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May 24, 2017

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ER Visits Related to Marijuana Use at a Colorado Hospital Quadruple After Legalization

May 4, 2017 — Visits by teens to a Colorado children's hospital emergency department and its satellite urgent care centers increased rapidly after legalization of marijuana for commercialized medical and ... read more

Hundreds of Genes That Influence Timing of Puberty Identified

Apr. 24, 2017 — The largest genomic analysis of puberty timing in men and women conducted to date has identified 389 genetic signals associated with puberty timing, four times the number that were previously ... read more

Little Kids' Regular Bedtimes and Ability to Regulate Emotions May Lessen Obesity Risk

Apr. 24, 2017 — Family structure including regular bedtimes, mealtimes and limited screen time appear to be linked to better emotional health in preschoolers, and that might lower the chances of obesity later, a new ... read more

How Common Fats, a Lazy Lifestyle and Diabetes Are Connected

Apr. 12, 2017 — A researcher is suggesting the types of cooking oils people consume may be sabotaging their efforts to stay healthy and avoid illnesses such as ... read more

One in Three Teens With Autism Spectrum Disorder Receives Driver's License

Apr. 11, 2017 — One in three adolescents with autism spectrum disorder acquires an intermediate driver's license, and the majority does so in their 17th year. The vast majority of teens with ASD who receive a ... read more

Using Instagram Can Increase Adolescents' Closeness to Friends

Apr. 5, 2017 — Adolescents' use of Instagram actually strengthened the closeness of their friendships, new research has found. However, investigators warn that frequent use can also lead to an increase in ... read more

Even 'Healthy' Weight Gain Raises Pregnancy Diabetes Risk

Apr. 4, 2017 — Mothers who gain weight in the years leading up to pregnancy have an increased risk of gestational diabetes. Women gaining more than 2.5 percent of their body weight each year tripled their risk of ... read more

Vulnerability to Psychosis: How to Detect It

Mar. 29, 2017 — An international research team has demonstrated that an exaggerated emotional brain response to non-threatening information predicts emergence of clinically psychotic ... read more

Health Problems May Increase as Young People Infected With HIV at Birth Get Older

Mar. 27, 2017 — 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 ... read more

Mar. 24, 2017 — Overall, parents believe their teens are safer than other drivers. A new article offers insight into how parents can react when their teen gets ... read more

How Does Spousal Suicide Affect Bereaved Spouse Mentally, Physically?

Mar. 22, 2017 — 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 ... read more

Pre-Pregnancy BMI Directly Linked to Excess Pregnancy Weight Gain

Mar. 21, 2017 — 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 ... read more

Intervention That Engages Youth on Ethnic, Racial Identity Can Enhance Positive Development

Mar. 21, 2017 — 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 ... read more

Drug and Alcohol Problems Linked to Increased Veteran Suicide Risk, Especially in Women

Mar. 16, 2017 — 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 ... read more

Experts Find Strong Case for Over-the-Counter Oral Contraceptives for Adults and Teens

Mar. 14, 2017 — 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 ... read more

E-Cigarettes a Gateway to Smoking? Not Likely

Mar. 13, 2017 — Major national studies provide little evidence that e-cigarette users move to smoking cigarettes as a result, researchers ... read more

Increasing Minimum Wage Would Reduce Teen Pregnancies

Mar. 8, 2017 — 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 ... read more

Women Suffer from Asthma Symptoms More Frequently and More Severely Than Men

Mar. 7, 2017 — 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, ... read more

Early Periods Associated With Risk of Gestational Diabetes

Mar. 6, 2017 — 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 ... read more

Even After Treatment, Brains of Anorexia Nervosa Patients Not Fully Recovered

Mar. 1, 2017 — 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 ... read more

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