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Vitamin D And Teens
Doctors say vitamin D deficiency is an often overlooked problem that
may affect millions of U.S. adolescents. Often undetected and
untreated, vitamin D deficiency puts them at risk for stunted growth
and debilitating osteoporosis later in life. Read the story and
comments from a Harvard physician.
Young Minority Women Don't Get Enough
(merican Academy of Pediatrics - Despite mandatory fortification of
foods with folic acid, young minority women do not get enough folic
acid and should be counseled to take a daily multivitamin.
Caffeine Tied to Sleepless Students
Study raises questions about presence of soda machines in
Generation X-Tra Large: Americans Getting
Americans are getting fatter at younger ages, and the percentage of
adults who are actually obese doubled since the 1960s, according to a
new study of 9,179 U.S. adults.
Source: American College of Physicians-American
Society of Internal Medicine www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/9247/351443.html
Do you know someone who has autism? Autism is a developmental
disorder that affects a person's ability to communicate and interact
with others. Read this article for teens to learn more.
Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
Is your backpack weighing you down? There are lots of simple things
you can do to take good care of your body. Check out TeensHealth's
Body Basics section to find out more.
How Much Sleep Do I Need?
Until recently, teens were often given a bad rap for staying up late,
oversleeping, and sleeping in class. Thanks to new studies, however,
adults are beginning to understand - and sympathize with - these
Anemia is common in teens because they undergo rapid growth spurts,
when the body has a greater need for nutrients like iron. Read this
article to understand more about anemia, including how to lower your
risk of getting it and how it is treated.
If you've ever had a testicular exam, your doctor may have mentioned
that he was looking for swollen veins, or varicoceles. Varicoceles
are generally harmless and nothing for guys to worry about.
What Are Soy Foods?
You may have heard about soy foods in the news, including claims that
soy prevents diseases such as cancer and heart disease. What is the
story on soy? Read this article to take a closer look at soy and soy
Urinary Tract Infections Common in
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the second most common reason
that teens visit the doctor. If you experience symptoms such as pain
or burning during urination that might indicate a UTI, you'll need to
visit your doctor. Learn more about dealing with common illnesses in
Have a Chronic Illness? You're Not
If you've been diagnosed with a chronic illness like diabetes or
asthma, you may worry about being different from other teens. It's
important to know that you are not alone. TeensHealth's Diseases and
Conditions section has lots of helpful information.
Dealing With a Chronic Illness
If you suffer from a chronic illness or know someone who does, you
know it can be anything but fun. But you have the opportunity to be
better informed and more involved in your care and wellness than ever
before. Read on for information and resources to help you deal.
Dealing with Your Parents'
Are you dealing with your parents' divorce? Are you trying to adjust
to life in a blended family? If you're coping with family problems,
you're not alone. Check out TeensHealth's Mind Matters section for
some extra help and support.
Compulsive exercise can lead to serious health problems. Many teens
don't know when they've crossed the line from healthy activity to
unhealthy compulsion. Find out how to tell in this article.
Kidneys and Urinary Tract
The kidneys are bean-shaped and are each about the size of a child's
fist. They perform several functions that are essential to health,
the most important of which is to filter blood and produce urine.
Chewing, dipping, pinching: these terms are familiar to the millions
of teens who use smokeless tobacco. If you're ready to quit or you
want to learn more about smokeless tobacco, read this article.
How can I tell if I'm depressed?
If you've ever asked yourself this, you're not alone. TeensHealth
gives the answers to questions that teens like you ask us all the
time. Check to see if we've answered one of yours in Q & A.
How to Make Homework Less Work
Having trouble getting a handle on all of your homework? Get your
work space set, your schedule organized, and your studying done using
our article for teens.
What Is Cholesterol?
Before you start chomping on those cheese fries or that greasy
burger, you might want to take a closer look at whether you're
getting too much cholesterol.
Physical Changes Mean a Balanced
As a teen, you're going through a lot of physical changes. The fuel
your body needs should come from a balanced diet that contains the
proper nutrients. Check out TeensHealth's vitamin and minerals charts
to get the scoop on what you should eat to look and feel great.
