Teen Newsbytes

Menstuff® has compiled the following information on and for teens. Also see Newsbytes for Children, Adolescence, Fathers, Parents and Teen Health. Related issue: Adolescence


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Test-Taking Tips for Teens

Do you sweat, chew your pencil, and feel butterflies in your stomach as your teacher hands out a test? Study these test-taking tips!
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/school/testing_tips.html

Cooking Up a Storm

Whether you're the next Julia Child or you failed Water Boiling 101, you can impress your friends and family in the kitchen with a little practice and the right recipe. Check out TeensHealth's Recipes section for delicious dishes that are easy to make.
Source: kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/nutrition/recipes.html

Taking Care of Your Vision

There are lots of things you can do to protect your baby blues (or greens, or browns, or hazels, or whatever color your eyes are). Learn all about how to take care of your vision in this article for teens.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/take_care/vision_care.html

The Fabulous Food Guide Pyramid
You've probably seen the Food Guide Pyramid a lot, but you may not know how it applies to you. This article for teens is a fun look at the foods you need to stay healthy.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/nutrition/pyramid.html

Risky Parents, Risky Teens

Parents who smoke, drink, and ignore their own health are a bad example for their kids -- one that's leading to early, unsafe sex.

A nationwide study of some 19,000 adolescents -- in grades 7 through 12 -- finds that parents are indeed their kids' role models, whether they like it or not.

"Parents' behavior creates a whole atmosphere of risk, a sense that living on the edge is OK," says lead author Esther Wilder, PhD, assistant professor of sociology at Lehman College in the Bronx in New York.

"Kids grow up thinking, 'If they don't care, why should I?'" she tells WebMD. 

Wilder's report appears in the September issue of the The Milbank Quarterly.

Among her findings: Most adolescents used contraception the first time they had intercourse. But one-third did not. "That's real cause for concern," she says.

Also, parents who smoked -- more than drinking or any other risky behavior -- were more likely to have kids who were also engaged in risky behaviors.

"Adolescents whose parents smoked were 50% more likely to have had sex -- and to have it at very early ages," says Wilder. "This was regardless of whether the family was affluent or received welfare, parents' level of education, religion, whether they were in stepfamilies or single-parent families."

"Risk gets reproduced across generations," she tells WebMD. "It may take different forms, but we found a strong intergenerational pattern of risk."

Smoking sets a "behavioral tone" in the family, one creates the same pattern of behavior in the child, says Wilder. "It's like a risky syndrome that gets passed from one generation to next."

Parents need this kind of wake-up call, says Sarah Brown, director of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

"Families have been hoping the schools could do it, that if they could find the right curriculum -- or if we could change what Hollywood does or doesn't do, rate the movies just right -- all kids' behavior problems would go away," Brown tells WebMD.

She talks with lots of parents. "Parents have really felt they have lost kids to the power of peer influence and media influence," says Brown. "We've even heard parents say, 'once they're 12 or 13, we have no role in their lives. It doesn't matter what we do, we don't see them.'"

But families are the first and best sex educator for children, she says. "The nation is rediscovering the power of parents. This research reminds us, parents in particular, that what parents do influences their children. Parents need to be mindful of that."

Kids watch their parents like hawks, Brown tells WebMD. "I have three children at home. They have opinions about everything I do. They observe it, think about it, discuss it with their friends."

While kids can get information on sex and "basic body facts" at school, parents need to put it in context, she says.

"Contraception is only one part of it. Some of the larger issues about relationships, lifetime goals, respectful interaction between males and females, what's safe, what our family expects, what our faith tradition teaches, how to handle negative peer pressure -- those things are incredibly important. That's where parents have an edge."
Source: Jeanie Davis, my.webmd.com/printing/article/3606.2167

Going Over Seas

If you're planning to travel overseas, the first thing you should do is to find out which immunizations you'll need to stay healthy. Find out how to protect yourself in TeensHealth's Staying Safe section.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/safety/index.html

von Willebrand Disease

Excessive or prolonged bleeding could be a sign of a genetic disorder known as von Willebrand disease. For many people the disorder is very mild, but for those with more severe forms of the disease, the proper diagnosis and treatment can make them less likely to have problems from the condition.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/genetic/vwd.html

