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  1. 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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  2. '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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Doctors' Groups Say Teens Shouldn't Box

    Aug. 29, 2011 -- Teens and boxing are a bad combination, doctors say. The risk of brain and other injuries during boxing makes the sport too risky, according to a new policy statement by U.S. and Canadian pediatrician groups. The statement urges doctors to ''vigorously oppose boxing for any child or

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  6. Overweight Teens Often Miss Obesity Screening

    July 18, 2011 -- Overweight teenagers are no more likely than their normal-weight peers to receive screening designed to prevent childhood obesity, according to a new study. Despite recommendations calling for pediatricians to target children at risk for childhood obesity, researchers found that ove

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  7. Binge Drinking May Affect Memory of Teens

    July 15, 2011 -- Binge drinking may have lasting effects on the still-developing brains of teenagers. A new study shows that long after the hangover wears off, binge drinking impairs the spatial working memory of teenagers. Girls appear especially vulnerable to these effects. Spatial working memory

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  8. Teenage Birth Rates Are Down

    July 6, 2011 -- Adolescent injury deaths have dropped in recent years, and so have percentages of childhood and preterm births, according to a new federal report on the overall well-being of America's youth. The report, "America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2011," says injury de

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  9. 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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  10. 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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