5 Ways to Heal a Broken Heart
If you feel like your heart has broken, you're not alone. Just about
everyone experiences the type of grief we call heartbreak at one time
Why Are My Breasts Sore?
Just because breast soreness is common among teens doesn't mean
you're not worried when it happens to you. Read this article to find
out why your breasts are sore and what you can do about it.
As you've probably noticed, puberty causes all kinds of changes in
your body - and some may not make you feel very desirable. Read this
article for information on some hygiene basics - and learn how to
deal with greasy hair, perspiration, and body hair.
Why Do I Need Testicular Exams?
If you're a guy, you may be wondering why the doctor needs to do a
testicular exam. Find out why - and how - the doctor does this in our
See also www.tcaw.org
Is Exercise Safe for Teens?
Many teens wonder whether regular exercise might stunt their growth
or have other harmful effects. Read this Q & A to ease your mind
and get the skinny on growing teens and exercise.
What You Should Know About Date Rape
About 80% of people who have been raped knew the person who violated
them. This article for teens explains what date rape is, tips for
protecting yourself, what to do if you've been raped, and more.
Teens who use herbals more likely to abuse
High school students who use herbal products may also be more likely
to use cigarettes, alcohol and illicit drugs, researchers reported at
the Society for Adolescent Medicine annual meeting. The 1999 survey
of a random sample of more than 2,000 high school students living in
Monroe County, New York found that about 29% of students said they
used herbal products to either feel better or perform better in
sports or school. Those students were almost six times as likely to
use cocaine, almost seven times as likely to use methamphetamine,
almost nine times as likely to use heroin, and about eight items as
likely to use other illegal drugs.
It is suggested that youth keep open the lines of communication
with their parents and with all of their sources of healthcare,
including their conventional physician. Let the adults know what you
are using, and how it is affecting you, so physicians can provide the
best source of care possible. (Editor: Caution: All three
studies were done at the same University. Know that many studies are
conducted by vested interest groups, especially the "conventional"
medical system. See where the money flows.)
Adults should get more involved with
kids in community
While adults know it is important to interact and encourage children
in their community, all too often that interaction does not occur, a
Wrestlers may Leave the Mat with
You might expect that wrestlers swap blood, sweat and tears during a
match. However, new research shows they may walk away from the mat
with yet another unwanted 'prize' -- a fungal infection.
Study suggests Ritalin abuse occurs
A new survey of students at a small college in Massachusetts suggests
that recreational use of the prescription stimulant
methylphenidate--known also as Ritalin--may be happening on campuses
across the country.
Kids say sports, hobbies help them avoid
When asked what anti-drug efforts work, American children point to
family ties, sports and hobbies as their personal "anti-drugs,"
according to survey findings released by the White House Office of
National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
'Sweet 16' Birthday Gift Causes Concern in
Jenna Franklin is only 15 but she thinks she knows the secret to a
successful future -- bigger breasts. Jenna's parents want their
daughter to be happy, so they've agreed t!o pay for breast
enlargements as a 16th birthday present. The unusual gift grabbed
tabloid headlines Thursday, as Britons debated what kind of society
places such a high value on appearance, particularly for young
Nose jobs are okay, but implants
While I agree that the British teenager whose mother wants to give
her breast implants is too young for the surgery, I question all the
fuss about this particular operation. Many teens get nose jobs or
breast reductions -- why are those okay to do?
