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Pain Of Juvenile Arthritis May Reduce School And Social Activity

Scientists studying children with juvenile arthritis have found that increased pain and fatigue are linked to reduced participation in school and social activity. In addition, the researchers, led by Laura E. Schanberg, M.D., of Duke University Medical Center, noted that anxiety is also significantly associated with increased pain and fatigue.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC251/333/9247/368405.html?d=dmtICNNews

High School Athletes May Require Longer Recovery Times After Concussion

More than 62,000 high school students experience mild traumatic brain injury while playing sports every year. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine examined the neurological effects of concussion on high school and college athletes.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/research/concussion.html

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that is characterized by swelling, heat, and pain. Juvenile arthritis, or JA, is the term used for all the types of arthritis that affect children.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/parent/medical/arthritis/jra.html

Playing Video Games May Improve Attention Skills in Older Teens

Researchers from the University of Rochester in New York examined the effect of video-game playing on attention skills and found that action games may actually improve a person's ability to attend to visual images.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/research/videogame.html

The Power of Packing

Use school lunches as a chance to steer your child toward good choices. You can't force a child, but you can make it easier to eat a healthy midday meal.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/parent/food/general/lunch.html

Blood Vessels Show Effects of Fat in Teens

Excess body fat in teens -- even those who are not overweight -- seems to be linked to less elastic blood vessels, a condition that can mean future cardiovascular disease, researchers say in a new study.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC275/333/20833/432260.html?d=dmtICNNews

Acne Patients Taking Antibiotics Get More Infections

Individuals treated with antibiotics for acne for more than six weeks were more than twice as likely to develop an upper respiratory tract infection within one year as individuals with acne who were not treated with antibiotics, according to an article in the September issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Source: American Medical Association, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC251/333/29758/432191.html?d=dmtICNNews

Why Do I Get Acne?

Almost every teen gets acne at some point. This article addresses common questions and concerns about acne and tells you what you can do about it.

What's Behind Teen Beverage Choices

Age, race and gender influence what they drink, research finds.
Source: www.healthcentral.com/news/NewsFullText.cfm?id=513732

Glance At Teen Drug Use Survey Findings

Some findings of the Pride Survey of drug use for the 2002-2017 school year.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC269/333/8895/368991.html?d=dmtICNNews

When Will My Voice Change?

You've probably listened to the deep voices of your dad or big brother and wondered why yours seems to be just a bit squeakier. Read this article to find out the when and how of why your voice changes!
Source: www.kidshealth.org/kid/talk/qa/voice_change.html

Sports Journals: Tips From Teen Athletes

Ever wonder if some diets are really safe? Or how you can achieve at sports? Get the lowdown on healthy eats, dieting, strength training, eating disorders, steroids, and more.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/Features.jsp?lic=1&feature=200

New Findings Offer Further Understanding About Growth And Development In Young Male Gymnasts

Intense training has been found to delay the onset of puberty in females by altering normal hormonal development. This has led to delayed pubertal onset, delayed age at first menarche and failure to develop mature skeletal structure. In males, despite evidence that physical activity can also result in hormonal changes, there have been few studies that examined the relationship between training and the onset of puberty.
Source: American Physiological Society, http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC274/333/22002/369616.html?d=dmtICNNews

Why Should I Wear A Mouthguard?

A mouthguard is a flexible appliance made out of plastic that is worn in athletic and recreational activities to protect teeth from trauma.
Source: Academy of General Dentistry, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC254/29785/32212/368191.html?d=dmtICNNews

Caffeine & Side Effects

Caffeine has probably helped you through long nights of studying or filling out college applications. But how much do you know about caffeine and its side effects?
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/nutrition/caffeine.html

What Is Cholesterol?

Before you start chomping on those cheese fries or that greasy burger, you might want to take a closer look at whether you're getting too much cholesterol.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/nutrition/cholesterol.html

How Can I Deal With My Asthma?

Maybe you've been dealing with asthma since you were a little kid, or maybe you've just been told that you have it. Whatever the case, asthma can complicate your life and affect you both emotionally and physically.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/question/illness_infection/asthma_mgmt.html

Diet-Plan Diagnosis: Is Yours Healthy and Safe?