Flu Facts

If you have the flu, you'll have lots of company. From December to April, all across the United States, as many as 90 million people come down with the flu each year.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/infections/common/flu.html

Body Image and Self-Esteem

When your body changes, so does your image of yourself. Read this article to find out how your body image affects your self-esteem and how you can develop a healthy body image.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/body_image/body_image.html

Heart Disease May Increase Risk of Infection From Body Piercing

A recent study suggests that people who have certain types of heart disease may be at greater risk for developing heart infection after body piercing.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/misc/body_piercing_news.html

"My friend is talking about suicide. What should I do?"

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.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/question/index.html

Am I in a Healthy Relationship?

It's totally normal to look at the world through rose-colored glasses in the early stages of a relationship. But just make sure those glasses don't turn into blinders that keep you from seeing that your new relationship isn't as healthy as it should be.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/relationships/healthy_relationship.html

Are Changes in My Vaginal Discharge OK?

Vaginal discharge may be normal or abnormal - it's up to you to find out the difference. If you have questions about your discharge, read our article to get the facts.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/sexual_health/girls/vdischarge2.html

Getting a Grip on Growth

You may know that it's normal to develop earlier or later than your friends, but have you ever wondered whether you are growing normally? Read this article to learn all about growth.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/health_basics/growth.html

Glow Stick Risks

Glow sticks - which are popular at dance clubs and raves - may look harmless, but a recent study indicates they can cause some unpleasant eye and skin symptoms and possibly other problems.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/misc/glow_sticks_news.html

Safely Surf the Net

Do you know how to be safe while you surf the Internet? When you go camping, is your first-aid kit stocked with the supplies you might need? Check out TeensHealth's Staying Safety section for lots of useful tips.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/safety/index.html

Knee Injuries

You probably don't give much thought to your knees. But if you've ever suffered a knee injury, you know that healthy knees are needed for many activities and sports and that getting hurt can mean some time sitting on the sidelines.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/exercise/knee_injuries.html

How Can I Deal With My Asthma?

Maybe you've been dealing with asthma since you were a little kid, or maybe you've just been told that you have it. Whatever the case, asthma can complicate your life and affect you both emotionally and physically.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/question/illness_infection/asthma_mgmt.html

Focus on Friends

Friends are important, whether you have one or 100 of them. Find out how to be a good friend, make new friends, and weed out the ones who aren't really yours in "Focus on Friends" in TeensHealth's Your Mind section.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/index.html


Caffeine has probably helped you through long nights of studying or filling out college applications. But do you know about caffeine, like what its side effects are? Read this article for the facts.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/nutrition/caffeine.html

Dealing With Divorce

For many teens, the divorce of their parents marks a turning point in their lives, whether ancient history or current event. If you are dealing with your parents' divorce, you're not alone - read this article for information and support.

Myths About Acne

Do you think you already know all there is to know about acne? You may be surprised that some of the things you've heard about acne - like what causes it and how to deal with it - actually aren't true.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/skin_stuff/acne_myths.html

Urinary Tract Infections

A urinary tract infection is the second most common reason that teens visit a doctor. For more information about this uncomfortable problem and how it can be treated, check out this article.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/sexual_health/stds/uti.html

Volunteering: Why Helping Out Is In

Volunteering can be one of the most gratifying and fun things you can do. Read this article to learn about the benefits of volunteering and to find out how to go about doing it.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/jobs/volunteering.html

Lessons in Netiquette

Get dissed in a chatroom? Better brush up on your Netiquette.
Source: www.teenwire.com/techknow/articles/tk_20020613p021.asp

Send Your Secrets

Dying to find out your BFF's secret crush? Wanna know how old your guy pal was when he had his first kiss? Spill your guts in our latest game and maybe your friends will return the favor.
Source: http://www.teenwire.com/play/np_spreadem.asp

They Hate Her!

