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18 May

How Many High School Students Identify As Gender Diverse?

In one school district, nearly 10% of high school students identified themselves as gender neutral, researchers say.

30 Mar

Teen Pot Use Hurts College, Career and Income Potential, New Study Finds

Greater teen pot use leads to educational and occupational underachievement, according to researchers

05 Aug

Is it Safe io Send My College Kid Back to Campus?

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17 Jun
Pot Use May Change the Teenage Brain, MRIs Show

Pot Use May Change the Teenage Brain, MRIs Show

Smoking pot appears to affect teens' brain development, altering it in ways that could diminish their reasoning, decision-making and memory skills as they age, a new study reports.

Brain scans of about 800 teenagers found that those who started smoking pot tended to have...

17 Jun
Fast-Food Companies Spending More on Ads Aimed at Youth

Fast-Food Companies Spending More on Ads Aimed at Youth

The U.S. fast-food industry has boosted spending on ads targeting kids, especially Black and Hispanic youth, new research shows.

For the study, the researchers analyzed data on ad spending and TV ad exposure for 274 fast-food restaurants and found that annual spending hi...

16 Jun
Looking for Love? Young People's Drinking Goes Up When Dating

Looking for Love? Young People's Drinking Goes Up When Dating

When young adults are seeking a casual dating relationship, drinking is likely to follow, new research suggests.

Meanwhile, those who are already in a serious relationship are likely to drink less.

The study included more than 700 people in the Seattle area, aged 1...

15 Jun
Big Rise in U.S. Teens Identifying As Gay, Bisexual

Big Rise in U.S. Teens Identifying As Gay, Bisexual

TUESDAY, June 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- More teens in the United States are reporting their sexual identity as gay, lesbian or bisexual, nationwide surveys show.

Between 2015 and 2019, the percentage of 15- to 17-year-olds who said they identified a...

14 Jun
Gun Suicides Are Rising Steeply Among American Youth

Gun Suicides Are Rising Steeply Among American Youth

A rising number of young Americans, including children, are taking their own lives using firearms, a new study finds.

Researchers found that between 2008 and 2018, gun suicides showed an "alarming" increase among Americans aged 5 to 24. And while those suicides remain ra...

14 Jun
Teens Who Text While Driving May Take Other Risks Behind the Wheel

Teens Who Text While Driving May Take Other Risks Behind the Wheel

When it comes to teens, one risky driving behavior may beget other risky behaviors on the road: New research finds that those who use cellphones while behind the wheel are more likely to engage in other types of risky driving.

"This study found that frequent cellphone us...

14 Jun
Teasing People About Weight Can Help Bring on Eating Disorders

Teasing People About Weight Can Help Bring on Eating Disorders

What can make a young person vulnerable to eating disorders? Teasing them about any extra pounds they may carry, researchers say.

"Our findings add to the growing evidence that weight-based mistreatment is not helpful and is often harmful to the health of young people," ...

11 Jun
Big Rise in Suicide Attempts by U.S. Teen Girls During Pandemic

Big Rise in Suicide Attempts by U.S. Teen Girls During Pandemic

The suicide attempt rate has leapt by as much as half among teenage girls during the coronavirus pandemic, a new government study shows.

Emergency room visits for suspected suicide attempts among girls between the ages of 12 and 17 increased by 26% during summer 2020 and...

08 Jun
Your Teen's Smartphone Could Be Key to Unhealthy Weight

Your Teen's Smartphone Could Be Key to Unhealthy Weight

Your teens' route to a healthy or unhealthy weight may be in their hands -- literally.

New research out of South Korea shows that teens who spend too much time on their smartphones are also more prone to eating habits that increase their odds for obesity.

One nutri...

07 Jun
Youth Vaping Rates Decline, But 1 in 5 U.S. Teens Still Uses E-Cigs

Youth Vaping Rates Decline, But 1 in 5 U.S. Teens Still Uses E-Cigs

Although the number of teens who use e-cigarettes has dropped significantly, new research suggests that vaping rates are still too high.

"This study underscores that flavored e-cigarettes, especially JUUL, have caused the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use and nicotine ad...

04 Jun
Teens: You Got Your COVID Vaccine, What Now?

Teens: You Got Your COVID Vaccine, What Now?

U.S. teens are getting their COVID shots -- how does that change their daily lives?

Besides letting teens resume many of their normal activities, U.S. authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people as young as 12 is crucial to slowing the spread of the coronavir...

02 Jun
As Teen He Made News Opposing Anti-Vax Mom. Now, He's Urging COVID Shots for Youth

As Teen He Made News Opposing Anti-Vax Mom. Now, He's Urging COVID Shots for Youth

Ethan Lindenberger knows what it's like when you have anti-vaxxer parents: At 18, he gained national notoriety when he sought vaccines in defiance of his mother's fervent wishes.

