Oral Contraceptives May Impair Recognition of Complex Emotions

A new study, published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, finds that women taking birth control pills may be slightly less adept at detecting subtle expressions of complex emotions, such as pride or contempt, as opposed to general emotions like happiness or fear.
On average, oral contraceptive pill (OCP) users were nearly 10 percent worse than non-users in deciphering the most nuanced emotional expressions, raising questions over the potential effects of OCPs on social interactions.

Extra Support for Suicidal Teens Can Cut Risk of Dying Young

Providing a suicidal teen with extra support from a few caring adults during vulnerable times appears to reduce the risk of dying young. And researchers discovered youth-support teams appear to make a long-term difference.
In the study, researchers from the University of Michigan tracked deaths among hundreds of young adults who were hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or attempts during their teen years. The youth were enrolled in the study during the early 2000s.

Weight-Based Bullying of LGBTQ Teens May Be Common

Many LGBTQ teens face victimization and bullying because of their sexual and/or gender identity. Now a new study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity finds that weight-related bullying is also extremely prevalent in sexual and gender minority youth, even among those with a low BMI (body mass index).
Weight-based bullying has harmful health consequences, including increased risk for depression, low self esteem, suicidal ideation, poor body image, disordered eating, harmful weight control behaviors, and lower levels of physical activity.

Pregnant Moms Who Feel In Charge of Life May Have High-Achieving Kids

Pregnant moms who have a strong sense of control over their lives — as opposed to feeling like their lives are controlled by luck and external forces — tend to have children who score higher in math and science, according to new research published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.