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2009-01-06 06:55:00

A new report has found that kids aging from 10 to 19 are going through rapid biological changes that you do not experience at any other age other than infancy. Even though most of the nation's 42 million adolescents seem to be thriving, it is a time of risk-taking and pushing boundaries as they learn to drive, are exposed to alcohol, drugs and sexual situations. It is also an age when many of the habits that determine good health during adulthood are set, or not. "They are quite literally our...

2008-12-10 09:47:29

Current health services for adolescents are fragmented and poorly designed to meet the health needs of all of the nation's adolescents, says a new report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Although most U.S. adolescents are healthy, many engage in risky behavior, develop unhealthy habits, and have physical and mental conditions that can jeopardize their immediate and future health. Health care providers need better training in how to meet the specific health needs...

2008-07-12 00:00:29

U.S. researchers said infants who are fed by caregivers other than their parents are more likely to be exposed to unfavorable feeding practices. Juhee Kim, a professor of community health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said childcare factors and feeding practice may play a role in overweight infants and toddlers. Kim and co-author Karen Peterson of Harvard University's School of Public Health analyzed data from 8,150 9-month-old infants enrolled in the Early Childhood...

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2008-03-11 12:50:00

A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that at least one in four of the nation's teenage girls aged 14 to 19 has a sexually transmitted disease.   The study is the first of its kind for this age group, and found that the HPV virus, a known cause of cervical cancer, is the most prevalent infection among the 3 million teens with STDs. The highest prevalence of STDs is among black teenage girls, with nearly half having at least one STD....

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2008-03-03 16:30:00

Entrenched sedentary behavior such as watching television and playing computer video games has been the bane for years of parents of overweight children and physicians trying to help those children lose pounds.There has been little scientifically based research on the effect of limiting those activities, however. University at Buffalo researchers now have shown in a randomized trial that by using a device that automatically restricted video-viewing time, parents reduced their children's video...

2006-07-03 15:45:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Findings from a new study suggest that just 15 percent of adolescents who have been sexually assaulted and started anti-HIV postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) actually complete the recommended 28-day course of treatment. "The use of PEP in this population can be difficult because of patient uncertainty regarding exposure, high rates of psychiatric comorbidity, and low rates of follow-up," Dr. Elyse Olshen, from Columbia University in New York, and colleagues note. PEP...

2006-06-06 10:40:36

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teenage girls commonly have sex not because they want to, but because they feel pressured into it - and the result may be a higher risk of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among 279 teenage girls they interviewed, many said they'd given in to unwanted sex at some point because they were afraid their boyfriend would get angry. The findings, published in the Archives of Pediatrics &...

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2006-06-05 15:30:19

WASHINGTON -- Young children stand a better chance of avoiding death in a serious car crash if they're secured in a car seat rather than buckled in a seat belt, according to a study released Monday. Researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found that children between the ages of 2 and 6 were 28 percent less likely to be killed in a crash if they were sitting in the back in either a car seat or booster seat instead of in a seat belt. Even in cases where the child seat was not...

2006-04-03 22:39:21

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Certain teenagers who watch more television are more likely to become sexually active than those who spend less time in front of the tube, a new study shows. Dr. Sarah Ashby of the University of Wisconsin School of Public Health in Madison and her colleagues found that, among a group of 4,808 boys and girls younger than 16, those who said their parents strongly disapproved of sex -- nearly three quarters of the group -- were more likely to...

2006-03-03 09:22:23

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Though parents may worry about what their kids are doing after school, a new study suggests that teenagers do not often use their unsupervised afternoons to have sex. In a study that followed 106 teenage girls for more than two years, researchers found that the teens were more than twice as likely to report having sex in the evening compared with afternoons. And girls were less likely to have sex on school-day afternoons than on weekends....


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