Children with autism show abnormalities in a deep brain circuit that typically makes socializing enjoyable, a new study finds. Using MRI brain scans, researchers found that kids with autism showed differences in the structure and function of a brain circuit called the mesolimbic reward pathway. That circuit, located deep within the brain, helps you take…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — The last thing you want to do after surgery is develop an infection. So caring for a surgical wound is of prime importance. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions: Follow your doctor’s instructions about when and how often you should change the surgical bandage, if there is one. Keep…  read on >

Many children are prescribed powerful opioid painkillers they don’t really need, putting them and those around them at risk, a new study shows. More than one in 10 kids enrolled in Tennessee’s Medicaid program received an opioid prescription each year between 1999 and 2014, even though they did not have a severe condition requiring powerful…  read on >

Headaches are common in children and teens, but many parents aren’t sure when to seek professional help for their child, a new survey finds. The survey of parents with children aged 6 to 18 found that two-thirds said their child has had a headache not caused by a fall or head injury. “Headaches are very…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — The brain is the most complex organ in the body. It’s the center of learning, and is responsible for processing sensory information and directing the body’s responses. The teen brain is still maturing, though it’s more resilient, the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health says. The agency offers these additional facts about…  read on >

If your teen spends a lot of time on social media, you might want to get them to cut back due to the risk of cyberbullying, new research suggests. Researchers surveyed more than 12,000 teens in Germany, Poland and Romania and found those who used social network sites for more than two hours a day…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — If an infant has hearing loss, it can affect the child’s ability to develop speech, language and social skills, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. An infant’s first hearing screening is recommended typically within the first month of life. Even if the child passes the initial screening, the CDC…  read on >

College is a unique stage in a young person’s development. But newfound independence coupled with the pressures of classwork and the need to fit in can make this a very emotional time. Tips from The Jed Foundation can help you help your child get through this transition. Though your relationship is changing, do still offer…  read on >

Bacteria and fungi grow on medical implants, such as hip and knee replacements, pacemakers and screws used to fix broken bones, researchers report. In a new study, Danish investigators examined 106 implants of different types and the surrounding tissue in patients. The findings showed that 70 percent of the implants had been colonized by bacteria,…  read on >

Children whose parents spend time in prison are more likely to lead risky lifestyles as young adults, a new study suggests. The findings are important because more than 5 million American children have had a parent in jail or prison, according to the researchers. “The United States has the highest incarceration rates in the world.…  read on >