Approximately 8,000 American teens aged 14 and 15 suffer pedestrian accident-related injuries each year. Researcher s at the University of Alabama at Birmingham wondered whether sleep deprivation could be at the root of the problem.
In a virtual-reality setting in the university’s Youth Safety Lab, the scientists simulated a pedestrian street-crossing situation. Then they evaluated the behaviors of teens crossing the street based on the number of hours of sleep they had the night before. The teens were allowed either 4 hours or 8 ½ hours of sleep. View full article »
Each day, nearly 3,900 children under age 18 try their first cigarette, and more than 950 of them will become habitual smokers. New research demonstrates that regular exercise can help teens who smoke to kick the habit. View full article »
As young children become teenagers, often parents take a few steps back and become less involved in their lives. But research conducted by the Community Preventive Services Task Force demonstrated that teens whose parents are engaged in their lives are more likely to practice healthy behaviors and be academically successful. The Task Force is an independent, nonfederal, unpaid panel of public health and prevention experts appointed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct research on community issues and develop appropriate solutions. View full article »