Many people look for fast or easy ways to slim down at some point in their lives. But before you choose from the hundreds of quick weight-loss diets out there, read on to find out exactly what these diets do - and don't do - for you.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/dieting/diet_plans.html

How Long Is Mono Contagious?

If you've ever had mono, you probably worried about how long you'd be contagious. Check out this article to clear up the confusion and understand how this virus works.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/question/illness_infection/mono_contagious.html

Mouth and Teeth

Did you know that your mouth is the first step in the body's digestive process? Or that your teeth are the hardest bones in the entire body? Read this article and learn about the many roles your mouth and teeth play.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/body_basics/mouth_teeth.html

Study Finds Combo Therapy Best For Kids, Teens With OCD

Treating children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) with a combination of cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) and the medication sertraline is more effective than CBT or sertraline alone, according to a study in the October 27 issue of JAMA.
Source: American Medical Association, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC270/333/21291/403741.html?d=dmtICNNews

Are Steroids Worth the Risk?

Will using steroids transform you into the most powerful athlete your coach has ever seen? Read this article to learn the facts on steroid use.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/sports/steroids.html

Repetitive Stress Injuries

Repetitive stress injuries - a group of injuries that happen when too much stress is placed on a part of the body - are becoming more common among kids and teens because they spend more time than ever using computers. Learn about computer- and sports-related repetitive stress injuries and how to prevent them in this article.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/sports/rsi.html

Couch Potatoes May Be Created In The Womb, Not At The Dinner Table

Could your child be preordained to be an overweight couch potato? New Zealand physiologists are proposing that the well-known association between obesity, metabolic syndrome, sedentary behavior, and overeating might have a common biological cause.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC254/333/21345/368624.html?d=dmtICNNews

von Willebrand Disease

Excessive or prolonged bleeding could be a sign of a genetic disorder known as von Willebrand disease. For many people the disorder is very mild, but for those with more severe forms of the disease, the proper diagnosis and treatment can make them less likely to have problems from the condition.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/genetic/vwd.html

Sports Supplements

Sports supplements are products used to enhance athletic performance. Many teen athletes who want to improve their performance have questions about how supplements work and whether they're safe.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/sports/sports_supplements.html

About Recipes for Teens With Cystic Fibrosis

These high-calorie recipes are especially for teens with cystic fibrosis (CF). Teens with CF may need additional calories to meet their nutritional needs. Check out these delicious recipes.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/recipes/cf_recipes/about_cf_recipes.html

Toxic Shock Syndrome

Although toxic shock syndrome (TSS) can be serious, it's a rare illness that is becoming even more rare.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/sexual_health/girls/tss.html


You may be wondering what the deal is with meningitis because you've heard frightening stuff about meningitis outbreaks in the news.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/infections/bacterial_viral/meningitis.html

Radiation Therapy

More than half of all people with cancer are treated with radiation therapy. Get the facts on radiation therapy, including what it is, what to expect, and how to cope with side effects.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/cancer/radiation.html

Eat Your Vegetables!

To be its best, your body needs a balance of nutrients from all sorts of foods, including fruits, vegetables, dairy products, grains, and many more. This is the perfect time to learn about tasty and nutritious choices.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/misc/nutrition_month_banner.html

A Mound of Advice for Youthful Batters

Spring baseball means a host of safety steps.
Source: www.healthcentral.com/news/NewsFullText.cfm?id=510647

National 5 a Day Week

You probably hear a lot at home, at school, and in the news about eating a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables. But do you know why it's so important? National 5 a Day Week is a great time to learn!
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/misc/5aday_banner.html

Earth Day

Caring about the environment isn't just a 1-day deal. You can do things every day that will reflect your ideals in your actions, from recycling the can or bottle when you grab a soda to reading up on environmental issues that matter to you. But whether you're already a pro at taking action or you're looking for a place to start, if you want to do something for this planet we all share, you can make plans for Earth Day 2004 on April 22. Need some ideas to get going?
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/misc/earth_day.html


If you or someone you know is obese or overweight, this article can give you information and tips for dealing with the problem by adopting a healthier lifestyle.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/dieting/obesity.html

Can Acne Scars Be Prevented?