Now, the 20-year-old has some advice for teens facing a similar dilemma posed by the pandemi...

28 May
Debunking Myths That Have Some Parents Resisting COVID Vaccines for Teens

Debunking Myths That Have Some Parents Resisting COVID Vaccines for Teens

Many health experts hailed the recent approval of the Pfizer vaccine for those aged 12 to 15, but some parents have been hesitant to take their kids in for a shot.

"Parents naturally worry more about their children than they do about themselves -- I think that's parentin...

27 May
Did a Ban on Flavored Vapes Raise Teen Smoking Rates?

Did a Ban on Flavored Vapes Raise Teen Smoking Rates?

A ban on flavored vaping products in San Francisco may have increased high school students' use of conventional cigarettes, according to a new study.

In 2018, voters in the city overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure banning the sale of flavored tobacco products.

26 May
Diet Pill Use Could Be a Step Away From Eating Disorder

Diet Pill Use Could Be a Step Away From Eating Disorder

WEDNESDAY, May 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) - - Teenage girls who use over-the-counter diet pills and laxatives to lose weight run a very high risk of developing eating disorders, researchers say.

In a new U.S. study, girls who used diet pills had a 258% greater risk of bei...

25 May
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Highly Effective in Kids 12 and Older

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Highly Effective in Kids 12 and Older

Moderna's coronavirus vaccine fully protects children aged 12 to 17, the company announced Tuesday.

In a clinical trial that included more than 3,700 young volunteers, there were no cases of symptomatic COVID-19 infection in the two-thirds of participants who received bo...

24 May
Heart Issue Spotted in a Few Young COVID Vaccine Recipients; Experts Say Shots Still Needed

Heart Issue Spotted in a Few Young COVID Vaccine Recipients; Experts Say Shots Still Needed

A small number of teens and young adults have experienced heart inflammation after receiving mRNA COVID-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) ...

24 May
16 Candles? Time for Your Meningitis Shot, Molly Ringwald Says

16 Candles? Time for Your Meningitis Shot, Molly Ringwald Says

Leslie Maier lost her son, Chris, to meningococcal meningitis more than 15 years ago, but by telling his story she hopes to educate other parents about this rare but potentially deadly illness that a vaccine can prevent.

Soon after Chris passed away in 2005, Maier joined...

20 May
Biggest Reason Teens Injure Their Spines: Not Wearing Seat Belts

Biggest Reason Teens Injure Their Spines: Not Wearing Seat Belts

Two-thirds of spinal fractures suffered by American children and teens occur in car crashes when they aren't wearing seat belts, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 34,500 U.S. patients younger than 18 who suffered spinal fractures between 2009 and ...

19 May
Pooch Power: How Dogs Are Helping Stressed-Out College Students

Pooch Power: How Dogs Are Helping Stressed-Out College Students

A help in 'ruff' times: When it comes to coping with the stress of college life, new research shows that vulnerable students are far better served by therapy dogs than stress management courses.

In the study, more than 300 students at Washington State Univer...

18 May
Online Therapy Works for Kids Battling Social Anxiety

Online Therapy Works for Kids Battling Social Anxiety

Plenty of teens are burdened with a chronic and often paralyzing fear of being harshly judged by others. Unfortunately, many can't get in-person treatment that could help.

But now a team of Swedish researchers says that an entirely online version of a widely used behavio...

18 May
In One U.S. School District, Nearly 10% of Students Identify as 'Gender-Diverse'

In One U.S. School District, Nearly 10% of Students Identify as 'Gender-Diverse'

Teens may be much more diverse in their gender identities than widely thought, a new study suggests.

In a survey of nearly 3,200 high school students in one U.S. school district, researchers found that almost 10% were "gender-diverse." That meant they identified as a gen...

17 May
Bullying, Violence Common for Gender-Diverse Youth

Bullying, Violence Common for Gender-Diverse Youth

Gender-diverse youths are three times more likely to be bullied and victimized than those who identify as male or female, a new study of more than 4,400 teens has found.

"Transgender youths reported the highest rates of all forms of peer victimization, which were double ...

14 May
Vaping Ups Teens' Odds for Asthma, Asthma Attacks

Vaping Ups Teens' Odds for Asthma, Asthma Attacks

Though some think that vaping is a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, Canadian research suggests it could raise the risk of developing asthma or having asthma attacks for teens and adults.

"Emerging research really suggests that vaping may actually wors...

13 May
Pfizer Vaccine Given Final OK for Use in Adolescents

Pfizer Vaccine Given Final OK for Use in Adolescents

In a decision that clears the way for schools to reopen safely next fall, U.S. health officials on Wednesday gave their final stamp of approval for Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine to be offered to children aged 12 to 15.

