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Teen Health News
May 22, 2019

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Early Weight-Loss Surgery May Improve Type 2 Diabetes, Blood Pressure Outcomes

Despite similar weight loss, teens who had gastric bypass surgery were significantly more likely to have remission of both type 2 diabetes and high ... read more

Childhood Methylphenidate Treatment Predicts Antidepressant Use During Adolescence

A new, 12-year longitudinal study, which monitored 6,830 children from early childhood into adolescence, has shown that consistent treatment with ... read more

Children Uniquely Vulnerable to Sleep Disruption from Electronic Screens

A new article spells out why children and teens are particularly sensitive to the sleep-disrupting impact of ... read more

More Teens Than Ever Aren't Getting Enough Sleep

Researchers found that about 40 percent of adolescents in 2015 slept less than 7 hours a night, which is 58 percent more than in 1991 and 17 percent more than in 2009. They further learned that the ... read more
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Study Finds That Quitting Smoking During Pregnancy Lowers Risk of Preterm Births

A new study of more than 25 million pregnant women reports on rates of smoking cessation at the start of and during pregnancy and also examines the association of quitting cigarette smoking and the ... read more

Performance-Enhancing Drugs May Increase Risk of Teen Cocaine Abuse, Impair Fertility

Performance-enhancing steroid use could increase the risk of cocaine use and addiction in teens, according to a new rodent study. The combination of these drugs could also impair fertility in young ... read more

Surge in Cannabis Use Among Youth Preceded Legalization in Canada

National discussions on cannabis legalization, along with increased access to medical marijuana, may have encouraged more high school students to consume the drug years before it became legal in ... read more

Exposure to HIV Virus, Treatment Before Birth Linked to Obesity Later in Life

Teens and young adults who were exposed to HIV and antiretroviral therapy before birth but are HIV-negative themselves are at increased risk of obesity and asthma-like ... read more

Stricter US State Gun Laws Linked to Safer High Schools

Adopting stricter state gun laws is linked to a safer school experience for students, a new study has found. Strengthening gun laws at state level was associated with teens being less likely to ... read more

Does Pregnancy History Affect Cognitive Function?

Healthy cognitive aging is a public health priority, especially as the US population grows older. Until now, not much has been known about the link between pregnancy history and cognitive function in ... read more

Complications During Birth and Later Social Anxiety in Children

A new study indicates that complications during birth may increase the risk that children will develop social anxiety by their pre-teen ... read more

Most Teens Report Using Marijuana Less Often After Legalization

Only one group of teenagers used marijuana more often after retail sales were legalized in Washington than they did before -- high school seniors who work 11 or more hours per week, according to new ... read more

Mental Health Issues Increased Significantly in Young Adults Over Last Decade

The percentage of young Americans experiencing certain types of mental health disorders has risen significantly over the past decade, with no corresponding increase in older adults, according to new ... read more

College Drinking Intervention Strategies Need a Refresh

Peer approval is the best indicator of the tendency for new college students to drink or smoke according to new research from Michigan State University. This new finding is key to help universities ... read more

The Importance of Puberty: A Call for Better Research Models

Puberty is much more than just a time of biological overdrive, propelled by sexual maturation. Progress in developmental science has greatly broadened the perspective of this critical maturational ... read more

Bullying Evolves With Age and Proves Difficult to Escape from

An international team conducted a study on bullying roles among peers. Children who are involved in bullying at age 11, may remain involved throughout their entire ... read more

Adolescents Are More Likely Than Adults to Use Fruit And Candy-Flavored E-Cigarettes, Study Finds

As the FDA looks for more information on e-cigarettes and e-juice flavors, a new study shows that adolescents and young adults cite appealing flavors as a main reason for using e-cigarettes, that ... read more

Smoking During Pregnancy Doubles the Risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, Study Warns

Scientists are providing expecting mothers new information about how smoking before and during pregnancy contributes to the risk of an infant dying suddenly and unexpectedly before their first ... read more

New Mothers Reduce Their Alcohol Intake, but This Change Is Short-Lived

Most women dramatically reduce their alcohol intake on learning they are pregnant, but by the time their child is five they are back to their pre-pregnancy drinking levels, a new international study ... read more

Prenatal Exposure to Phthalates Linked to Motor Skill Deficiencies at Age 11

Scientists report motor skills problems in children exposed during pregnancy to plasticizer chemicals known as phthalates that are widely used in personal care products like moisturizers and ... read more

Nitisinone Increases Melanin in People With Albinism

A small pilot clinical study suggests that the drug nitisinone increases melanin production in some people with oculocutaneous albinism type 1B (OCA-1B), a rare genetic disease that causes pale skin ... read more

No Evidence Tougher Policies Deter Adolescent Cannabis Use

A new study has found no evidence that teenage cannabis use is lower in countries with tougher ... read more

Drinking Contexts Associated With Early Onset of Alcohol Intoxication Among Adolescents

New research has begun to identify the circumstances by examining relationships between early age of first intoxication (less than 15 years), drinking in different contexts such as one's own ... read more

Genetic Vulnerability to Menthol Cigarette Use

A genetic variant found only in people of African descent significantly increases a smoker's preference for cigarettes containing menthol, a flavor additive. The variant of the MRGPRX4 gene is ... read more

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