Scars from acne can seem like double punishment - first you had to suffer through the pimples, now you have marks to remind you. Is there anything you can do?
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/skin_stuff/acne_scars.html

Major Depression In Adolescence Can Reoccur In Adulthood And Diminish Quality Of Life

Young adults who experienced an episode of major depression in adolescence may be more vulnerable to a relapse in adulthood that could significantly affect their quality of life, say researchers in a study on the psychosocial functioning of adults who have recovered from major depression.
Source: American Psychological Association, http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC251/333/20780/368709.html?d=dmtICNNews

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease doesn't just affect older people who eat too much while watching TV. Active, healthy teens can have GERD, too.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/digestive/gerd.html

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

About one in five Americans has high blood pressure. Of those people with hypertension, about one third to one half don't even know they have it.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/heart/hypertension.html

"How can I tell if I'm depressed?"

If you've ever asked yourself this, you're not alone. TeensHealth gives the answers to questions that teens like you ask us all the time. Check to see if we've answered one of yours in Q&A.
Source: http://kidshealth.org/teen/question/index.html

Migraine Headache

If you've ever had a migraine, you know that these headaches can cause severe pain and other symptoms. Read this article to learn about what causes migraines, migraine treatments, and lots more.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/brain_nervous/migraines.html


Shigellosis is an intestinal infection caused by bacteria that attack the lining of the large intestine, causing swelling, ulcers on the intestinal wall, and bloody diarrhea. To learn more about shigellosis and how to prevent it, read this article.
Source: http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/infections/bacterial_viral/shigellosis.html

Why Do I Sweat So Much?

Are you worried that you may sweat too much? Read this article to find out why sweating is a normal part of being a teen.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/question/hygiene/sweat.html

Spotlight on Stress

You have mid-terms, you had a fight with your best friend, and your mom is hounding you to clean your room. You're stressed! Find out practical ways to cope in this article for teens.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/emotions/stress.html


Epilepsy is a condition of the nervous system that affects 50 million people worldwide, and seizures are a common symptom of epilepsy. Read this article for teens to learn all about epilepsy, including what to do if you see someone having a seizure.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/health_problems/diseases/epilepsy.html

Flu Facts

If you have the flu, you'll have lots of company. From December to April, all across the United States, as many as 90 million people come down with the flu each year.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/health_problems/infections/flu.html

The Basics on Genes and Genetic Disorders

Genes play an important role in how we look and act, and even in whether we get sick. This article will give you the lowdown on genes, genetic disorders, and exciting new research in gene therapy, which may eventually help people to live better, healthier lives.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/body_basics/genes_genetic_disorders.html

Taking Care of Your Vision

There are lots of things you can do to protect your baby blues (or greens, or browns, or hazels, or whatever color your eyes are). Learn all about how to take care of your vision in this article for teens.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/take_care/vision_care.html

The Fabulous Food Guide Pyramid

You've probably seen the Food Guide Pyramid a lot, but you may not know how it applies to you. This article for teens is a fun look at the foods you need to stay healthy.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/nutrition/pyramid.html

Risky Parents, Risky Teens (8/30/02)

Parents who smoke, drink, and ignore their own health are a bad example for their kids -- one that's leading to early, unsafe sex.

A nationwide study of some 19,000 adolescents -- in grades 7 through 12 -- finds that parents are indeed their kids' role models, whether they like it or not.

"Parents' behavior creates a whole atmosphere of risk, a sense that living on the edge is OK," says lead author Esther Wilder, PhD, assistant professor of sociology at Lehman College in the Bronx in New York.

"Kids grow up thinking, 'If they don't care, why should I?'" she tells WebMD. 

Wilder's report appears in the September issue of the The Milbank Quarterly.

Among her findings: Most adolescents used contraception the first time they had intercourse. But one-third did not. "That's real cause for concern," she says.

Also, parents who smoked -- more than drinking or any other risky behavior -- were more likely to have kids who were also engaged in risky behaviors.

"Adolescents whose parents smoked were 50% more likely to have had sex -- and to have it at very early ages," says Wilder. "This was regardless of whether the family was affluent or received welfare, parents' level of education, religion, whether they were in stepfamilies or single-parent families."

"Risk gets reproduced across generations," she tells WebMD. "It may take different forms, but we found a strong intergenerational pattern of risk."

