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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2013 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
The last issue of L.A. Youth has gone to press. The newspaper produced by teenagers for teenagers survived for 25 years in city schools but now has reached the end of its run. "It's over," said Donna Myrow, L.A. Youth's executive director, who started the newspaper with students working at her kitchen table. Over the years, it grew to have an office of its own, where students would come to produce a newspaper that was distributed to the classrooms of more than 1,200 teachers across Los Angeles County.
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NEWS
February 25, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
People who volunteer are often known to say they get more out of the experience than those who are being helped. A study in Canada concurs that that may be true: Researchers say that high school students who volunteered improved their own health. The researchers recruited and assessed 106 10 th graders from western Canada. Half were assigned to volunteer weekly with elementary school children for two months. At the end of that time, the high school students showed significantly lower markers for cardiovascular disease risk, including body mass index and cholesterol levels when compared with students in a control group.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2010 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
A summer job is a traditional rite of passage for most teens, but this year that may be passing them by. Nationwide, teens are facing the most difficult summer hiring season in decades, experts say. The unemployment rate for 16- to 19-year-olds hovered at 26.4% last month — the highest May figure since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking it in 1948 — as older workers continued snapping up jobs normally held by the...
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.
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.
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.
SCIENCE
August 18, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Teenagers aren't necessarily tuning out adults; they simply might not be able to hear them. The proportion of teens in the United States with slight hearing loss has increased 30% in the last 15 years, and the number with mild or worse hearing loss has increased 77%, researchers said Tuesday. One in every five teens now has at least a slight hearing loss, which can affect learning, speech perception, social skills development and self-image; one in every 20 has a more severe loss.
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.
NEWS
March 6, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Binge drinking can be a serious health problem for teens: Studies show that kids who consume alcohol during adolescence are more likely to develop drinking problems as adults, among other risks. But what prompts teens to hit the bottle in the first place? A new study in the journal Pediatrics says Hollywood deserves some of the blame. Students who had witnessed the most instances of drinking in movies were also most likely to have engaged in at least one episode of binge drinking (defined as consuming more than five drinks on one occasion)
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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