Doctors give mental health pills to more than one million teenagers

Doctors give mental health pills to more than one million 18 to 20-year-olds in a year as the number of young people on antidepressants soars by 20% One in nine of the age group are taking the drugs to treat anxiety or bi-polar  There is a risk of side effects when coming off pills including suicidal thoughts Figures found by […]

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Stiffening arteries in teenagers with persistent obesity

Children and adolescents with long-term obesity have increased arterial stiffness by their late teens, a study of more than 3,000 children followed from age 9 to 17 shows. These results, in the researchers’ view, call for more initiatives to reduce teenage obesity. “The teens are a key period for measures to tackle obesity, since doing so then brings better health […]

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Doctors call for low-calorie diet study on teenagers to be abandoned

Local and international health experts have called for an adolescent weight-loss study being run at Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney to be abandoned, claiming it poses unacceptable risks to children’s health. The "Fast Track to Health" study, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, will see children as young as 13 […]

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Smoking weed just ONCE could change a teenager’s brain

Smoking weed just ONCE could change a teenager’s brain: Scientists discover even small amounts of cannabis are enough to thicken tissue Teenagers who smoke have thicker matter in certain parts of their brains This was found in areas involved with emotions, memory, fear and panic Adolescent brains are typically thinning and being refined during this period Experts said ‘most people […]

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