Teen Health

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Toward a home test for detecting potentially dangerous levels of caffeine

Wed, 2014-07-30 07:43
The shocking news of an Ohio teen who died of a caffeine overdose in May highlighted the potential dangers of the normally well-tolerated and mass-consumed substance. To help prevent serious health problems that can arise from consuming too much caffeine, scientists are reporting progress toward a rapid, at-home test to detect even low levels of the stimulant in most beverages and even breast milk.

Teen insomnia linked with depression, anxiety

Wed, 2014-07-30 07:35
A study of high school students has shed new light on the links between insomnia-related mental health conditions among teens. "People with insomnia find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep for as long as they need to. This is a widespread sleep disorder among the general public, and in most countries about 11% of teens aged 13-16 years experience insomnia at some stage," one researcher said.

Strategies identified to improve oral contraceptive success with obese women

Mon, 2014-07-28 11:09
Two ways to effectively address the problem that birth control pills may not work as well in obese women, compared to women of a normal body mass index, have been proposed by researchers: either a higher-dose pill or skipping the 'one week off' regimen might work. For obese women, simply shifting to an alternative form of birth control is an option, the researchers said. But they also pointed out that oral contraceptives are the most preferred form of birth control and that a woman's individual preference influences her adherence and continuation with any method.

High school students in some schools smoking at same rate as adults

Thu, 2014-07-24 10:36
Cuyahoga County high school students are smoking tobacco products at the same rate as adults in the county, according to new data. In 2013, more than 22 percent, or one in five high school students, report use of any tobacco product within the prior 30 days.

Natural-terrain schoolyards reduce children's stress, says study

Tue, 2014-07-22 08:24
Playing in schoolyards that feature natural habitats and trees and not just asphalt and recreation equipment reduces children's stress and inattention, according to a study.

Adolescent alcohol abuse disrupts transitions into early adulthood

Thu, 2014-07-17 16:04
Adolescent alcohol abuse is known to be associated with adverse outcomes in early adulthood. It is unclear how much of this association is due to the influence of differences in familial background and shared genetics. New findings implicate a significant causal relationship between elevated drinking problems at age 18.5 and more adverse life outcomes at age 25 that cannot be fully explained by shared genetic and environmental liabilities.

Investing in sexual, reproductive health of 10 to 14 year olds yields lifetime benefits

Thu, 2014-07-17 07:51
Globally there are over half a billion 10 to 14 year olds. Researchers report these years provide a unique narrow window of opportunity to facilitate transition into healthy teenage and adulthood and lay out ways to invest in their future sexual and reproductive health. "Ten is not too young to help girls and boys understand their bodies and the changes that are occurring. Ten is not too young to begin to move them from ignorance to knowledge," said the senior author of the paper.

Parents: What you need to know before your teen hits the road

Tue, 2014-07-15 12:17
The facts couldn’t be clearer: Car accidents are the number-one cause of accidental deaths in children ages 0-19 nationally. The AAA auto club says the 100 days of summer (from Memorial Day to Labor Day) are the deadliest for teenage drivers and their teen passengers. It's a time when schedules are looser; trips involve friends and fun rather than school and structured activities; and curfews may be less strict.

After a concussion, which teens will have emotional symptoms?

Thu, 2014-07-10 14:15
After a concussion, teens who are sensitive to light or noise may be more likely to also have emotional symptoms such as anxiety, according to a new study.

'It’s Your Game ... Keep it Real' reduces dating violence among minority youth

Thu, 2014-07-10 13:17
"It's Your Game ... Keep it Real" (IYG), a health education program designed to delay sexual behavior and promote healthy dating relationships, can significantly reduce dating violence behaviors among minority youth, a study has shown. Researchers looked at four areas of dating violence: physical victimization, emotional victimization, physical perpetration and emotional perpetration.

