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COVID-19 Pandemic Worsens Teen Mental Health Crisis, New Study Finds

The Covid-19 pandemic is causing a spike in pediatric mental health emergencies and longer waits for psychiatric placements, researchers say.

HealthDay Now: Teens Provide a Mental Health Roadmap for Parents, Schools

HealthDay’s Mabel Jong spoke with two high school seniors to learn about the pandemic’s effect on their mental health and how they would advise parents, caregivers, and schools who are trying to support struggling teens.

1 in 3 College Freshman Develop Anxiety/Depression, Study Finds

About one-third of college freshmen have or will develop anxiety and/or depression, researchers say, but being involved in university life appears to lower the risk and help with recovery.

Teens Who Use Pot, E-cigarettes and Cigarettes Face Triple Health Threat, New Study Finds

Teens who combine vaping with traditional cigarette smoking and marijuana use are at increased risk for psychological and social problems, researchers say

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06 Jul
Teens Have Triple the Odds of Misusing Marijuana Compared to Adults

Teens Have Triple the Odds of Misusing Marijuana Compared to Adults

In yet another report that illustrates the dangers pot poses to the young, developing brain, a new British study finds teenagers are much more likely than adults to develop an addiction to mariju...

05 Jul
Vitamin D Deficiency Common in Young Black, Hispanic Americans

Vitamin D Deficiency Common in Young Black, Hispanic Americans

Vitamin D, the "Sunshine Vitamin," boosts the immune system and helps prevent cancer, among other health benefits, but a significant number of Black and Hispanic teens have low levels of this nutrient, according to a new study.

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28 Jun
Talking to Kids About Abortion Bans Can Be Tough. Experts Offer Guidance

Talking to Kids About Abortion Bans Can Be Tough. Experts Offer Guidance

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade and the resulting media coverage is likely causing anxiety for many people, including children.

On Friday, the high court's ruling on

28 Jun
More Cyberbullying, More Suicidal Thoughts Among Teens: Study

More Cyberbullying, More Suicidal Thoughts Among Teens: Study

Adolescents who experience cyberbullying are more likely to think about suicide, a new study shows.

Researchers found a link between being bullied online, through texts or on social media...

23 Jun
Youth Suicide Attempts Drop in U.S. States With Hate Crime Laws

Youth Suicide Attempts Drop in U.S. States With Hate Crime Laws

Hate crime laws that protect gay, lesbian and transgender people may have an unexpected benefit: fewer teen suicide attempts, among kids of all sexual orientations.

That's the conclusion of a new study that looked at what happened in U.S. states that enacted hate crime l...

22 Jun
U.S. HPV Vaccination Rates Rising, Even Among Boys

U.S. HPV Vaccination Rates Rising, Even Among Boys

More and more of America's teens are getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus virus (HPV), new research indicates.

Between 2015 and 2020,

17 Jun
Sleep Throughout the Lifespan: When You Get Best, Worst Slumber

Sleep Throughout the Lifespan: When You Get Best, Worst Slumber

Americans are night owls at age 20, get the least sleep at 40, and then finally get more shut-eye after retirement.

Those are among the key takeaways from a study that looked at the sleep patterns of Americans of all ages. In short, teenagers and young adults often fall ...

16 Jun
Youth Drinking, Pot Use Went Down During Pandemic

Youth Drinking, Pot Use Went Down During Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic changed kids' lives in many respects, and sometimes for the better. Pot use, drinking, smoking and vaping all fell among U.S. youth, likely because they had to spend more time at home and less time with their friends, researchers say.

The findings a...

14 Jun
FDA Panel to Weigh Moderna Vaccine for Those Aged 6 to 17

FDA Panel to Weigh Moderna Vaccine for Those Aged 6 to 17

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory panel will decide on Tuesday whether to recommend the agency approve the emergency use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 6 to 17.

The panel will

13 Jun
Teens May Have Eaten Healthier During Pandemic

Teens May Have Eaten Healthier During Pandemic

Of all the health harms the pandemic brought, new research has uncovered one positive effect: For the first time in 30 years, teens' consumption of junk food fell follo...

08 Jun
Menthol Cigarettes May Hook Young Smokers Faster: Study

Menthol Cigarettes May Hook Young Smokers Faster: Study

As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration weighs banning the sale of menthol cigarettes, a new study ...

