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Tired Teens Reach for Fast Foods First

Study found those who slept less than 7 hours a night were also less likely to eat fruits, vegetables. Sleep-deprived teens make poor food choices, a new study finds. continue reading »

Many Teens in US Maintain Poor Health Habits

Bad diet, lack of exercise raise odds for later heart disease, experts warn. More than 80 percent of U.S. teens eat unhealthy diets and many are sedentary, which raises the odds they continue reading »

A Look at the Health of Hispanic Adolescents in the U.S.

Our nation’s adolescents are becoming increasingly diverse, and this trend will continue in the decades to come. Today, more than one in five youth between the ages of 10 and 19 in the United States is Hispanic continue reading »

U.S. Teen Birth Rates Highest in Rural Areas, Research Shows

Major cities had biggest decline in teen childbearing over the last 2 decades. In 2010, teen births occurred at higher rates in rural counties than in suburban counties and m continue reading »

Teen Smoking Has Fallen Across Most of U.S.: Report

Overall youth smoking is now under 9 percent nationwide, with highest rates in Wyoming, lowest in Utah. A significant decline in cigarette smoking took place among U.S continue reading »

Another Study Links ‘Sexting’ to Sexual Activity in Teens

But Dutch researchers find those at risk are in the minority. A new study of Dutch teens finds that few of them frequently engage in risky online activity related to sex, such as sending naked photos to strangers continue reading »

More Teen Girls Using Contraceptives: CDC

Increased use may have contributed to drop in teen births, researcher says. More teenage girls are using contraceptives, which may explain part of the dramatic drop in the continue reading »

Teen ‘Sexting’ Might Be Less Common Than Feared

But emotional, legal fallout can still occur, studies find. Concerns over teenage "sexting" -- sending suggestive or explicit images by cellphone or online -- might be overblown, new research finds. continue reading »

Teen ‘Sexting’ Common and Linked to Psychological Woes

Survey of Boston-area students found more signs of depression in those involved. Some Boston parents might be in for a rude awakening: continue reading »

Sleepy Teens Prone to Bad Behaviors, Study Finds

About 70% of U.S. high school students sleep less than 8 hours on school nights, research shows. Most teens don't get enough sleep, putting them at greater risk for a slew of unhealthy behaviors, from physical inactivity to fighting, according to a new U.S. study. continue reading »

Training in Positive Thinking May Help Anxious Teens

Kids who don't see a snub in every ambiguous interaction can better control their moods, study suggests. New research suggests that training kids in a positive thinking style about interactions with other people co continue reading »

Summer is a Good Time for Moms to Learn About Certain Diseases Affecting Their Preteen and Teen

Preteens and teens are at risk for certain diseases, including human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal disease (meningitis), pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus. "Preteens and teens are at risk for certain infectious diseases," said Dr. Jaime Fergie, Director of Infectious Diseases at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. "Many parents vaccinated their children as infants, and it's important that they also vaccinate them now that they are preteens and teens to help prevent certain diseases." Preteens and teens tend to have fewer regular healthcare visits as they get older, and visits are usually for sports physicals or because of illness. Moms can take advantage of doctor visits in the summer to talk to their child's healthcare professional about ways to help prevent these diseases. About Certain Infectious Diseases * Human Papillomavirus (HPV): HPV is a virus that will affect an estimated 75 to 80 percent of males and females in their lifetime. For most, HPV clears on its own. But there's no way to predict who will or won't clear the virus. For those who don't clear certain types, HPV could cause cervical cancer in females and other HPV types can cause genital warts in both males and females. * Meningococcal disease (meningitis): Meningitis is a very serious infection of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. Infection can be spread from person to person by close contact. * Pertussis (whooping cough): Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection spread by coughing and sneezing. * Tetanus: Tetanus is a disease of the nervous system caused by bacteria that enter the body through a cut or wound. continue reading »