Smoking sets a "behavioral tone" in the family, one creates the same pattern of behavior in the child, says Wilder. "It's like a risky syndrome that gets passed from one generation to next."

Parents need this kind of wake-up call, says Sarah Brown, director of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

"Families have been hoping the schools could do it, that if they could find the right curriculum -- or if we could change what Hollywood does or doesn't do, rate the movies just right -- all kids' behavior problems would go away," Brown tells WebMD.

She talks with lots of parents. "Parents have really felt they have lost kids to the power of peer influence and media influence," says Brown. "We've even heard parents say, 'once they're 12 or 13, we have no role in their lives. It doesn't matter what we do, we don't see them.'"

But families are the first and best sex educator for children, she says. "The nation is rediscovering the power of parents. This research reminds us, parents in particular, that what parents do influences their children. Parents need to be mindful of that."

Kids watch their parents like hawks, Brown tells WebMD. "I have three children at home. They have opinions about everything I do. They observe it, think about it, discuss it with their friends."

While kids can get information on sex and "basic body facts" at school, parents need to put it in context, she says.

"Contraception is only one part of it. Some of the larger issues about relationships, lifetime goals, respectful interaction between males and females, what's safe, what our family expects, what our faith tradition teaches, how to handle negative peer pressure -- those things are incredibly important. That's where parents have an edge."
Source: Jeanie Davis, my.webmd.com/printing/article/3606.2167

von Willebrand Disease

Excessive or prolonged bleeding could be a sign of a genetic disorder known as von Willebrand disease. For many people the disorder is very mild, but for those with more severe forms of the disease, the proper diagnosis and treatment can make them less likely to have problems from the condition.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/genetic/vwd.html

Flu Facts

If you have the flu, you'll have lots of company. From December to April, all across the United States, as many as 90 million people come down with the flu each year.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/infections/common/flu.html

Heart Disease May Increase Risk of Infection From Body Piercing

A recent study suggests that people who have certain types of heart disease may be at greater risk for developing heart infection after body piercing.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/misc/body_piercing_news.html

"My friend is talking about suicide. What should I do?"

If you've ever asked yourself this, you're not alone. TeensHealth gives the answers to questions that teens like you ask us all the time. Check to see if we've answered one of yours in Q & A.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/question/index.html

Are Changes in My Vaginal Discharge OK?

Vaginal discharge may be normal or abnormal - it's up to you to find out the difference. If you have questions about your discharge, read our article to get the facts.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/sexual_health/girls/vdischarge2.html

Getting a Grip on Growth

You may know that it's normal to develop earlier or later than your friends, but have you ever wondered whether you are growing normally? Read this article to learn all about growth.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/health_basics/growth.html

Glow Stick Risks

Glow sticks - which are popular at dance clubs and raves - may look harmless, but a recent study indicates they can cause some unpleasant eye and skin symptoms and possibly other problems.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/misc/glow_sticks_news.html

Knee Injuries

You probably don't give much thought to your knees. But if you've ever suffered a knee injury, you know that healthy knees are needed for many activities and sports and that getting hurt can mean some time sitting on the sidelines.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/exercise/knee_injuries.html

How Can I Deal With My Asthma?

Maybe you've been dealing with asthma since you were a little kid, or maybe you've just been told that you have it. Whatever the case, asthma can complicate your life and affect you both emotionally and physically.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/question/illness_infection/asthma_mgmt.html

Myths About Acne

Do you think you already know all there is to know about acne? You may be surprised that some of the things you've heard about acne - like what causes it and how to deal with it - actually aren't true.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/skin_stuff/acne_myths.html

Urinary Tract Infections

A urinary tract infection is the second most common reason that teens visit a doctor. For more information about this uncomfortable problem and how it can be treated, check out this article.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/sexual_health/stds/uti.html


Caffeine has probably helped you through long nights of studying or filling out college applications. But do you know about caffeine, like what its side effects are? Read this article for the facts.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/nutrition/caffeine.html

What's Mono?

