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August 12, 2020

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Nearly 60% of American Children Lack Healthy Cardiorespiratory Fitness

Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) measurement provides insight into cardiovascular and overall health, including cognitive and academic functions, among children and teens. Healthy CRF is linked to ...

Asthma and Allergies More Common in Teens Who Stay Up Late

Teenagers who prefer to stay up late and wake later in the morning are more likely to suffer with asthma and allergies compared to those who sleep and wake earlier, according to a new ...

Marijuana Use While Pregnant Boosts Risk of Children's Sleep Problems

As many as 7% of moms-to-be use marijuana while pregnant, and that number is rising fast as more use it to quell morning sickness. But new research suggests such use could have a lasting impact on ...

Infant Sleep Problems Can Signal Mental Disorders in Adolescents

Specific sleep problems among babies and very young children can be linked to mental disorders in adolescents, a new study has ...
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Teens' Social Media Use Does Not Raise Risk for Depression, Study Finds

New findings refute popular wisdom and may provide relief to parents and educators concerned with adolescents' heavy use of social media -- particularly during the COVID-19 ...

Flavored Cigarette Ban Significantly Reduced Youth Smoking, New Study Finds

Researchers analyzed National Survey on Drug Use and Health data to test the effect of the 2009 U.S. flavored cigarette ban. The study found the ban reduced underage smoking by 43% and smoking among ...

Community Initiative Increases Teenage Use of Effective Contraception

Study finds that teenagers utilize Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) at a rate five times higher than the United States as a ...

Adolescent Exposure to Anesthetics May Cause Alcohol Use Disorder, New Research Shows

Early exposure to anesthetics may make adolescents more susceptible to developing alcohol use disorder (AUD), according to new ...

Chronic Illness in Childhood Linked to Higher Rates of Mental Illness

Children with long-term health conditions may be more likely to experience mental illness in early adolescence than healthy children, according to new ...

When Parents Should Worry About Teen Girls' Selfies

Adolescent girls who invest a lot of time in editing and selecting the perfect selfie may feel more body shame and appearance anxiety, researchers ...

Brain Networks Come 'Online' During Adolescence to Prepare Teenagers for Adult Life

New brain networks come 'online' during adolescence, allowing teenagers to develop more complex adult social skills, but potentially putting them at increased risk of mental illness, ...

Poor Mental Health 'Both Cause and Effect' of School Exclusion

Children with mental health needs require urgent support from primary school onwards to avoid exclusion, which can be both cause and effect of poor mental health, new research ...

Combined Prenatal Smoking and Drinking Greatly Increases SIDS Risk

Children born to mothers who both drank and smoked beyond the first trimester of pregnancy have a 12-fold increased risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) compared to those unexposed or only ...

Parents Aren't Powerless When It Comes to Sleep-Deprived Teenagers

Teenagers in the US simply don't get enough shut eye. The consequences of this sleep deprivation epidemic are extensive and include increasing rates of anxiety and depression among adolescents, ...

Parental Coaching Adolescents Through Peer Stress

During early adolescence, especially the transition to middle school, kids face a number of challenges both socially and academically. Parents can act as social 'coaches,' offering support ...

Smoking Cessation Treatment Targets Adolescents

The primary focus of smoking cessation research has been adults in the past, but a new study zeroed in on adolescents. This study found that while there was no significant difference between the ...

Bullying Others Increases the Risk of Developing Mental Health Problems and Vice Versa

A new study suggests there is a two-way relationship between bullying perpetration and mental health problems among U.S. youth. Researchers report that bullying perpetration increased the risk of ...

Concussions in High School Athletes May Be a Risk Factor for Suicide

Concussion, the most common form of traumatic brain injury, has been linked to an increased risk of depression and suicide in adults. Now new research suggests high school students with a history of ...

Diverging Trends: Binge Drinking and Depression

Binge drinking among U.S. adolescents precipitously declined from 1991 to 2018, according to a new study. Depressive symptoms among U.S. adolescents have sharply increased since 2012. And for the ...

Associations Between Childhood Maltreatment and Offending Behaviors Later in Life

Children who experience maltreatment, such as neglect or physical or sexual abuse, are more likely to engage in delinquent and offending behaviors in adolescence and young adulthood, according to a ...

Decline in Ideal Heart Health Begins Early for Teen Girls

Ideal heart health declines between ages 9 and 19 for girls, particularly for black girls and girls from families with lower education and income ...

High Numbers of Youth Report Using Prescription Opioids in the Past Year

A new analysis of US data finds an unexpectedly high prevalence of prescription opioid use among youth. As recently as 2015-2016, 21% of adolescents and 32% of young adults said they had used these ...

Teen Marijuana Use May Have Next-Generation Effects

A new study shows how a parent's use of marijuana, past or present, can influence their child's substance use and ...

Study Implicates Flavored E-Cigs in the Teen Vaping Epidemic

Teens who vape candy- or fruit-flavored e-cigarettes are more likely to stick with the habit and vape more ...

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