Alcohol-abusing teens risk long-term
Most teenagers who are problem drinkers are not simply going through
a "phase," new research suggests. Instead, kids who abuse alcohol
often see their drinking problems and mental health worsen as they
Program helps young girls accept their
Bombarded by media images of rail-thin celebrities and preyed upon by
advertisers who use these images to set cultural standards of beauty,
many girls are already veterans of the war on body fat by the time
they reach puberty. www.healthce!ntral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=46522&src=n49
Pain relievers are overused by high
High school football players may! be putting themselves at risk for
serious kidney damage. According to results of a recent study, most
players take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are
available over the counter, as often as every day without realizing
that chronic use may cause serious gastrointestinal and kidney
Teen drug use holds steady in Y2K
Illicit drug use among teen-agers held steady in 2000 for the fourth
straight year, and cigarette smoking declined significantly, the
government reported Thursday. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=45878&src=n43
Teen ecstasy use bucks positive overall
Rates of illegal drug use among American teens remained stable
between 1998 and 1999, continuing a plateau reached after a rise in
drug use seen in the early 1990s, according to an annual national
survey released Thursday by the US Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS). www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=45910&src=n43
Young marijuana smokers at highest
People who begin using marijuana early are more likely than others to
become dependent, new findings show. In a study of over 2700
marijuana users in Ontario, Canada, those who started smoking at 17
years or later were twice as likely to eventually quit compared with
those who started at 14 years or younger. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=45774&src=n43
Getting involved in school is good
for teen health
Teens who feel more connected to their schools report better health
and less risky health behavior than those who do not feel involved,
according to results of a survey. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=44853&src=n43
Meningitis vaccine recommended
for college students
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Meningitis
Foundation of America are recommending that college students living
in dorms be vaccinated against meningitis, a potentially fatal
infection of the brain and spinal cord. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=45333&src=n43
School failure, peers predict
high-risk teen behavior
Failing school, having too much free time and hanging out with the
"wrong crowd" are better predictors of whether or not a teen will
smoke, drink or be violence prone than race or income, according to
Minnesota researchers. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=45291&src=n43
US report tackles youth obesity
In an effort to slim the burgeoning waistlines of America's youth,
government agencies delivered a report to President Clinton outlining
strategies to get children away from the television and into the
To sleep, perchance to do better on
According to this Harvard study, sleep helps solidify our memory. I
often thought, when I was in school, that I was better off studying a
little and getting a good night's sleep than staying up all night to
study. This research seems to support that. www.healthcentral.com/drdean/DeanFullTextTopics.!cfm?ID=45174&src=n43
What to do about skipping school meals?
Teens, are your school meals less than desirable? Parents, are you
worried about your kid's nutrition? Active kids need to eat a solid
breakfast and healthful foods or snacks during the day. Here are some
ideas to keep teens in the game. www.healthcentral.com/FitorFat/FitorFatFullText.cfm?ID=44944&src=n43
How Do I Avoid The Freshman 15?
Q: I am a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania. I have been
here for about a month and I am unhappy with how I'm feeling.
Im having a very hard time limiting what I eat. I find myself
snacking all of the time. Its also very hard to find good,
quality food to eat in the campus dining halls.
I am a soccer player, so exercise is usually not the problem
because I really enjoy it. The problem is I eat too much, I fully
admit that. Do you have any tips for curbing the dreaded
A: Thanks for your letter. It sounds to me like you are doing
great with your exercise -- like you said -- you like it and so it is
easy. How fortunate you are. I am a soccer player too, and fully
believe that it is one of the greatest exercises. It really builds up
the stamina and strength. But, your question is about food. Dorm food
is a dilemma. Here are some tips:
If you eat cafeteria style -- go through the line first without
the tray to see what is being served. Decide what you want and then
go back to select the food. This way you don't just pick up
everything that looks good and end up with a tray full of too much
If nighttime munchies are a problem -- find a food that you like
which is also low in fat and low in calories. You can keep yourself
busy without filling up. How about rice cakes -- I know, yuck, but at
least you are chewing and they are virtually air.
Or have a big glass of water with ice and lemon. Drink away.
Get your mind off the food. Take a step back and ask, "why." Are
you really hungry? Are you just munching? Is there something
satisfying that you could eat and be done with it.
I remember when I used to sit and study for hours I would look for
any excuse to get up and do something else. And I would usually end
up in front of the fridge. It was really bad when I lived in a
sorority and we had creamy peanut butter and honey out all the time!
I had to learn to avoid the temptation and to choose a healthier
But, the biggest thing in your favor is that you are recognizing
the situation and you are exercising. So for you -- I am not worried.
Hang in there.
Written by Christina Bailey www.healthcentral.com/fitorfat/fitorfatfulltext.cfm?ID=42169&storytype=CBQuestions
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