Youth & Teen Health

Scarcity Of Mental Health Care Means Patients — Especially Kids — Land In ER

Oct 17, 2016
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On any given day, pediatrician Lindsay Irvin estimates a quarter of her patients need psychiatric help. She sees teens who say they are suicidal, and elementary school children who suffer chest pains stemming from bullying anxiety.

Grant Program Hopes To Prevent School Violence By Addressing Mental Health

Feb 11, 2016
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Remember the school shooting in Philippi, West Virginia last August? If it doesn’t ring a bell, that’s probably because no shots were fired. A state trooper and a pastor talked a student  who had taken his class hostage into surrendering his weapon. No one was harmed.

To Reduce Teen Pregnancy, Some States Ask Colleges To Provide Sex Ed

Feb 2, 2016
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JACKSON, Miss. — At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the 11 students in Carol Jussely’s “Essential College Skills” class were talking about sex.

Crammed into school chairs and clustered in groups of three or four, they leaned together to confer and then shouted out answers to trivia questions like, “Fact or fiction: You can’t get pregnant from having sex in a hot tub.”

Less than a quarter of teens have been tested for HIV, according to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

On any given episode of East Los High, the highly addictive teen soap on Hulu that just got a fourth season, you'll see love triangles and heartbreak, mean girls and bad boys, and some seriously skillful dancing. Think a Latino Degrassi meets Gossip Girl meets Glee.

First Lady Nancy Reagan speaking at a "Just Say No" Rally in Los Angeles.
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"Just Say No" is not enough anymore, according to a new report from the Trust for America's Health.

The health advocacy non-profit cites research showing that rates of illicit drug use among teens haven’t improved since 1994, though alcohol and tobacco use among teens declined significantly in that time. And, drug overdose death rates among 12- to 25-year-olds have risen dramatically since 2001. The most recent data, which is from 2011-2013, shows overdose death rates had doubled in 18 states, more than tripled in 12 states, and more than quadrupled in five states.

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Teenage sisters Alexis Dick and Kylie Robertson both want to be doctors or nurses when they grow up. Or maybe even obstetricians. (“I want to deliver babies or something like that,” says Alexis.)

But, they know there’s one thing that could derail their dreams of medical careers: getting pregnant in high school.

Some Of The Most At-Risk Teens Are Affluent

Nov 24, 2015
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Poor little rich kids? Maybe so. Psychologist Suniya Luthar's research shows that very affluent teens suffer from the same degree of troubling mental and behavioral health problems as very low-income kids, as The Atlantic reports. She studied kids whose families earn more than $200,000 and compared their mental health to that of their low-income peers.

To Prevent Addiction In Adults, Help Teens Learn How To Cope

Nov 12, 2015

Addiction is a pediatric disease," says Dr. John Knight, founder and director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at Boston Children's Hospital. "When adults entering addiction treatment are asked when they first began drinking or using drugs, the answer is almost always the same: They started when they were young — teenagers," said Knight.