…a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that those youths are more likely to engage in criminal behavior from then on, compared to youths who have not been stopped by police. Researchers say the earlier in life the police stops occur, the greater the psychological distress.

A major tactic deployed by police to reduce crime may actually be backfiring. A practice called “proactive policing” calls on officers to make contact with boys and young men in high crime areas. But a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that those youths are more likely to engage in criminal behavior from then on, compared to youths who have not been stopped by police. Researchers say the earlier in life the police stops occur, the greater the psychological distress.

Preschoolers are just as bad as adults at resisting large portions of food. So if they’re served bigger portions, they’ll overeat. A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition tested and rejected the theory that children are much less likely than grownups to eat too much if they’re served more food. It sounds like bad news but researchers say there’s a positive side to the finding. If kids are served lots of fruits and vegetables, it could actually be good for their health.

And finally, young children are swallowing more foreign objects than ever. A study in the journal Pediatrics shows that since 1995, the number of children under age six who’ve swallowed things like small toys, jewelry, coins, and batteries has nearly doubled. Coins are the most frequently ingested item, but the number of batteries has increased by 150 percent. And they can do considerable damage.

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