06 Jun
Obesity in Teen Years Might Trigger Type 1 Diabetes

Obesity in Teen Years Might Trigger Type 1 Diabetes

Obesity is a well-known risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Now, a large new study adds to evidence that it also contributes to the much less common type 1 diabetes.

The study, of nearly 1.5 million Israeli teenagers, found that those who were

03 Jun
Intentional Overdoses Rise Among U.S. Kids, Teens

Intentional Overdoses Rise Among U.S. Kids, Teens

A growing number of U.S. kids are attempting suicide by medication overdose — with the biggest increase seen among preteens, a recent study shows.

Researchers found that between 2015 and 2020, there was a 27% increase in overdose suicide or attempted suicide among U.S....

02 Jun
Team Sports: Good for Kids' Minds, Too

Team Sports: Good for Kids' Minds, Too

Kids who play team sports may win some mental health benefits, but the same may not hold true for those in solo sports, a large, new study suggests.

A number of previous studies have linked

02 Jun
Prior COVID Won't Shield Kids From Omicron, But Vaccine Might

Prior COVID Won't Shield Kids From Omicron, But Vaccine Might

Children who have had COVID-19 aren't protected against the Omicron variant, but vaccination does cut their chances of infection, a new study shows.

"I hear parents say,...

24 May
Pandemic Has U.S. Hospitals Overwhelmed With Teens in Mental Crisis

Pandemic Has U.S. Hospitals Overwhelmed With Teens in Mental Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic and the isolation it imposed took a dramatic toll on kids' mental health, increasing the demand for services in an already overburdened system.

As a result, many kids found themselves being "boarded" in emergency departments as they awaited care, ac...

24 May
Annual Health Care Costs Rise by $2,000 for Americans Who Vape

Annual Health Care Costs Rise by $2,000 for Americans Who Vape

Think vaping is cheap?

A study from the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing reports that annual health care costs for users of

20 May
Big Rise in Marijuana Vaping Among U.S. Teens

Big Rise in Marijuana Vaping Among U.S. Teens

A growing number of U.S. teenagers are vaping marijuana -- a habit that in some ways may be more risky than old-fashioned pot smoking, a new study finds.

Researchers found that between 2017 and 2019, the percentage of teens who reported any marijuana use in the past mont...

18 May
Surviving Leukemia in Youth Can Still Mean Shorter Life Spans: Study

Surviving Leukemia in Youth Can Still Mean Shorter Life Spans: Study

Leukemia at a young age is likely to affect survivors' longevity, a new study cautions.

Even when they're cured, teen and young adult survivors of leukemia have shorter life spans than those who've never had a blood cancer, researchers at the University of Texas MD Ander...

17 May
HPV 'Herd Immunity' Now Helping Vaccinated, Unvaccinated Women

HPV 'Herd Immunity' Now Helping Vaccinated, Unvaccinated Women

Vaccination against the virus that causes most cervical cancers has spurred a widespread reduction of infections among young Americans — including those who are unvaccinated, a new government study finds.

The

12 May
Injury More Likely When Teens Focus on One Sport

Injury More Likely When Teens Focus on One Sport

If your teens play just one sport, new research suggests you might want to encourage them to try others.

Researchers report that focusing solely on one sport puts high school athletes at increased risk for injuries and burnout.

The investigators surveyed 975 U.S. h...

09 May
Ohio State Warns of Fake Adderall Pills After Two Students Die

Ohio State Warns of Fake Adderall Pills After Two Students Die

Ohio State University is warning students to be wary of fake Adderall pills after two students died last week.

University officials said that Columbus Public Health has warned the community about the counterfeit Adderall, which contain the deadly synthetic opioid fentany...

05 May
Cancer in Youth Means Heightened Odds for Another Cancer Later

Cancer in Youth Means Heightened Odds for Another Cancer Later

Survivors of teen and young-adult cancers may feel they've dodged a bullet, but they're not totally in the clear. A new study reveals a high risk of developing and dying from new cancers later on.

These young people require close monitoring, according to researchers at t...

01 May
Spring Sprains: Sports Injury Season Begins

Spring Sprains: Sports Injury Season Begins

As youth spring sports kick into high gear, it's important to know about injury prevention and treatment, an expert says.

Injury risks and preventive mea...

