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USDA Proposes New Rules to Cut Sugar, Salt in School Meals

American schoolchildren could be getting school lunches that have less sugar and salt in the future, thanks to new nutrition standards announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday.

These are the first school lunch program updates since 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

What’s dif...

When Schools Ask Students About Suicide, Those At Risk Get Help Sooner

Could asking teens a simple, but pointed, question about their mental health reveal whether they are at risk for suicide?

It might, new research suggests.

Since suicide is now the second leading cause of death among American teens, any strategy that could lower that risk may be worth trying.

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TikTok Videos on Abortion Pills Are Largely Accurate: Study

While you can't trust everything you read or see on social media, some information is reliable.

Researchers from Duke University studied popular videos on the social media site TikTok. The videos offered information on ways to obtain a medication abortion.

These were typically informative and useful, the study authors said.

“When we started the study, we expected to find mor...

Weed-Friendly Posts on Social Media Get Teens Using Cannabis

Laws bar advertising cannabis to teens, but that doesn’t mean they always work.

In a new survey, researchers found that teens still see a lot of positive cannabis messages through social media posts.

These messages influenced their intentions...

Could Bad Sleep in Teen Years Raise Risks for MS?

Teens who regularly fail to get a good night’s sleep may face a higher risk for developing multiple sclerosis (MS) as adults, new research suggests.

“We found that sleeping too little or experiencing poor sleep quality [as a teen] increased the risk of later developing MS by up to 50%,” said study author

  • Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 25, 2023
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  • As Opioid Deaths Rise Among Teens, Too Few Youth Get Anti-Addiction Drug

    The number of American teenagers becoming addicted to opioids is on the rise, yet fewer are being prescribed a medication that can help them, a new government study finds.

    Between 2015 and 2020, the proportion of teens receiving buprenorphine prescriptions fell by 45%. Buprenorphine is one of three medications approved to treat opioid addiction.

    The decline in prescriptions is "conc...

    Hormonal Therapies Are Boosting the Mental Health of Trans Youth

    As numerous U.S. states move to restrict transgender health care, a new study shows that such care can substantially improve teenagers' mental health.

    The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, followed transgender and nonbinary teenagers who received "gender-affirming" hormones -- either estrogen or testosterone -- for two years.

    During that time, researc...

    Preterm Birth Tied to Lower IQs, Poorer School Grades

    By the time they're teenagers, babies born prematurely may be getting poorer school grades than their non-preemie peers.

    Researchers found that babies born before 34 weeks of pregnancy had lower scores on math and language tests during their teen years compared to kids born at 40 weeks.

    However, the study did not find a significant difference in later brain function in babies born b...

    When States Legalize Marijuana, Teens' Asthma Rates Rise

    Cannabis use in U.S. states where recreational use is legal could be contributing to children's asthma, according to new research.

    A study found increases in asthma in teens where cannabis is legal, compared to states where it remains banned for medicinal and recreational use. The study a...

    Happy, Loved Teens Become Heart-Healthier as Adults

    When teenagers feel good about themselves and their lives, it may also do their hearts good in the long run, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that teenagers who generally felt happy, optimistic and loved went on to show better cardiovascular health in their 20s and 30s, versus kids who lacked that level of mental well-being.

    Overall, they were more likely to maintain a healt...

    Exercise, Sports: A Natural Antidepressant for Teens

    An antidote to teenage depression might be found in school gymnasiums and on sports fields, a major new review argues.

    Supervised exercise programs are associated with significant reductions in symptoms of depression among children and teenagers, according to the analysis of data from 21 studies involving more than 2,400 kids.

    “This is the first time that we've been able to put en...

    Could Weight-Loss Surgery in Teens Raise Risks for Alcohol Abuse?

    For teens who are obese, weight-loss surgery can be life-changing — but not always in a good way.

    A new study finds a troubling downside to weight-loss surgery among 13- to 19-year-olds: They're at increased risk of alcohol use disorders. And their risk stays higher for up to eight years after their surgery.

    “We have to be honest about both the risks and benefits of these proced...

    U.S. Could Face Surging Numbers of Teens With Diabetes

    The United States could see a huge rise in diabetes among young people over the next several decades, a new modeling study finds.

    As many as 220,000 young people under the age of 20 could have type 2 diabetes in 2060, which would represent a nearly eight-fold increase, a research team that included scientists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Type 1 diabetes ...

