Studies show that parents who talk to their kids about the dangers of drug abuse have children who are half as likely to abuse drugs. Despite this effective way for parents to address substance abuse with their kids, a recent survey of parents shows that while 83 percent say they feel prepared to discuss cough medicine abuse with their teens, only 21 percent have done so.
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New drug research suggests that teens may get addicted and relapse more easily than adults because developing brains are more powerfully motivated by drug-related cues. This conclusion has been reached by researchers who found that adolescent rats given cocaine - a powerfully addicting stimulant - were more likely than adults to prefer the place where they got it. That learned association endured: Even after experimenters extinguished the drug-linked preference, a small reinstating dose of cocaine appeared to rekindle that preference - but only in the adolescent rats.
A new national survey indicates that Americans are more likely to talk with their children about drug use or sex than with a seriously ill parent about their end-of-life wishes. The same survey respondents also shared that they would want others to talk with them about end of life issues. The survey, completed by more than 2,300 individuals, was conducted in conjunction with the first National Healthcare Decisions Day to be held April 16, 2008.
Students competing for resources in the classroom while discounting each others' success are less likely to earn top grades than students who work together toward goals and share their success.
Comprehensive sex education might lead to less teen pregnancy, and there are no indications that it boosts the levels of sexual intercourse or sexually transmitted diseases.
Afterschool programs can modestly increase the amount of physical activity among girls in middle school.
With graduation plans well underway, area high school students are being given an in-depth look at the dangers associated with alcohol, drugs and risky party-related behaviour today. The 16th annual SafeGrad workshop is taking place at the Thames Valley Education Centre, providing student leaders from across the region with information about the consequences of unsafe partying while developing skills to help them make smart choices for themselves and fellow classmates.
Driving might be a badge of freedom for teen-agers, but it can also be deadly. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of teen fatalities in the United States, accounting for 44 percent, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). A new study suggests that urban sprawl could put teens at more risk.
There is a strong relationship between the number of miles a teen drives and the risk of injury or death, said lead author Matthew Trowbridge, a fellow of the University of Michigan Injury Research Center. "So, are there things in the environment that promote driving exposure?"
University of Cincinnati researchers are reporting what they call a significant pattern among Iraqi adolescents and their reaction to the war in Iraq - the higher the perceived threat of the war, the higher the teens reported their self-esteem.
Youth may be more likely victimized while using instant messenger and visiting chat rooms than while using social networking sites.
About nine percent of teenagers may have metabolic syndrome, a clustering of risk factors that put them on the path toward heart disease and diabetes in adulthood.
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy is launching its first major Federal effort to educate parents about teen prescription drug abuse.
School-associated student homicide rates which includes both public and private elementary thru high schools, decreased significantly from academic school years 1992 thru 2006.
According to a startling new study, 80 percent of students say they sustained some form of injury from their textbooks.
Research will use photography to explore how teenagers and their families feel about their altered appearance as a result of cancer treatment.
Kentucky vendors are making sure tobacco products aren't falling into the hands of minors.
Newly homeless youth are likelier to engage in risky sexual behavior if they stay in non-family settings - such as friends' homes, abandoned buildings or the streets - because they lack supervision and social support, a new UCLA AIDS Institute study has found.
Drug use also factored into this behavior, according to the study, which is currently available in the online edition of the peer-reviewed Journal of Adolescent Health.
The percentage of teens who report solely positive benefits from not having sex declines precipitously with age.
Youth who are going to develop psychosis can be identified before their illness becomes full-blown 35 percent of the time if they meet widely accepted criteria for risk.
Indiana State Department of Health will convene high-school aged young people in spring 2008 to focus on health issues facing Hoosier youth and involve them in a discussion on how to prevent unhealthy behaviors.