The decision, which opens up millions more young...

13 May
Obesity in Teens, Higher Risk of Stroke Before 50

Obesity in Teens, Higher Risk of Stroke Before 50

Strokes are on the rise among people younger than 50, and new research suggests that packing on the pounds during the teen years is a big reason why.

The more overweight you were from ages 16 to 20, the greater your risk of having a stroke before age 50, the new study sh...

11 May
In Girls as Young as 7, Weight May Predict Odds for Eating Disorder

In Girls as Young as 7, Weight May Predict Odds for Eating Disorder

Could there be a way to tell years in advance which girls are more likely to develop eating disorders?

New research from Denmark suggests that childhood body mass index (BMI) may offer important clues. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight.

The ...

10 May
Feeling Down? Support Via Social Media May Not Be Enough

Feeling Down? Support Via Social Media May Not Be Enough

Looking for a morale boost or some solid encouragement? If so, socializing the old-fashioned way -- live and in-person -- will likely do more to lift your spirits than online interactions, new research suggests.

It's the key takeaway from a survey of more than 400 colleg...

10 May
COVID-19 Appears to Have No Lasting Impact on College Athletes' Hearts

COVID-19 Appears to Have No Lasting Impact on College Athletes' Hearts

Heart complications are rare among college athletes who have had COVID-19, according to a small study.

"Our findings may offer reassurance to high school athletes, coaches and parents where resources for testing can be limited," said senior author Dr. Ranjit Philip, assi...

07 May
Air Pollution Can Harm Kids' Hearts for a Lifetime

Air Pollution Can Harm Kids' Hearts for a Lifetime

Air pollution isn't hard on the hearts of adults only, suggests a new analysis that found it can raise blood pressure in kids as young as 5.

Children experienced increases in blood pressure if they had short-term exposure to air polluted with coarser particles or long-te...

05 May
1 in 4 U.S. Teens Has Had a Concussion: Study

1 in 4 U.S. Teens Has Had a Concussion: Study

Nearly one in four American teens has suffered at least one concussion, according to new research.

And though more teens are self-reporting sports-related concussions, visits to the emergency room for these traumatic head injuries fell between 2012 and 2018.

"One r...

04 May
FDA Plans to OK Pfizer Vaccine for Those Aged 12 and Up

FDA Plans to OK Pfizer Vaccine for Those Aged 12 and Up

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to expand emergency use of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine by next week so that children as young as 12 can be immunized.

After Pfizer's trial in adolescents showed its vaccine worked as well in teens as it does in adults, th...

29 Apr
Many U.S. Colleges Will Mandate Vaccines on Campus Next Fall: Survey

Many U.S. Colleges Will Mandate Vaccines on Campus Next Fall: Survey

Over 100 American colleges will require that students get coronavirus vaccines if they want to be on campus in the fall, a new survey shows.

More than 660,000 cases have been linked to universities since the start of the pandemic, with one-third of those reported si...

28 Apr
Polls Find Most U.S. Young People Take COVID Threat Seriously

Polls Find Most U.S. Young People Take COVID Threat Seriously

Most young people do want to protect others from COVID-19, according to polls of 14- to 24-year-olds that suggest focusing on this message may be effective.

"Public health campaigns should leverage youths' desire to protect others and not be the cause of spread," said Dr...

28 Apr
Being Bullied Often Leads Teens to Thoughts of Violence

Being Bullied Often Leads Teens to Thoughts of Violence

Bullied and mistreated teens are much more likely to fantasize about hurting or killing others, a new study warns.

"One way to think about fantasies is as our brain rehearsing future scenarios," said lead author Manuel Eisner, director of the University of Cambridge Viol...

27 Apr
Raising Legal Age for Tobacco Cuts Teen Smoking, Study Confirms

Raising Legal Age for Tobacco Cuts Teen Smoking, Study Confirms

Raising the legal age for buying tobacco is effective in cutting teen smoking rates, a new study shows.

Researchers compared teen and young adult smoking patterns before and three years after a 2016 California law that increased the legal age for tobacco sales from 18 to...

22 Apr
A Plus From the Pandemic: Fewer Kids Using E-Cigarettes

A Plus From the Pandemic: Fewer Kids Using E-Cigarettes

There appears to be a silver lining to forced school and business closures during early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study: Fewer kids used e-cigarettes.

Compared to the previous quarter, vaping rates fell among 15- to 20-year-olds while widespread ...

20 Apr
Lots of Teens, Young Adults Are Helping to Care for Older Loved Ones

Lots of Teens, Young Adults Are Helping to Care for Older Loved Ones

TUESDAY, April 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) - Many people regard middle-aged caregivers as the "sandwich generation" -- folks caring for young kids as well their aging moms, dads or grandparents.

