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Drinking Scenes in Movies May Spur Teens to Do the Same

Kids who had seen more films featuring alcohol were more likely to binge on booze, study finds

Heavy Kids May Not Respond as Well to Asthma Meds

As weight climbs, so does daily corticosteroid dosage, study says

Bullying May Raise Risk of Suicidal Thoughts: Study

Both victims, bullies more likely to consider taking own life by age 11

College Women's Condom Use Falls in Freshman Year

Binge drinking, bad grades were among the factors that affected condom use

'Parent Training' May Help Kids With Autism Behave Better

Teaching mom, dad to manage problem behaviors can improve overall functioning, study shows

Web-Based Therapy May Help Teens With Chronic Fatigue

Online treatment linked to fewer severe symptoms of syndrome, better school attendance, study finds

Obesity Linked to Asthma in Children

The association varied by race, ethnicity, study says

Strict Underage Drinking Laws May Deter Delinquency in Teens

Zero-tolerance laws may also reduce future drinking, study suggests

Sports Concussion: Myths and Facts

Expert describes recognition, symptoms and proper treatment of common injury

As Youth Baseball Season Nears, Experts Urge Injury Prevention

Seek help when kids show signs of overuse-linked problems, pediatricians say

'Active' Video Games May Not Boost Kids' Fitness: Study

Wii games were no better than 'inactive' selections, researchers found

Video Games, Impulsivity Seem to Go Hand-in-Hand

Attention problems and more time spent gaming occur in both directions, study suggests

Meds for Autism Not Well Understood: Study

Guidelines needed for use of psychiatric drugs in affected teens, researcher says

Booze in Movies May Fuel Teenage Drinking

Watching films featuring alcohol seems to lead to drinking, then binge-drinking in kids, study finds

Many Americans Support Lower Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes

Smokers, nonsmokers alike want to keep children from starting

Some Kids' Surgery Should Include Staph Screening: Study

Antibiotic treatment prevented dangerous MRSA infection

Mexican-Americans' Diets Suffer as They Abandon Traditional Foods: Study

Second- and third-generation immigrant teens eat fewer grains, beans, fruits and vegetables than teens born in Mexico

Gender Identity Issues Can Harm Kids' Mental Health: Study

Feeling they're the wrong sex may lead to depression, abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder

Parents' Strict Rules Could Curb Kids' Drinking

Researchers say this is the first study to look at how tight parental control helps teens avoid booze

Kids With Crohn's Disease, Colitis Often Struggle at School: Study

Frequent absences, depression can affect how well students with bowel disease do academically

Good Football Helmet Fit Key to Preventing Brain Injuries

But there's no such thing as a concussion-proof helmet, studies show

Teens Victimized by Dating Violence Often Have Difficult Pasts

Survey finds many were abused, harassed or bullied by others prior to the incident

U.S. Teen Driving Deaths Up: Report

Fatalities for 16- and 17-year-olds rose 11 percent in 2011, the first increase in years

Gene Linked to Start of Puberty

Research found mutation shut down the process of sexual maturation

Many U.S. Teens Hit the Road Without Driver's Ed: Survey

Hispanics, blacks, males less likely to get formal training when it's not required by state law

Any Exercise Benefits Kids' Heart Health: Study

Better blood pressure, cholesterol, weight accompanies activity, regardless of sedentary time

Teens With Autism Preoccupied With TV, Video Games: Study

But they're much less likely to use screen time for social media or email

Higher Cancer Rate Seen in Children With Juvenile Arthritis

Researchers say fourfold increase might not be linked to treatment drugs

Young Adults Who Quit Smoking Feel Better Quickly

Coughs begin to clear up within two weeks, study finds

Most Teens Who Self-Harm Are Not Evaluated for Mental Health in ER

Researchers say suicide risk is highest soon after such an incident

HIV Severity, Treatment Unrelated to Kids' Mental Woes: Study

No evidence found to link antiretroviral therapy with severity of psychiatric symptoms

Depressed Kids May Be Targets for Bullying, Study Suggests

New research challenges notion that bullying leads to mental health woes

Female Soccer Players May Face Health Problems: Study

Intense training, poor nutrition might lead to menstrual abnormalities, stress fractures in young players

Playing Sports May Help Keep Kids From Smoking

But the risk of taking up the habit rises if teammates smoke, study finds

Moving Homes Often in Childhood Might Affect Long-Term Health

Frequently uprooted kids were more likely to drink heavily, smoke as adults, study says

Antidepressants May Not Raise Suicide Risk in Youth: Study

Despite 'black box warning' for drugs such as Prozac, no increase -- or decrease -- was found

Spanking Produces Troubled Kids, Study Contends

Punishment linked to more aggression in children, two decades of research shows

Thousands of U.S. Kids Hospitalized for Abuse

Infants, poor children most vulnerable, study suggests

Fewer Teens Exposed to Tobacco Smoke in Cars: Report

But researchers add that too many are still breathing in secondhand smoke while in vehicles

Safe Social Networking Tips for Teens

Parents can support a positive experience for their kids, experts say

Efforts to Reduce Stroke in Kids With Sickle Cell Working: Study

Ultrasound screening, regular blood transfusions have helped reduce strokes in those with the blood disorder

Infections Might Raise Stroke Risk in Children: Study

However, parents should note that incidence is rare, researchers say

Pediatricians' Group Urges More Input From Parents

New policy statement calls for strong family presence, greater decision-making role

Teen Driver's Friends Can Be Dangerous Distraction, Studies Find

And certain young drivers are more apt to cruise around in a crowd

Too Much Fructose Sweetener Tied to Heart Risks in Teens

Study finds high consumption associated with early signs of diabetes, other health issues

Students Report Playing Dangerous 'Choking Game'

One in seven at a Texas university tried it, survey finds

Off-Campus Party Hosts Drank Most in College Survey

Guzzling some 9 alcoholic beverages each event, student hosts outdid their guests

Gang Murders Taking Toll on Young Males, CDC Says

Most of these homicides involve guns, but criminal drug activity isn't often a factor

Women Can Take Steps to Prevent Cervical Cancer

Regular Pap tests, HPV vaccine go a long way in warding off the disease, experts say

Less Salt, More Veggies in School Lunches: USDA

New rules call for healthier foods but some say changes don't go far enough