Teen Health

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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.

Best friends' drinking can negate protective effects of an alcohol dehydrogenase 1B gene variant

Tue, 2014-09-23 14:12
Alcohol use that begins during adolescence affects the development of alcohol use disorders during adulthood. A new study looks at the effects of interplay between peer drinking and the functional variant rs1229984 in the alcohol dehydrogenase 1B gene (ADH1B) among adolescents. Peer drinking reduces the protective effects of this ADH1B variant, experts have found.

Note to young men: Fat doesn't pay well

Tue, 2014-09-23 12:28
Men who are already obese as teenagers could grow up to earn up to 18 percent less than their peers of normal weight, researchers report. The team compared extensive information from Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, and the results were found across the board.

Best exercise for obese youths analyzed

Mon, 2014-09-22 16:00
What exercise program can best fight the 'epidemic' of teen obesity? According to a study, by combining aerobic exercise with resistance training. "Obesity is an epidemic among youth," says one author. "Adolescents who are overweight are typically advised to exercise more, but there is limited evidence on what type of exercise is best in order to lose fat."

Hold on, tiger mom: Punitive parenting may lead to mental health risks

Mon, 2014-09-22 11:07
Less supportive and punitive parenting techniques used by some Chinese parents might lead to the development of low self-esteem and school adjustment difficulties in their children and leave them vulnerable to depression and problem behaviors, according to a paper.

Identifying teen alcohol and drug abuse

Wed, 2014-09-17 15:30
The number of teens who abuse tobacco, alcohol, drugs and other substances hasn’t changed much in the past couple of decades – but for those who are prone to addiction for one reason or another, the menu of substances to choose from is larger than ever.

Young women involve parent in abortion when anticipating support

Mon, 2014-09-15 07:58
Pregnant teens will turn to parents and adults who are engaged in their lives and who will offer support, regardless of her pregnancy decision. Young women will avoid talking with parents who are less involved or may try to prevent them from seeking care, a study concludes.

Binge drinking in pregnancy can affect child's mental health, school results

Wed, 2014-09-10 19:41
Binge drinking during pregnancy can increase the risk of mental health problems (particularly hyperactivity and inattention) in children aged 11 and can have a negative effect on their school examination results, according to new research on more than 4,000 participants.

Teens' neural response to food commercials predicts future weight gain

Wed, 2014-09-10 07:32
In the first prospective longitudinal study to investigate neural response to unhealthy food commercials, Oregon Research Institute scientist Sonja Yokum, Ph.D., and her team found that adolescents showing elevated responses in reward regions to food commercials gained more weight over one year compared to those with less activation in these brain regions. The magnitude of these effects is much larger than effects for established risk factors for future weight gain, such as parental obesity.

Frequent cannabis use in adolescence linked with reduced educational attainment, other problems in young adults

Tue, 2014-09-09 17:20
Individuals who are daily users of cannabis before age 17 are over 60% less likely to complete high school or obtain a degree compared to those who have never used the drug, new research shows. The large meta-analysis also indicates that daily users of cannabis during adolescence are seven times more likely to attempt suicide, have an 18 times greater chance of cannabis dependence, and are eight times as likely to use other illicit drugs in later life.

One in five young men unable to purchase emergency contraception

Tue, 2014-09-09 13:27
Male shoppers in search of emergency contraception do not always have an easy time making these purchases and may be turned away at their local pharmacies. A 'mystery shopper' survey conducted in New York City showed that males had a 20 percent likelihood of not being able to purchase emergency contraception. Nearly three-quarters of the pharmacies in the study created barriers for the males to get the contraception.

'Must-have' sexual health services for men outlined in report

Tue, 2014-09-09 12:44
Compared with women, American men have worse access to reproductive and sexual health care, research shows, a disparity fueled in part by the lack of standard clinical guidelines on the types and timing of exams, tests and treatments that should be offered to all men of reproductive age. Now a report aims to fill that need.

Poverty, not bias, explains racial/ethnic differences in child abuse

Tue, 2014-09-09 09:26
Poverty -- rather than biased reporting -- seems to account for the higher rates of child abuse and neglect among black children, reports a new study.

Skipping school linked to failing tests, more sex, less condom use in teenagers

Tue, 2014-09-09 07:37
Young women's weekday reports of skipping school and failing a test were significantly linked to more frequent vaginal sex, less frequent condom use and different sexual emotions, on that same day, a study shows.

Birth measurements could predict lung health in teen years

Tue, 2014-09-09 07:37
A new study has found that factors, such as birth weight, gestational age at birth and lung function, growth and other measures at 8 years old, can be used to predict lung function during mid to late teenage years.

Media coverage of celebrity suicide can cause large-scale copycat effect

Tue, 2014-09-02 13:11
Researchers who analyzed media coverage of the suicide of a national actress in South Korea and its impact on subsequent suicides found that the number of suicide-related articles surged around 80 times in the week after a suicide compared with the week prior.

Family dinners good for teens' mental health, could protect from cyberbullying

Mon, 2014-09-01 19:15
Cyberbullying was associated with mental health and substance use problems in adolescents, a new study shows, but family dinners may help protect teens from the consequences of cyberbullying and also be beneficial for their mental health.

Obese or overweight teens more likely to become smokers

Thu, 2014-08-28 16:47
Weight status has no correlation with alcohol or marijuana use but is linked to regular cigarette smoking, a study examining whether overweight or obese teens are at higher risk for substance abuse has found. The authors note that the idea that smoking helps with weight reduction or appetite suppression is widely held, but is not true. "People who smoke crave fatty foods more," they say.

Youth who have used e-cigarettes report greater intent to try regular cigarettes

Thu, 2014-08-28 16:47
Youth who have never even touched a regular tobacco cigarette -- but have ever used e-cigarettes -- are more likely to report that they may try conventional cigarettes. Researchers also report that exposure to pro-tobacco advertising was associated with the intention to smoke among U.S. middle and high school students who reported never smoking.
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