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As Minds Get Quicker, Teenagers Get Smarter

Adolescents become smarter because they become mentally quicker.

Sleepy Teens More Likely to Have Risky Behavior

Most teens don't get enough sleep, putting them at greater risk for a slew of unhealthy behaviors, from physical inactivity to fighting, according to a new U.S. study.

Cost of Raising a Child Skyrockets

The cost of raising a child from birth to age 18 for a middle-income, two-parent family (not including college), has skyrocketed nearly 40% -- or more than $60,000 -- from 10 years ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Diet Key to Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Problems

Researchers have found that poor diet may be a risk factor for mental health problems during adolescence.

What's Hot? 9/23/11

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Family Dinners Linked to Less Risky Behavior in Teens

"The Importance of Family Dinners VII" study shows that teens who eat dinner five to seven times a week with their families are less likely to engage in at-risk behaviors than teens who had fewer than three family dinner per week.

Another Teen Suicide Linked to Bullying

14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer was found dead after an apparent suicide. He left no note. But his parents say he was bullied for years in middle school.

Few Suicidal Teens Get the Help They Need

More than 70% of teenagers with suicidal thoughts don't obtain mental health services, a new study shows.

Stroke Rates Rising in Teens, Young Adults

U.S. teens and young adults are increasingly being sent to hospitals with cases of strokes, according to a new study.

What's Hot? 9/16/11

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Teen Depression Linked to Time Online, Video Gaming

A new University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences study links depression in teenagers to the amount of time they spend on the Internet and playing video games.

Not My Kid: Parents Severely Underestimate Teens' Drug and Alcohol Use

A new study finds that most parents are concerned about substance use by teenagers and believe that more than half of 10th-graders drink alcohol (just not their own 10th-grader).

Teens Who Date More Likely to Become Depressed

In a new study of more than 8,000 American adolescents, researchers have found that dating increases the incidences of depression.

'Sleep Debt' Tied to Attention Trouble in Teens

High school students who catch up on sleep over the weekend do worse on attention tests in school than kids who don't get extra shuteye, according to a new study.

Illegal Drug Use Up in U.S.

The number of Americans using illegal drugs has continued to rise, reaching 22.6 million, or 8.9 percent of the population, in 2010, a new government survey shows.

Children More Likely to Drink and Drive if Parents Drink

Parents who drink -- even moderately -- may increase the risk that their children will drive under the influence as adults, a new study has found.

What's Hot? 9/9/11

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

March Break is Prime Time for Teen Conception

A new study suggests that the conception rate in March among adolescents in that region is higher than other months and could be linked to the annual break students get from their studies.

Absent Fathers Affect Boys' Development, Behaviors

Boys who grow up without a dad around are more likely to reach puberty later, but father their own children earlier, according to a new study.

Apps, Social Networks Pose New Threat to Kids

There is a rising threat to kids who habituate the Internet: the likelihood that a popular mobile app or social-networking service will invade their privacy.

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