Have you wondered about mono? Why is it called the "kissing disease"? Read this article for kids to find out the answers to all of your questions about this common infection.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/kid/ill_injure/sick/mono.html

Herpes Simplex

Herpes simplex infections commonly cause either cold sores around the mouth or blisters in the genital area (also known as genital herpes).
Source: www.kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/herpes.html

How to Perform a Testicular Self-Examination

The testicular self-examination (TSE) is an easy way for guys to check their own testicles to make sure there aren't any unusual lumps or bumps - which are usually the first sign of testicular cancer.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/sexual_health/guys/tse.html Sign up for a monthly free self-exam reminder

What Is Trichotillomania?

Lots of teens don't think about losing their hair because it seems like something only adults need to worry about. But if you're a teen with trichotillomania, hair loss can be a serious reality.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/trichotillomania.html

What You Need to Know About Drugs

There's lot of stuff you need to know about different kinds of drugs - the most important being not to take them. Check out What You Need to Know About Drugs to find out more about individual drugs and their effects.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/kid/grow/index.html

What Are Wrinkles?

Wrinkles! Everyone gets them eventually, and most adults have them. Read this article to find out why , and also learn how you can prevent getting wrinkles while you're young.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/kid/grownup/getting_older/wrinkles.html

Acne Isn't About Chocolate

Despite what you may have heard, acne isn't caused by eating chocolate or drinking soda. Learn how to prevent and deal with acne in “Why Do I Get Acne?” in TeensHealth's Your Body section.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/index.html

High-Intensity Physical Training Improves Cardiovascular Fitness In Obese Adolescents

After school lifestyle education and physical training programs can benefit obese children and adolescents by altering their body compositions and providing primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/8059/8011/349198.html

What causes bad breath

"What causes bad breath?" If you've ever asked yourself this, you're not alone. TeensHealth gives the answers to questions that teens like you ask us all the time. Check to see if we've answered one of yours in Q & A.
Source: kidshealth.org/teen/question/index.html

What's the Right Weight for My Height?

Comparing your weight to your height is only one limited piece of information you can use in determining whether your body is healthy. Many factors need to be considered when evaluating your weight.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/dieting/weight_height.html


Tetanus (also called lockjaw or trismus) is a serious, often fatal disease that affects the muscles and nerves. It occurs when a certain type of bacterial infection grows in a contaminated wound.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/infections/bacterial_viral/tetanus.html

Date Rape: What You Should Know

Most people who have been raped knew the person who violated them. This article for teens explains what date rape is, offers tips for protecting yourself and what to do if you've been raped, and more.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/relationships/date_rape.html

Teens Prescription Drug Abuse On The Rise

A growing number of teenagers and young adults are abusing prescription drugs, a government report says, with non-medical use of pain relievers and tranquilizers reaching record highs.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC000/333/333/360177.html

Caffeine Tied to Sleepless Students

Study raises questions about presence of soda machines in schools.
Source: www.healthcentral.com/news/NewsFullText.cfm?id=511139

My Friend Is Talking About Running Away. What Should I Do?

Do you know someone who is having major problems? No matter how bad things get, running away is never a solution. Find out how to help your friend in this article.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/problems/runaway.html

Body Image Problems

Lots of people wish that something about their body was a bit different, but some people have a type of obsession with an aspect of their appearance - such as their nose - known as body dysmorphic disorder that can cause major distress. Learn more about body image problems in TeensHealth's Your Mind section.
Source: kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/index.html

Coping With Common Period Problems

Let's face it - your period can be a pain! Many girls have to deal with stuff like PMS and cramps. To get a better grip on what's going on with your body, check out our article about period problems.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/sexual_health/girls/menstrual_problems.html

A Guide to Eating for Sports

You've prepared for the game in almost every way possible: but now what should you eat? Check out this article to learn more about nutritional supplements, dehydration, performance foods, and more.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/nutrition/eatnrun.html

Generation X-Tra Large: Americans Getting Fatter Younger

Americans are getting fatter at younger ages, and the percentage of adults who are actually obese doubled since the 1960s, according to a new study of 9,179 U.S. adults.
Source: American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/9247/351443.html


Do you know someone who has autism? Autism is a developmental disorder that affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. Read this article for teens to learn more.
Source: http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/health_problems/diseases/autism.html

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Is your backpack weighing you down? There are lots of simple things you can do to take good care of your body. Check out TeensHealth's Body Basics section to find out more.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/body_basics/index.html

How Much Sleep Do I Need?