29 Apr
Teen Brain Naturally Tunes Out Mom's Voice

Teen Brain Naturally Tunes Out Mom's Voice

Mom's voice may be music to a young child's brain, but the teen brain prefers to change the station, a new study finds.

Past research using brain imaging has revealed how important a mother's voice is to younger children: The sound stimulates not only hearin...

28 Apr
Teens on TikTok: Fun, But Addictive and Maybe Harmful

Teens on TikTok: Fun, But Addictive and Maybe Harmful

In the fall of 2021, TikTok announced a major milestone to coincide with its fifth anniversary: The amassing of roughly 1 billion global users, many of them young, turning to the app every month as a way to view, make and share bite-sized videos.

But what exactly do tho...

28 Apr
Driver's Ed Does Help Young Drivers Stay Safe

Driver's Ed Does Help Young Drivers Stay Safe

If your teen is itching to get behind the wheel, new research underscores the importance of signing them up for driver's education.

The study found that

26 Apr
Far More American Teens Carrying Guns These Days, Study Finds

Far More American Teens Carrying Guns These Days, Study Finds

If you think teen gun violence is not a pressing issue, a new study suggests otherwise.

Researchers found the percentage of U.S. teenagers carrying handguns h...

22 Apr
Firearms Now the Leading Cause of Death Among U.S. Kids, Teens

Firearms Now the Leading Cause of Death Among U.S. Kids, Teens

Guns have surpassed road crashes as the leading cause of death among U.S. children and teens.

Gun-related deaths rose 29% among 1- to 19-year-olds from 2019 to 2020, according to a new University of Michigan study. In all, there were more than 4,300 gun-related deaths ...

22 Apr
Tongue Stimulator Shows Promise as Sleep Apnea Treatment in Kids With Down Syndrome

Tongue Stimulator Shows Promise as Sleep Apnea Treatment in Kids With Down Syndrome

Children with Down syndrome are more likely than other kids to have sleep apnea, and existing treatments often fail to work.

Now, an implanted device that stimulates tongue nerves shows promise in reducing their sleep disruptions, a new study finds.

A device calle...

15 Apr
New Law Allows FDA to Police E-Cigs Made With Synthetic Nicotine

New Law Allows FDA to Police E-Cigs Made With Synthetic Nicotine

A new law will ensure that vaping companies making electronic cigarettes using synthetic nicotine, in fruit flavors that a...

13 Apr
Family Structure Influences Teen Delinquency

Family Structure Influences Teen Delinquency

The structure of teens' families influences their risk of delinquent behaviors such as shoplifting, graffiti or robbery, new research suggests.

For the study, the researchers analyzed survey data gathered between 2016 and 2019 from more than 3,800 14- and 15-year-olds in...

12 Apr
Pandemic Brought Surge in Fatal Drug Overdoses in U.S. Teens

Pandemic Brought Surge in Fatal Drug Overdoses in U.S. Teens

Drug overdose deaths among America's teens have skyrocketed during the pandemic, and not because drug use is more common, researchers report.

In 2020, overdose deaths among adolescents nearly doubled, compared with 10 years before the pandemic. They rose another 20% in t...

11 Apr
STDs May Be More Common Than Thought Among U.S. High School Kids

STDs May Be More Common Than Thought Among U.S. High School Kids

Too few sexually active teens are getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), according to a new report by U.S. health officials.

In all, just 20% of sexually active high school students said they were tested for an STD — now called sexually transmitted in...

04 Apr
Teens Who Misuse Drugs Rarely Shake the Issue as Adults: Study

Teens Who Misuse Drugs Rarely Shake the Issue as Adults: Study

Does youthful experimentation with drugs and alcohol always fade with age? Not necessarily, a long-term study warns.

Researchers found that more than 60% of teens who report heavy use of

04 Apr
Parents' Expectations Driving College Kids to Dangerous Perfectionism: Study

Parents' Expectations Driving College Kids to Dangerous Perfectionism: Study

Kids today feel more pressured by their parents' high expectations, and that may be feeding a rise in

31 Mar
Many U.S. High School Kids Report Sadness, Stress, Abuse During Pandemic

Many U.S. High School Kids Report Sadness, Stress, Abuse During Pandemic

If there's any doubt that America's teens have suffered mightily during the pandemic, a new government survey offers fresh proof of the pain restrictions from the coronavirus has inflicted on this vulnerable group.

Many high schoolers have experienced physical and emotio...

