adolescent 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.

Teen Bullies And Their Victims Both Face A Higher Risk Of Suicide

Jun 29, 2016

Bullying and cyberbullying are major risk factors for teen suicide. And both the bullies and their victims are at risk.

That's according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics that urges pediatricians and family doctors to routinely screen teenagers for suicide risks.

New York Aims To Become The Next State To Toss The Tampon Tax

May 18, 2016

Feminine products are having a moment. With some calling for a red wave to take the taboo out of menstruation, politicians across the country are trying to make tampons and sanitary pads as affordable and accessible as possible.

Five states have eliminated sales taxes on pads and tampons: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland and Minnesota. In New York, a bill awaits the governor's signature, and other efforts to improve access to sanitary products are underway.

Notorious FDA? Feds Turn To Hip-Hop To Tamp Down Teen Smoking

May 10, 2016

The federal government is getting into hip-hop — well, sort of.

FDA Acts To Regulate E-Cigarettes And Cigars For The First Time

May 5, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration is banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors as part of a broad set of regulations the agency finalized Wednesday.

With the rules that were more than two years in the making, the agency is expanding its authority over e-cigarettes, cigars and hookah tobacco, in much the same way it already regulates traditional cigarettes.

Study: E-Cigs, Hookah Popular Among Middle and High School Students

Apr 28, 2016
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E-cigarettes and smoking hookah have gained popularity among middle and high school students in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes tripled from 2013 to 2014.

Among high school students, 13.4 percent were found to be using e-cigarettes in 2014 compared with 4.5 percent in 2013. The number of middle school students using e-cigarettes also tripled from 1.1 percent in 2013 to 3.9 percent in 2014.

Suicide Rates Climb In U.S., Especially Among Adolescent Girls

Apr 22, 2016

In the '80s and '90s, America's suicide trend was headed in the right direction: down.

"It had been decreasing almost steadily since 1986, and then what happened is there was a turnaround," says Sally Curtin, a statistician with the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Michelle Faust

At 17 years old, Daryl Chatman is more interested in football than he is in health insurance.

The high school athlete turns 18 this summer. His foster parents Brenda and Kent Davis worry about what might happen if he’s injured on the football field. They want to adopt him before his next birthday so he can get on their insurance.

“He’s going to be a part of our family forever no matter what, whether its adoption or not,” says Brenda Davis. “I would really like to make sure he's covered.”

Why Are So Few Kids Getting the HPV Vaccine?

Apr 20, 2016

Ten years after the federal government approved the first vaccines to combat the cancer-causing human papillomavirus, nine years after those vaccines were recommended for all adolescent girls, and five years after they were recommended for all adolescent boys, less than half of girls and only a fifth of boys are getting immunized.

Despite state efforts to raise vaccination rates, public health officials say that for a variety of reasons, mainly wariness over the HPV’s association with sex, parents and especially doctors have not embraced the potentially life-saving vaccine.

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.

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