Ten-year-old Jake Herrera and his Los Angeles team run around the diamond as a warmup for baseball practice.
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July 1, 2015 In NPR's most recent poll, a majority of American adults say they played sports in their youth. Many say they encourage their kids to play, too, and see health benefits as well as lifelong lessons.
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Dr. Donald Brown inoculated Kelly Kent with the HPV vaccine in his Chicago office in the summer of 2006 — not long after the first version of the vaccine reached the market.
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July 24, 2014 Eight years after the FDA approved the first vaccine against HPV, only 57 percent of female teens and 35 percent of male teens have been inoculated, the CDC says. Are doctors partly to blame?
A teenager finishes her cigarette in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood.
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June 12, 2014 Public health officials have dreamed of getting cigarette use down to 16 percent of teens, and that day has come. But some are turning to hookahs and electronic cigarettes, so the news isn't all good.
Kids as young as 13 purchase e-cigarettes, or "vape pens," online, where independent sellers don't necessarily ask a buyer's age.
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February 17, 2014 Electronic cigarettes are often billed as safe and helpful for adult smokers trying to kick their habit. But the CDC says 1 in 5 young teens who try an e-cigarette have never smoked tobacco. And between 2011 and 2012, the devices doubled in popularity among middle-school and high-school students.
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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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September 11, 2012 Overweight teens eat fewer calories than their thinner peers, a new study says. So why do they weigh more? Researchers suspect a drop-off in exercise in the tween and teen years may be one reason.
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Condom use has dropped among black youth, even as teens engage in less risky sexual behavior overall.
July 24, 2012 Black high school students are engaging in risky sexual behavior far less often than they were 20 years ago, a study found. But their condom use is also dropping, leading some to worry that HIV rates within the black community may not go down.
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July 12, 2012 How can families help self-harm sufferers become self-harm survivors? Commentator Barbara J. King and her 18-year-old daughter Sarah Hogg reflect together on Sarah's past cutting behavior, why it happened, and what factors helped in her recovery.
August 19, 2010 Teens Exposed To Much Less Hollywood Smoke: Research
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