 8% to 12% of all…

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Added by Jane Stevens on April 16, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

Five Ways to Stop Criminalizing Victimized Girls

The numbers tell us two sobering facts about girls and juvenile justice. First, they indicate that the percentage of girls in the juvenile justice system has steadily increased over the decades, rising from 17 percent in 1980 to 29 percent in 2011. Second, girls are more likely than boys to be arrested for "status offenses"--behaviors that would not be considered offenses at the age of majority– and often receive more severe punishment than boys.

What the numbers fail to…

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Cardiac Patients' Mental Distress Eased With Care Coordination

Mental health assessment and care coordination by a social worker eased anxiety and depression after hospitalization for heart disease, the MOSAIC trial showed.

Mental health-related quality of life improvements were twice…

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Nearly 10 Percent of U.S. Adults Now Have Diabetes: Study

The percentage of Americans with diabetes has doubled since 1988, with nearly one in 10 adults now diagnosed with the blood-sugar disease, researchers report.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the rate of diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes was 5.5 percent of the U.S. population. By 2010, that…

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Added by Jane Stevens on April 16, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

Profile of a Recent ACEs Adopter -- Sylvia Paull, ACEsConnection/ACEsTooHigh network marketing strategist

As mentioned in the weekly newsletter, we'll be doing mini-profiles of ACEsConnection members. This week, we of the ACEsConnection team will go first, and we're taking different approaches to telling our stories. 

I’ve known ACEsConnection founder Jane Stevens for many years as a pioneer in multimedia journalism, one of the first to incorporate video, community interaction, and grassroots reporting into the basic fabric of journalism. When she told me about the ACEs campaign,…

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Added by Sylvia Paull on April 15, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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