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WHO Experts Say Healthy Kids, Teens May Not Need More COVID Shots

New advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) says healthy children and teens may not need additional COVID-19 shots, though they may need to catch up on other routine vaccines.

“The public health impact of vaccinating healthy children and adolescents is comparatively much lower than the established benefits of traditional essential vaccines for children – such as the rotavirus,...

Too Much Time Online Might Raise Kids' Odds for Mental Health Woes: Study

Children’s screen use could be altering their developing brains as they enter adolescence and increasing their risk for mood disorders, a major new study finds.

Children ages 9 and 10 who spend more time on smartphones, tablets, video games and TV exhibited higher levels of depression and anxiety by the time they were 11 and 12, researchers found.

Further, the investigators linked...

Rate of Kids Hospitalized in Mental Health Crisis Keeps Rising

Children with mental health problems are flooding America's hospitals.

A new study of 4.8 million pediatric hospitalizations between 2009 and 2019 found that the number of acute care hospitalizations for kids with mental health problems increased significantly. In 2019, most were due to attempted suicides, suicidal thoughts or self-injury, researchers said.

"What we’re seeing are ...

AHA News: Irregular Sleep Schedule Linked to High Blood Pressure

People with irregular sleep patterns may face substantially higher odds of high blood pressure than those who stick to a schedule, even when they get the recommended amount of sleep each night, new research suggests.

The study, published Tuesday in the journal Hypertension, found people who slept in on the weekends or varied the times they went to sleep and woke up throughout the week wer...

Could Melatonin Ease Self-Harm in Kids?

For depressed or anxious children, taking melatonin may afford a good night's sleep and, as a result, lower the odds they will harm themselves, new research suggests.

The risk of self-harm increased before melatonin was prescribed and decreased by about half after kids started taking the supplement,

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  • March 27, 2023
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  • Sleep Apnea in Childhood Could Affect Developing Brain

    Teenagers with the nighttime breathing disorder sleep apnea may have brains that look a little different from their peers', a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that among nearly 100 teens who underwent brain scans, those with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) tended to have thinner tissue at the brain's surface, and some signs of inflammation in a brain area key to memory and learning.

    Close Bond With Your Teen Can Keep Them Physically Healthy, Too: Study

    Ask your teen about their day and try to spend more quality time together.

    It matters, a new study found.

    Teens who report better relationships with their moms and dads are healthier both mentally and physically and less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol as you...

    Too Much Social Media Could Raise Risk for Eating Disorders

    Curated images of perfect bodies -- often highly filtered and unrealistic -- are common on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

    And a broad new review of 50 recent studies across 17 countries finds that relentless online exposure to largely unat...

    When Kids Lose a Parent, New Therapy Might Prevent Long-Term Mental Harm

    The death of a parent is heartbreaking for a child or teenager, and those who experience it are known to be at an increased risk for depression and other mental health issues later in life.

    But a new study finds that children who participated in a bereavement program with their families following the loss of a parent were significantly less likely to experience depression up to 15 years l...

    Poll Finds Many Parents Unaware of Kids' Exposure to Vaping

    Four out of five U.S. parents questioned in a large poll believe their preteen and teenage kids are clear on the risks that electronic cigarettes pose, and only a few think their child actually vapes.

    Still, if their child did vape, would parents know? Nearly half of more than 1,300 parents polled said they would.

    The findings, experts say, point to a potential disconnect between wh...

    Even a Little Extra Weight Can Raise Kids' Odds for High Blood Pressure

    Even modest weight gain above the average puts kids at risk for high blood pressure, new research shows.

    “Hypertension during youth tracks into adulthood and is associated with cardiac and vascular organ damage," said lead study author Corinna Koebnick of Kaiser...

    Did 'Helicopter' Parents Cause the Mental Health Crisis in Today's Young?

    Kids and teens are struggling with their mental health in America, and one new report suggests the overinvolvement of parents may be partly to blame.

    Kids don't get to roam any more. They've lost time for free play and risk-taking amid parents' fears about the dangers of the world, said report co-author David Bjorklund<...

    Clocks 'Spring Forward' on Sunday: Helping Your Kids Adjust

    The annual shift to daylight saving time is a challenge for many parents, whose children may struggle with the change.

    A pediatrics sleep medicine expert offers some tips for making springing forward a little easier for all ages.

    “Whether it be jet lag, spring break or daylight saving time, a break in sleep structure can make things challenging. But we have ways to cope with that,...

