Americans need to tackle youth obesity: US task force

(HealthDay)—Childhood obesity is such a crisis in America that officials have been updating recommendations for how early intervention should begin. Obesity now affects as many as 20% of the nation’s children. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reviewed the literature on kids between 2 and 18 years of age and now recommends that kids over 6 be screened using a […]

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E-cigarette, Juul and vaping devices addicting youth

You might be curious to find that many of the products that look like school supplies in a student’s backpack could in fact be e-cigarette devices designed for addiction. While we have seen a decrease in cigarette smoking across the United States, emerging products such as e-cigarettes have taken over and are cause for immediate concern. According to 2018 National […]

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Youth empowerment program can prevent childhood obesity

A first-of-its-kind study had Worcester youths create their own narratives about reducing sugary drink consumption, successfully leading to behavior changes and preventing excess weight gain. A new pilot study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers is the first to use youth-produced narratives to empower youth to reduce sugary drink consumption and obesity risk. In the study, […]

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New insights into young men’s sexting practices in youth sexting culture

Drawing on findings from a qualitative study published by the Journal of Youth Studies, new research from Dr. Emily Setty explores young men’s sexting practices and how they position themselves within youth sexting culture in terms of masculine heterosexuality. Young people who engage in sexting—the digital exchange of personal sexual messages and images—are considered at risk of potentially irreparable psychological, […]

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US youth suicides more prevalent in states with higher gun ownership

A new study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers finds that states with higher levels of household gun ownership also have higher overall youth suicide rates, with every 10 percentage-point increase in household gun ownership associated with a 26.9 percent increase in the youth suicide rate. Published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the study […]

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Gun Violence Among U.S. Youth Has High Price Tag

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 — Treating gunshot wounds in American children and teens costs roughly $270 million a year in hospital bills, researchers report. “In our study, we found that for every 100,000 teenagers and children arriving to the emergency department, 11 come for a gun-related injury,” said study author Dr. Faiz Gani. He is a research fellow at Johns […]

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