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Preteens' HPV Shot Won't Encourage Early Sex, Study Says

Posted 4 days ago by

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 – Despite some parents' fears, girls who get vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) do not see it as permission to have sex, a new study finds. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause genital warts and cancers of the cervix, vagina, penis, anus and throat. Experts recommend that all kids ages 11 and 12 be immunized. "We already know this vaccine is ...

Health Tip: Protecting Yourself From Sexual Assault

Posted 8 days ago by

-- No one can prevent all instances of sexual assault. But the U.S. Office on Women's Health says there are things you can do to stay safer. Here are the agency's suggestions: Get to know someone well before spending time alone with him or her. Go to events with friends, and leave together. Meet a first date or new friend in a public place. Listen to your instincts and leave immediately if you ...

Sexual Assault Has Long-Term Mental, Physical Impact

Posted 16 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 – Decades-old allegations of sexual assault have consumed the nation for the past two weeks, as the Senate, the FBI and the public wrestle with what it all may mean for both the U.S. Supreme Court and American society at large in the age of #MeToo. The high-stakes debate is still unfolding. But now comes a new study that warns that sexual assault and harassment often take ...

Parents Teach Firstborns About Sex, But Not Their Later Kids

Posted 28 Sep 2018 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 – Younger siblings are less likely than firstborns to hear about the birds and the bees from their parents, a new study suggests. Instead, they may learn what's what from their older brothers and sisters, British researchers report. "Although there has been much research into how the order in which children are born into a family may impact psychological or social ...

Health Tip: When College Kids Should Go to the Doctor

Posted 26 Sep 2018 by

-- The closeness of college dorms and cafeterias means students are prone to getting sick or acquiring infections. Colleges typically have a medical facility on campus that students can go to if they feel sick, but a more serious illness may require a visit to the emergency room. The American Academy of Pediatrics says college students shouldn't ignore any of these symptoms that could mean a ...

Fewer American Teens Having Sex, Most Using Birth Control

Posted 21 Sep 2018 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 – In a finding that should ease parents' minds, new research shows that fewer American teens are having sex and most of those who do are using some form of birth control. But scientists also found that sexual violence has become more common among high school students and condom use has declined. "Many young people become sexually active during high school," said study ...

Health Tip: It's Back to School Time

Posted 10 Sep 2018 by

-- As teens and children re-enter the classroom after summer vacation, it's time for parents and teachers to instill healthy behaviors that should last into adulthood. That means discouraging alcohol use, drug use and violence, which studies have associated with lower grades, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Here are the agency's suggestions for parents: Talk openly with your ...

Teaching Your Kids Online Safety

Posted 29 Aug 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 – Limiting online access used to be the main parenting strategy to protect kids from internet hazards like cyberbullying and sexual predators. But research suggests that teaching them how to avoid these risks in the first place is a smarter and safer approach. Thanks to photo- and video-sharing apps, much of a teen's and even a preteen's social life is lived through ...

STD Rates Continue to Climb in U.S.

Posted 28 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 – The United States is experiencing a "steep and sustained" spike in sexually transmitted diseases, a new government analysis shows. Cases of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia all increased in 2017, making it the fourth straight year in which STD infections continued to expand. "The United States continues to have the highest STD rates in the industrialized world," said ...

Promoting HPV Vaccine Doesn't Prompt Risky Sex by Teens: Study

Posted 13 Aug 2018 by

MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 – Controversial state laws that promote vaccinating kids against the human papillomavirus (HPV) do not increase the likelihood that teens will engage in risky sexual behavior, a new study contends. "Parents and caregivers, as well as policy makers, should not be wary of policies or legislation related to HPV education or [vaccine] access, as our study does not show any ...

Frequent Sexting Can Weaken Committed Relationships

Posted 10 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 – Sexting can lead to dissing. That appears to be one takeaway from a small survey of North American adults in committed relationships who share explicit visuals and/or texts via mobile phones with each other. While the survey suggests that some couples who engage in sexting do see improvements in their real-world sex life, the virtual practice was linked to a rise in ...

Global Aid Programs Shortchange Teen Health Needs: Study

Posted 10 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 – Teen health in developing countries is vastly underfunded, researchers report. While teens represent 26 percent of people in developing countries, teen health received just 1.6 percent of global development aid for health between 2003 and 2016, the study found. And very little of that money was directed to serious teen problems such as anemia, depression and injuries, ...

Online Daters Are Really Looking for Their Better Half

Posted 8 Aug 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 – Most people seeking romantic partners online try for someone "out of their league." That's the conclusion of researchers who analyzed data from online dating networks in Boston, Chicago, New York and Seattle. They found most of the people contacted prospects who were considered 25 percent more desirable than the seeker. The study, published Aug. 8 in the journal Science ...

Sex, Drugs Hold Less Allure for Today's High Schoolers

Posted 14 Jun 2018 by

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 – Today's teens are a much tamer lot, a new U.S. government survey finds. Fewer high school students are turning to sex or drugs, with the 2017 rates the lowest reported since the survey began in 1991, said researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The health of our youth reflects the nation's well-being," CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said ...

Tragedy of Child Sexual Abuse Takes Financial Toll, Too

Posted 4 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 – Child sexual abuse in the United States exacts an enormous economic toll, researchers report. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health calculated that in 2015 alone, the costs associated with the aftermath of abuse exceeded $9 billion. That figure included costs associated with health care, child welfare, special education, violence and crime, ...

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