21 Mar
Would Your Teen Admit a Mental Health Issue? Poll Finds Roadblocks to Getting Help

Would Your Teen Admit a Mental Health Issue? Poll Finds Roadblocks to Getting Help

Would you know if your teen was struggling with mental health issues?

Most parents say yes, but many also doubt their teen would tell them something was wrong, a new poll shows.

Specifically, nearly 95% of the parents surveyed said they were somewhat or very confi...

15 Mar
Could Air Pollution Help Trigger Depression in Teens?

Could Air Pollution Help Trigger Depression in Teens?

Even "safe" levels of ozone air pollution may increase adolescents' risk of depression, a new study sho...

14 Mar
Some Teens Are Overdosing With Meds Prescribed for ADHD, Anxiety

Some Teens Are Overdosing With Meds Prescribed for ADHD, Anxiety

Taken correctly, prescription drugs used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can help teens and young adults navigate their condition, but a new study finds many a...

09 Mar
Odds for Mental Illness Rise in Kids After Concussion

Odds for Mental Illness Rise in Kids After Concussion

Kids who've suffered a concussion are at heightened risk of mental health issues in the aftermath, a large new study suggests.

The researchers found that compared with their peers, children and teenagers with a past concussion were 39% more likely to be diagnosed with a ...

01 Mar
Is Pandemic Social Media Use Worsening Tic Disorders in Teens?

Is Pandemic Social Media Use Worsening Tic Disorders in Teens?

For reasons that remain murky, new research warns that a spike in social media use during the pandemic might have worsened tic disorders in children.

Tics are sudden twitches, movements or s...

23 Feb
Vaccination Greatly Reduces Odds of MIS-C in Teens Who Get COVID

Vaccination Greatly Reduces Odds of MIS-C in Teens Who Get COVID

Early on in the pandemic doctors observed that some children and teens infected with COVID-19 went on to develop a relatively rare, but potentially life-threatening, complication known as

23 Feb
Stopped Early, Teen Drug Abuse Won't Harm Life Success

Stopped Early, Teen Drug Abuse Won't Harm Life Success

If they quit early on, there's a good chance that teenage drug abusers can still succeed in life, researchers say.

The findings show the importance of stopping drug use by early adulthood in order to protect future health and well-being, according to Jake Najman, a profe...

17 Feb
Sleepless Children Often Become Sleepless Adults: Study

Sleepless Children Often Become Sleepless Adults: Study

Young children who struggle with insomnia face a very high risk for more of the same as young adults, a new study warns.

Investigators found that 43% of children who suffer from insom...

02 Feb
Gruesome Warning Images on Soda Labels Could Cut Consumption

Gruesome Warning Images on Soda Labels Could Cut Consumption

Images of fat-laden, diseased hearts and blackened, rotting feet might be the last thing you expect to see on the label of a can of soda that your child desperately wants, but would such drastic health warnings about the long-term dangers of sugar stop you from buying it?

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02 Feb
Drug Overdose Suicides Rising Among Young Americans and Seniors

Drug Overdose Suicides Rising Among Young Americans and Seniors

Suicides by drug overdose have increased among teens, young adults and seniors, even as they declined for the overall population, U.S. federal researchers say.

Drug-related suicides declined for Americans in general during the latter part of the 2010s, researchers from t...

02 Feb
Getting Active Soon After Concussion May Aid Kids' Recovery

Getting Active Soon After Concussion May Aid Kids' Recovery

A return to non-contact physical activity three days after a concussion is safe and possibly even beneficial for kids, a Canadian clinical trial finds.

"Gone are the days of resting in a dark room," said study co-author Andrée-Anne Ledoux, a scientist at the Children's ...

02 Feb
Many Teens Don't Realize STD Risks From Oral Sex: Poll

Many Teens Don't Realize STD Risks From Oral Sex: Poll

Many American teens and young adults underestimate the risk of sexually transmitted infections from unprotected oral sex, and that's especially true of young men, a new survey shows.

Doctors say oral sex can transmit herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV and human ...

01 Feb
Young Americans Lost Almost 1.5 Million Years of Life to Opioids Between 2015 and 2019

Young Americans Lost Almost 1.5 Million Years of Life to Opioids Between 2015 and 2019

The U.S. drug epidemic continues its death march, with new research showing American teens and young adults have lost nearly 1.5 million years of life due to drug overdose deaths in recent years.

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