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News from the field

News relevant to NWI members from around the nation and around the world. 
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  • 09 Dec 2014 11:29 AM | John Ossowski (Administrator)

    The Council of State Governments Justice Center has released a new report about keeping kids in school and out of the justice system.  The report acknowledges that many young people - especially youth of color and LGBT youth - are suspended from school for relatively minor misconduct.  It also acknowledges that this strategy increases the risk for involvement with the juvenile justice system.  To reduce the use of out-of-school suspensions, the report describes research-based approaches to address student misbehavior that hold youth
    accountable, address victims’ needs, and effectively improve both student conduct and adult
    responses.

  • 09 Dec 2014 11:24 AM | John Ossowski (Administrator)

    This article reports on emerging research from the field of neuroscience.  Fructose, a component of table sugar, may exacerbate depressive symptoms and heighten levels of anxiety.  This connection is particularly relevant to the teen years, when the brain's stress response is in a critical phase of development.

  • 09 Dec 2014 11:20 AM | John Ossowski (Administrator)

    The Institute of Education Sciences released a new report on Fast Track, an intervention for elementary school children.  Fast Track is designed to reduce conduct problems and promote academic, behavioral, and social improvement - starting in the early elementary school years.

  • 09 Dec 2014 11:16 AM | John Ossowski (Administrator)

    Here's a new youth-produced video featuring the voices and faces of young people standing up to negative labeling.  

  • 09 Dec 2014 11:12 AM | John Ossowski (Administrator)

    Adolescence can be a turbulent passage to adulthood.  Meditation can be a tool for young people to use in easing this transition, according to a new pilot study.

  • 05 Nov 2014 6:59 PM | John Ossowski (Administrator)

    In this Huffington Post blog, Darryl Roberts (Director of "America the Beautiful 3: The Sexualization of our Youth") posits that the mass media is creating unrealistic ideals and expectations for young people.  In turn, youth internalize these images and messages, leading to eating disorders, depression and a host of other problems.  Read the full post today!

  • 05 Nov 2014 6:51 PM | John Ossowski (Administrator)

    Recently, SAMHSA reported on a rising trend of ER visits liked to 'synthetic marijuana' products.  (These are substances not derived from the actual marijuana plant, but claim to produce the same effects.)  Young males accounted for 79% of these ER visits.  The full report is available from SAMHSA online.

  • 05 Nov 2014 1:07 PM | John Ossowski (Administrator)

    A new study shows that music therapy can help relieve childhood depression and promote physical, social and emotional wellness.  Read the full article here.

  • 05 Nov 2014 1:02 PM | John Ossowski (Administrator)

    A vitamin D deficiency can cause problems for children ranging from increased risk for rickets and mood problems.  This article from Youth Health Magazine describes the importance of getting enough vitamin D - especially as winter approaches.

  • 05 Nov 2014 12:56 PM | John Ossowski (Administrator)
    A new report from the Institute of Medicine provides guidance about improving the health, safety and well-being of young people (ages 18-26). You can access the full report here - or scan the research brief here.


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