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Teen Health

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  1. Nearly Half of U.S. Teens Smoke, Drink Alcohol, or Use Drugs

    June 29, 2011 -- Nearly half of all American high school students smoke, drink alcohol, or use illicit drugs, according to a new report. And one in four who started using these substances before they turned 18 may become addicts. One-quarter of people in the U.S. who began using drugs or alcohol bef

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  2. Teens and Planning Ahead: It Takes Time

    June 17, 2011 -- Teens and risky behavior often go together, leaving parents frustrated when their adolescents make poor choices. Now, new research shows that by late adolescence teens usually do have the ability to think ahead and make decisions as well as do most adults. However, the teens may not

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  3. Only 12% of High School Students Get Enough Exercise

    June 16, 2011 -- Two new reports provide a snapshot of the physical activity and beverage habits of U.S. high school students. About one in 10 high school students gets the recommended amount of aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise, and nearly a quarter of students drink at least one sugary sod

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  4. Fast Food Restaurants Near Schools Don’t Raise Obesity Risk

    June 15, 2011 -- A child’s risk for becoming overweight or obese does not seem to increase when fast food establishments and stores are located near school grounds, a new study finds. “Unhealthful food choices are ubiquitous and consequently stores selling these food items near schools have no signi

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  5. Survey: Increased Health Risks for Gay Teens

    June 7, 2011 -- High school students who identify as being gay, lesbian, or bisexual are more likely than heterosexual students to smoke, drink alcohol, use drugs, and take part in violent and suicidal behaviors, a CDC survey shows. CDC researchers analyzed survey results from about 156,000 high sch

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  6. Study: Mental Health Is Top Concern for Youth

    June 6, 2011 -- The years from middle childhood to young adulthood, often viewed as some of the healthiest, are not always, according to a new global report from the World Health Organization (WHO). In the report, researchers find three main causes of disability in those ages 10 through 24, says res

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  7. Teenage Girls Get Tans Despite Cancer Risk

    May 2, 2011 -- Large numbers of  teenage girls are still using tanning beds or sunbathing outdoors despite repeated warnings from doctors that too much exposure to ultraviolet light can lead to skin cancer, a new survey shows. The American Academy of Dermatology’s poll of about 3,800 white girls and

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  8. Obese Teens Engage in Risky Behavior

    April 25, 2011 -- Teens with extreme obesity may engage in risky behaviors at similar rates as those with a healthy weight, but sometimes in more dangerous ways, according to a new study. The government-funded research looked at the risks for sex, alcohol, illegal drugs, or suicide attempts reported

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  9. Teen Suicide Attempts Tied to Social Environment

    April 18, 2011 -- A negative social environment may increase risk for suicide attempts by lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) teenagers. A new study shows the risk of suicide attempts among LGB teens is 20% higher in communities that are less supportive of homosexuality than in supportive social enviro

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  10. More Music, Less Reading in Kids With Depression

    April 5, 2011 -- The amount of time a tween or teen spends listening to music appears to be associated with his risk of major depression, a new study shows. Study researchers are quick to point out that the music probably isn’t causing the depression, although it may be a way for children to find re

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