    Long Stays Common for Kids Who Visit ERs in Mental Health Crisis

    It's a scenario no parent would ever want to witness: Their child suffers a mental health crisis and is taken to the emergency room, only to have to wait 12 hours or more for the right medical care.

    Sadly, it is what 1 in 5 of these young patients now face, new research finds.

    "For kids with mental health conditions, long waits in the emergency department have been a compounding pr...

    Obamacare May Have Helped Extend Lives of Young Cancer Patients

    Young adults with cancer, especially those who are Hispanic or Black, had better outcomes because of coverage available to them under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

    New research explored the impact of Medicaid coverage under the ACA, also known as Obamacare, linking it to with better survival for 18- to 39-ye...

    Can Too Much Screen Time Raise a Child's Odds for OCD?

    Preteens who spend much of their free time watching online videos or playing video games may have a heightened risk of developing obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that among 9,200 9- and 10-year-olds they assessed, the odds of developing OCD inched up ...

    Pandemic Brought Surge in Teen Drug Overdose Deaths

    Deaths of teens from drug overdoses soared starting in late 2019, and though they appear to be on the decline, they remain much higher than in 2019, U.S. health officials report.

    Most of these deaths are due to illegally made fentanyl mixed with other drugs, said study author Lauren Tanz<...

    Homicide a Leading Cause of Death for Kids, Teens

    Homicide has become a leading killer of children, with guns being the most common weapon used in their deaths, a new study shows.

    The overall rate of homicides in children has grown about 4.3% each year for a decade, with a steep rise seen between 2019 and 2020, when the number of kids who died by homicide rose 27.7%.

    Firearm-related homicides rose 47.7% between 2019 and 2020, acc...

    Final Exams Don't Have to Be High Stress for Your Teen

    Final exams are stressful for students, but it is possible to ratchet down the pressure with some planning and self-compassion.

    A psychologist from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston offers a few suggestions for helping teens manage the pressure.

    Start with the basics, including making sure the teen is getting sufficient sleep, eating nutritiously without skipping meals and main...

    What's Driving the Ongoing Adderall Shortage -- and What Parents Can Do

    Shortages of the ADHD drug Adderall are expected to continue for months, forcing families to scramble for ways to deal with their children's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

    The shortage has caused headaches and hassles for parents like San Diego mom Jackie Meader, who has been "flustered, rushed and out of sorts" since her 16-year-old son's prescription ran out about a mo...

    California's Flavored Tobacco Ban Won't Be Blocked by Supreme Court

    An attempt to block California's flavored tobacco ban was stopped Monday when the Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

    That now means the ban will go into effect on Dec. 21.

    The ban includes everything from candy flavors to menthol in a wide range of tobacco products including vape ...

    1 in 10 Teens Have Sexted, Many See Porn by 6th Grade: Study

    A high number of preteens and teens in the United States have viewed pornography and many have also sent or received nude or seminude photos -- sexting -- over their smartphones, a new study reveals.

    “The prevalence rates we found in this study suggest that school counselors must be prepared to talk about sexting and pornography use with students, and to change the narrative about the...

    As Alcohol Abuse Declines Among Teens, Marijuana Abuse Soars

    American kids are drinking to excess less and abusing marijuana more, a new study finds.

    Marijuana abuse among 6- to 18-year-olds has increased 245% since 2000, while child alcohol abuse has steadily declined over those years, say researchers who analyzed poisonings over two decades.

    "This dramatic increase does coincide with this huge wave of decriminalization in the U.S.," s...

    For Kids, Mental Trauma From Gun Injury Far Exceeds That of Car Crashes

    Firearm injuries traumatize children, saddling them with mental health issues that include stress disorders and drug or alcohol use, according to a new study.

    In all, 35% of kids injured by firearms receive a new mental health diagnosis in the following year, the

    'Virtual' Driver Program Could Make Driving Safer for Teens With ADHD

    A simulator may make driving safer for teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder by training them to take shorter glances away from the roadway.

    Focused Concentration and Attention Learning (FOCAL) is a computer-based program that teaches teens to keep their eyes on the road. For this study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, a driving simulator was added to give ...