Until recently, teens were often given a bad rap for staying up late, oversleeping, and sleeping in class. Thanks to new studies, however, adults are beginning to understand - and sympathize with - these patterns.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/body_basics/how_much_sleep.html

Understanding Anemia

Anemia is common in teens because they undergo rapid growth spurts, when the body has a greater need for nutrients like iron. Read this article to understand more about anemia, including how to lower your risk of getting it and how it is treated.
Source: http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/health_problems/diseases/anemia.html


If you've ever had a testicular exam, your doctor may have mentioned that he was looking for swollen veins, or varicoceles. Varicoceles are generally harmless and nothing for guys to worry about.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/health_problems/diseases/varicocele.html

What Are Soy Foods?

You may have heard about soy foods in the news, including claims that soy prevents diseases such as cancer and heart disease. What is the story on soy? Read this article to take a closer look at soy and soy foods.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/nutrition/menu/soy.html

Urinary Tract Infections Common in Teens

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the second most common reason that teens visit the doctor. If you experience symptoms such as pain or burning during urination that might indicate a UTI, you'll need to visit your doctor. Learn more about dealing with common illnesses in TeensHealth's Infections.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/health_problems/index.html

Have a Chronic Illness? You're Not Alone

If you've been diagnosed with a chronic illness like diabetes or asthma, you may worry about being different from other teens. It's important to know that you are not alone. TeensHealth's Diseases and Conditions section has lots of helpful information.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/health_problems/index.html

Dealing With a Chronic Illness

If you suffer from a chronic illness or know someone who does, you know it can be anything but fun. But you have the opportunity to be better informed and more involved in your care and wellness than ever before. Read on for information and resources to help you deal.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/health_problems/diseases/deal_chronic_illness.html

Dealing with Your Parents' Divorce

Are you dealing with your parents' divorce? Are you trying to adjust to life in a blended family? If you're coping with family problems, you're not alone. Check out TeensHealth's Mind Matters section for some extra help and support.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/mind_matters/index.html

Compulsive Exercise

Compulsive exercise can lead to serious health problems. Many teens don't know when they've crossed the line from healthy activity to unhealthy compulsion. Find out how to tell in this article.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/nutrition/move/compulsive_exercise.html

Kidneys and Urinary Tract

The kidneys are bean-shaped and are each about the size of a child's fist. They perform several functions that are essential to health, the most important of which is to filter blood and produce urine.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/health_problems/library/kidneys.html

Smokeless Tobacco

Chewing, dipping, pinching: these terms are familiar to the millions of teens who use smokeless tobacco. If you're ready to quit or you want to learn more about smokeless tobacco, read this article.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/body_basics/smokeless.html

How can I tell if I'm depressed?

If you've ever asked yourself this, you're not alone. TeensHealth gives the answers to questions that teens like you ask us all the time. Check to see if we've answered one of yours in Q & A.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/question/index.html

How to Make Homework Less Work

Having trouble getting a handle on all of your homework? Get your work space set, your schedule organized, and your studying done using our article for teens.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/mind_matters/school/homework.html

What Is Cholesterol?

Before you start chomping on those cheese fries or that greasy burger, you might want to take a closer look at whether you're getting too much cholesterol.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/nutrition/menu/cholesterol.html

Physical Changes Mean a Balanced Diet

As a teen, you're going through a lot of physical changes. The fuel your body needs should come from a balanced diet that contains the proper nutrients. Check out TeensHealth's vitamin and minerals charts to get the scoop on what you should eat to look and feel great.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/nutrition/menu/vitamins_minerals.html

5 Ways to Heal a Broken Heart

If you feel like your heart has broken, you're not alone. Just about everyone experiences the type of grief we call heartbreak at one time or another.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/mind_matters/feelings/broken_heart.html

Why Are My Breasts Sore?

Just because breast soreness is common among teens doesn't mean you're not worried when it happens to you. Read this article to find out why your breasts are sore and what you can do about it.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/sexual_health/girls/sore_breasts.html

Hygiene Basics

As you've probably noticed, puberty causes all kinds of changes in your body - and some may not make you feel very desirable. Read this article for information on some hygiene basics - and learn how to deal with greasy hair, perspiration, and body hair.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/body_basics/hygiene_basics.html

Why Do I Need Testicular Exams?

