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  1. Teen Births Hit All-Time Low

    April 10, 2012 -- The number of babies born to U.S. teens has reached a historic low. New statistics from the CDC show the teen birth rate in 2010 dropped by 9% from 2009 to a new low of 34.3 births per 1,000 women aged 15-19. That sets several records: It's the lowest point since record-keeping beg

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  2. Sex Ed Becoming Less Prevalent in Grades 6-12

    April 5, 2012 -- New CDC data show a leveling off of the number of middle and high schools that are teaching their students about how to prevent HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy. Researchers analyzed data from 45 states in 2008 and again in 2010. They asked the principal and t

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  3. Spice, K2 Sending Teens to the Emergency Room

    March 19, 2012 -- “Spice,” “K2,” “Mr. Smiley,” “Red X Dawn,” and “Blaze” are just some of the street names for synthetic marijuana drugs. They sound like something out of a video game, but the drugs themselves are nothing to play around with, according to a new study. When smoked or ingested, these

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  4. Can Too Much Texting Make Teens Shallow?

    Feb. 3, 2012 -- Teens and young adults who text frequently -- such as more than 300 text messages a day -- may be risking more than sore thumbs, according to a new study. "Heavy texters do seem to be a little more materialistic and less concerned about inward growth," says Paul Trapnell, PhD, associ

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  5. CDC: Many Teen Moms Didn’t Think They Could Get Pregnant

    Jan. 19, 2012 -- Teens who have babies without meaning to often don’t use birth control because they think they can’t get pregnant, according to a CDC survey. Half the teenage moms with unplanned pregnancies who responded to the survey said they weren’t using contraceptives when their babies were co

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  6. Using Headphones While Walking a Dangerous Move

    Jan. 17, 2012 -- The dangers of driving while talking on a cell phone may be in the news, but walking while wearing headphones can also be deadly. A new study shows that in the last six years, serious injuries and deaths have tripled among pedestrians struck by a car or train while wearing headphone

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  7. Chewing Gum Before a Test May Boost Performance

    Dec. 2, 2011 -- Chewing gum before a test may give students an extra edge during finals season. A new study shows chewing gum for five minutes before a test improves performance. But be sure to get rid of the gum before the test starts. Researchers say chewing gum during testing may detract from you

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  8. 'Freshman 15' May Be Just a Myth

    Nov. 3, 2011 -- Worried about gaining the "freshman 15"? Forget about it and focus on your course load instead. New research shows that the freshman 15 is just a myth. In the study, female students gained on average about 3 pounds during their freshman year and males gained about 3.5 pounds. This is

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  9. CDC: More Teenage Boys Using Condoms

    Oct. 12, 2010 -- More teenagers are using a condom -- by itself or along with a partner's hormonal contraceptive -- according to a new teen sex survey from the CDC. The survey shows sexual activity and contraceptive use among U.S. teenagers have remained relatively stable over the last decade. But c

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  10. Lack of Sleep for Teens Linked to Risky Behavior

    Sept. 27, 2011 -- Teenagers who don't get enough sleep on school nights may be more likely to take risks with their health. A new CDC study shows high school students who sleep less than eight hours on school nights are more likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, seriously consider suicide, and

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