March 10, 2003 A 15-year study suggests that children who watch violent television shows are at an increased risk for aggression and violent behavior as they become young adults. NPR's Michelle Trudeau reports.
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March 4, 2003 As the number of young offenders who are transferred out of the juvenile justice system and into criminal court increases, a new study shows a significant number of children who are 15 and younger lack the cognitive skills that would qualify them as competent defendants in adult courtrooms. NPR's Michelle Trudeau reports.
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March 3, 2003 Every day, juvenile dependency courts across the country are filled with parents who have neglected, abused, abandoned or mistreated their children. To protect these children, judges will often separate the child from the parent -- sometimes temporarily in foster care and sometimes permanently. In Florida, Judge Cindy Lederman has turned to science to help make these difficult custody decisions. NPR's Michelle Trudeau reports.
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November 14, 2002 NPR's Michelle Trudeau reports on two new research studies that give clues about clinical depression, an illness that afflicts 18 million people in this country. Writing in two scientific journals, this month's issues of The American Journal of Medical Genetics and The American Journal of Psychiatry, these researchers report finding a genetic clue that may explain why many more women suffer from depression than men, and a specific brain abnormality that may help lead to an explanation of why depression tends to strike repeatedly in many people.
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