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Is the Internet Driving Porn Addiction Among School-Aged Kids?

Is the Internet Driving Porn Addiction Among School-Aged Kids?

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Nathan Haug is an upstanding high school student, on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout.  He has a high GPA, serves on the student council and swims competitively.  But Haug had a secret he kept hidden from hi…

Teens Getting Drunk on Hand Sanitizer

Teens Getting Drunk on Hand Sanitizer

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — As many as six California teenagers were hospitalized with alcohol poisoning last month, and two last weekend alone, from drinking hand sanitizer.Coming on the heels of cough medicine, hand sanitizer is the latest in a…

Can Teens Game Away Their Depression?

Can Teens Game Away Their Depression?

University of Auckand/Metia Interactive(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) — Teenagers seem to be doing everything in front of a computer screen these days — watching movies, homework, socializing. So the idea that a computer game could treat depression in these…

Study: New Blood Test Can Screen Teens for Depression

Study: New Blood Test Can Screen Teens for Depression

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Blood tests have long been the diagnostic standard for diagnosing teenage diseases, such as mono and diabetes.  Now, researchers have developed a blood test that can diagnose depression in teens, a step they ho…

Lady Gaga Criticized for ‘Pop Singers Don’t Eat’ Twitter Post

Lady Gaga Criticized for ‘Pop Singers Don’t Eat’ Twitter Post

PRNewsFoto/Interscope Records(NEW YORK) — Lady Gaga was likely joking when she tweeted on Tuesday about eating a salad while secretly craving a cheeseburger, and added the hashtag “#PopSingersDontEat.”  But now, the singer, who’…

Is YouTube Helping ‘Choking Game’ Resurge Among Teens?

Is YouTube Helping ‘Choking Game’ Resurge Among Teens?

LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Called the choking game, the pass-out game or even California knockout, it has resurged among kids and young teens who see it on online video-sharing sites.The choking game, in which a person uses auto-asphyxi…

Binge-Drinking Teenage Girls Can Black Out, Get Into Trouble

Binge-Drinking Teenage Girls Can Black Out, Get Into Trouble

File photo. Monkey Business/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After a few too many drinks, Holley, once a teenage binge drinker, was barreling down a highway at 90 miles per hour and running red lights. She said she didn’t remember doing it until she saw hersel…

Electronic Devices a Leading Distraction for Teen Drivers

Electronic Devices a Leading Distraction for Teen Drivers

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — When it comes to teenagers behind the wheel, the use of electronic devices — to text or to talk on a hands-free phone — is the No. 1 distracted-driving behavior, according to the findings of a new study…

Maryland Teen Threatened Suicide If School Doesn’t Stop Cyber Bullying

Maryland Teen Threatened Suicide If School Doesn’t Stop Cyber Bullying

Comstock/Thinkstock(GAMBRILLS, Md.) — A Maryland teenager who identified herself only as Sarah was so frustrated with what she said was her high school’s nonchalant attitude towards her reports of bullying that she went online and threatened suicide i…

Facebook Shuts Down ‘Most Beautiful Teen’ Page

Facebook Shuts Down ‘Most Beautiful Teen’ Page

Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A Facebook page that solicited sexy pictures from teenagers hoping to be named the “The Most Beautiful Teen in the World” has been taken down after it sparked outrage from concerned parent…

Bullied Teen Hangs Self After Writing She Loves ‘All My Haterz’

Bullied Teen Hangs Self After Writing She Loves ‘All My Haterz’

File photo. Hemera/Thinkstock(VANCOUVER, Wash.) — A 14-year-old girl whose Facebook page says she loves “all my haterz” has committed suicide after enduring two years of bullying by her female classmates, her family claims.Eden Wormer, an eighth grad…

Surgeon General: 1 in 4 High School Seniors Smokes

Surgeon General: 1 in 4 High School Seniors Smokes

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Despite decades of anti-smoking education, one in four U.S. high school seniors still smokes. And three in four high school smokers continue to smoke as adults, according to a new report from the U.S. Surgeon Gener…

Could Vitamin D Be Linked with Lower Stress Fracture Risk in Girls?

Could Vitamin D Be Linked with Lower Stress Fracture Risk in Girls?

FogStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — We hear a lot about the benefits of vitamin D — the so-called “sunshine vitamin.” Now research has found that vitamin D appears to increase bone strength in teenage girls. A new study published in the Archives of P…

Boyfriends’ Money Affects Teen Girls’ Condom Use

Boyfriends’ Money Affects Teen Girls’ Condom Use

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — Teen girls whose primary source of spending money comes from their boyfriends are less likely to use condoms, according to a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.Researchers from Johns Hopkins Schoo…

Teen YouTube Videos Shed Light on Self-Esteem Issues

Teen YouTube Videos Shed Light on Self-Esteem Issues

Naomi Gibson(NEW YORK) — Naomi Gibson, who lives just outside Denver, always makes a point to tell her 13-year-old daughter, Faye, that she’s beautiful. So when she started getting calls from media asking to interview Faye about a video she had posted…

Surgeon Gave Teen Daughter Breast Implants

Surgeon Gave Teen Daughter Breast Implants

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.) — A California plastic surgeon is keeping it in the family by performing multiple cosmetic procedures on his own young daughters.Dr. Michael Niccole, founder of the CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center in Ne…

Teen Driver Deaths Increase in First Half of 2011: New Report

Teen Driver Deaths Increase in First Half of 2011: New Report

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The number of 16 and 17-year-old drivers killed in automobile-related incidents increased 11 percent during the first six months of the year 2011, according to a new report.Data released by the Governors Highway Safety …

Missing Alaska Teen Filed Protective Order Against Stranger, Dad Says

Missing Alaska Teen Filed Protective Order Against Stranger, Dad Says

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — The tearful father of missing Alaska teenager Samantha Koenig, who was abducted by an armed man, said that she filed a protective order against a man in November but was too scared to follow it through.”She …

Nate Anderson Given 20-Year Sentence for Killing Sister

Nate Anderson Given 20-Year Sentence for Killing Sister

Hemera/Thinkstock(TYLER, Texas) — A Texas teenager will spend at least the next decade of his life in prison for shooting his sister in the head four times.Nate Anderson, 16, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Thursday in a Tyler, Texas, courtroom…

Teens as Young as 14 Engaging in Group Sex, Study Finds

Teens as Young as 14 Engaging in Group Sex, Study Finds

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — A study of girls at Massachusetts health clinics found that one in 13 said they had participated in group sex — and that the behavior was strongly associated with pornography and child abuse.Although the study, publ…

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