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What does extreme deprivation do to the brain? Charles Nelson has spent his career studying – and helping – children living in the worst possible circumstances
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(University of Zurich) A team of researchers from the University of Zurich has studied the effects of acute sleep deprivation in children for the first time. They discovered that the brain in five to 12-year-olds responds differentl...

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MRI scans from a study presented at SLEEP 2012 reveal how sleep deprivation impairs the higher-order regions in the human brain where food choices are made, possibly helping explain the link between sleep loss and obesity that previ...

Deprivation and neglect found to age children's chromosomes

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Studies in institutionalized Romanian children have found that the length of time spent in conditions of social deprivation and neglect correlates with lower IQ and behavioral problems. A new study shows that early adversity even af...


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