Abuse accelerates puberty in children

Tue, 2017-03-28 10:02
While it has long been known that maltreatment can affect a child's psychological development, new research indicates that the stress of abuse can impact the physical growth and maturation of adolescents as well.
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Health problems may increase as young people infected with HIV at birth get older

Mon, 2017-03-27 11:12
A new study has found that US youth infected with HIV around the time of their birth are at higher risk throughout their adolescence and young adulthood for experiencing serious health problems, poor control of the HIV virus or death.
Categories: Teen Health

Parents' perceptions play key role in teens' driving preparedness, study finds

Fri, 2017-03-24 17:24
Overall, parents believe their teens are safer than other drivers. A new article offers insight into how parents can react when their teen gets licensed.
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How does spousal suicide affect bereaved spouse mentally, physically?

Wed, 2017-03-22 12:32
People bereaved by the suicide of a spouse were at increased risk for mental and physical disorders, suicidal behavior, death and adverse social events, according to a nationwide study based on registry data conducted in Denmark.
Categories: Teen Health

Pre-pregnancy BMI directly linked to excess pregnancy weight gain

Tue, 2017-03-21 12:53
It's well known that excessive weight gain during pregnancy can have a lasting negative impact on the health of a mother and her baby. A new study finds that for young mothers (women who gave birth between the ages of 15 and 24), pre-pregnancy body mass index, or BMI, and ethnicity might signal a likelihood for obesity later in life.
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Intervention that engages youth on ethnic, racial identity can enhance positive development

Tue, 2017-03-21 07:27
Developing an ethnic-racial identity is an important task for young people growing up in the United States. A new study examined the Identity Project, a mental-health promotion intervention that engages youth in exploring and resolving issues around their ethnic and racial identities. It found that the program helps promote key developmental constructs that can enhance the positive development of youth from a range of backgrounds.
Categories: Teen Health

Drug and alcohol problems linked to increased veteran suicide risk, especially in women

Thu, 2017-03-16 07:29
Veterans who have drug or alcohol problems are more than twice as likely to die by suicide as their comrades, a new study finds. And women veterans with substance use disorders have an even higher rate of suicide -- more than five times that of their peers, the research shows. The risk of suicide differs depending on the type of substance the veteran has problems with.
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Experts find strong case for over-the-counter oral contraceptives for adults and teens

Tue, 2017-03-14 06:16
A team of pediatric, adolescent and women's health experts concludes that regulatory, behavioral and scientific evidence supports switching oral contraceptives from prescription-only status to over-the-counter (OTC) availability.
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E-cigarettes a gateway to smoking? Not likely

Mon, 2017-03-13 11:50
Major national studies provide little evidence that e-cigarette users move to smoking cigarettes as a result, researchers write.
Categories: Teen Health

Increasing minimum wage would reduce teen pregnancies

Wed, 2017-03-08 14:21
A $1 increase in the minimum wage would likely reduce the US adolescent birth rate by about 2 percent, according to new research. That would mean about 5,000 fewer births annually.
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Women suffer from asthma symptoms more frequently and more severely than men

Tue, 2017-03-07 07:13
Women suffer more frequently and more severely from pollen and food allergies and therefore also from asthma. Firstly, female sex hormones increase the risk and symptoms of asthma and allergies and, secondly, hormone preparations such as the contraceptive pill play a role.
Categories: Teen Health

Early periods associated with risk of gestational diabetes

Mon, 2017-03-06 07:27
Girls who have their first period before age 11 are 50 percent more likely to develop gestational diabetes according to research. It is an increasingly common pregnancy complication with long-lasting health consequences for mothers and their children. The global trend towards starting puberty at a younger age is concerning, and health professionals could start to include age of first period as a marker for potential adverse health outcomes.
Categories: Teen Health

Even after treatment, brains of anorexia nervosa patients not fully recovered

Wed, 2017-03-01 08:55
Even after weeks of treatment and considerable weight gain, the brains of adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa remain altered, putting them at risk for possible relapse, according to researchers.
Categories: Teen Health

Adolescents with autism four times more likely to visit emergency department

Tue, 2017-02-28 16:53
Adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) use emergency-department services four times as often as their peers without autism, according to researchers. The findings suggest that youth with autism may need better access to primary care and specialist services.
Categories: Teen Health

No increased risks to newborns linked to taking influenza drugs during pregnancy

Tue, 2017-02-28 16:51
No increased risks to newborn babies has been found if their mothers have taken drugs to prevent or treat influenza during pregnancy.
Categories: Teen Health

Type 2 diabetes diagnosis in youth leads to increased health complications

Tue, 2017-02-28 11:11
A significantly higher burden of diabetes-related complications in adolescents and young adults with type 2 diabetes compared to type 1 diabetes, with greater health complications in minority youth, outlines a new report.
Categories: Teen Health

Transgender and gender-fluid teens left with few safe harbors

Tue, 2017-02-28 11:11
Transgender and gender-fluid teens, particularly those born male, face up to three times more mental and physical abuse at school and at home than their gender-conforming peers, according to a new study.
Categories: Teen Health

Preventing, treating smoking in children and youth

Mon, 2017-02-27 06:22
A first-ever guideline from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care on tobacco use by children and youth aged 5 to 18 years recommends that physicians should play a more active role in the prevention and treatment of cigarette smoking in this age group.
Categories: Teen Health

Tired teens 4.5 times more likely to commit crimes as adults

Thu, 2017-02-23 07:21
Teenagers who experience sleep problems and exhibit anti-social behavior are more likely to commit violent crimes as adults, new research concludes.
Categories: Teen Health

Brain scans could predict teens’ problem drug use before it starts

Wed, 2017-02-22 08:53
There's an idea out there of what a drug-addled teen is supposed to look like: impulsive, unconscientious, smart, perhaps -- but not the most engaged. While personality traits like that could signal danger, not every adolescent who fits that description becomes a problem drug user. So how do you tell who's who?
Categories: Teen Health

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