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April 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

Adolescents With Autism Four Times More Likely to Visit Emergency Department

Feb. 28, 2017 — Adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) use emergency-department services four times as often as their peers without autism, according to researchers. The findings suggest that youth with ... read more

No Increased Risks to Newborns Linked to Taking Influenza Drugs During Pregnancy

Feb. 28, 2017 — No increased risks to newborn babies has been found if their mothers have taken drugs to prevent or treat influenza during ... read more

Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis in Youth Leads to Increased Health Complications

Feb. 28, 2017 — A significantly higher burden of diabetes-related complications in adolescents and young adults with type 2 diabetes compared to type 1 diabetes, with greater health complications in minority youth, ... read more

Transgender and Gender-Fluid Teens Left With Few Safe Harbors

Feb. 28, 2017 — Transgender and gender-fluid teens, particularly those born male, face up to three times more mental and physical abuse at school and at home than their gender-conforming peers, according to a new ... read more

Preventing, Treating Smoking in Children and Youth

Feb. 27, 2017 — A first-ever guideline from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care on tobacco use by children and youth aged 5 to 18 years recommends that physicians should play a more active role in the ... read more

Tired Teens 4.5 Times More Likely to Commit Crimes as Adults

Feb. 23, 2017 — Teenagers who experience sleep problems and exhibit anti-social behavior are more likely to commit violent crimes as adults, new research ... read more

Brain Scans Could Predict Teens’ Problem Drug Use Before It Starts

Feb. 22, 2017 — There's an idea out there of what a drug-addled teen is supposed to look like: impulsive, unconscientious, smart, perhaps -- but not the most engaged. While personality traits like that could ... read more

Nationwide Teen Bullying and Cyberbullying Study Reveals Significant Issues Impacting Youth

Feb. 21, 2017 — In one of the latest and most ambitious studies on bullying and cyberbullying in middle and high school students, researchers found that 1 in 5 students said that they had been threatened with a ... read more

Teens With PTSD, Conduct Disorder Have Difficulty Recognizing Facial Expressions

Feb. 21, 2017 — Adolescents with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms are more likely to misidentify sad and angry faces as fearful, while teens with symptoms of conduct disorder tend to interpret sad faces ... read more

State Same-Sex Marriage Policies Associated With Reduced Teen Suicide Attempts

Feb. 20, 2017 — A nationwide analysis suggests same-sex marriage policies were associated with a reduction in suicide attempts by ... read more

Adolescents With Weak Working Memory and Progressive Drug Use at Risk for Later Addictions

Feb. 16, 2017 — Drug use in adolescence is often linked to later substance-abuse problems, but a new study suggests that a key risk factor is a combination of weak working memory and difficulties with impulse ... read more

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