Prenatal stress could affect baby's brain

Teen Health 2 - Tue, 2019-10-08 07:43
New research has found that maternal stress before and during pregnancy could affect a baby's brain development.
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Poor mental and physical health in pregnancy linked to infant sleep problems

Teen Health 2 - Thu, 2019-10-03 08:35
Severe and persistent infant sleep problems in the first year are linked to poor maternal mental and physical health during pregnancy, a new study has found.
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Severe morning sickness associated with higher risk of autism

Teen Health 2 - Thu, 2019-10-03 07:20
Children whose mothers had hyperemesis gravidarum -- a severe form of a morning sickness -- during pregnancy were 53% more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to new research.
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High lead levels during pregnancy linked to child obesity

Teen Health 2 - Thu, 2019-10-03 07:20
Children born to women who have high blood levels of lead are more likely be overweight or obese, compared to those whose mothers have low levels of lead in their blood, according to a new study.
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Teens taking oral contraceptives may be at increased risk for depressive symptoms

Teen Health 2 - Wed, 2019-10-02 09:04
Investigators report that there was no association between oral contraceptive use and depressive symptom severity in the entire population they studied (ages 16 through 25). However, they found that 16-year-old girls reported higher depressive symptom severity compared with 16-year-old girls not using oral contraceptives.
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Teen study reveals how schools influence e-cigarette use, outlines prevention strategies

Teen Health 2 - Mon, 2019-09-30 16:09
When e-cigarettes hit the US market in 2007, they were promoted as a safer, healthier alternative to traditional, combustible cigarettes. The unintended consequence of vaping devices and e-cigarettes, however, is a new generation of vapers -- teenagers -- becoming addicted to nicotine. This study examines how schools influence e-cigarette use in adolescence, outlining various prevention strategies as well to hopefully decrease the trend of teenage vapers.
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Parent and sibling attitudes among top influences on teenage e-cigarette use

Teen Health 2 - Mon, 2019-09-30 09:48
Flavor, safety and family attitude toward vaping are among the greatest factors influencing teenage perception of e-cigarettes, new research finds.
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Pro-Athletes Struggle with Mental Health

Teen Health & Wellness - Mon, 2019-09-30 06:02
The National Alliance on Mental Illness has estimated that one in every five adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness. Athletes, both amateurs and professionals, aren’t excluded. In fact, athletes are more susceptible to facing major challenges—they’re required to have a strong identity, have a grueling schedule, and many sports environments are toxic including bullying, abuse, and intimidation.

Professional baseball player Danny Duffy is a pitcher for the Kansas City Royals and a 2015 World Series Champion. Duffy is also clinically diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Duffy has suffered from panic attacks since he was a teenager and dealing with the pressure, bullying, and intensity of being a pro-athlete only intensified some of his condition. His most recent panic attack happened this summer, right before a game. With the Royals organization supporting him, he now follows a plan based on therapy and coping activities, which has helped. He says, “I want people to know that I was lost, too. I want them to know that there’s a healthy way out. Sometimes you just gotta search hard enough and grind through it.”
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Teens sleep 43 more minutes per night after combo of two treatments

Teen Health 2 - Wed, 2019-09-25 09:30
Teenagers got 43 more minutes of sleep a night after a four-week intervention that reset their body clocks and helped them go to bed earlier, a study has shown.
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Even mother's mild depressive symptoms affect the child's emotional well-being

Teen Health 2 - Mon, 2019-09-23 09:12
Even mild long-term depressive symptoms among mothers are connected with emotional problems among small children such as hyperactivity, aggressiveness and anxiety.
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When is a child an adult?

Teen Health 2 - Wed, 2019-09-18 16:44
When does childhood end? That's the question international researchers are asking as they chart age cut-offs for paediatric services around the world. Previous research has found that global health systems do not meet adolescents' needs, yet pediatricians are well placed to provide age-appropriate care to adolescents -- especially if they are trained in adolescent medicine.
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One way childhood trauma leads to poorer health for women

Teen Health 2 - Tue, 2019-09-17 09:54
Researchers have long known that childhood trauma is linked to poorer health for women at midlife. A new study shows one important reason why. The national study of more than 3,000 women is the first to find that those who experienced childhood trauma were more likely than others to have their first child both earlier in life and outside of marriage - and that those factors were associated with poorer health later in life.
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Importance of when adolescents sleep to obesity and cardiometabolic health

Teen Health 2 - Mon, 2019-09-16 09:06
New study finds adolescent sleep timing preferences and patterns should be considered risk factors for obesity and cardiometabolic health.
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Violent video games blamed more often for school shootings by white perpetrators

Teen Health 2 - Mon, 2019-09-16 07:21
People are more likely to blame violent video games as a cause of school shootings by white perpetrators than by African-American perpetrators, possibly because of racial stereotypes that associate minorities with violent crime, according to new research.
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3 in 5 parents say their teen has been in a car with a distracted teen driver

Teen Health 2 - Mon, 2019-09-16 06:14
More than 1/2 of parents say their child has probably been in an unsafe situation as a passenger with a teen driver.
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Slower growth in working memory linked to teen driving crashes

Teen Health 2 - Fri, 2019-09-13 09:14
Research into why adolescent drivers are involved in motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of injury and death among 16- to 19-year-olds in the United States, has often focused on driving experience and skills. But a new study suggests that development of the adolescent brain -- in particular, working memory -- may play a critical role in whether a teenager is more likely to crash.
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High social support associated with less violence among male teens in urban neighborhoods

Teen Health 2 - Fri, 2019-09-13 09:13
Researchers find that the presence of adult social support is linked to less violence among at-risk teen boys.
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Social media use by teens linked to internalizing behaviors

Teen Health 2 - Wed, 2019-09-11 12:27
A new study found that adolescents who spend more than three hours a day on social media are more likely to report high levels of internalizing behaviors compared to adolescents who do not use social media at all.
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Opioid treatment for teens? Medications can help

Teen Health 2 - Wed, 2019-09-11 07:13
Teens who misuse prescription or illicit opioids might benefit from opioid treatment medications, according to a new study. An estimated 900 adolescents started to misuse opioid painkillers every day in 2017, and some of them turned to cheaper and more potent illegal opioids like heroin. Yet little is known about the effectiveness of opioid medications -- the recommended treatment for adults with opioid use disorder -- in teens who are younger than 18.
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Number of pregnant women with high blood pressure spiked over last four decades

Teen Health 2 - Mon, 2019-09-09 06:17
The number of women with high blood pressure when they become pregnant or who have it diagnosed during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy has spiked in the United States since 1979. Women getting pregnant later in life contributes to this upward trend. High blood pressure during pregnancy affects black women at more than twice the rate of white women.
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