Teen Health

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In-home visits reduce drug use, depression in pregnant teens

Fri, 2014-10-10 06:37
Intensive parenting and health education provided in homes of pregnant American Indian teens reduced the mothers’ illegal drug use, depression and behavior problems, and set their young children on track to meet behavioral and emotional milestones they may have otherwise missed.

Teenage girls exposed to more stressors that increase depression risk

Wed, 2014-10-08 10:21
Adolescence is often a turbulent time, and it is marked by substantially increased rates of depressive symptoms, especially among girls. New research indicates that this gender difference may be the result of girls' greater exposure to stressful interpersonal events, making them more likely to ruminate, and contributing to their risk of depression.

Childhood eating difficulties could be a sign of underlying psychological issues

Wed, 2014-10-08 06:31
Parents are being warned by scientists that difficult eaters could have underlying psychological issues, as they have found that restrictive behaviors can appear before puberty.

Sugar linked to memory problems in adolescent rats

Tue, 2014-10-07 09:12
Sugar consumption affected memory and was linked to brain inflammation in juvenile rats, researchers report. "The brain is especially vulnerable to dietary influences during critical periods of development, like adolescence," remarked a corresponding author of the study. "Consuming a diet high in added sugars not only can lead to weight gain and metabolic disturbances, but can also negatively impact our neural functioning and cognitive ability."

What 20 years of research on cannabis use has taught us

Tue, 2014-10-07 07:24
In the past 20 years, recreational cannabis use has grown tremendously, becoming almost as common as tobacco use among adolescents and young adults, and so has the research evidence. A major new review sets out the latest information on the effects of cannabis use on mental and physical health.

Adolescents with cerebral palsy report similar quality of life to their able-bodied peers

Tue, 2014-10-07 07:22
Adolescents with cerebral palsy face multiple challenges, but they rate their quality of life (QoL) on a par with their able-bodied peers, according to new research reporting on how adolescents with cerebral palsy from nine European regions feel about life.

Mother's behavior has strong effect on cocaine-exposed children

Mon, 2014-10-06 09:38
It is not only prenatal drug exposure, but also conditions related to drug use that can influence negative behavior in children, according to a new study. Maternal harshness, such as threats of physical discipline, can be influenced by drug use. Animal studies have shown that prenatal cocaine use can affect parenting by lowering the bonding hormones mothers usually experience after birth, resulting in less emotional engagement with the child.,

Teen hormones and cellphones: Sexting leads to increased sexual behavior, study shows

Mon, 2014-10-06 06:53
Researchers say that sexting may be the new 'normal' part of adolescent sexual development and is not strictly limited to at-risk teens. The findings are from the first study on the relationship between teenage sexting, or sending sexually explicit images to another electronically, and future sexual activity.

A family meal a day may keep obesity away

Fri, 2014-10-03 11:52
Increasing rates of adolescent obesity and the likelihood that obesity will carry forward into adulthood, have led to various preventive initiatives. It has been suggested that family meals, which tend to include fruits, vegetables, calcium, and whole grains, could be protective against obesity.  In a new study, researchers studied whether frequent family meals during adolescence were protective for overweight and obesity in adulthood.

Sense of invalidation uniquely risky for troubled teens

Thu, 2014-10-02 11:11
A study of 99 teens hospitalized out of concern about suicide risk found that a high perception of family invalidation -- or lack of acceptance -- predicted future suicide events among boys, and peer invalidation predicted future self harm, such as cutting, among the teens in general.

Teen pregnancies, abortions plunge with free birth control

Wed, 2014-10-01 16:44
Teens who received free contraception and were educated about the pros and cons of various birth control methods were dramatically less likely to get pregnant, give birth or get an abortion compared with other sexually active teens, according to a new study.

Intervention helps decrease 'mean girl' behaviors, researchers find

Wed, 2014-10-01 11:32
Relational aggression, or 'mean girl' bullying, is a popular subject in news and entertainment media. This nonphysical form of aggression generally used among adolescent girls includes gossiping, rumor spreading, exclusion and rejection. As media coverage has illustrated, relational aggression can lead to tragic and sometimes fatal outcomes. Researchers have now developed and tested an intervention that effectively decreases relational aggression among teen girls.

Healthy lifestyle could prevent nearly half of all diabetic pregnancies

Tue, 2014-09-30 19:22
Nearly half of all cases of diabetes during pregnancy, known as gestational diabetes, could be prevented if young women eat well, exercise regularly and stop smoking before and during pregnancy, finds a study.

Boys, girls who've had a traumatic brain injury differ in rates of harmful behavior

Tue, 2014-09-30 12:42
Teenagers who said they had a traumatic brain injury in their lifetime, especially girls, reported significantly higher rates of harmful behavior, according to new research.

Depression increasing across the United States

Tue, 2014-09-30 11:28
Americans are more depressed now than they have been in decades, a recent study shows. Analyzing data from 6.9 million adolescents and adults from all over the country, researchers found that Americans now report more psychosomatic symptoms of depression, such as trouble sleeping and trouble concentrating, than their counterparts in the 1980s.

Secret to raising well behaved teens? Maximize their zzzzz's

Fri, 2014-09-26 06:58
While American pediatricians warn sleep deprivation can stack the deck against teenagers, a new study reveals youth’s irritability and laziness aren’t down to attitude problems but lack of sleep. This paper exposes the negative consequences of sleep deprivation caused by early school bells, and shows that altering education times not only perks up teens’ mood, but also enhances learning and health.

The dangers of teens using marijuana

Thu, 2014-09-25 13:06
Whether states should legalize marijuana for recreational and medical use is a hot topic across the country. As the debates continue a potentially dangerous environment is being created where more preteens, teens and young adults are beginning to use the substance with the feeling that it is safe.

Family-based therapies can treat anorexia in teens, study finds

Wed, 2014-09-24 19:20
Two different family-based therapies are both effective at combating anorexia nervosa in teenagers, according to the largest study ever to compare two such treatments for the life-threatening eating disorder. The findings add to a growing body of evidence supporting the value of parents' involvement in anorexia treatment.

Gang life is short-lived, study finds

Wed, 2014-09-24 09:35
Although membership in a gang often is depicted as a lifelong commitment, the typical gang member joins at age 13 and only stays active for about two years, according to a study.

First drink to first drunk: Connection between early age of first drink, heavy drinking

Tue, 2014-09-23 14:12
An early age of onset of drinking is a risk factor for subsequent heavy drinking and negative outcomes, researchers report. New research looks at both an early age of onset, as well as a quick progression from initial alcohol use to drinking to the point of intoxication, as risk factors. Findings indicate that both are associated with high-school student alcohol use and binge drinking.
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