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February 10, 2016

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February 10, 2016

Adolescent Weight Gain on Popular Injectable Contraceptive May Depend on Micronutrient Intake

Feb. 2, 2016 — Since its introduction nearly 23 years ago, the popular injectable contraceptive depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) has been associated with causing substantial weight gain in some adolescent ... read more

HPV Vaccine Uptake Is Highest Among Girls in High Poverty, Majority Hispanic Communities

Jan. 14, 2016 — Adolescent girls living in high-poverty communities and majority Hispanic communities in the United States were more likely to have received at least one dose of a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine ... read more

Monitoring Scoliosis Patients on Brace Use Prevents Curve Progression, Surgery

Jan. 8, 2016 — Bracing often is recommended for adolescents diagnosed with idiopathic adolescent scoliosis, and a spinal curve between 25 and 45 degrees. When worn consistently and as directed, braces have been ... read more

Teens With Autism and Caregivers Should Plan Early for Adulthood

Jan. 6, 2016 — As the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders continues to rise, medical professionals have emphasized early diagnosis, intervention and treatment. However, less attention has ... read more

Parents Can Play a Role in Preventing Teen Fighting, Research Finds

Dec. 30, 2015 — With nearly one-fourth of teens reporting fighting in the past year, a new study finds parents, who are often left out of violence prevention programs, can play an important role in reducing ... read more

Mothers-to-Be, Babies Benefit from Group Prenatal Care, Study Finds

Dec. 21, 2015 — Group prenatal care can substantially improve health outcomes for both mothers and their infants, a new study has found. Women who received group -- rather than individual -- prenatal care were 33% ... read more

Teens With Fewer Mental Health Issues Turn to E-Cigarettes

Dec. 18, 2015 — Teenagers with moderate mental health problems who may not have considered smoking conventional cigarettes are turning to electronic cigarettes, a new study has found. Today's teens perceive ... read more

Childhood Family Breakups Harder on Girls' Health, Study Reports

Dec. 14, 2015 — A childhood family breakup can have long-term negative consequences for the children. Recent research looks at overall health, depression, and smoking as a health-related behavior and finds that, for ... read more

Timing of First Childbirth Influences Women's Health at Age 40

Dec. 14, 2015 — A new study finds some surprising ways in which women's health at midlife is connected to when they had their first child and to their marital ... read more

Dec. 14, 2015 — Nearly 40 percent of parents say that they alone -- not their teen -- would ask doctors questions about health issues. A new article outlines the picture of helicopter parenting in the doctor's ... read more

Witnessing Drug Use Can Spur Immediate Antisocial Behavior by Teens

Dec. 9, 2015 — Seeing others drink alcohol or use drugs makes it more likely that teenagers will engage in antisocial behavior on the same day, according to new findings. The risk is significantly greater for young ... read more

Smoking in Pregnancy 'Affects Boys' Fitness in Later Life'

Dec. 9, 2015 — Mothers who smoke are putting more than their own health at risk, suggests a new ... read more

3/4 of High School Heroin Users Started With Prescription Opioids

Dec. 3, 2015 — The first nationally representative studies in the US to examine the linkages between nonmedical use of opioids and heroin in high school seniors examined associations between frequency and recency ... read more

Weight Gain Between Pregnancies Linked to Increased Risk of Stillbirth and Infant Death

Dec. 3, 2015 — Mothers of healthy weight during their first pregnancy who gain even a moderate amount of weight (around 6 kg in a woman of average height) between their first and second pregnancies increase the ... read more

Sleep Environment One of Several Factors Behind Reduction in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Dec. 2, 2015 — While the campaign to improve infant sleep environments has long been associated with declines in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), an analysis of 30 years of data suggests that Back-to-Sleep is ... read more

Hiding Tobacco Products at Convenience Stores Reduces Teens' Risk of Future Tobacco Use

Nov. 23, 2015 — A one-of-a-kind laboratory replica of a convenience store is the first to use a realistic setting to examine whether limiting displays of cigarettes and other tobacco products in retail outlets can ... read more

Moderate Amounts of Caffeine During Pregnancy Do Not Harm Baby's IQ, Study Suggests

Nov. 19, 2015 — Women drinking and eating moderate amounts of caffeine during pregnancy should be reassured that they are not harming their child's intelligence, according to a new ... read more

To Reduce Risk of Infant Death, Shed Excess Pounds Before Becoming Pregnant

Nov. 17, 2015 — Achieving a healthy weight before becoming pregnant and gaining an appropriate amount of weight during pregnancy significantly reduce the risk of the baby dying in his or her first year of life, ... read more

Nov. 16, 2015 — More than three fourths of both teens and adults say e-cigarettes should be restricted in public spaces, come with health warnings and be taxed like conventional ... read more

Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Reverses Type 2 Diabetes in 95 Percent of Teens, Achieves Major Weight Loss and Improves Quality of Life

Nov. 11, 2015 — New research shows that three years after undergoing bariatric surgery, adolescents experienced major improvements in their weight, metabolic health, and quality of ... read more

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