Category results for "Youth"

Exposure to Alcohol Before Birth Linked to Social Skills Problems in Childhood

Children whose mothers drank during pregnancy are more likely to have problems with social skills, compared with their peers whose mothers did not drink while pregnant, according to a new study.

Only Two States Meet CDC Guidelines for Tobacco Prevention Spending: Report

Alaska and North Dakota are the only states that will meet 2014 recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for spending on programs to prevent youth from starting to smoke, and helping current smokers quit, according to a new report by advocacy groups.

Many PG-13 Movies Have Violent Characters Who Drink, Smoke and Have Sex

An analysis of almost 400 top-grossing movies from 1985 to 2010 shows about 90 percent included at least one moment of violence involving a main character. In 77 percent of those movies, the main character also smoked tobacco or drank alcohol or engaged in sexual behavior, HealthDay reports.

States with More Alcohol- and Traffic-Related Laws Have Fewer Traffic Deaths

States that have enacted more alcohol- and traffic-related laws have a lower proportion of traffic deaths, compared with states with fewer such laws, a new study indicates. Researchers say encouraging states to adopt more of these laws could significantly reduce preventable traffic-related deaths in the United States, especially among young people.

Use of E-Cigarettes Among Teens Linked to Heavier Use of Regular Cigarettes: Study

A new study finds the use of e-cigarettes among teens is associated with heavier use of regular cigarettes. The researchers say their findings suggest that the devices are creating a new pathway for youth to become addicted to nicotine.

Families Move to Colorado to Gain Access to Marijuana-Based Oil for Their Children

About 100 families of children with seizures have come to Colorado to gain access to a marijuana-based oil to treat their children, The New York Times reports.

Molly ER Visits Rose 128 Percent in Six Years Among Those Under 21

Emergency room visits related to Molly, or Ecstasy, rose 128 percent among people younger than 21 between 2005 and 2011, according to a new government report.

6 Percent of Teens Report Using Psychiatric Medicine: Report

A new government report finds about 6 percent of U.S. teens say they use a psychiatric medicine as drug therapy, similar to the rate 10 years ago.

Colleges Adopt “Good Samaritan” Policies for Drug and Alcohol Emergencies

The University of Miami is one of a growing number of colleges that have instituted “Good Samaritan” policies to encourage students to call 911 when they are with someone who may be in danger from consuming drugs or alcohol.

Commentary: Hookah Use is on the Rise and Surrounded by Myths and Misperceptions

In recent years, there has been an increase in hookah use around the world, most notably among youth and university students. While many waterpipe tobacco smokers often think that this method of tobacco use is safe, all available scientific data demonstrate that it is in fact dangerous and addictive, explains health expert Dr. Thomas Eissenberg.

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