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Youth living in disadvantaged areas are often exposed to violence daily, both within the home and the community. Growing up in these conditions can lead to feelings of distress, hopelessness and depression. The good news is that positive communication and support from mothers can help youth overcome these negative effects. Our most recent publication from the Flint Adolescent

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ANN ARBOR—Support from mom can tip the scales on who will become obese a dozen years later, a new study shows. African-American daughters in their 20s who receive emotional and moral support from their mothers are less likely to become obese. A research team from the University of Michigan School of Public Health followed participants

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Two young men in their late teens sit in adjacent rooms of an inner-city emergency room. One is getting care for injuries he suffered in a fight, the other, for a sore throat. When the nurse tells each one he can go, both head back out to an environment rampant with

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Research suggests that natural areas such as gardens may lead to improved mental health, reduced crime, and promote good health and well-being for residents living in that community. Improving blighted properties (removing graffiti, litter, signs of poor home maintenance, etc.) could help residents engage more in their community. One way of doing this is by

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Participation in organized activities plays a key role in positive youth development. Organized activities provide opportunities to learn skills, develop self-confidence, nurture positive relationships with peers and adults. Researchers at the PRC explored the factors that may influence how youth participate over time and found that youth who use drugs and alcohol at an early age

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Ann Arbor, Mich. — Preschoolers who entered Head Start overweight or obese had achieved a healthier weight status than children in a comparison groups by the time they entered kindergarten, according to new research from the University of Michigan. The research, published this week in the journal Pediatrics, found preschool-aged children who entered Head Start with

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Mothers in jail would benefit from participation in parenting programs, which could help their children avoid negative outcomes down the road. Over the last two decades increasing numbers of women have been incarcerated, leaving young children without their primary caregiver. These women reported stress with parenting in the first place but found increased difficulty trying

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ANN ARBOR—Urban teens whose parents provide high levels of emotional support are more likely to avoid binge drinking and marijuana use, according to a new University of Michigan study. Researchers examined the family dynamics and parental support among 850 high school students identified as at-risk for dropout, based on a grade point average of 3.0

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A new study looking at data from the Speak To Your Health! Survey zeroes in on the effect that fast-food restaurants have on obesity and nutritional health in specific neighborhoods. People with no fast-food outlets in their neighborhood usually meet the recommended consumption of five fruits and vegetables per day, while those who had the

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A recent publication from the Fathers and Sons program explored the effect African American fathers influence on their sons’ intention to exercise.   The Fathers and Sons Program is a 15-session family-based intervention focused on promoting the health of African-American boys by enhancing the parenting attitudes and behaviors of their nonresident fathers and positively influencing parent-child

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African Americans are more likely to have a stroke and suffer from greater disability after a stroke than Whites.  This is partially due to the fact that many African Americans do not make it to the hospital on time to receive a treatment that could drastically reduce the devastating effects.  Existing interventions  focus on teaching

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We’ve known for many years that young adults’ alcohol and drug use is influenced by their peers. It turns out this holds true in an online environment as well. The latest publication from the Virtual Networks Study, found in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, reveals that the images and updates on one’s

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