    Valium, Xanax Prescriptions Could Raise Overdose Risk in Youth

    Teenagers and young adults who use benzodiazepines to treat insomnia may be at heightened risk of overdose, a new study finds.

    Benzodiazepines include anxiety medications like Ativan, Klonopin, Valium and Xanax, as well as prescription sleep aids such as estazolam (ProSom), triazolam (Halcion) and temazepam (Restoril).

    In the

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 29, 2022
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  • Lots of Teen Boys Use Steroids, Often With Side Effects

    Steroid users, especially teen boys and young men, seem indifferent to the serious side effects and dependency associated with use of the drugs, a new study finds.

    “We're seeing more young adults and adolescent boys engaging in risk behaviors, such as the use of steroids, to achieve what many see as the ideal male body,” said lead author

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 28, 2022
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  • Mental Health Care Shortage Could Play Role in U.S. Youth Suicides

    The kids aren't alright.

    Up to 1 in 5 children in the United States has a mental health condition, but only about half of those who need mental health care are now receiving it. What's more, suicide is the second leading cause of death among U.S. kids and teens, and youth suicide rates have been rising over the last decade.

    Now, about one year after the U.S. Surgeon General cit...

    Words Can Wound When Parents Talk to Kids About Obesity

    With U.S. health officials calling childhood obesity a public health crisis, conversations about weight are important. But what you say to your kids can be challenging, and even counterproductive, a new study found.

    "Body weight is a sensitive issue and the way we talk about it matters," said lead author

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 21, 2022
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  • Over a Billion Young People Could Lose Hearing Due to Earbuds, Loud Concerts

    More than a billion young people are at risk for hearing loss because of listening to loud music at concerts and using earbuds and other personal listening devices, a new study suggests.

    “There is an urgent need for governments, industry, and civil society to prioritize global hearing loss prevention by promoting safe listening practices,” the study authors said in a

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 16, 2022
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  • LGBTQ Youth Have Double the Risk for Suicidal Thoughts, Attempts

    A new study that looks at suicide risk among U.S. teens who are lesbian, gay and bisexual finds they have disproportionately high rates of suicidal thoughts, planning and attempts compared to their heterosexual peers.

    “The major message of this paper is that among a group of survivors of these types of violence, those who identify as a sexual minority are more likely to develop suicidal...

    Illinois Study Shows Big Jump in Suicide-Linked ER Visits by Teens

    Illinois has seen a recent surge in the number of kids arriving in the emergency room for suicidal thoughts -- both during and shortly before the pandemic, according to a new study.

    Among kids ages 5 to 19, ER visits for suicidal thoughts rose by 59% across the state between 2016 and 2021, researchers found. That included a sharp spike in the fall of 2019, followed by another in the fall ...

    More Teens Are Getting Weight Loss Surgery, If Families Can Afford It

    A growing number of U.S. teenagers are undergoing weight-loss surgery, but the figures suggest many still lack access to the procedures -- especially underinsured Black and Hispanic kids.

    That's the conclusion of a new study charting trends in bariatric (weight-loss) surgery among U.S. teens. Researchers found that between 2010 and 2017, the annual rate of the procedures doubled among kid...

    Binge Eating Disorder Looks Different in Brains of Boys and Girls

    The brains of girls and boys who have binge eating disorder show key differences, according to a new study.

    That's an important finding, researchers say, because both genders struggle with eating disorders, yet treatments are mainly targeted at girls.

    "Males have been excluded from rese...

    Over 3 Million U.S. School Kids Now Vaping or Smoking

    Despite continued efforts by health advocates and U.S. public health officials, a huge number of middle and high school students are still using addictive tobacco products, most often vaping products.

    A new study released by two federal agencies on Thursday estimated a total of 3.08 million ...

    More U.S. Teens Are Getting Heavily Addicted to Vaping

    More American youth than ever are so addicted to e-cigarettes that they vape within 5 minutes of waking up in the morning, a new analysis shows.

    While that percentage was around just 1% in 2017, it increased every year after that. It reached 10.3% by 2021, researchers reported.

    "The increasing intensity of use of modern e-cigarettes highlights the clinical need to address youth addi...

    Pregnancy Is Most Dangerous for the Very Young

    When preteen children or very young teenagers become pregnant, they face higher rates of complications and a greater risk of winding up in the intensive care unit than older teens do, a new study finds.