    Diabetes Rates Keep Rising Among Young Americans

    Troubling new research finds that rates of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are continuing to increase in children and young adults.

    Asian or Pacific Islander, Black and Hispanic children had higher rates, the study found.

    “Our research suggests a g...

    Which High School Sports Cause Kids the Most Injuries?

    Fewer high school athletes are getting hurt playing sports, but those who do are more likely to suffer severe injuries that require surgery or a timeout from their chosen sport, new research shows.

    Which teens are most at risk? Those who participate in football, girls’ soccer and boys’ wrestling, the study authors found. Knee and ankle sprains and strains, along with head injuries suc...

    Buzzkill: Don't Try the Burt's Bees TikTok Trend

    Don’t put lip balm on your eyelid, even if you saw it on TikTok.

    It’s bad for your eyes, according to a Michigan Medicine expert.

    The trend first began back in the 2010s, but has seen a resurgence in 2023.

    Called “beezin',” because the trend is to use Burt’s Bees lip balm in particular, some believe it gets them high, heightens the sensation of being drunk or high,...

    Vaping Tobacco or Weed Appears Tied to Higher Anxiety in Teens

    For decades, people turned to cigarettes in times of stress. Now, a preliminary study hints that young people are using vaping in the same way.

    The study, of nearly 2,000 U.S. teenagers and young adults, found that those who vaped nicotine or marijuana were more likely to report anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts. In fact, a majority of vapers said they'd suffered anxiety or depress...

    Cutting Down on Social Media Brings Quick Boost to Teens' Self-Image

    All those images of beautiful-looking people on social media can deflate a young person's self-image, but there may be an easy fix: limiting time spent on TikTok, Instagram and the like.

    A new Canadian study finds that teens and young adults who already had symptoms of anxiety or depression a...

    Breathing Exercises Might Speed Concussion Recovery in Teens

    Combining breathing exercises with gradual aerobic activity may benefit teens who are recovering slowly from a concussion.

    New research found that while the two therapies each offer benefits, together they led to even greater improvement in thinking and memory skills, depression and mood.

    The findings are scheduled for presentation in Boston and online at the meeting of the American...

    LGBTQ+ Support Groups in Schools Boost Students' Mental Health

    About 44% of U.S. middle and high schools have student-run clubs that shine a light on issues that touch the lives of LGBTQ+ students.

    And new research suggests that depression risk among LGBTQ+ students is considerably lower in those schools where such Gender-Sexuali...

    Complication Risks Rise in Pregnancies Among the Very Young

    Pregnant girls who are especially young, those only 10 to 15 years old, face increased risks for complications that include preeclampsia and C-section, according to new research.

    Investigators from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas also found that these young patients are more likely to have problems during pregnancy that are made worse by obesity.

    Less Sleep Brings Worse Grades for College Kids, Study Finds

    Late-night cramming, hall parties and other nocturnal activities can rob college kids of sleep, taking a big toll on grade point averages.

    Freshmen who racked up fewer than 6 hours of sleep a night saw a drop in their end-of-term GPA, new research showed. For every hour of nightly slee...

    Kids Visiting ER in Mental Crisis Often Get No Follow-Up

    A growing number of U.S. kids are landing in hospital emergency rooms for a mental health crisis. Now a new study finds that many do not get follow-up care after they're discharged.

    Experts said the findings, published Feb. 13 in the journal

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  • February 13, 2023
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  • Big Rise in U.S. Teen Girls Reporting Violence, Sadness -- Far More Than Boys

    An alarming new survey shows that American teen girls are experiencing record high levels of violence, sadness and suicide risk.

    Schools may be the answer to improving what’s happening for young people, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    About 3 in 5 girls -- 57% -- said they felt persistently sad or hopeless in 2021. That’s up 60...

    More Kids Vape Weed in States Where Medical Marijuana Is Legal

    It’s not clear why, but youths in U.S. states where medical marijuana is legal report more vaping of cannabis than their peers in states where weed is legal for all adults or it is completely illegal.

    New research ...

    Vaping Could Raise Teens' Odds for Severe COVID

    Healthy young people who vape or smoke may be putting themselves at greater risk for developing severe COVID, new research finds.

    Both smoking tobacco and vaping electronic cigarettes may predispose people to increased inflammation, future development of severe COVID-19 and lingering cardiovascular complications, said lead study author

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  • February 10, 2023
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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

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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

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