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Teens feel the heat of climate change
In 2017, when the drought in Cape Town was at its worst in over a century, aid organization Gift of the Givers made an urgent call to South Africans to help farmers; suicide rates, amongst both small- and large-scale farmers, had surged in the few months prior. This and other evidence paints a bleak future picture in the context of climate change, and southern Africa is one of the areas that will suffer the most.
Teens must 'get smart' about social media: Study
A new research indicates that social media is leading young adolescent girls and boys down a worrying path toward developing body image issues and eating disorder behaviors — even though they are smartphone savvy.
Teens who visit emergency department for self-harm at increased risk of suicide
Teens who visit the emergency department for self-harm injuries are at significant risk of repeat self-harm and suicide, and of incurring increased health costs over the following five years, according to a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
Study: US teens still commonly prescribed opioids
Opioid prescriptions remain common for teens and young adults in the US, a new study found.
Teens with ADHD get more traffic violations for risky driving, have higher crash risk
Teen drivers diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are significantly more likely to crash, be issued traffic and moving violations, and engage in risky driving behaviors than their peers without ADHD, according to a Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) study published in the journal Pediatrics.
Teens who vape are more likely to smoke cigarettes later
Teens who start vaping are nearly three times more likely to go on to smoke cigarettes than their peers who don’t use any type of tobacco product, a new study found.
Fish oil does not appear to improve asthma control in teens
Fish oil does not appear to improve asthma control in adolescents and young adults with uncontrolled asthma who are overweight or obese, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
Parents often don't know when teens have suicidal thoughts
Three in four parents are unaware when their teens have recurrent thoughts about suicide, and a big part of the problem may be that adolescents often deny feeling this way, a US study suggested.
Few US teens get enough fiber
Most teens eat far less fiber than recommended, and this nutritional deficit may lead to a higher risk of diabetes and high blood pressure in the future, a US study suggests.
Gender 'nonconformity' takes mental toll on US teens
American teens whose behavior, appearance or lifestyle do not conform to widely held views on what it is to be a ‘normal’ male or female face a high risk for mental distress and drug abuse, new research warned.
Dangers of vaping for teens
Rates of teen smoking in the US are at a 25-year low according to recent research from the University of Michigan.
Why are deaths among US kids, teens on the rise?
A perfect storm of murder, addiction and carelessness has fueled a recent and troubling increase in deaths among US children and teens, a new government report showed.
In children and teens, depression doesn’t always look like sadness
When we think of a depressed person, we tend to think of someone who, well, acts sad. The picture we have in our head is of someone who doesn’t want to get off the couch or out of bed, who is eating much less or much more than usual, has trouble sleeping or wants to sleep all the time, who has trouble with usual daily activities, and doesn’t talk much.
New guidelines recommend depression screening for all teens
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued updated guidelines that call for yearly depression screening for all adolescents.
Serious knee injuries increasing in kids and teens
Injuries to a critical ligament in the knee are becoming more common in children and teens, researchers warn.

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