Teen Health News & Features
Less Than Half of Adolescents With Depression Got Help in 2021
- Romance, Breakup Can Disrupt Adolescents’ Sleep, Research Finds
October 3, 2023 — Starting romantic relationships or going through a breakup can have a negative impact on adolescents’ sleep patterns, according to a new study.
- Teens Get Hundreds of Smartphone Notifications Daily: Study
September 27, 2023 — Some kids pick up their smartphones only a couple of times a day, and others check their notifications up to 498 times in 24 hours. Daily usage ranges from a few minutes to 16 hours, according to new research based on Android phone data tracked with permission.
- Semaglutide ‘Highly Effective’ for Weight Loss in Teens: Study
July 10, 2023 — Almost half of teenagers with obesity taking the popular drug semaglutide (Ozempic, Wegovy) lost enough weight over almost a year and a half to move to an overweight or healthy body mass index, or BMI, category.
- Study Says Casual Pot Use Harmful to Teens
May 18, 2023 — Teenagers who use marijuana recreationally are 2 to 3 times more likely to have depression and suicidal thoughts than those who don’t use it.
- Eating Disorders in Teenagers on the Rise
May 1, 2023 — The number of teenagers being treated for eating disorders is increasing, experts say. From 2018 to 2022, health care visits for eating disorders in people younger than 17 went up 107.4%, according to a report released by Trilliant Health.
- Frequency of Social Media Use Affects Teen Brains, Study Says
January 4, 2023 — Teenagers who frequently check their social media accounts develop heightened sensitivity to feedback from peers, according to new research from the University of North Carolina. Those teens who frequently checked their Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat feeds at 12 became more sensitive to receiving social rewards from their peers.
- Teen Brains Aged Faster During the Pandemic: Study
December 2, 2022 — Besides causing mental health problems in some teenagers, the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic also sped up the aging process in adolescents’ brains, a new study says.