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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.

Confidential Discussions Are Key to Improving Teen Health Visits
HBNS STORY | July 29, 2014
Teens who have the option to privately and confidentially discuss health concerns with their doctor are more likely to talk about certain issues than they would be in discussions where a parent is present, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Families with Preschoolers Buying Fewer High Calorie Foods and Beverages
HBNS STORY | May 27, 2014
Families with young children are purchasing fewer high calorie drinks and processed foods, which may be a factor in declining rates of childhood obesity, finds a new report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Moves Take a Toll on Kids' Mental Health
HBNS STORY | March 20, 2014
Children in military families who relocate have an increased odds of suffering mental health problems, finds a large new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Many New Parents Unaware of Safety Guidelines
HBNS STORY | April 8, 2014
A new parent’s health literacy can affect their ability to follow recommendations to protect infants from injury, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Parents Should Team with Kids to Encourage Exercise
HBNS STORY | March 4, 2014
Parents can help motivate kids to be more physically active, but the influence may not result in an improvement in their children’s weight, finds a new evidence review in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Unaccompanied Teens Often Unable to Get Needed Vaccines
HBNS STORY | October 8, 2013
Health care providers say that older teens often go to the doctor without a parent who can provide consent for needed vaccinations, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Parents Play a Role in Teen Eating Disorders
HBNS STORY | October 3, 2013
The ways parents or caregivers interact with children around mealtimes can have unintended consequences, according to a new report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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.

Doctors Don’t Provide Sexual Health Info to Teens
HBNS STORY | June 11, 2013
Most sexually active teens don’t get information about sexual health from their health care providers, finds 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 Have Unsupervised Access to Prescription Drugs
HBNS STORY | May 23, 2013
Most teens have unsupervised access to their prescription drugs at home, including drugs with potential for abuse, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Early Intervention for Premature Infants Increases IQ
HBNS STORY | December 20, 2012
Programs aimed at helping premature infants and their families once they leave the hospital have been found to increase IQ in the period up to school age and improve cognitive skills, finds a new review in The Cochrane Library.

Parents Prefer Some, Often Less-Effective, Birth Control Methods for Teens
HBNS STORY | September 6, 2012
Parents of teen girls are more ready to accept their daughters being offered birth control pills and condoms during doctor visits than other, more effective and long-acting contraceptive methods, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

When Prompted, Fathers Will Talk with Their Kids about Delaying Sexual Activity
HBNS STORY | August 31, 2012
Although mothers are usually the ones who have “the birds and the bees” talks with their children, with targeted prompting and guidance, fathers will also step up to the plate, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Still the Best Policy: Being Honest With Your Children About Cancer
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | July 3, 2012 | Lisa Bonchek Adams
While there may be exceptions, in general I firmly believe it's important to be open and honest with children about serious illness (in my case it was cancer). Not only is it important to explain it to them to de-mystify illness, it can also be crucial that children be aware of the condition in case of emergency.

Parents Important in Steering Kids Away from Sedentary Activities
HBNS STORY | April 30, 2012
Parents can have a significant impact in steering young children away from too much time spent in sedentary pursuits.

Teens Have Fewer Behavioral Issues When Parents Stay Involved
HBNS STORY | January 19, 2012
When parents of middle school students participate in school-based, family interventions, it can reduce problem behavior, according to new research released online in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Parents’ Military Deployments Take Emotional Toll on Teens
HBNS STORY | July 26, 2011
When military deployments call for their parents to serve abroad, adolescents have a tough time adjusting, and a new study shows their moods often lead to risky behavior.

Pre-Teens Make Their Own Decisions on Diet, Exercise and Weight-loss
HBNS STORY | February 24, 2011
Eleven-year olds definitely have their own opinions about diet, exercise and weight-loss; and it is mostly their opinions — not those of their parents — that affect their lifestyle changes.

Parents Want to Talk Sex With Teens, But Fear Advice Falls on Deaf Ears
HBNS STORY | January 6, 2011
Kids learn a great deal about sexuality from friends and the media, but parents and teens agree: Parents should be the most important providers of information about sex and sexuality.

Parents Can Help Overweight Kids With Body Image
HBNS STORY | April 20, 2010

Teens With Diabetes Might Need Help in Transition to Adulthood
HBNS STORY | April 6, 2010