Inadequate support in schools for diabetic children, study finds

Thu, 2014-07-10 09:16
The lives of young diabetics have been the focus of recent study, beginning from the age when they are starting to be more independent. Researchers report being shocked to discover the absence of an overall policy towards diabetes management within the secondary education sector, stating that "some pupils were getting tremendously good support from their teachers, and their friends were also providing better support because they knew about the condition. But there were other places where there clearly weren't any policies in place that were being adhered to."

Nearly 50 percent of grade 12 students in Ontario report texting while driving

Wed, 2014-07-09 07:59
An ongoing survey of Ontario students in grades seven to 12 reveals a number of significant behavioral trends, including an alarming number of young people who are texting while driving. More than 80 per cent of students visit social media sites daily, with about one in ten spending five hours or more on these sites daily. One in five students play video games daily or almost daily with males being almost four times as likely as females to do so.

Teen dating violence cuts both ways: 1 in 6 girls, guys have been aggressors, victims or both

Mon, 2014-07-07 10:13
Dating during the teen years takes a violent turn for nearly 1 in 6 young people, a new study finds, with both genders reporting acts like punching and throwing things. The data, drawn from a survey of over 4,000 patients ages 14 to 20, indicate that dating violence is common & affects both genders.

Burst spinal artery aneurysm linked to Ecstasy use

Fri, 2014-07-04 11:48
Taking the street drug Ecstasy could lead to a potentially fatal weakening and rupture of the spinal cord artery, doctors warn. Posterior spinal artery aneurysms -- a blood-filled swelling of the spinal cord artery, caused by a weakening and distension of the vessel wall -- are rare, with only 12 cases reported to date. But all of them caused spinal bleeding which affected the function of the spinal cord. Doctors discovered one of these aneurysms in a previously healthy teenager who had taken Ecstasy or MDMA.

Who will binge-drink at age 16? Teen imaging study pinpoints predictors

Wed, 2014-07-02 11:16
Neuroscientists leading the largest longitudinal adolescent brain imaging study to date have learned that a number of factors -- genetics, brain function and about 40 different variables -- can help scientists predict which teens will become binge drinkers.

Concern at lack of teenage patients in cancer trials reported by researchers

Wed, 2014-07-02 09:09
Age limits on clinical trials need to be more flexible to allow more teenage cancer patients the chance to access new treatments, according to a report. "By encouraging doctors to take into account the full age range of patients affected by individual types of cancer, we've shown that it's possible to design trials that include teenage cancer patients and, importantly, that better match the underlying biology of the disease and the people affected," one researcher said.

One in six adolescents in the ER has experienced dating violence

Wed, 2014-07-02 07:36
Of adolescents visiting the emergency department for any reason, one in five girls and one in eight boys reported dating violence in the past year. According to a study, dating violence among adolescents was also strongly associated with alcohol, illicit drug use and depression.

Future reproductive lifespan may be lessened in oral contraceptive users: Lower measures of ovarian reserve

Tue, 2014-07-01 07:14
A project in Denmark whose aim is to assess the reliability of preconceptional lifestyle and biological factors as predictors of fertility has found a pronounced effect of the contraceptive pill on markers used to assess 'ovarian reserve,' a predictor of future reproductive lifespan.

Does long-distance training saddle young cyclists with fragile bones?

Mon, 2014-06-30 09:34
Young cyclists training to join the Tour de France could be causing irreversible damage to their bones. Researchers are investigating what can be done to stop it. The combination of cycling extreme distances and restricting caloric intake to reduce weight can decrease bone density to levels that put young athletes at greater risk for serious fractures and, in the long term, developing osteoporosis.

Growing up poor impacts physical, mental illness in young adults

Tue, 2014-06-24 19:58
Socioeconomic adversity during childhood increases the likelihood of both depression and higher body mass index (BMI) in early adolescence, which can worsen and lead to illness for young adults, according to a new report. The study found that growth in depressive symptoms were predictive of the incidence of sexually transmitted infections while growth in BMI was associated with several health risk measures, including blood pressure, blood glucose, and overall health rating.
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