Teen Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Dangers of Parental Smoking

    Dangers of Parental Smoking

    A study in the August 2000 issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood found that parents who smoke increase the risk of meningococcal meningitis for their children by about 200% for every 20 cigarettes smoked at home on an average day (220% if the mother smokes, 170% if only the father smokes).

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  • Sports and Head Injuries

    Sports and Head Injuries

    We know that repeated head injuries can lead to long-term neurologic damage. What happens when kids play football or hockey?

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  • Benefits of Exercise

    Benefits of Exercise

    Exercise during the teenage years may be one of the most important ways to prevent osteoporosis.

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  • Iron Deficiency Worsens School Performance

    Iron Deficiency Worsens School Performance

    Teen girls who have low iron are more than twice as likely to score below average in mathematics achievement tests than similar girls with normal iron status — even if they have no signs of anemia. The lower the iron, the lower the scores, according to information presented at the 2000 combined annual meeting of […]

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  • Driving and Teens

    Driving and Teens

    Teenage driving is a dangerous proposition, with fatal collisions the leading cause of death in 15-19 year olds. But getting teens together in a car multiplies the risk. According to a report in the March 22/29th, 2000 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, if a 16-year-old driver brings along a friend the […]

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  • Teen Obesity Reaching Epidemic Proportions!

    Teen Obesity Reaching Epidemic Proportions!

    Obesity among teens has become a major epidemic. More teens are overweight now than at any time in history. A January 2000 report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the single most powerful change teens can make to bring their weight under control.

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  • Fast Facts about Diabetes

    Fast Facts about Diabetes

    A fasting blood sugar at or above 126 mg/dL or a random blood sugar at or above 200 mg/dL is diagnostic of diabetes, according to the official American Diabetes Association definition.

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  • Television Drama Highlights Dangers of Huffing

    Television Drama Highlights Dangers of Huffing

    I’ve learned that on 11/29/99, the popular television show 7th Heaven (WB, 8:00 to 9:00 p.m., PST) will use drama to teach about huffing, the common, dangerous, and hidden drug abuse epidemic. I urge parents of school-age children or teens to view this episode with their  children. I expect the quality to be high, but […]

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  • First Love - Knowing When to Let Go

    First Love – Knowing When to Let Go

    I’m 16. My boyfriend will not spend any time with me anymore, and it really hurts me because he puts everything in his life before me. I don’t know why he cares so little when he says that he…

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  • Teens are getting the message

    Teens are getting the message

    Teens are getting the message. Not long ago, even teens that never used drugs felt that most of the cool kids did. The 12th annual survey conducted by Partnership for a Drug-Free America, released November 1999, found that 40 percent of teens felt “really cool” kids did not use drugs.

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