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Rapid emotional swings could precede violence

SCIENCE NEWS Predicting whether patients with mental disorders will become violent is a dicey business, and one the legal system has thrust upon mental-health workers. A new study encouragingly suggests that swift swings in the intensity of symptoms can often peg which psychiatric patients are on the verge of threatening or hurting others. Employing a […]

A life of crime takes its toll on health

ANTISOCIAL behaviour doesn’t just harm society – it may also harm the perpetrators’ health. That’s the message of a 30-year study examining the hidden costs of petty crime to society. The researchers, who monitored 500 children for 30 years, found that naughty boys who didn’t reform in adulthood suffered worse health than their peers, including […]

Early alcohol use causes big problems, even for “good kids”

US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT. The earlier a teenager starts drinking and using drugs, the more likely he or she will struggle in adulthood with substance abuse, job performance, and personal relationships. But is that because troubled children are more likely to use, or because the mind-altering substances are to blame? Society all too often […]