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2010-02-02 07:20:00

U-M study finds increased body fat in boys may predict later onset of puberty Increasing rates of obese and overweight children in the United States may be contributing to a later onset of puberty in boys, say researchers at the University of Michigan Health System. In a new study published in the February issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, researchers show that a higher body mass index during early and mid-childhood for boys is associated with later onset of...

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2010-01-07 15:48:16

High rate of reinfection Frequent testing and treatment of infection does not reduce the prevalence of chlamydia in urban teenage girls, according to a long term study by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers published in the January 1, 2010 issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Despite the fact they were screened every three months and treated when infected, the proportion of infected girls did not change over the course of the study. On entering the study, 10.9 percent of...

2009-10-18 23:01:00

Boosters especially effective in side impact crashes PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A study released today in Pediatrics by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia offers updated evidence that children ages 4 to 8 who are restrained in the rear seat of a car in a belt-positioning booster seat are 45 percent less likely to be injured in a crash compared with children using a seat belt alone. Furthermore, the study showed there was no difference in the level of...

2009-09-28 01:12:00

Study Shows Teens More Likely to Stay Safe if Parents Set Clear Rules and Limit Teens' Access to Keys Two new studies, conducted by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and State Farm and published today in Pediatrics, find a link between teen driver crashes, and the way families communicate and approach rules about safety. The study found teens are half as likely to crash and far less likely to drink and drive, use a cell phone, or speed if their parents set clear rules,...

2009-07-14 07:15:00

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- As the discussion regarding health care reform moves through Congress and is debated in the public forum, a new policy statement from the Society for Adolescent Medicine (SAM) urges all parties to include adolescent and young adult health issues in the dialogue. Says Dr. Mary-Ann Shafer, President of SAM, "Many aspects of health care reform that are needed for adults and for younger children will also help adolescents. But adolescents require...

2009-06-02 14:37:44

Exposure to audible television has implications for language acquisition and brain development in children, U.S. researchers said. Lead researcher Dimitri A. Christakis of the University of Washington School of Medicine looked at 329 infants age 2 months to age 4. The children wore a small, business card-sized, 2-ounce digital recorder on random days monthly for up to two years. A specially designed vest with a chest pocket held the recorders at a specific distance from the mouth, and...

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2009-04-10 06:40:00

The risk of becoming overweight is much higher in women who bear children in their teens than those who do not, according to new research, Reuters accounted.  "Our findings are potentially important because adolescence has been identified as one of the critical periods of development that set the stage for the onset of obesity later in life," Dr. Erica P. Gunderson of Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California and her colleagues write in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent...

2009-03-17 07:15:00

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's adolescents have the dubious distinction of being the most "wired" generation to date. They somehow complete homework while simultaneously texting on mobile phones, listening to iPods, IM-ing from computers and posting photos and video to Facebook. These young people are able to bring the world to their fingertips in a way that previous generations never imagined. The Society for Adolescent Medicine is examining "e-teens" and how they...

2009-03-10 07:25:00

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- New research being released at the annual meeting of the Society for Adolescent Medicine (SAM) reveals significant results about how adolescents navigate their world and where their priorities lie. The theme of the meeting is "E-teens" and how teens incorporate technology into their personal health. Research presentations will address a variety of topics. SAM's meeting will take place in Los Angeles, March 25-28, 2009. Following are five...

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2009-03-03 07:35:00

New Canadian research finds that children judged as impulsive by their kindergarten teachers may be more likely to engage in gambling behavior such as card-playing or placing bets before they reach middle school. The research is the first to show gambling among children this young, said Linda Pagani, who led the study at Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center and the Universite de Montreal. "The question has always been, 'What comes before adolescent gambling?'" Pagani said in an...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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