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May 25, 2016

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May 25, 2016

Study Links Parental Depression to Brain Changes and Risk-Taking in Adolescents

May 10, 2016 — Parental depression contributes to greater brain activity in areas linked to risk taking in adolescent children, likely leading to more risk-taking and rule-breaking behaviors, a new study concludes. ... read more

Videogame Addiction Leads to Sleep Loss, Obesity, and Cardiovascular Risk in Some Gamers

May 9, 2016 — The team studied a group of children and teens ages 10 to 17 who were in lifestyle management programs – either for weight management or lipid disorders. The study looked at whether the videogame ... read more

Clinicians Need to Screen 'Nicotine Naive' Teenagers for Vaping, Says Addictions Expert

May 6, 2016 — An addictions expert calls on clinicians to screen for vaping among teens, who are either uninformed or misinformed about the dangers and risks associated with electronic ... read more

Promoting Abstinence, Fidelity for HIV Prevention Is Ineffective, Study Finds

May 2, 2016 — The US government has invested $1.4 billion in HIV prevention programs that promote sexual abstinence and marital fidelity, but there is no evidence that these programs have been effective at ... read more

Teen Tobacco Users Commonly Report Light Smoking

Apr. 30, 2016 — New research reveals new details about teen smoking. Most young smokers report that they don't light up every day, and many smoke only a few cigarettes on the days they do smoke. These teens are ... read more

Legalization of Marijuana in Washington Had No Effect on Teens' Access to Drug

Apr. 30, 2016 — Despite concerns that legalizing marijuana use for adults would make it easier for adolescents to get ahold of it, a new study in Washington State shows that teens find it no easier now than before ... read more

Gestational Exposure to Type of Antidepressants Associated With Adolescent Offspring Depression

Apr. 28, 2016 — The use of certain antidepressants during pregnancy can result in offspring depression by early adolescence. Using national register data from Finland, researchers found that children exposed to ... read more

Teenage E-Cigarette Use 'Clustered' in Certain Schools, Study Finds

Apr. 26, 2016 — Since 2011, the prevalence of adolescent electronic cigarette use has drastically increased in the U.S. Certain school environments have an impact on electronic cigarette use among teenagers, a new ... read more

Even Low Levels of Air Pollution Appear to Affect Children's Lung Health

Apr. 25, 2016 — Improved air quality in US cities since the 1990s may not be enough to ensure normal lung function in children, suggest researchers. By age eight, children in their study living within 100 meters of ... read more

Pre-Pregnancy Obesity Increases Odds of Having Overweight Children

Apr. 25, 2016 — Pre-pregnancy obesity and excessive weight gain during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of the child becoming overweight at age two, research shows. The study also found breastfeeding ... read more

Graduated Driver Licensing Laws Need to Be Expanded Throughout the U.S.

Apr. 25, 2016 — Motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) are the leading cause of death among U.S. teens. In 2012, 184,000 young drivers were injured in MVCs, and 23 percent of young drivers (15 - 20 years old) involved in ... read more

Teen Moms and Infant Sleep: Mother Doesn't Always Know Best

Apr. 21, 2016 — Sudden unexpected infant death, which includes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), is the leading cause of death in infants 1 month to 1 year of age in the United States. Although the reason is ... read more

Counseling in Primary Care Clinics Helps Speed Recovery for Depressed Teens

Apr. 20, 2016 — Depressed teenagers who received cognitive behavioral therapy in their primary care clinic recovered faster, and were also more likely to recover, than teens who did not receive the primary ... read more

Gang Membership Linked to Depression

Apr. 13, 2016 — Kids who decide to join gangs are more likely to be depressed and suicidal -- and these mental health problems only worsen after joining, finds a new ... read more

Apr. 13, 2016 — People with scoliosis, a twisting of the spine that can occur as a birth defect or more commonly starts during the teen years, are now closer to a genetic explanation for their condition. An ... read more

Bottle-Fed Babies Born to Obese Mothers Risk Developing Dangerous Liver Disease as Teens

Apr. 13, 2016 — Data presented today demonstrates that healthy maternal Body Mass Index (BMI) and exclusively breastfeeding a child for at least six months can reduce the risk of infants developing non-alcoholic ... read more

Apr. 12, 2016 — Dramatic improvements in air quality in U.S. cities since the 1990s may not be enough to ensure normal lung function in children, according to new ... read more

Financial Incentives Are Highly Effective in Helping Pregnant Women Quit Smoking

Apr. 5, 2016 — For the last three decades, developing more effective smoking cessation interventions for pregnant women -- especially among vulnerable populations -- has been a public health priority. Now there is ... read more

Scientists Get First-Ever Glimpse of 'Teenage' HIV-Neutralizing Antibody

Apr. 5, 2016 — Scientists have described the first-ever immature or 'teenage' antibody found in a powerful class of immune molecules effective against HIV. The new knowledge of the evolution and key ... read more

An Overfed Fetus May Become an Overweight Adolescent

Apr. 1, 2016 — Higher levels of blood markers in the umbilical cord indicate that the baby has more fat and may continue having more fat into late childhood and adolescence, new research ... read more

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