    The question about what happens when a young girl goes through pregnancy and delivery takes on more relevance after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June and subsequent abo...

    Brain Waves Could Help Guide Concussion Diagnosis, Treatment

    A particular brain wave may help diagnose concussions in high school football players and predict when it's safe for them to return to play, new research suggests.

    Delta waves are markers of brain injury and perhaps healing. They tend to decrease with age, but researchers found increased levels of these lo...

    New TikTok Trend of Mouth Taping During Sleep Carries Dangers

    A new trend promoted on the social media platform TikTok has people taping their lips shut at bedtime -- a practice that could be dangerous, an expert warns.

    The purpose of mouth taping is to keep from breathing through your mouth at night.

    "If you have obstructive sleep apnea, yes, this can be very dangerous," sleep specialist Dr. Raj Dasgupta told CNN.

    "There is lim...

    Video Games May Bring Cognitive Benefits to Kids: Study

    School-age kids who spend hours a day playing video games may outperform their peers on certain tests of mental agility, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that compared with children who never played video games, those who regularly spent hours gaming had higher scores on two standard cognitive tests: one measuring short-term memory and another gauging impulse control.

    Experts...

    Almost All Adolescents Who Begin Gender-Affirming Hormones Continue Into Adulthood: Study

    When young adolescents strongly identify with a gender that does not match their gender at birth, one option is to offer a reversible treatment that can delay the onset of puberty.

    If the desire to transition endures, that delay can be followed with a second step: hormone treatments designed to trigger physical changes that match a young person's true sense of identity. But that begs the ...

    Too Few Young People Get Mental Health Follow-Up After ER Visit

    When teens and young adults go to the emergency room or are hospitalized for critical mental health issues a staggering number are not receiving quick follow-up care, new U.S. research finds.

    Researchers at the University of Massachusetts looked at more than 100,000 ER visits of young people ages 12 to 27 who have private insurance. Only about 29% received follow-up care within seve...

    Sports Like Soccer, Basketball Are Better Than Running for Young People's Bones

    Playing sports can benefit children in many ways, but all sports are not equal when it comes to their bones.

    New research suggests children will have healthier bones if they participate in multidirectional sports such as soccer or basketball, rather than unidir...

    Screen Kids 8 and Older for Anxiety, Expert Panel Recommends

    Children aged 8 and up should be screened for anxiety, the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended on Tuesday. Kids aged 12 and up should also be screened for

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  • October 12, 2022
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  • America's Teen Athletes Are Bouncing Back After Pandemic Lows

    Before the pandemic, Theodore Kleinman, then a rising high school freshman, was excited to earn his spot on the varsity track team. Aside from staying in shape, he was also looking forward to making new friends and being part of a group.

    Unfortunately, COVID shutdowns derailed those plans. Now, as a junior, the New York City teen is finally back on track -- literally and figuratively. "I ...

    Speeding, Texting a Dangerous Duo for Many Teen Drivers: Study

    Danger on the road: Speeding and texting while driving are two common but risky behaviors among teens, a new study finds.

    Among teen drivers in the study, researchers found they drove over the speed limit on 40% of trips and held cellphones more than 30% of th...

    Could Synthetic Turf Raise Kids' Odds for Injuries, Concussions?

    At some schools, grassy sports fields have been replaced by easier-to-maintain synthetic turf.

    But it turns out that may be more likely to cause player injuries.

    Noting that synthetic turf football fields have been associated with more ankle and knee injuries, medical stude...

    1 in 7 U.S. High School Students Now Vapes

    Teen vaping continues at concerning levels, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

    About 2.5 million middle school and high school students reported that they had vaped in the past 30 days in 2022,...

    Under 21? Many N.J. Stores Will Still Sell You Cigarettes

    Though it is illegal nationwide to sell tobacco products to anyone under age 21, many New Jersey stores still do, an undercover study revealed.

    More than 40% of store visits by 18- to 20-year-olds in New Jersey resulted in purchase of cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products,

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  • October 6, 2022
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  • Another Sports Bonus for Kids: Healthier Eyes

    Sometimes allergies can lead to pink, irritated eyes. But allergic conjunctivitis, or "pink eye" may have a simple fix: physical fitness.

    That's the conclusion of researchers in Taiwan who tracked health data of more than 1.2 million children. The kids were examined at age ...

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