February 8, 2011 |
Which of the following TV programs depicts tobacco use most frequently? A. "Gossip Girl" B. "Heroes" C. "America’s Next Top Model" Before you guess, a little background. For the purposes of this pop quiz, a “depiction” of tobacco is defined as a single instance of a cigarette or cigar appearing onscreen. If two characters are smoking at the same time, that counts as two depictions. If a character takes a puff, moves the cigarette off-screen and then takes another puff, those count as separate depictions.
December 24, 2007 |
Teenagers who have had formal sex education are far more likely to put off having sex, contradicting earlier studies on the effectiveness of such programs, U.S. researchers said Wednesday. They found teenage boys who had sex education in school were 71% less likely to have intercourse before age 15, and teen girls who had sex education were 59% less likely to have sex before age 15.
December 16, 2011 |
Making the transition from adolescence into young adulthood can be challenging, and it could also come with some health risks. A study finds that regular exercise may take a steep drop after high school, especially for young men. Researchers from McMaster University and the University of Toronto , both in Canada, followed 640 Canadian teens who were age 12 to 15 at the start of the study, interviewing them every two years, from 1994...
July 3, 2012 |
It might not come as a surprise to any parent who has caught their teen-age child red-handed and red-faced while sending a sexually explicit text message, but a new study is suggesting that “sexting” is prevalent among adolescents. A report published online Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine suggests that the sending and receiving of sexual photos and messages via cellphone and computer, or sexting, is common among teens and may be linked to their sexual behaviors.
October 1, 2012 |
Sunday is the traditional day to take the car out for spin (except, of course, in Los Angeles when a Carmaggedon is underway). But in Philadelphia, one such ride didn't quite turn out as hoped, with the driver crashing his van into five parked cars. The driver was 10 years old, police said According to Philadelphia police, the boy saw the van, which was being used to unload furniture, with the keys hanging from the rear door. He allegedly grabbed the keys, jumped into the cab and took off -- for less than a block.
December 28, 2010 |
"Teenagers are going to ruin their hearing with all that loud music. " We've all heard that admonishment, or something close to it. Now we get further proof that it's true, especially among teen girls. Researchers analyzed data on more than 4,000 adolescents, parsing it for trends in hearing loss. They found a particular type of hearing loss brought on by exposure to loud noise. Many numbers ensued. Here's the abstract published online Monday in Pediatrics if you want a taste.
April 26, 1999
Speaking of the brain, ever wonder why teenage boys always seem to be stumbling over something--the furniture, the family dog, their own feet? Scientists in Scotland think they have the answer: Boys simply grow too fast for their brains. The brain can't keep up when boys in their early teens go through growth spurts that can add 3 to 4 inches to their stature in a matter of months, according to a report in The Times of London.
February 28, 2013 |
Skechers , the Manhattan Beach footwear maker, has a new line of shoes targeted at teen girls, retailing at stores such as DSW and Dillard's. Sounds normal, until this: The collection is called “ Daddy' $ Money.” The sneakers have hidden 2-inch wedges. Designs include animal prints and lips, with names such as “Gimme Megabucks,” “Gimme Wicked” and “Gimme Mucho Dinero .” An accompanying video features singers crooning about “daddy's girls” with sound effects like a cash register's “ cha - ching .” The pitch on the brand's Facebook page: “Get spoiled with Daddy' $ Money, ultra-cool shoes that will put you in the spotlight with a dose of swag… ” Skechers did not immediately return requests for comment.
November 8, 2010 |
Teens may be a little older when having their first sexual experience, but they also could be engaging in risky behavior when they do, a new study finds. Preliminary findings from a report on teen sexual habits were presented at the American Public Health Assn. Social Justice Meeting and Expo Monday in Denver. Study author Nicole Maki Weller, a graduate student at Arizona State University in Tempe, found that teens age 15 to 19 are delaying their first time having sex, according to the National Survey of Family Growth, which compiles information on issues such as family life, marriage, divorce, pregnancy, infertility and use of contraception.
March 5, 2012 |
Vitamin D may be helpful in protecting highly active pre-teen and teen girls, such as those who play sports, from stress fractures, researchers reported Monday. The study was surprising because calcium has long been considered the nutrient most vital to bone health in children. But, in developing children, vitamin D intake may matter more. Researchers analyzed data from 6,721 girls ages 9 to 15 at the start of the study. The girls' intake of calcium, vitamin D and dairy products was recorded along with stress fractures, which are common sports-related injuries.