So am I doing this to forget how much I hate my school?
January 14, 2014 Drug testing might keep kids on the straight and narrow, but it remains controversial. Students said their drug use was more influenced by their school's environment than by the threat of drug tests, according to a survey. But neither seemed to affect teenage drinking.
You can do it. But your 16-year-old can't. Teens were more likely to have accidents while eating or talking in the car.
January 1, 2014 Researchers put cameras and sensors in young drivers' cars and found that good habits quickly evaporated. They started texting, eating and talking with friends while driving.
Almost half of high-schoolers have had sexual intercourse, but teens almost never ask their doctors about sexual health.
December 30, 2013 Teenagers would sooner die than ask about birth control or other sexual health issues at a doctor visit. But if pediatricians bring the subject up, teenagers are happy they had the chance to talk, a study finds. But one-third of doctors aren't taking the lead.
Explosions during the filming of the PG-13 hit The Dark Knight in Chicago in 2007.
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December 9, 2013 Watching violent movies makes teenagers more aggressive, and that violence is almost always associated with sex, drinking and smoking. Violent characters in PG-13 movies are as likely to indulge in violent activities as those in R-rated flicks.
Solid friendships can help buffer life's stress.
December 5, 2013 The notoriously short night's sleep that many tired adolescents get isn't all about surging hormones and too much homework, according to a sociologist who looked at shifting sleep patterns from ages 12 to 15. Teens who report good relationships with family and schoolmates tend to sleep better.
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December 2, 2013 Scientists agree that teenagers naturally go to bed late and sleep late, too. But high school start times are traditionally very early. Proponents of later start times say they're finally getting traction. The result, they say, will be happier kids who do better in school.
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When researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College scanned teenage brains, they found that the area that regulates emotional responses has to work harder to keep impulses in check.
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November 12, 2013 Criminal lawyers increasingly turn to brain science to explain their clients' actions. It's a tactic that's kept defendants out of jail. But neuroscientists say scans can be easily misused or misinterpreted. Now judges must decide whether the evolving science is being used in a sensible way.
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October 30, 2013 The Internet can offer support and encouragement to teens at risk. Public health authorities should enhance those resources while being on guard for negative information that can jeopardize the health of vulnerable young people.
October 8, 2013 Sexual violence appears to have roots in adolescence, so researchers asked teenagers and young adults if they'd ever forced someone to have sexual activity against their will. About 1 in 10 had. Psychological pressure was the most common tactic.
Beer pong and other drinking games are popular among teenagers, and play a role in binge drinking.
September 17, 2013 Twenty percent of high school seniors say they binge drink, with 6 percent consuming 15 drinks or more in a row. This extreme binge drinking accounts for high rates of emergency room visits by teen drinkers, researchers say, and poses a health risk that until now hasn't been adequately measured.
Teenagers put in more than two hours a day of TV time on average, still more than what pediatricians say is healthy.
September 16, 2013 After a decade of pressure from schools, parents and public health officials, teenagers do seem to be doing a wee bit better when it comes to eating fruits and vegetables and cutting back on sugary drinks. But they've got a long way to go to be considered healthy eaters.
I told him he would break his arm if he did that. But he did it anyway.
September 10, 2013 Ask a 9-year-old how likely it is that his bike will be stolen, and he'll probably lowball the risks — even after you tell him the odds. Researchers say children and teens aren't very good at applying data about on dangers, which may explain their seemingly irrational decision-making.
Teenagers turn to their phones and social media to find rides.
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August 15, 2013 Need a ride to the party or the concert? Instead of making endless phone calls, these days teens turn to social media to arrange transportation. It's called ridesharing, a form of cyber-hitchhiking used by a generation that isn't rushing to get a driver's license or dream car.
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The X-ray reveals a blowdart lodged in a teenager's windpipe.
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July 22, 2013 Breathing in, not out, has landed several homemade blowgun enthusiasts in the emergency room, a study says. They recovered with no lasting harm. But the report says doctors should be aware of the risks posed by Internet instructions for DIY blowguns.
Snapchatting, Dad? Could be helping you stay close to the kids.
July 16, 2013 Many parents consider teenagers' social media lives to be a dark, mysterious void. But parents who are connected to their children on Facebook and Twitter are more likely to have strong ties in real life, a study finds.
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