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"When you're younger, your mind is more open, and you're more creative," says 13-year-old Leo De Leon. Adolescence is a time of rapid brain development that scientists call "breathtaking." Jon Hamilton/NPR hide caption

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Want to understand your adolescent? Get to know their brain

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Teens started dying in greater numbers from fatal drug overdoses in 2020, raising alarm that the trend could continue or worsen. tillsonburg/Getty Images hide caption

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Two boys stand at the edge of the Buriganga River in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in July. A recent study finds that globally, boys and young men made up two-thirds of all deaths among young people in 2019. Kazi Salahuddin Razu/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Sandra's 17-year-old daughter, Lindsey, has autism. Lindsey thrives on routine, and got special help at school until the coronavirus pandemic cut her off from the trained teachers and therapists she'd come to rely on. Audra Melton for NPR hide caption

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'I've Tried Everything': Pandemic Worsens Child Mental Health Crisis

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Teen romance gone wrong can be dangerous for girls. Around 7 percent of teen homicides between 2003 and 2016 were committed by intimate partners, and girls were the victims in 90 percent of those deaths. Ross Anania/Getty Images hide caption

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During the era that social media and smartphones has risen, depression and stress among young people has also risen. Roy James Shakespeare/Getty Images hide caption

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A Rise In Depression Among Teens And Young Adults Could Be Linked To Social Media Use

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There's been an increase in vaping in teens, but e-cigarette manufacturers say it's a safer alternative to smoking. Martina Paraninfi/Getty Images hide caption

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FDA Cracks Down On E-Cigarette Sales To Curb Teen Vaping

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More Screen Time For Teens Linked To ADHD Symptoms

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The Perils Of Pushing Kids Too Hard, And How Parents Can Learn To Back Off

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The kids also learned handy visuals, like a remote control for negative thoughts so you can switch channels in your head. Nathalie Dieterle/for NPR hide caption

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To Teach Kids To Handle Tough Emotions, Some Schools Take Time Out For Group Therapy

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Abraham Vidaurre, 12, checks his arm after receiving an HPV vaccination at Amistad Community Health Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2016. Though gender differences in vaccine rates have narrowed, more girls than boys tend to get immunized against HPV. The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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This Vaccine Can Prevent Cancer, But Many Teenagers Still Don't Get It

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