If you're a guy, you may be wondering why the doctor needs to do a testicular exam. Find out why - and how - the doctor does this in our article.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/sexual_health/guys/testicles.html See also www.tcaw.org

Is Exercise Safe for Teens?

Many teens wonder whether regular exercise might stunt their growth or have other harmful effects. Read this Q & A to ease your mind and get the skinny on growing teens and exercise.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/nutrition/move/safe_exercise.html

What You Should Know About Date Rape

About 80% of people who have been raped knew the person who violated them. This article for teens explains what date rape is, tips for protecting yourself, what to do if you've been raped, and more.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/mind_matters/feelings/date_rape.html

Teens who use herbals more likely to abuse drugs

High school students who use herbal products may also be more likely to use cigarettes, alcohol and illicit drugs, researchers reported at the Society for Adolescent Medicine annual meeting. The 1999 survey of a random sample of more than 2,000 high school students living in Monroe County, New York found that about 29% of students said they used herbal products to either feel better or perform better in sports or school. Those students were almost six times as likely to use cocaine, almost seven times as likely to use methamphetamine, almost nine times as likely to use heroin, and about eight items as likely to use other illegal drugs.

It is suggested that youth keep open the lines of communication with their parents and with all of their sources of healthcare, including their conventional physician. Let the adults know what you are using, and how it is affecting you, so physicians can provide the best source of care possible. (Editor: Caution: All three studies were done at the same University. Know that many studies are conducted by vested interest groups, especially the "conventional" medical system. See where the money flows.)

Source: www.healthlinkusa.com/getpage.asp?http://www.reutershealth.com/cgi-bin/frame2?top=/tops/eline.html&left=/elinel.html&right=/archive/2002/03/11/eline/links/20020311elin017.html

Adults should get more involved with kids in community

While adults know it is important to interact and encourage children in their community, all too often that interaction does not occur, a survey shows.
Source: www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=47040&src=n43

Wrestlers may Leave the Mat with Fungal Infection

You might expect that wrestlers swap blood, sweat and tears during a match. However, new research shows they may walk away from the mat with yet another unwanted 'prize' -- a fungal infection.
Source: www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=46704&src=n43

Study suggests Ritalin abuse occurs on campus

A new survey of students at a small college in Massachusetts suggests that recreational use of the prescription stimulant methylphenidate--known also as Ritalin--may be happening on campuses across the country.

Source: www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=46457&src=n43

Kids say sports, hobbies help them avoid drugs

When asked what anti-drug efforts work, American children point to family ties, sports and hobbies as their personal "anti-drugs," according to survey findings released by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
Source: www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=46423&src=n43

'Sweet 16' Birthday Gift Causes Concern in Britain

Jenna Franklin is only 15 but she thinks she knows the secret to a successful future -- bigger breasts. Jenna's parents want their daughter to be happy, so they've agreed t!o pay for breast enlargements as a 16th birthday present. The unusual gift grabbed tabloid headlines Thursday, as Britons debated what kind of society places such a high value on appearance, particularly for young women.
Source: www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=46625&src=n43

Nose jobs are okay, but implants aren't?

While I agree that the British teenager whose mother wants to give her breast implants is too young for the surgery, I question all the fuss about this particular operation. Many teens get nose jobs or breast reductions -- why are those okay to do?
Source: www.healthcentral.com/drdean/DeanFullTextTopics.cfm?ID=46633&src=n43

Alcohol-abusing teens risk long-term problems

Most teenagers who are problem drinkers are not simply going through a "phase," new research suggests. Instead, kids who abuse alcohol often see their drinking problems and mental health worsen as they age. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=46359&src=n49

Program helps young girls accept their body size

Bombarded by media images of rail-thin celebrities and preyed upon by advertisers who use these images to set cultural standards of beauty, many girls are already veterans of the war on body fat by the time they reach puberty. www.healthce!ntral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=46522&src=n49

Pain relievers are overused by high school athletes

High school football players may! be putting themselves at risk for serious kidney damage. According to results of a recent study, most players take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are available over the counter, as often as every day without realizing that chronic use may cause serious gastrointestinal and kidney damage. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=45835&src=n43

