Mar 10, 2014 — It used to be parents worried that their kids were hanging out with the wrong crowd. Now they need to worry about hanging out with the wrong crowd on Instagram. But do online influences matter?
Mar 6, 2014 — One of the big arguments for cigarettes is that they are a safer alternative to smoking tobacco. But an analysis of teens finds that the rise of vaping hasn't led to a big drop in tobacco use.
Mar 3, 2014 — Studies show regular marijuana use by teens — once a week or more — affects areas dealing with memory and problem solving. That can hurt cognition and academic performance.
Feb 24, 2014 — Since most college students drink, why not lower the drinking age to 18? That would encourage more responsible behavior, some college presidents say. But a study says it would hurt more than help.
Feb 10, 2014 — How well people got along with their parents as teenagers affects how satisfied they are with romantic relationships as young adults. But if you were a rebellious teen, don't fret. Researchers say it's just one of many factors that influence your romantic life.
Feb 6, 2014 — Lack of sleep contributes to depression in teenagers, two studies find. Lack of exercise and lots of time online don't help, either. The solution, researchers say, is for parents to make sure their children are getting a good nine to 10 hours of sleep a night, even in high school.
Feb 4, 2014 — Blood pressure is just not on the radar of most young adults. But even slightly elevated pressure before age 25 can lead to higher heart disease risk in middle age, a study finds. Young people can reduce their risk by exercising, eating right and avoiding smoking.
Feb 4, 2014 — Cigarette smoking costs you a lot more than money, a graphic new ad campaign warns teenagers. It's the Food and Drug Administration's first foray into slick messaging aimed at keeping teens from taking up cigarettes. Most long-term smokers started as teens.
Jan 14, 2014 — Drug testing might keep kids on the straight and narrow, but it remains controversial. Students said their drug use was more influenced by their school's environment than by the threat of drug tests, according to a survey. But neither seemed to affect teenage drinking.
Jan 1, 2014 — When researchers put cameras and sensors in young drivers' cars, they found that good habits quickly evaporated as they gained confidence. They started texting, eating and talking with friends while driving. That led to more accidents and close calls.