Teen Health

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Childhood family breakups harder on girls' health, study reports

Mon, 2015-12-14 13:01
A childhood family breakup can have long-term negative consequences for the children. Recent research looks at overall health, depression, and smoking as a health-related behavior and finds that, for girls, all three are worse.

Timing of first childbirth influences women's health at age 40

Mon, 2015-12-14 07:27
A new study finds some surprising ways in which women's health at midlife is connected to when they had their first child and to their marital history.

Helicopter parenting at the doctor's office may impact teen health

Mon, 2015-12-14 06:47
Nearly 40 percent of parents say that they alone -- not their teen -- would ask doctors questions about health issues. A new article outlines the picture of helicopter parenting in the doctor's office.

Witnessing drug use can spur immediate antisocial behavior by teens

Wed, 2015-12-09 12:43
Seeing others drink alcohol or use drugs makes it more likely that teenagers will engage in antisocial behavior on the same day, according to new findings. The risk is significantly greater for young adolescents who have the 'risk-taking' gene.

Smoking in pregnancy 'affects boys' fitness in later life'

Wed, 2015-12-09 07:05
Mothers who smoke are putting more than their own health at risk, suggests a new study.

3/4 of high school heroin users started with prescription opioids

Thu, 2015-12-03 11:27
The first nationally representative studies in the US to examine the linkages between nonmedical use of opioids and heroin in high school seniors examined associations between frequency and recency of nonmedical use of opioids and heroin.

Weight gain between pregnancies linked to increased risk of stillbirth and infant death

Thu, 2015-12-03 06:17
Mothers of healthy weight during their first pregnancy who gain even a moderate amount of weight (around 6 kg in a woman of average height) between their first and second pregnancies increase the risk of their baby dying in its first year of life, according to new research.

Sleep environment one of several factors behind reduction in sudden infant death syndrome

Wed, 2015-12-02 06:42
While the campaign to improve infant sleep environments has long been associated with declines in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), an analysis of 30 years of data suggests that Back-to-Sleep is one of several trends behind reduced rates of SIDS. Other factors include improved prenatal and neonatal care, reduced maternal smoking during pregnancy, increased breast feeding and declines in teen pregnancy. These factors are linked to the biological underpinnings of infant vulnerability to SIDS.

Hiding tobacco products at convenience stores reduces teens' risk of future tobacco use

Mon, 2015-11-23 08:09
A one-of-a-kind laboratory replica of a convenience store is the first to use a realistic setting to examine whether limiting displays of cigarettes and other tobacco products in retail outlets can reduce the intention of young people to begin smoking. Researchers found an 11 percent reduction in cigarette smoking susceptibility when the tobacco 'power wall' was hidden compared to when the display of tobacco products was visible behind the cashier.

Moderate amounts of caffeine during pregnancy do not harm baby's IQ, study suggests

Thu, 2015-11-19 19:14
Women drinking and eating moderate amounts of caffeine during pregnancy should be reassured that they are not harming their child's intelligence, according to a new study.

To reduce risk of infant death, shed excess pounds before becoming pregnant

Tue, 2015-11-17 12:35
Achieving a healthy weight before becoming pregnant and gaining an appropriate amount of weight during pregnancy significantly reduce the risk of the baby dying in his or her first year of life, according to new research. The findings highlight the need for a comprehensive approach to obesity reduction among women of reproductive age that includes weight counseling before conception and during pregnancy.

Teens and parents agree: Electronic cigarettes need restrictions

Mon, 2015-11-16 06:40
More than three fourths of both teens and adults say e-cigarettes should be restricted in public spaces, come with health warnings and be taxed like conventional cigarettes.

Adolescent bariatric surgery reverses type 2 diabetes in 95 percent of teens, achieves major weight loss and improves quality of life

Wed, 2015-11-11 15:26
New research shows that three years after undergoing bariatric surgery, adolescents experienced major improvements in their weight, metabolic health, and quality of life.

Innovative health program reduces depression, unhealthy weights in teens

Mon, 2015-11-09 12:36
An innovative high school health program helped students maintain healthier weights and even alleviated severe depression for a full year after the program ended.

Negative body image, not depression, increases adolescent obesity risk

Mon, 2015-11-09 06:34
Negative body image significantly increases the risk of obesity regardless of whether youth have depression, according to researchers. For the study's purposes, persons with a body mass index of 30 or more were considered obese.

Self-weighing may be a hazardous behavior among young women

Mon, 2015-11-09 06:34
Self-weighing can be a useful tool to help adults control their weight, but for adolescents and young adults this behavior may have negative psychological outcomes. Researchers tracked the self-weighing behaviors of more than 1,900 young adults and found increases in self-weighing to be significantly related to increases in weight concern and depression and decreases in body satisfaction and self-esteem among females.

Teenage exposure to pesticides may lead to abnormal sperm, new study says

Wed, 2015-11-04 07:50
Adolescent exposure to environmental pollutants known as organochlorines may lead to defective sperm, according to a new study. The research is the first to look for associations between exposure to these chemicals in the teenage years and abnormalities in sperm that are associated with fertility problems later in life.

Health campaigns that tap teen culture curtail risky adolescent behavior

Wed, 2015-11-04 04:07
Health campaigns that target teens based their social groups and subcultures, such as hip hop, preppy or alternative, can be an effective tool in dissuading adolescents from engaging in risky behaviors such as smoking and drinking, suggests a survey of the literature and a case study.

Kicking substance addiction in teens: Tobacco dependence should be treated with same urgency as other drugs, study says

Tue, 2015-11-03 14:36
Substance abuse treatments that target main issues such as serious drug and alcohol addiction are not frequently being used to also wean adolescents from tobacco, a new study finds.

Teen sex talks with parents, especially moms, associated with safer sex

Mon, 2015-11-02 10:57
Risky sexual behavior among adolescents is a serious public health problem because of the risk of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies. Now researchers reveal that talking about sex with parents, especially mothers, had an effect on safer sex behavior among adolescents, especially girls.
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