Teen drug use holds steady in Y2K

Illicit drug use among teen-agers held steady in 2000 for the fourth straight year, and cigarette smoking declined significantly, the government reported Thursday. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=45878&src=n43

Teen ecstasy use bucks positive overall drug trends

Rates of illegal drug use among American teens remained stable between 1998 and 1999, continuing a plateau reached after a rise in drug use seen in the early 1990s, according to an annual national survey released Thursday by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=45910&src=n43

Young marijuana smokers at highest addiction risk

People who begin using marijuana early are more likely than others to become dependent, new findings show. In a study of over 2700 marijuana users in Ontario, Canada, those who started smoking at 17 years or later were twice as likely to eventually quit compared with those who started at 14 years or younger. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=45774&src=n43

Getting involved in school is good for teen health

Teens who feel more connected to their schools report better health and less risky health behavior than those who do not feel involved, according to results of a survey. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=44853&src=n43

Meningitis vaccine recommended for college students

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Meningitis Foundation of America are recommending that college students living in dorms be vaccinated against meningitis, a potentially fatal infection of the brain and spinal cord. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=45333&src=n43

School failure, peers predict high-risk teen behavior

Failing school, having too much free time and hanging out with the "wrong crowd" are better predictors of whether or not a teen will smoke, drink or be violence prone than race or income, according to Minnesota researchers. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=45291&src=n43

US report tackles youth obesity epidemic

In an effort to slim the burgeoning waistlines of America's youth, government agencies delivered a report to President Clinton outlining strategies to get children away from the television and into the playground. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=45221&src=n43

To sleep, perchance to do better on mid-terms

According to this Harvard study, sleep helps solidify our memory. I often thought, when I was in school, that I was better off studying a little and getting a good night's sleep than staying up all night to study. This research seems to support that.
Source: www.healthcentral.com/drdean/DeanFullTextTopics.!cfm?ID=45174&src=n43

What to do about skipping school meals?

Teens, are your school meals less than desirable? Parents, are you worried about your kid's nutrition? Active kids need to eat a solid breakfast and healthful foods or snacks during the day. Here are some ideas to keep teens in the game.
Source: www.healthcentral.com/FitorFat/FitorFatFullText.cfm?ID=44944&src=n43

How Do I Avoid The Freshman 15?

Q: I am a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania. I have been here for about a month and I am unhappy with how I'm feeling. I’m having a very hard time limiting what I eat. I find myself snacking all of the time. It’s also very hard to find good, quality food to eat in the campus dining halls.

I am a soccer player, so exercise is usually not the problem because I really enjoy it. The problem is I eat too much, I fully admit that. Do you have any tips for curbing the dreaded "munchies”?

A: Thanks for your letter. It sounds to me like you are doing great with your exercise -- like you said -- you like it and so it is easy. How fortunate you are. I am a soccer player too, and fully believe that it is one of the greatest exercises. It really builds up the stamina and strength. But, your question is about food. Dorm food is a dilemma. Here are some tips:

If you eat cafeteria style -- go through the line first without the tray to see what is being served. Decide what you want and then go back to select the food. This way you don't just pick up everything that looks good and end up with a tray full of too much food.

If nighttime munchies are a problem -- find a food that you like which is also low in fat and low in calories. You can keep yourself busy without filling up. How about rice cakes -- I know, yuck, but at least you are chewing and they are virtually air.

Or have a big glass of water with ice and lemon. Drink away.

Get your mind off the food. Take a step back and ask, "why." Are you really hungry? Are you just munching? Is there something satisfying that you could eat and be done with it.

I remember when I used to sit and study for hours I would look for any excuse to get up and do something else. And I would usually end up in front of the fridge. It was really bad when I lived in a sorority and we had creamy peanut butter and honey out all the time! I had to learn to avoid the temptation and to choose a healthier alternative.

But, the biggest thing in your favor is that you are recognizing the situation and you are exercising. So for you -- I am not worried. Hang in there.

Source: Written by Christina Bailey www.healthcentral.com/fitorfat/fitorfatfulltext.cfm?ID=42169&storytype=CBQuestions

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