It turns out that's not the whole picture, according to a new study, which fou...

20 Apr
High School Football Doesn't Affect Brain in Middle Age, Study Says

High School Football Doesn't Affect Brain in Middle Age, Study Says

Here's some good news for aging athletes: If you played high school football, you're no more likely than others to have problems with concentration, memory or depression in middle age, according to a new study.

"Men who played high school football did not report worse b...

19 Apr
Unexplained Drop in Resting Heart Rate in Youth 'Not a Good Thing'

Unexplained Drop in Resting Heart Rate in Youth 'Not a Good Thing'

Children who have a sudden lowering of their resting heart rate as they move into young adulthood may be at increased risk for heart disease later in life, researchers report.

For their new study, they assessed data from 759 Black and white participants in the Augusta He...

16 Apr
Energy Drink Habit Led to Heart Failure in a Young Man

Energy Drink Habit Led to Heart Failure in a Young Man

Energy drinks provide millions with a quick, caffeinated boost, but one young man's story could be a warning about overconsumption, experts say.

In the case of the 21-year-old, daily heavy intake of these drinks may have led to life-threatening heart and kidney failure, ...

16 Apr
Americans Still Avoiding ERs in Pandemic, But Uptick Seen in Mental Health Crises

Americans Still Avoiding ERs in Pandemic, But Uptick Seen in Mental Health Crises

While ER visits have stayed below normal levels as the coronavirus pandemic continues, the number of people showing up in the emergency department with mental woes is increasing, new federal government data shows.

Between March 29 and April 25, 2020, visits to emergency ...

16 Apr
U.S. Marines Study Finds Getting COVID Won't Protect Young People From Reinfection

U.S. Marines Study Finds Getting COVID Won't Protect Young People From Reinfection

Young adults, take note: A new study finds that even if you have suffered a bout of COVID-19, it is not a guarantee against a second infection.

Researchers said the results show that even those young people who've been struck by the new coronavirus still need to be vacci...

15 Apr
Most Young Americans Eager to Get COVID Vaccine: Poll

Most Young Americans Eager to Get COVID Vaccine: Poll

Many American teens and young adults are now embracing the chance to get COVID-19 vaccines, a new survey finds.

But youth-focused messaging will still be needed to convince a minority of those aged 14 to 24 that they should be vaccinated, the University of Michigan resea...

15 Apr
Later School Start Times Mean Better-Rested Kids: Study

Later School Start Times Mean Better-Rested Kids: Study

Starting the school day a little later helps middle and high school students get more and better sleep, according to a new study.

The research is based on annual surveys of about 28,000 elementary, middle and high school students and their parents. The surveys were compl...

14 Apr
Teen Tanning Bed Ban Would Prevent Thousands of U.S. Melanoma Cases

Teen Tanning Bed Ban Would Prevent Thousands of U.S. Melanoma Cases

A U.S.-wide ban on teen use of tanning beds would prevent thousands of cases of skin cancer and save millions in health care costs, researchers say.

Indoor tanning has been linked to an increased risk of melanoma -- the deadliest type of skin cancer -- and the highest ri...

13 Apr
Americans Are Eating Less Healthily Everywhere, Except at School

Americans Are Eating Less Healthily Everywhere, Except at School

Taking a deep dive into how Americans eat, a new dietary analysis finds that no matter where people get their food, bad nutrition rules the day, with one key exception: schools.

The conclusion is based on surveys conducted among 61,000 adults and children between 2003 an...

12 Apr
Making E-Cigs Cool: Singers, Models in Music Videos Get Teens Vaping

Making E-Cigs Cool: Singers, Models in Music Videos Get Teens Vaping

DJ Khaled, Halsey and other musicians are selling electronic cigarettes to young people through product placement in music videos that receive hundreds of millions of views, a pair of new studies report.

Overall, music videos identified as featuring e-cigarette product p...

08 Apr
College Can Really Ramp Up Stress for People With ADHD

College Can Really Ramp Up Stress for People With ADHD

College is far more stressful for undergrads with ADHD than for their classmates, but it doesn't have to defeat them.

New research finds that resilience seems to be an important buffer.

"The results offer hope to students because each of the resilience factors can ...

07 Apr
Jail Dims Hopes for Recovery for Young People With Mental Illness

Jail Dims Hopes for Recovery for Young People With Mental Illness

Being jailed puts teens with untreated psychiatric disorders at increased risk for long-term mental health struggles, researchers say.

"These are not necessarily bad kids, but they have many strikes against them," said study lead author Linda Teplin. "Physical abuse, sex...

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