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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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