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  • To teens, benefits are more persuasive than risks

    Adolescents can give their parents and teachers a scare. Many kids engage in street fights, binge on alcohol, take risks while driving and party late into the night with strangers. Teenagers simply tend to take more risks than adults — and brain scientists want to know why. A study offers new clues on why teens seem prone to taking costly chances or making unwise decisions.

    For young...

    07:00 AM, July 25, 2016 Behavior, Body functions
    Readability Score: 7.7
  • Hormone affects how teens’ brains control emotions

    Adolescence can mean facing the emotional challenges of adults for the first time. But what part of a teen’s brain processes those emotions depends on how mature that brain is, a new study finds.

    As kids grow up, hormone levels will begin to surge in areas of their brains that manage emotions. The first surge starts deep within the brain. With time and maturity, some areas right behind...

    07:00 AM, July 15, 2016 Behavior, Brain, Body functions
    Readability Score: 7.5
  • Teen drinking may damage ability to cope with stress

    What’s the harm in a little beer? That’s usually how it starts. Teenagers often are tempted to try some alcohol. Many give in when they are just 12 to 16 years old. Although they know they should avoid alcohol, many don’t. Some will soon end up drinking a lot — and often. This is called binge drinking. And when it begins at a young age, it can have lasting impacts. That’s the conclusion of a...

    07:00 AM, June 13, 2016 Brain, Psychology, Behavior, Toxicology
    Readability Score: 6.5
  • Teen vaping soars past cigarette use

    In 2013, nearly three times as many U.S. high school kids smoked as puffed on electronic cigarettes. Within two short years, that trend has reversed. Today, almost twice as many high school kids vape as smoke, a new study finds. Middle-school students have an even stronger preference for vaping over smoking.

    Tushar Singh works in the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for...

    07:00 AM, April 28, 2016 Health, Behavior, Science & Society
    Readability Score: 8.2
  • Teen girls start drinking earlier than boys

    Although tweens and teens should not drink alcohol, plenty do. So a major U.S. survey recently asked a large group of 12- to 24-year-olds how old they were when they had their first full alcoholic drink. Just a sip or two did not qualify, here. Girls, it now turns out, were more likely than boys to start drinking before age 18.

    In fact, 14- to 15-year-old girls were about 25 percent more...

    07:00 AM, April 25, 2016 Health, Behavior, Psychology
    Readability Score: 6.6
  • Cool jobs: Brainy ways to battle obesity

    About one in every six children and teens throughout the United States are very overweight, meaning obese. Some one-third of adults are, too. Those data come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga. Carrying those extra pounds significantly ups the risks for disease. High blood pressure, diabetes, liver disease and breathing problems are just a few of the conditions...

    07:15 AM, April 7, 2016 Nutrition, Psychology, Brain, Behavior
    Readability Score: 7.3
  • From zits to warts: Which disturb people most?

    Pimples pop up on teen faces all the time. In fact, 85 percent of adults have experienced an outbreak of painful, embarrassing zits at some point. So wouldn’t it make sense for these people to feel sympathy for others with acne? After all, they know what it feels like. But a new study shows that this often isn’t what happens. Most people respond to images of acne with disgust and fear rather...

    07:00 AM, March 25, 2016 Behavior
    Readability Score: 7.2
  • Teen data find vapers often become smokers

    Many people see vaping as being less harmful than smoking cigarettes. After all, unlike tobacco, e-cigarettes don’t deliver dozens of lung-cancer-causing chemicals, called carcinogens, with each puff. So the fact that more teens are vaping than smoking might be viewed as a good thing. Except — that more and more studies are showing e-cigarettes can cause harm. They irritate lungs and make...

    07:00 AM, February 10, 2016 Behavior, Science & Society
    Readability Score: 7.6
  • To control overeating: Slow down!

    Eating slowly might help teens maintain a healthy weight, a new study finds. “We often rush through the day and gobble down meals without fully enjoying them,” says Pedro Cabrales, one of the study’s authors. “A simple yet powerful change in our lives is to eat slower and stop eating when we no longer feel hungry.”

    Cabrales works at the University of California in San Diego. He and his...

    07:00 AM, February 8, 2016 Behavior, Nutrition, Psychology
    Readability Score: 7.6
  • Too many Facebook friends?

    Facebook lets friends connect. They can give each other updates, share photos and post comments. But that’s not all. Facebook might also stress users out. The evidence: elevated levels of a tell-tale hormone in the saliva of users with lots of friends on the site.

    In a new study, researchers asked 12- to 17-year olds to complete questionnaires. The 88 volunteers reported how much time...

    07:00 AM, December 9, 2015 Behavior, Psychology
    Readability Score: 7.2

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