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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 15, 2013 YouthRadioNeed 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.
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.
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.
June 20, 2013 Making low-power bombs with household chemicals like toilet bowl cleaner may seem like harmless summer fun. Not so, says the CDC. The bombs can cause burns and lung injuries, not to mention a visit from the local hazardous materials squad. Leave the bomb-making to TV hero MacGyver.
May 21, 2013 New, young drivers are much more likely to have an accident if they're short on sleep, researchers say. And teenage drivers are far more impaired than adults when facing an equivalent lack of sleep.
May 13, 2013 Parents should talk to their children about avoiding alcohol long before they try that first drink. But how? Some scripts and talking points could make the task easier.