If your parents don’t like your new boyfriend or girlfriend — even if you think he or she is the greatest thing since the discovery of fire — you’re going to have trouble. You might be punished if you date your new love. You might constantly sweat bullets from the stress of sneaking around. Here's what you should pay attention to when figuring out how to make it work for everybody.
Source: www.teenwire.com/infocus/2002/if_20020611p162.asp

There are lots of kind of family relationships

Stepparents, grandparents, brothers, sisters. Need info on one - or many? Then log onto My Family and find out how to make your life at home a little bit easier.
Source: kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/index.html

What's Mono?

Have you wondered about mono? Why is it called the "kissing disease"? Read this article for kids to find out the answers to all of your questions about this common infection.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/kid/ill_injure/sick/mono.html

Be Safe when you Surf

Do you know how to be safe while you surf the Internet? When you go camping, is your first-aid kit stocked with the supplies you might need? Check out TeensHealth's Staying Safety section for lots of useful tips.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/safety/index.html

Finding a Summer Job or Internship

A summer job or internship is an excellent way to make money and gain the experience you'll need after high school. Read this article to learn more about how to find the job that's right for you.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/jobs/summer_job.html

Going to a Therapist

There are many different kinds of therapy; you've probably heard people discussing physical therapy, art therapy, or even gene therapy. In this article, however, therapy refers to psychotherapy - the treatment of behavioral and emotional concerns.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/therapist.html

Kick off spring with TeensHealth!

We're proud to announce the new and improved TeensHealth! In addition to hundreds of awesome articles, we now offer a funky new design, interactive quizzes and features that change each week, new categories to make navigation a snap, and lots more. Check it out and spread the word about the best source of health information for teens on the web!
Source: teenshealth.org/

Herpes Simplex

Herpes simplex infections commonly cause either cold sores around the mouth or blisters in the genital area (also known as genital herpes).
Source: www.kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/herpes.html

What Should I Do if My Family Fights?

If your family doesn't always agree on things - and most families don't - then check out this article written for kids. Learn how keep your cool and resolve conflicts when people in your family are fighting.

"My friend is talking about suicide. What should I do?"

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.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/question/index.html
Also, check out Teen Suicide.

Camping Basics

Whether you'll be in the woods, on the desert, combing the beaches, or climbing mountain trails, check out our article about camping basics for a few important survival techniques.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/safety/safebasics/woods.html

How to Perform a Testicular Self-Examination

The testicular self-examination (TSE) is an easy way for guys to check their own testicles to make sure there aren't any unusual lumps or bumps - which are usually the first sign of testicular cancer.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/sexual_health/guys/tse.html Sign up for a monthly free self-exam reminder

What Is Trichotillomania?

Lots of teens don't think about losing their hair because it seems like something only adults need to worry about. But if you're a teen with trichotillomania, hair loss can be a serious reality.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/trichotillomania.html

Is Competition Losing the Fun Aspect?

Of course winning feels great, but is the competitive pressure taking the fun out of your game? Find out how to keep sports pressure in check in TeensHealth's Sports section.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/sports/sports_pressure.html

Connecting With Your Coach

Having a good relationship with your coach helps you get the most out of your chosen sport. In this article, we'll tell you how to keep it cool with your coach.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/sports/coach_relationships.html

What You Need to Know About Drugs

There's lot of stuff you need to know about different kinds of drugs - the most important being not to take them. Check out What You Need to Know About Drugs to find out more about individual drugs and their effects.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/kid/grow/index.html

What Are Wrinkles?

Wrinkles! Everyone gets them eventually, and most adults have them. Read this article to find out why , and also learn how you can prevent getting wrinkles while you're young.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/kid/grownup/getting_older/wrinkles.html

Acne Isn't About Chocolate

Despite what you may have heard, acne isn't caused by eating chocolate or drinking soda. Learn how to prevent and deal with acne in “Why Do I Get Acne?” in TeensHealth's Your Body section.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/index.html

Making the Shift to Bike Safety

The sun is shining and your cable is out. Why not dust off your bike and go for a ride? Before you hit the trail, find out about bike safety in this article for teens. Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/safety/safebasics/bike_safety.html

High-Intensity Physical Training Improves Cardiovascular Fitness In Obese Adolescents

After school lifestyle education and physical training programs can benefit obese children and adolescents by altering their body compositions and providing primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/8059/8011/349198.html

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