Performance-Enhancing Supplements Popular Among Appearance-Conscious Teens

Performance-Enhancing Supplements Popular Among Appearance-Conscious Teens
Even teens who are not athletes are using performance-enhancing supplements in an attempt to enhance their appearance, the American Academy of Pediatrics warns in a new report. The supplements, which include steroids, diet pills and protein powders, are risky and unregulated, the group says. “Doctors think of performance-enhancing substance use as an athlete problem, but many non-athletes are using these substances for appearance enhancement,” said report co-author Dr. Michele LaBotz. Boys are most likely to use protein supplements, caffeine, steroids and creatine, HealthDay reports. Girls are most likely to use nonprescription weight-loss supplements. LaBotz noted many over-the-counter supplements are contaminated with steroids, stimulants, or toxic heavy metals, such as lead and mercury. Supplements spiked with stimulants put teens at higher risk for cardiovascular problems. “If you are one of the many teens already on stimulants for ADHD, you’re compounding the risk of heart problems,” she said. She warned teens against...
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E-Cigarettes the Most Widely Used Tobacco Product Among Teens

E-Cigarettes the Most Widely Used Tobacco Product Among Teens
E-cigarettes are now the most widely used tobacco product among teens, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). E-cigarette use rose among middle school and high school students from 2011 to 2015, the report found. Three million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2015, an increase of 2.5 percent from the previous year. Among high school students, e-cigarette use rose from 1.5 percent to 16 percent, according to the report. Among middle school students, e-cigarette use increased from 0.6 percent to 5.3 percent during that period. Overall, use of tobacco products by teens has not fallen since 2011, HealthDay reports. One-fourth of high school students use tobacco products. “E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth, and use continues to climb,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in a news release. “No form of youth tobacco use is safe....
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Teens with Severe Alcohol and Drug Problems Often Lack Concern for Others

Teens with Severe Alcohol and Drug Problems Often Lack Concern for Others
Teens with severe drug and alcohol problems often have a low regard for others, a new study suggests. They have higher rates of driving under the influence and having unprotected sex with a history of sexually transmitted disease, The Huffington Post reports. These teens are also less likely to volunteer their time helping others, the researchers report in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse . Helping others has been shown to help adult alcoholics stay sober, the article notes. “Alcoholics have been described as a ‘tornado running through the lives of others,’” said lead author Maria Pagano, PhD, an associate professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. “Results from this study suggest that alcoholics lack awareness of others and how their actions impact others, rather than being sociopaths or intending to harm others.” Pagano and colleagues studied 585 Ohio high school students....
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Parents More Likely to Let Teens Sip Alcohol if They Think Friends Drink Too

Parents More Likely to Let Teens Sip Alcohol if They Think Friends Drink Too
A study that looks at why parents allow their teens to sip alcohol concludes they are more likely to permit drinking if they think their child’s friends drink, too. “Parents may be supplying sips of alcohol in response to believing their child will be exposed to unsupervised alcohol use with their peers. However, they may be wrong in their belief, and may be prematurely introducing their children to a behavior that may have marked risks,” researchers write in Pediatrics. About 60 percent of teens have tasted alcohol by age 13, according to AAP News . The researchers note sipping alcohol may be a stepping stone to additional drinking by underage teens. Parents are a major supplier of alcohol, they found. Drinking by minors is associated with delinquent behavior and poor health, they add. A study published last year found children who are allowed to sip alcohol are more likely to...
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Study Suggests E-Cigarette Use in Teens May Lead Them to Try Regular Cigarettes

Study Suggests E-Cigarette Use in Teens May Lead Them to Try Regular Cigarettes
A new study suggests teens who try e-cigarettes are much more likely than their peers who don’t use the devices to try regular cigarettes. Among teens who did not use regular cigarettes but had tried e-cigarettes at the start of the study, 20 percent said they smoked their first regular cigarette one year later. In contrast, only 6 percent of nonsmoking teens who had not used e-cigarettes at the beginning of the study had tried regular cigarettes a year later. “E-cigarettes had a risk-promoting effect for onset of smoking,” the University of Hawaii researchers wrote in the journal Tobacco Control . The study included more than 2,000 high school students, who were asked in 2013 and 2014 whether they used e-cigarettes or regular cigarettes. The students were also asked questions to measure a number of other factors including their rebelliousness and willingness to seek out new experiences. Among the students,...
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Teens Who Misuse Prescription Drugs More Likely to Engage in Risky Sexual Behavior

Teens Who Misuse Prescription Drugs More Likely to Engage in Risky Sexual Behavior
Teens who misuse prescription medications are more likely to have sex and engage in risky sexual behavior, a new study concludes. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found teens who misused prescription drugs were more likely than their peers who didn’t use prescription drugs for recreational reasons to be sexually active, not use a condom, use drugs or alcohol before sex, and have more sexual partners. The more teens misused prescription drugs, the more likely they were to engage in all of these risky behaviors, the study found. Teens in the study misused drugs such as the prescription painkillers OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet or codeine; sedatives such as Xanax or Ativan, or stimulant drugs such as Ritalin or Adderall, HealthDay reports. The study of more than 29,000 high school students appears in Pediatrics. “About one out of every five high school students reported non-medical use of prescription drugs,”...
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Youth Exposed to Alcohol Ads More Likely to Consume Those Brands

Youth Exposed to Alcohol Ads More Likely to Consume Those Brands
A new report published online in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse shows that overall exposure to brand-specific alcohol advertising is a significant predictor of underage youth alcohol brand consumption, with young people ages 13-20 more likely to consume brands of alcohol that they have seen advertised, according to Science Daily . The new data found that youth are more than five times more likely to consume alcohol brands that advertise on national television, and 36 percent more likely to consume alcohol brands that advertise in national magazines, compared to brands that don’t advertise in these forms of media. The report was released by the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Boston University School of Public Health. It is believed to be the first study to examine the relationship between brand-specific advertising and brand-specific consumption of...
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Teens Are Smoking Less, Using Pot More

Teens Are Smoking Less, Using Pot More
American teens are smoking less, as much as a 64 percent drop in recent years, but a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that teen use of pot has doubled, according to HealthDay . Vince Wilmore, vice president for communications at Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, commented, “The nation’s remarkable progress in reducing youth smoking since 1997 is great news, but the battle is far from over.” Tracking smoking rates from 1997 to 2013, the report, published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, shows that nearly a third of white, black and Hispanic teens smoked cigarettes, cigars or marijuana in 2013. Wilmore continued, “This study reminds us that we know exactly what to do to further reduce smoking: increase tobacco taxes, enact smoke-free laws, fund effective prevention programs and implement hard-hitting mass media campaigns. These proven strategies must be continued and strengthened.”...
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