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October 6, 2015

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October 6, 2015

Blood Tests Reveal Early Signs of Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Obese African-American Teens

Sep. 17, 2015 — Obese African-American teens, particularly girls, may have immune system changes that can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease in adulthood. Taking steps to control ... read more

Physical Activity, Sadness, and Suicidality in Bullied U.S. Adolescents

Sep. 17, 2015 — Across the U.S., nearly 20% of students report being bullied on school property. Bullying is associated with academic struggle, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and self-harm. ... read more

Teen Marijuana Use Down Despite Greater Availability

Sep. 15, 2015 — Marijuana use among American high school students is significantly lower today than it was 15 years ago, despite the legalization in many states of marijuana for medical purposes, a move toward ... read more

Act Now to Improve the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents Worldwide, Say Experts

Sep. 14, 2015 — Societies are failing women, children and adolescents, particularly in the poorest communities around the world, and urgent action is needed to save lives and improve health, say global health ... read more

Sep. 9, 2015 — In both blacks and whites, everyday feelings of discrimination can mess with the body's levels of the primary stress hormone, cortisol, new research suggests. In African-Americans, however, the ... read more

Stress Main Cause of Smoking After Childbirth

Sep. 9, 2015 — Mothers who quit smoking in pregnancy are more likely to light up again after their baby is born if they feel stressed. Researchers studied more than 1,000 new mothers and found that the stress of ... read more

Teens Lose Sleep After Change to Daylight Saving Time, Study Shows

Sep. 3, 2015 — High school students lose sleep on school nights following the change to daylight saving time that occurs in March, a study has concluded. The loss of sleep during the school week was associated with ... read more

Medical Students With Mental Health Problems Do Not Feel Adequately Supported

Sep. 1, 2015 — Over 80 percent of medical students with mental health issues feel they receive poor or only moderately adequate support from their medical schools, finds a small online ... read more

Close Friendships in Adolescence Predict Health in Adulthood

Aug. 31, 2015 — Teens are often warned to beware the undue influence of peer pressure, but new research suggests that following the pack in adolescence may have some unexpected benefits for physical health in early ... read more

Goth Teens Could Be More Vulnerable to Depression and Self-Harm

Aug. 27, 2015 — Young people who identify with the goth subculture might be at increased risk of depression and self-harm, according to new ... read more

Cannabis Use May Influence Cortical Maturation in Adolescent Males

Aug. 26, 2015 — Male teens who experiment with cannabis before age 16, and have a high genetic risk for schizophrenia, show a different brain development trajectory than low risk peers who use ... read more

Aug. 26, 2015 — A new study looked at the effect of light exposure at night -- like that from phones or tablets -- on the biology of teen sleep. The researchers found that children in early to middle puberty were ... read more

Few Gay Teenage Boys Get Tested for HIV

Aug. 26, 2015 — HIV infections are rising for young men who have sex with men, but only one in five gay male teens have ever been tested for HIV, reports a new study. The reason is teens don't know where to get ... read more

Aug. 19, 2015 — Having friends who suffer from depression doesn't affect the mental health of others, according to research led by the University of ... read more

Women Choose Contraception Based on Relationships Not Just Pregnancy Desires

Aug. 18, 2015 — Women's contraceptive choices are more often driven by current relationships and sexual activity than by long-term pregnancy intentions, according to ... read more

Teens Using E-Cigarettes May Be More Likely to Start Smoking Tobacco

Aug. 18, 2015 — Students who have used electronic cigarettes by the time they start ninth grade are more likely than others to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products within the ... read more

Aug. 14, 2015 — Headaches increase in fall in children, a trend that may be due to back-to-school changes in stress, routines and sleep, a study shows. Although it may be difficult for parents to decipher a real ... read more

Vitamin D in Teens: Don't Overdo It, or Bad Things Might Happen

Aug. 14, 2015 — Dosing obese teens with vitamin D shows no benefits for their heart health or diabetes risk, and could have the unintended consequences of increasing cholesterol and fat-storing triglycerides. These ... read more

Aug. 12, 2015 — Researchers compared the benefits of consuming a normal-protein breakfast to a high-protein breakfast and found the high-protein breakfast -- which contained 35 grams of protein -- prevented gains of ... read more

Depressed Teens at Risk of Heart Disease, Early Monitoring Urged

Aug. 10, 2015 — Teens with major depression or bipolar disorder are at high risk of early heart and blood vessel disease. For the first time, experts urge early monitoring and assertive intervention to reduce risk ... read more

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