Can Brain Activity in Infants Predict Psychiatric Disorders?

Neuroimaging may predict risk for depressive and anxiety symptoms in children. From Psychology Today… Young children can demonstrate behaviors predictive of depressive and anxiety disorders. These behaviors correlate with activity in certain brain areas, including the amygdala, a region known to be involved in emotional regulation. It is possible to measure functional connectivity between the amygdala […]

WashU Expert: If you see signs of child abuse, report it

From the WashU Newsroom… David and Louise Turpin have been accused of abusing their 13 children for years inside their California home, a case that has captured international attention. What should you do to try to better recognize signs of abuse in your neighborhood? The bottom line: If you think a child is in danger […]

Combatting ‘disinformation’ about child abuse

New book aims to explain what everyone can do to help kids who need it most From the WashU Newsroom… Children need nurturing, attention to health and basic needs, safety and appropriate supervision. Child abuse and neglect, also called “child maltreatment,” too often endanger the health, well-being and even lives of children. Especially for the […]

Eggs improve biomarkers related to infant brain development

From the WashU Newsroom… Feeding eggs to infants could provide them with key nutrients for better brains. A study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis finds infants who were in introduced to eggs beginning at 6 months showed significantly higher blood concentrations of choline, other biomarkers in choline pathways, and docosahexaenoic acid […]

Mental Health Issues Can Affect Children As Young As Three

From Fix.com… According to the Centers for Disease Control, around 12 million children and teens are not receiving the mental health treatment they need. Mental health disorders like depression often hit people in early adulthood, but now a new report on NBC News explains that serious mental and emotional problems can begin with children as young […]

Generation at risk: America’s youngest facing mental health crisis

From the NBC Newsroom… Alex Crotty was just 11 when things started feeling wrong. It wasn’t just a matter of being unhappy. She always felt empty and miserable — never content or connected to other children. For years, she suffered alone, filled with shame. She switched schools, but that didn’t help. “I didn’t feel unloved. […]

Brain networks that help babies learn to walk ID’d

Autism risk, walking linked via brain connections From the WashU Newsroom… Scientists have identified brain networks involved in a baby’s learning to walk — a discovery that eventually may help predict whether infants are at risk for autism. The findings build on previous research that has shown that babies who have delays in developing skills involved […]

On KPLR 11: Washington University research into brain development; local Rhodes Scholars

(Video) From KPLR 11’s The Pulse of St. Louis Researchers [Drs. Cynthia Rogers and Chad Sylvester] at Washington University are conducting a study that focuses on brain development and anxiety disorders, including social anxiety. Learn about what scientists are doing to develop treatments to help children impacted by the conditions.   Watch the conversation!

The misunderstood social safety net

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch Few topics are more misunderstood than the U.S. social safety net. From Ronald Reagan’s “welfare queen” to current HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s caricature of a comfortable life in public housing, the safety net and those who use it have been routinely vilified. Just recently in St. Charles, President Donald Trump, […]

‘Journal on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America’ Launches

From the WashU Newsroom… The Collaboration on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America (CRISMA) in the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis is pleased to announce the launch of the Journal on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America (JRISMA) with Washington University Libraries. JRISMA features scholarly works in the fields of social work, public health, […]

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation visits The SPOT

Pop star’s organization highlights support the center offers From the WashU Newsroom… Representatives from Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation stopped by The SPOT in the Central West End on Thursday, Nov. 16, to celebrate and promote youth empowerment and the importance of positive environments. The foundation is visiting and bringing gifts to selected youth-based nonprofits in cities on Gaga’s […]

Research team developing new pediatric neuroimaging technology

Washington University researchers are developing a new way to look inside the brains of pediatric patients. From the WashU Newsroom… A team of scientists at Washington University in St. Louis is developing a new way to look inside the brains of the littlest patients — a technique that will provide precise measurements without requiring children to […]

Obituary: William Landau, professor emeritus, 93

Former head of neurology specialized in movement disorders From the WashU Newsroom… William M. Landau, MD, a professor emeritus of neurology, died in his sleep Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at his home in University City. He was 93. Landau wasa professor of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis from 1954 to 2012 […]

In autism, too many brain connections may be at root of condition

Learning, social issues may reflect neuronal miscommunication From the WashU Newsroom… A defective gene linked to autism influences how neurons connect and communicate with each other in the brain, according to a study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Rodents that lack the gene form too many connections between brain neurons and have […]

Early childhood adversities linked to health problems in tweens, teens

Study is first to point to brain changes that underlie poor health in some children From the WashU Newsroom… Adverse experiences in childhood — such as the death of a parent, growing up in poverty, physical or sexual abuse, or having a parent with a psychiatric illness — have been associated with physical and mental health […]

Large declines seen in teen substance abuse, delinquency

Surveys over a decade indicate positive behavioral shifts From the WashU Newsroom… More than a decade of data indicates teens have become far less likely to abuse alcohol, nicotine and illicit drugs, and they also are less likely to engage in delinquent behaviors, such as fighting and stealing, according to results of a national survey analyzed […]

Conference to focus on early brain development, social outcomes

Universitywide initiative explores intersection of neuroscience and societal issues From the WashU Newsroom… In recent years, research has emerged detailing the detrimental effects of poverty and stress on early brain development. Such societal ills can reshape the human brain and cause lifelong problems in behavior, learning, physical health and mental wellbeing. To explore these connections, Washington […]