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NEWS
November 18, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Taylor Swift has finally weighed in on whether she considers herself a role model for impressionable young people. And the verdict is ... she accepts! In an interview to be broadcast this Sunday on "60 Minutes," the singer said she believes she can be an influence among some fans, and she's OK with that. But how influential are celebs when it comes to health-related issues such as drugs, alcohol, smoking and weight? Studies show that teens' habits and choices may be affected by famous people they admire, but they're not the only ones who hold sway.
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HEALTH
April 6, 2009 | Jill U. Adams
Two weeks ago, a federal judge ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow 17-year-olds to buy the emergency contraceptive pill Plan B without a prescription and to consider allowing such purchases by younger girls as well. Previously, the agency had set 18 as the cutoff age, meaning younger girls had to consult a doctor to get the pill. The FDA is reviewing the court's decision, spokeswoman Rita Chappelle says.
SCIENCE
November 26, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Doctors should give underage teenagers prescriptions for emergency contraceptives like Plan B before they start having sex instead of waiting until a young patient's "plan A" goes awry, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy statement. It says doctors should also counsel teens on the various options for emergency birth control as part of an overall strategy to reduce teen pregnancy. The academy is issuing the new position paper, published online Monday by the journal Pediatrics, as physicians and other health experts struggle to reduce the nation's high birthrate among adolescents.
NATIONAL
June 29, 2009 | Associated Press
Nearly 15% of teenagers think they are going to die young, leading many to drug use, suicide attempts and other unsafe behavior, new research suggests. The study, based on a survey of more than 20,000 young people, challenges conventional wisdom that says teens engage in risky behavior because they think they are invulnerable to harm. Instead, a sizable number of teens may take chances "because they feel hopeless and figure that not much is at stake," said study author Dr.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Relax, TV programmers. The teen viewer isn't going anywhere. The perception of today's teenagers is that of antsy kids bouncing back and forth between their computer screens and cellphones as they update their Facebook statuses and look at videos on Hulu and YouTube while texting their friends. The reality is that for all the time teens spend staring at small screens, it's still the television screen that gets most of their attention. "There is a popularized notion of the typical teenager constantly digitally connected....
AUTOS
March 15, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Given a choice between a new Toyota Corolla or the latest iPhone, 16-year-old Allison Katz of Irvine says that's an easy one. She'd take the phone. Texting drives her social life. She doesn't have a driver's license and hasn't rushed to get one. "I mostly stay near my house except for soccer practice, and then Mom or Dad drives," Allison said. It's enough to keep an auto executive awake at night. Thirty years ago, nearly half of 16-year-olds had a driver's license, their passport to independence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2009 | Seema Mehta
Amber Medina has been looking for a job for five months, ever since her father, a metal-worker, was laid off and her mom began struggling to support the family of seven on her $15-per-hour job. But the 17-year-old has yet to find anything permanent, despite sending out resumes and visiting dozens of potential employers, including the clothing stores Old Navy and PacSun. "I'm looking for any job to help my parents," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
It's not easy growing up gay in America, despite the nation's increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage and other issues of gay equality. Gay and lesbian teenagers across the United States are less likely to be happy, more likely to report harassment and more inclined to experiment with drugs and alcohol than the nation's straight teens, according to a new nationwide survey of more than 10,000 gay and lesbian young people. The survey , which will be released Thursday by the Human Rights Campaign, aWashington, D.C.-based civil rights group, is described as one of the largest ever to focus on the nation's gay youth.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook is lifting restrictions on teens to let them share more information publicly in a bid to regain the popularity it has lost to Twitter, Snapchat and other social networks. Teens ages 13 to 17 used to be able to only share information with friends or friends of friends. Now Facebook is giving them more control over what information they share publicly. "Teens," the company said in a blog post, "want to be heard. " With the new policy, teens' privacy settings will automatically only share information with friends but they will have the ability to change those settings.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2010 | By Karen Wada, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"... I can't shop there I'm overweight, have to say it like it's a curse word. Only the skinny can joke about how fat they are because they know how much they aren't; all they want are the compliments. I know I won't get compliments... " ? Amy Hunt, 16 Teenage girls used to keep their secrets ? those they dared to record ? locked away in diaries. These days, many express their most intimate thoughts on paper or in cyberspace, often rendered in language surprisingly (to adults, at least)
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