Unapproved Weight-Loss Surgery Becoming More Common Among Teens

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Gastric banding has not being approved by the FDA for use in adolescents younger than age 18.

A type of weight-loss surgery not approved for adolescents is becoming more and more common among teens in California, according to a report published today.  Most of the patients are white girls, although they make up less than half of overweight youth, researchers say.

 

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Study: American Girls Hitting Puberty Earlier Than Ever Raising Health Concerns

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“Hitting puberty at a young age can be confusing and distressing.”

American girls are hitting puberty earlier than ever — a change that puts them at higher risk for behavioral problems as adolescents and breast cancer as adults, a new study shows.About 15% of 1,239 girls studied showed the beginnings of breast development at age 7, according to an article in today’s Pediatrics. One in 10 white girls, twice as many as in a 1997 study, showed breast growth by that age, as did 23% of black girls and 15% of Hispanic girls.

 

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Teenagers Find it Difficult to Concentrate Because Their Brains Are Undeveloped

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Teens and young adults brains similar to much younger children.

New research from the UK has found that teenagers and young adults find it hard to concentrate because their brains are more similar to those of much younger children than those of mature adults, with more grey matter but lower efficiency. The findings suggest the brain is not fully developed until people reach their late twenties or even early thirties, which is much later than previously thought.

 

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Web-Addicted Teens More Likely To Harm Themselves

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A survey of Chinese adolescents found that teens who are addicted to the Internet are twice as likely to harm themselves as other teens.The survey of 1,618 students aged 13 to 18 who were living in the Chinese city of Guangzhou in Guandong Province found that about 16% said they had harmed themselves in some way within the previous six months; 4.5% reported that they’d harmed themselves at least six times during that period.

 

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California’s Medical Marijauna Patients Expanded To Include Teenagers

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Medical marijuana, in tincture form.

At the Peace in Medicine Healing Center in Sebastopol, the wares on display include dried marijuana — featuring brands like Kryptonite, Voodoo Daddy and Train Wreck — and medicinal cookies arrayed below a sign saying, “Keep Out of Reach of Your Mother.”

The warning tells a story of its own: some of the center’s clients are too young to buy themselves a beer.

 

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1 In 3 Teenage Girls Gets Cervical Cancer Vaccine

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One in three teenage girls have rolled up their sleeves for a vaccine against cervical cancer, but vaccination rates vary dramatically between states, according to a federal report released Thursday. The highest rates were in Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, where more than half of girls ages 13 through 17 got at least one dose of the three-shot vaccination. The lowest rates were in Mississippi, Georgia and South Carolina, where fewer than 20% got at least one shot.

 

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Teens with Unpopular Names More Prone To Commit Crimes

Teens with Unpopular Names More Prone To Commit Crimes 

 

A new study in the journal Social Science Quarterly examined the relationship between first name popularity in adolescents and tendency to commit crime. Results show that, regardless of race, juveniles with unpopular names are more likely to engage in criminal activity.

David E. Kalist and Daniel Y. Lee of Shippensburg University analyzed state data by comparing the first names of male juvenile delinquents to the first names of male juveniles in the population.

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What Will Tech Savvy Moms Be Using In 2009?

What Will Tech Savvy Moms Be Using In 2009? 

Today’s time-starved, multi-tasking mothers are using more than band-aids and paper-based calendars to manage their hectic lifestyles and growing families. Mothers, now more than ever, are using technology such as video, blogs and wireless devices to multi-task through their busy days, using more than 5 separate technologies daily. 2009 stands to produce a record number of tech-savvy mothers bridging devices together to create everyday solutions.

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Shaming Some Children Makes Them More Aggressive

Shaming Some Kids Makes Them More Aggressive 

 

Aren’t you ashamed of yourself? All these years, you’ve been trying to build up your child’s self-esteem, and now a growing body of research suggests you may be making a big mistake. A study published in the December issue of Child Development finds that early adolescents with high self-esteem are more likely to react aggressively when they feel ashamed than their peers with lower levels of self-esteem.

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Neuroscientists Create “Body Swapping” Illusion

Nueroscientists Create “Body Swapping” Illusion 

From the outside, psychotherapy can look like an exercise in self-absorption. In fact, though, therapists often work to pull people out of themselves: to see their behavior from the perspective of a loved one, for example, or to observe their own thinking habits from a neutral distance.

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