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Pot Replacing Tobacco, Booze as Teens' Drug of Choice

Pot Replacing Tobacco, Booze as Teens' Drug of Choice

Published 05/31/2018

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Pot is increasingly replacing cigarettes and alcohol as the first drug of choice among young Americans, researchers have found.

Boys, black Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics and multi-racial Americans were the most likely to turn to marijuana before...

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Teens, Parents Aren't on Same Page When Talk Turns to Sex

Teens, Parents Aren't on Same Page When Talk Turns to Sex

Published 05/07/2018

SUNDAY, May 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to having "the talk," many teens admit they're not communicating with their parents or their doctors about sex, new research reveals.

"Teens and young adults account for more STIs [sexually transmitted infections] than all other ages combined...

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Health Tip: When Your Child Graduates High School

Health Tip: When Your Child Graduates High School

Published 05/03/2018

(HealthDay News) -- Graduating from high school is a milestone that includes some emotional stress for you and your child.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how you can support your child as he or she graduates:

Make sure your teen has medical coverage after high school, and that the te...

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Telltale Clues That Your Child Is Depressed

Telltale Clues That Your Child Is Depressed

Published 04/14/2018

SATURDAY, April 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Know what to look for if you suspect your child or teen may be depressed.

"In children and adolescents who are depressed, you may notice more irritability and loss of interest rather than just sadness or a depressed mood," said Kimberly Burkhart, a ped...

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Super Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Coming to U.S., Experts  Say

Super Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Coming to U.S., Experts Say

Published 04/04/2018

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Americans should expect that a super-resistant form of gonorrhea like that found in the United Kingdom will soon reach these shores, health experts say.

Earlier this year, doctors diagnosed a man in England with a case of gonorrhea that could not be cu...

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Now's the Time to Tackle Springtime Allergies

Now's the Time to Tackle Springtime Allergies

Published 03/17/2018

SATURDAY, March 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With spring allergy season just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about how to deal with your symptoms, experts say.

"Bottom line, very few people suffer from the same allergies or symptoms," Dr. Bradley Chipps, president of the American C...

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Health Tip: 'Connected' Students Do Better

Health Tip: 'Connected' Students Do Better

Published 03/08/2018

(HealthDay News) -- Students who feel a like they belong at school have a greater chance of doing well and staying there, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Research confirms that children who feel "connected" to school are more likely to get better grades, stay in school l...

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Health Tip: Help Prevent Underage Drinking

Health Tip: Help Prevent Underage Drinking

Published 02/22/2018

(HealthDay News) -- A young person's decision to drink alcohol may be related to the stress of trying to fit in with a particular crowd, the desire to get good grades or adjusting to a new school.

Keeping open lines of communication with your child or teen may help prevent underage drinking.

The...

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Health Tip: Prevent the Spread of Scarlet Fever

Health Tip: Prevent the Spread of Scarlet Fever

Published 02/05/2018

(HealthDay News) -- Scarlet fever, also known as scarlatina, is a bacterial infection caused by "group a" streptococcus. There is no vaccine, and the disease is typically treated with a round of antibiotics.

Possible symptoms to watch for are a red rash, fever, sore throat, redness in the underar...

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Can Brain Scans Reveal Who Your Friends Are?

Can Brain Scans Reveal Who Your Friends Are?

Published 01/30/2018

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You and your friends likely share similar interests. But did you know you could also have similar patterns of brain activity?

Dartmouth College researchers assessed the friendships or social ties within a group of nearly 280 graduate students. Brain scan...

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Severe Bullying Tied to Mental Health Woes in Teens

Severe Bullying Tied to Mental Health Woes in Teens

Published 01/15/2018

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who were severely bullied as children are at increased risk for mental health problems and suicide attempts, a Canadian study finds.

The study included data on more than 1,300 children in the province of Quebec, from birth until age 15.

About 59 per...

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Exercise Boosts Kids' Brain Health, Too

Exercise Boosts Kids' Brain Health, Too

Published 01/05/2018

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A lack of exercise puts kids at risk for very adult problems, like obesity and diabetes.

Now there's also research that links exercise to their cognitive development and achievement in school. Turns out that physical activity gives the young brain needed b...

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Published 12/12/2017

Inflammatory Bowel Disease May Raise Cancer Risk in Kids Researchers think chronic inflammation in gastrointestinal tract may be driving force

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) face an increased risk of cancer, a new study claims.

The ris...

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Published 12/12/2017

Early childhood adversities linked to health problems in tweens, teens

Study is first to point to brain changes that underlie poor health in some children

byJim Dryden•October 30, 2017

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Allergens widespread in largest study of U.S. homes

Allergens widespread in largest study of U.S. homes

Published 12/12/2017

Allergens are widespread, but highly variable in U.S. homes, according to the nation’s largest indoor allergen study to date. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health report that over 90 percent of homes had three or more detectable allergens, and 73 percent of homes had at least one al...

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Teens' Painkiller Misuse Linked to Dating Violence

Teens' Painkiller Misuse Linked to Dating Violence

Published 11/20/2017

MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who abuse prescription drugs, like opioid painkillers, are prone to initiating or being victims of dating violence, a new study finds.

In a nationwide survey of more than 10,000 teenagers who had dated in the past year, the researchers found that no...

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If Dad Has Depression, Kids Might Develop It, Too

If Dad Has Depression, Kids Might Develop It, Too

Published 11/16/2017

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having a father with depression may put teens at a heightened risk for the mental health problem, a new study suggests.

Previous research had linked depression in mothers and in their children. But according to the investigators, this is the first stud...

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Lunchtime H2O May Be Key to Curbing Kids' Obesity

Lunchtime H2O May Be Key to Curbing Kids' Obesity

Published 11/13/2017

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Getting kids to drink water with their school lunches could help keep their weight in check and save the United States billions in obesity-related costs, a new study contends.

Researchers calculated the effects of going nationwide with a program piloted...

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A Dangerous New Twist on Cyberbullying

A Dangerous New Twist on Cyberbullying

Published 11/09/2017

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As if the idea of teen cyberbullying isn't harrowing enough, a new study warns of a strange twist in which kids anonymously post hurtful messages -- to themselves.

The worry is that this digital self-harm -- like traditional self-harm -- may be a harbi...

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