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Sexting in Teens Linked to More Sexual Activity, Low Self-Esteem

HBNS STORY | October 7, 2014

Relatively few teens say they have engaged in sexting, but those who do may put themselves at sexual risk, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Teens World-Wide Self-Medicate With Over-the-Counter and Prescription Drugs

HBNS STORY | September 23, 2014

Adolescents around the world are frequently using over-the-counter and prescription medications without a doctor’s order, a risky practice that can lead to overuse and abuse and is often continued into adulthood, reveals a new review in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Sexual Risk Behaviors of Hispanic Youth Vary by Language, Place of Birth

HBNS STORY | September 2, 2014

A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that the sexual risk behaviors of young Hispanic people living in the U.S. vary considerably with their degree of acculturation.

Obese or Overweight Teens More Likely to Become Smokers

HBNS STORY | August 28, 2014

A study in American Journal of Health Behavior examining whether overweight or obese teens are at higher risk for substance abuse finds weight status has no correlation with alcohol or marijuana use but is linked to regular cigarette smoking.

Mental Health Wins When Teens Play School Sports

HBNS STORY | July 1, 2014

Adolescents who play team sports in grades 8 through 12 have less stress and better mental health as young adults, finds new research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Growing Up Poor Impacts Physical and Mental Health in Young Adults

HBNS STORY | June 24, 2014

Socioeconomic adversity during childhood increases the likelihood of both depression and higher body mass index (BMI) in early adolescence, which can worsen and lead to illness for young adults, according to a new report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Tobacco Promotions Still Reaching Youth

HBNS STORY | April 1, 2014

Teens and young adults who are exposed to marketing materials for tobacco products, such as coupons and websites, were far more likely to begin smoking or to be current smokers than those not exposed, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Combining Alcohol With Energy Drinks Can Lead to Heavier Drinking

HBNS STORY | December 3, 2013

Young people who mix alcohol with a caffeinated energy drink drank more heavily and reported more negative consequences of drinking than those who just drank alcohol, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Teen Athletes at Risk for Medication Misuse

HBNS STORY | November 10, 2013

Male adolescents who participate in organized sports are more likely to be prescribed opioid medications and misuse them than male teens that don’t play sports, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Banning Workplace Smoking Not Enough

HBNS STORY | October 31, 2013

Failing to address the presence of other smokers at home limits the effectiveness of workplace smoking restrictions, finds a new study in American Journal of Health Promotion.

Veterans Groups Miss Opportunities to Curb Tobacco Use

HBNS STORY | October 31, 2013

Websites targeting veterans fail to provide information about the risks of tobacco products despite high rates of smoking in the military, finds a new report in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Teens with Chronic Illnesses Find It Hard to Stick to Treatment

HBNS STORY | October 29, 2013

Teens with a variety of chronic illnesses report facing similar barriers to taking their medications, according to a new review in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Students with Fake IDs at Greater Risk for Alcohol Abuse

HBNS STORY | October 17, 2013

Students who used false IDs more often were at increased risk for alcohol use disorder, according to a new longitudinal study in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

It May Not “Get Better” For Bisexual Teens

HBNS STORY | October 1, 2013

A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that bisexual teens may be at risk for suicide even into young adulthood.

Exercising with Others Helps College Students Reduce Stress

HBNS STORY | September 3, 2013

College students who exercise with friends are less likely to report feeling stressed, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Teens with Fighting Injuries Have Declines in IQ

HBNS STORY | August 13, 2013

Teenagers who have been seriously injured in a fight show a reduction in intelligence and cognitive ability, according to a large study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Significant Others Can Influence Extreme Dieting

HBNS STORY | July 25, 2013

Women who are frequently encouraged by their significant others to lose weight are more likely to resort to unhealthy measures to do so, according to new research in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

First Sips of Alcohol Start in Second Grade

HBNS STORY | June 18, 2013

The age at which many children in the U.S. take their first sip of alcohol is surprisingly young, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Cyberbullying Puts Teens at Risk

HBNS STORY | June 4, 2013

Teenage victims of cyberbullying, defined as the use of the internet or cell phones to send hurtful and harassing messages, are more likely to develop symptoms of depression, substance abuse and internet addiction, reports a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Parents’ Activity Unlikely to Influence Teen Fitness

HBNS STORY | May 28, 2013

Teens don’t necessarily follow in their parents’ footsteps when it comes to physical activity, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Teens Experience Both Sides of Dating Violence

HBNS STORY | May 14, 2013

Teens in a relationship that involves dating violence are likely to be both a victim and perpetrator, as opposed to being just one or the other, finds a recent study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Smoking Prevention in Schools: Does it Work?

HBNS STORY | April 30, 2013

Smoking prevention in schools reduces the number of young people who will later become smokers, according to a new systematic review published in The Cochrane Library.

Teen Physical Activity and Screen Time Influenced by Friends

HBNS STORY | December 13, 2012

The company a teen keeps can influence how much time they spend either in front of a screen or participating in healthy physical activity, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Obese Teens Have Fewer Friends, Especially Whites

HBNS STORY | July 24, 2012

Obese adolescents tend to have fewer friends at school than their peers, finds a new study in Ethnicity & Disease. However, the impact of obesity on friendships varies by ethnic group, with White students faring worse than Black or Hispanic students.

Social Networks Influence Flu Shot Decision among College Students

HBNS STORY | May 14, 2012

College students’ social networks influence their beliefs regarding the safety of influenza vaccines and decisions about vaccination, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Peer Passengers Are Bad News for Teen Drivers

HBNS STORY | January 24, 2012

Two new studies in the February Journal of Adolescent Health reviewed key factors shown to influence teen driving behaviors: perception of driving risks, parental monitoring and the presence of peer passengers.

High School Students Today Less Likely to Be Heavy Smokers

HBNS STORY | August 2, 2011

Of the 19.5 percent of high school students who call themselves smokers, most don’t smoke daily or frequently.

Teens Prefer Liquor to Beer, Hardly Touch Wine

HBNS STORY | March 8, 2011

Nearly half of American teen drinkers would rather have a shot of liquor than a bottle of beer, a new study finds, and teens who prefer liquor are much more likely to indulge in high-risk behavior.

Girls Who Start School Earlier Might Have Lower Obesity Risk

HBNS STORY | December 14, 2010

Effective strategies to fight youth obesity have been elusive. A new study suggests a simple step that might help cut the problem down to size: start school sooner.

Kids Who Are Sick Have Fewer Friends, Study Finds

HBNS STORY | December 7, 2010

A new study reveals that sick teens are more isolated than other kids, but they do not necessarily realize it and often think their friendships are stronger than they actually are.

Kids With Chronic Illness, Disability More Apt to Be Bullied

HBNS STORY | October 7, 2010

In Cyber Bullying, Depression Hits Victims Hardest

HBNS STORY | September 21, 2010

Relationships Can Lower Substance Use in Young People

HBNS STORY | June 1, 2010

Teen Girls Look to Peers to Gauge Weight Goals

HBNS STORY | March 15, 2010

Sexual Orientation Affects Risk of Bullying in Teens

HBNS STORY | January 28, 2010