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Obesity Linked with Teen Exposure to Violence

candy, potato chips, soda and other junk food August 1, 2017

Teens consumed more unhealthy foods and beverages on days they were exposed to violence and suffered from fatigue due to poor sleep the next day, according to a new study in the journal Social Science and Medicine. Children exposed to violence are at greater risk for obesity, but exactly how that occurs is not well understood, the researchers said. Authors included Center-affiliated researchers Joy Pointak, William E. Copeland, Rick H. Hoyle and Candice L. Odgers.

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College Attendance Drops After Widespread Job Loss

Photo of an abandoned Factory June 16, 2017

A new study by Center faculty fellows Liz Ananat and Anna Gassman-Pines suggests that the negative effects of parental job loss (children perform worse in school and are less likely to go to college) aren’t limited to the families of those who lost their jobs.

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Transgender College Freshmen Drink More, Experience More Blackouts

three tumblers of whiskey March 21, 2017

A survey of more than 422,000 college freshmen found that students who identified as transgender were more likely than their peers who identify with their birth gender to experience negative consequences from drinking. The results suggest transgender college students may be particularly vulnerable to alcohol abuse, said Scott Swartzwelder, a Center faculty fellow and a senior author of the analysis.

Wilbourn Receives Presidential Early Career Award

Makeba Wilbourn, Duke University January 11, 2017

Faculty Fellow Makeba Wilbourn has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research. Wilbourn studies how children learn language and how different modes of input, such as gestures, influence early language and cognitive development.

Early Childhood Spending Benefits Don’t Fade Away, N.C. Study Finds

Photo of children sitting in a circle in a classroom setting November 17, 2016

North Carolina’s investment in early child care and education programs resulted in higher test scores, less grade retention and fewer special education placements through fifth grade, a study from the Center finds. The researchers found the programs’ benefits did not fade with time, as in some early childhood intervention programs. Instead, the positive effects grew or held steady over the years.