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Girls as young as 7 are being sexually bullied
Girls as young as seven are experiencing sexual taunts from boys, according to U.K. charity Girlguiding.
This intensifies into sexual harassment during their teenage years. More than half of girls surveyed, aged between 11 and 16, said that teachers had told them to ignore incidents of sexual harassment, or dismiss them as "banter."
Teen hookah and snus users more likely to move on to cigarettes
Kids who smoke hookah or use snus are more likely to move on to cigarettes, according to a new study.
“Hookah and snus could directly lead to cigarette smoking either by introducing teens to the practice of inhaling smoke, in the case of hookah, or creating an addiction to nicotine that can be better satisfied by cigarette smoking in the case of snus,” said lead author Samir Soneji of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Growth hormone usage rises among teens
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Friday nights in the fall mean high school football. But that wholesome slice of Americana also contains a dark undercurrent — a marked rise in the use of human growth hormone by high school aged students.
In a recent survey of 3,705 kids, 11 percent of teens in grades 9 through 12 reported having used synthetic human growth hormone without a prescription.
Study says boys may actually be meaner than girls
Move over, Mean Girls. It turns out that boys might actually be the crueler ones.
A new study from the University of Georgia published in the journal Aggressive Behavior reveals that when it comes to being mean to your peers, it’s not girls who rule the school, but boys.
HPV vaccine does not encourage teen girls to have riskier sex
Headlines & Global News
Researchers have determined that the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine does not impact teenage girls' sexual behavior.
In the past, concerns have been raised that the vaccine, which guards against four types of the virus known to cause genital warts and cervical cancer, could give girls a false sense of security and cause them to have riskier sex, Queen's University reported.
Short sleep and breathing problems increase obesity risk for kids
Medical News Today
Prof. Karen Bonuck — lead researcher from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, New York — says lack of sleep "has become a well-recognized risk for childhood obesity."
She adds that sleep-disordered breathing is also a risk factor for obesity and includes snoring and sleep apnea.
NIH to end controversial children's study
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is cancelling the National Children’s Study (NCS), a controversial and long-delayed plan to follow the health of 100,000 U.S. children from birth to age 21, NIH director Francis Collins announced recently.
The move follows the release of a report, from a working group created by the NIH director's advisory committee, that concluded "the NCS, as currently outlined, is not feasible.”
Child in school class can be bully, victim and defender at the same time
Primary school pupils are sometimes the bully, the victim and the defender all at the same time. That is because groups of friends exist within a school class where a child usually defends its own group, is sometimes regarded a bully by another group and is sometimes bullied by yet another group. Children can sometimes occupy several roles at once because they are often involved in different relationships that are still subject to change.
Big US school districts plan switch to antibiotic-free chicken
Six of the largest U.S. school districts are switching to antibiotic-free chicken, officials said on Dec. 9, pressuring the world's top meat companies to adjust production practices in the latest push against drugs used on farms.
The move by districts in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Texas, Miami-Dade County and Orlando County, both in Florida, is intended to protect children's health amid concerns about the rise of so-called "superbugs," bacteria that gain resistance to conventional medicines, school officials said.
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