Teen Health

Updated: 36 weeks 2 days ago

Some things hugs can't fix: Parental warmth does not remove anxiety that follows punishment

Mon, 2015-03-16 14:59
A loving mom can't overcome the anxiety and aggression caused by corporal punishment, and her otherwise warm demeanor may make it worse, according to recent research.

Gender, race influences when teens start drinking, smoking and doing drugs

Wed, 2015-03-11 10:47
Cigarette use among white teenagers is substantially higher than among black and Hispanic teenagers, especially at 18 years old, according to researchers. Alcohol and marijuana use are also higher in white teenagers, and the numbers continue to increase until age 20. Throughout their 20s, blacks and Hispanics are more likely to pick up a cigarette-smoking habit, while the numbers start to decrease for whites.

Female fetuses exposed to tobacco smoke may have increased diabetes risk in middle age

Sun, 2015-03-08 07:14
A fetus exposed to tobacco smoke may be at increased risk for diabetes in adulthood, a new study of adult daughters finds.

Irregular sleeping pattern may affect how teens eat

Thu, 2015-03-05 19:59
A sleep study of teenagers found that greater variability in day-to-day sleep habits was associated with higher calories consumed throughout the day. Teens with higher sleep variability also tended to eat more snacks at night.

Nuts may help lower teenagers' risk of metabolic syndrome

Thu, 2015-03-05 14:18
Modest consumption of nuts every day is associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile among adolescents, a new analysis of a large national database shows.

Smoking when pregnant increases cancer risk for daughters

Thu, 2015-03-05 10:06
Women who smoke when pregnant are putting their daughters at a greater risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer later in life, a new study has determined. Findings also demonstrated that mothers who reported smoking most days while pregnant had daughters who had an earlier age of first menstruation, or menarche.

Expanding sports concussion laws may help ensure safety of all teenage athletes

Tue, 2015-03-03 14:32
Recent concussion laws that set out to prevent head injuries in American teenage athletes should be extended to include the activities of summer camps, travel teams and all-star teams. This will ensure that all children and youths who suffer head injuries receive appropriate care and education, experts say.

ADHD plus childhood trauma heightens risk for self-harm, suicide

Tue, 2015-03-03 13:17
Young women with ADHD who have been exposed to abuse, neglect or other traumas in childhood and adolescence are at greater risk for self-injury, eating disorders and suicide than those with ADHD who were not mistreated in early youth, according to new research.

Raising tobacco sales age to 21 is best way to prevent lifelong addiction

Tue, 2015-03-03 12:10
Raising the minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21 would save lives by preventing adolescents from ever taking up smoking, a new report suggests. The minimum age to buy tobacco products in most of the United States is 18.

Successful cognitive behavioral therapy in youth leads to decreased thinking about suicide

Mon, 2015-03-02 17:20
Patients who did not respond to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety in childhood had more chronic and enduring patterns of suicidal ideation at 7 to 19 years after treatment, report investigators. This study adds to the literature that suggests that successful CBT for childhood anxiety confers long-term benefits.

Survey of teen dating violence among US high school students

Mon, 2015-03-02 11:31
A survey of US high school students suggests that 1 in 5 female students and 1 in 10 male students who date have experienced some form of teen dating violence (TDV) during the past 12 months. "These results present broader implications for TDV prevention efforts. Although female students have a higher prevalence than male students, male and female students are both impacted by TDV, and prevention efforts may be more effective if they include content for both sexes," the study concludes.

Study on adolescent bariatric surgery safety concludes

Mon, 2015-03-02 11:15
Cardiovascular risks of severe pediatric obesity, assessed among a recent study, have been recently published. The authors found that severely obese adolescents carry not only excess weight, but also have much higher risk for CVD than previously realized. Of the 242 participants in the cohort, 95 percent had at least one CVD risk factor. Seventy-five percent had elevated blood pressure (including hypertension and pre-hypertension), 50 percent had unhealthy cholesterol levels, and nearly three-quarters of the group were insulin resistant. Importantly, the study also confirmed that increasing weight in teenagers is associated with increases in blood sugar and blood pressure.

High stress for new mothers increases secondhand smoke risk for infants

Fri, 2015-02-27 10:27
Mothers with a high level of prenatal social stressors -- including possibly less control over their own housing situation or economic distress -- had 2.5 times higher odds to have only a partial or no restriction on smoking in their home than those with no stressors, which increases secondhand smoke risk, a study has found.

Teen girls from rural areas more likely to have undiagnosed asthma, be depressed

Tue, 2015-02-24 12:13
Teen girls who live in rural areas are more likely than their male counterparts to have undiagnosed asthma, and they often are at a higher risk of depression, according to researchers. "There's a lot of speculation about why females are more likely to be undiagnosed," says the lead researcher. "Maybe it's because boys are more likely to get a sports physical for athletics and they catch it then. Or maybe it's because girls attribute asthma symptoms to something else, like anxiety. That needs further study."

Binge drinking is strongly associated with eating problems among Russian girls

Fri, 2015-02-20 18:07
Adolescent binge drinking has been linked to a host of problems, including worse school performance, risky sexual behaviors, illicit drugs, and a greater risk of suicide. Binge drinking may also be linked to problematic eating behavior, yet little research exists. A study of the relationship between binge drinking and eating problems among Russian adolescents has found that problematic eating behaviors and attitudes are commonplace, and that binge drinking is associated with more eating problems in girls than boys.

Teen brain scans reveal a key to weight loss

Wed, 2015-02-18 13:14
MRI scans of teenagers who had successfully lost weight and kept it off show that they have higher levels of executive function -- the ability to process and prioritize competing interests. Executive function is a trait that can be improved, scientists say.

Increased DNA mutations found in children of teenage fathers

Wed, 2015-02-18 09:18
New research reveals that the sperm cells of adolescent boys have more than six times the rate of DNA mutations as the equivalent egg cells in adolescent girls, resulting in higher rates of DNA mutation being passed down to children of teenage fathers. The findings suggest that the risk of birth defects is higher in the children of teenage fathers as a consequence.

Many pregnant teens use alcohol and drugs, study finds

Wed, 2015-02-18 08:30
Many teenagers, especially younger teens, may not be getting the message about the risks of using alcohol and other drugs during pregnancy, researchers say -- but that having involved parents and being engaged academically can help.

Teens increasingly sleep deprived

Mon, 2015-02-16 05:49
A new study found that female students, racial/ethnic minorities, and students of lower socioeconomic status are less likely to report regularly getting seven or more hours of sleep each night compared with their male counterparts, non-Hispanic white teenagers, and students of higher socioeconomic status, respectively. The largest decrease in the percentage getting seven hours of sleep per night was 15-year-olds, a particularly concerning trend for students at this important juncture in development.

Caring youth-parent relations can be vital to preventing adolescent suicide attempts

Wed, 2015-02-11 12:21
Positive relations between youth and their parents can be key to preventing adolescent suicide attempts, according to research. Suicide is the third-leading cause of adolescent death worldwide.
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