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December 1, 2015

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December 1, 2015

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

Teen Sex Talks With Parents, Especially Moms, Associated With Safer Sex

Nov. 2, 2015 — Risky sexual behavior among adolescents is a serious public health problem because of the risk of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies. Now researchers reveal that talking about ... read more

Obese Pregnant Women Who Lose Weight Save Money, Have Healthier Newborns, Study Shows

Oct. 30, 2015 — Severely obese women who maintained or lost weight during pregnancy had healthier babies and lower health care costs, a recent study shows. The work compared 82 severely obese pregnant women with 85 ... read more

New Technology Can Mine Data from Instagram to Monitor Teenage Drinking Patterns

Oct. 28, 2015 — Instagram could offer a novel way of monitoring the drinking habits of teenagers. Using photos and text from Instagram, a team of researchers has shown that this data can not only expose patterns of ... read more

New Growth Charts Developed for US Children With Down Syndrome

Oct. 27, 2015 — Pediatric researchers have developed the first set of growth charts for US children with Down syndrome since 1988. These new charts provide an important tool for pediatricians to evaluate growth ... read more

Sweeping Recommendations on Tobacco and E-Cigarettes

Oct. 26, 2015 — While adolescent use of tobacco has declined since the 1970s, it remains a persistent public health problem -- and e-cigarettes are threatening to addict a new generation to nicotine. In a ... read more

Does Living in the United States Promote Teenage Risk Taking?

Oct. 20, 2015 — Teenagers are known for taking unnecessary risks, from reckless driving to smoking marijuana, but some seek out risky experiences more than others. A new study of sensation-seeking behavior shows ... read more

Most Teen Mood Swings Decline With Age

Oct. 14, 2015 — A new longitudinal study of adolescents looked at the development of teens' emotional stability. It found that mood swings gradually decline as teens age. Additionally, the study identifies when ... read more

Teens Value Results of Genetic Tests to Inform Future Life Decisions

Oct. 9, 2015 — Most teens in grades 7-12 would prefer to know the results of unanticipated findings found in whole exome sequencing genetic testing, even if the findings are not medically actionable until ... read more

MS May Start Later for Those Who Spend Teenage Summers in the Sun

Oct. 7, 2015 — A study of people with multiple sclerosis found that those who spent time in the sun every day during the summer as teens developed the disease later than those reporting not spending time in the sun ... read more

Doctors Trained to Be Confidantes for Risk-Taking Teenagers

Oct. 1, 2015 — Doctors have successfully reduced risk-taking behavior in teenagers and young people, in a world-first trial, say authors of a new report. The researchers recommend trainee doctors should be taught ... read more

Short, Intense Exercise Bursts Can Reduce Heart Risk to Teens

Sep. 30, 2015 — Adolescents who perform just eight to ten minutes of high-intensity interval exercise three times a week could be significantly reducing their risk of developing heart conditions, new research has ... read more

Primary Healthcare Providers Urged to Screen Teens for Depression, Suicide Risk

Sep. 29, 2015 — Depression and suicide risk screening can assist healthcare providers in preventing suicides in teens, nursing researchers find. It's estimated that 80 percent of all 13 to 18 year olds are seen ... read more

Early Maturing Girls at Great Risk of Alcohol Abuse Without Close Parental Supervision

Sep. 28, 2015 — Inadequate parental supervision during early adolescence forecasts a host of behavior problems, including problem drinking. A new study reveals that early maturing girls given the most autonomy had ... read more

Study Examines Gun Control Policies, Effect on Youth Gun Carrying

Sep. 21, 2015 — A more restrictive gun law environment was associated with a reduced likelihood of youth carrying guns, according to an article. An average of 15,000 teenagers 12 to 19 years old died annually in the ... read more

Is It Cyberbullying? Parents' Views Differ on How Schools Should Respond

Sep. 21, 2015 — One in five parents say students who post online rumors about sex should be referred to police, a new study shows. The research highlights the differing parental views on how schools should respond ... read more

Exercise Reduces Suicide Attempts by 23 Percent Among Bullied Teens

Sep. 21, 2015 — As high schools across the country continue to reduce physical education, recess, and athletic programs, a new study shows that regular exercise significantly reduces both suicidal thoughts and ... read more

Teenagers Who Become Pregnant at Higher Risk of Further Teen Pregnancies

Sep. 21, 2015 — Nearly a quarter of teenagers in England and Wales who have had an abortion have been pregnant before, according to new ... read more

Teens With Bulimia Recover Faster When Parents Are Included in Treatment

Sep. 18, 2015 — Involving parents in the treatment of adolescents with bulimia nervosa is more effective than treating the patient individually, according to a new ... read more

If Mom or Dad Is a Smoker, Their Teenager Is More Likely to Be a Smoker Too

Sep. 18, 2015 — The more a parent smokes, the more their teenage son or daughter will also smoke. Teenagers are much more likely to smoke and be dependent on nicotine if a parent is dependent on nicotine, especially ... read more

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