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How 10 Happy Friends Can Alter Your Depression

Researchers say depression doesn't spread

(Newser) - Happiness is contagious, but depression doesn't rub off on you, according to a new study out of England. Researchers examined data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health to study the moods of some 2,000 American high school students, according to a press release . By... More »

High Schools Start Classes Way Too Early

Teens need to get more sleep, CDC says

(Newser) - Teenagers who think high school interferes with valuable sleeping time might be surprised to find out that government experts agree with them. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control for Prevention says most middle and high schools in America are starting classes too early, meaning teenagers aren't... More »

Study: Teen Pot Smokers Turn Out A-OK

Results of 22-year study are 'a little surprising,' say researchers

(Newser) - Previous studies have found teen marijuana use could result in cancer, asthma, respiratory problems, and psychotic symptoms like delusions and hallucinations over time. That's why researchers say the results of a new long-term study following teen pot smokers into their 30s are "a little surprising." Researchers who... More »

Teens Come to Aid of Friend in Stalled BMW, Are Killed

Jonah Mosaphir and Gabrielle Camps were a couple, had recently graduated

(Newser) - An act of friendship ended in tragedy in Florida in the wee hours of the morning. Police say Giovanni Martinez, 19, was driving a BMW that stalled in Miramar; he called three friends to ask for help around 1am Monday. They all showed up, and an additional person stopped to... More »

Teen Kills Brother, 6, Then Himself During Dinner: Cops

Older brother injured in what Florida cops say was prompted by fight over food

(Newser) - An evening meal among three brothers ended in tragedy yesterday evening in Hudson, Fla. A 13-year-old boy shot and killed his 6-year-old brother, cops say, then wounded his 16-year-old brother before killing himself, the AP reports. The boys' mother was at work and an 18-year-old brother wasn't around. What... More »

What's Driving British Teen Girls to Join ISIS?

Aqsa Mahmood went from 'Harry Potter' fan to radical 'poster girl'

(Newser) - Three missing London teenagers appear to have traveled to Syria to join ISIS, despite their parents' impassioned pleas—and one catalyst in the decision may have been a like-minded young woman from Scotland. Aqsa Mahmood, who at 20 is just a few years older than the trio, was once a... More »

Babies' Bond With Parents Helps Fight Teen Anxiety

Researchers point to value of forging an early connection

(Newser) - The bond a baby forges with his or her parents may have big implications for the child's mental health as a teenager, a study finds. Researchers evaluated children's behavior starting at the age of four months, watching how they reacted to seeing their mothers after a period apart,... More »

Teen Battling Internet Addiction Cuts Off Own Hand

19-year-old is hospitalized in China, where 14% of youth may be addicted

(Newser) - About 14% of China's youths may be addicted to the Internet, says a psychologist; he runs a rehab center, or " boot camp ," that takes a tough approach to the weaning process, the Telegraph reports (a New York Times video makes the place look like a prison). Others,... More »

Teen Spears Shark He Watched Kill Friend

Jay Muscat, 17, dies after shark bites leg

(Newser) - A 17-year-old Australian boy is dead after being attacked by what authorities suspect was a 13-foot-long great white—and a friend who was alongside him managed to survive after shooting the animal with his spear gun. "The shark hit me first, then attacked Jay," Matt Pullella wrote on... More »

Survey: Teens More Into E-Cigs Than Regular Ones

9% of 8th-graders used e-cigarette in past month, study finds

(Newser) - Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds. Even as tobacco smoking by teens dropped to new lows, use of e-cigarettes reached levels that surprised researchers. The findings marked the survey's first attempt to measure the use of e-cigarettes... More »

When School Starts Earlier, Teen Car Crashes Rise

Study compares accidents in 2 similar counties

(Newser) - School start times may be more than just annoying for teenagers: They could actually be dangerous, a study reported in the New York Times suggests. Researchers studying two demographically similar counties in Virginia found that crash rates among 16- to 18-year-olds were higher in the county where teens must wake... More »

Teen Contraception Study Has 'Startling' Results

72% opted for IUDs, implants; pregnancy and abortion rates plummeted

(Newser) - A new American Academy of Pediatrics policy backing long-acting contraceptives is getting a boost from a new study on their efficacy in teens. Though less than 5% of teenagers use IUDs or hormonal implants, 72% of 1,404 female participants—aged 14 to 19, including some who previously had unintended... More »

Armpit Hair Fire Triggers Car Crash

A prank on a driver goes very wrong in Boise, Idaho

(Newser) - Police say five teenagers are lucky to be alive after an early Sunday rollover crash in Boise, Idaho. The cause? Burning armpit hair. Three boys and two girls, aged 15 to 18, suffered non-life-threatening injuries—a fortunate feat as police say none were wearing seat belts and two were thrown... More »

Hey, Kids: Botox Could Hurt Your Emotional Development

Researcher fears 'blank-faced' generation

(Newser) - People under 25 are increasingly seeking Botox injections, and the phenomenon could threaten their emotional development, researchers say. A theory known as the "facial feedback hypothesis" holds that recreating others' facial expressions could be central to adolescents' emotional growth, says aesthetic nurse practitioner and researcher Helen Collier. But a... More »

Japanese Girl Charged With Decapitating Friend

Police not revealing suspect's name because she's a minor

(Newser) - A 16-year-old Japanese girl described by friends as emotionally unstable has been charged with bludgeoning and decapitating a 15-year-old friend, telling police "I did it all by myself," the Japan News reports. The body of Aiwa Matsuo was found early yesterday in the suspect’s Sasebo apartment, where... More »

Aunt Creates Fake Facebook Profile, Things Go Quite Awry

...when niece asks fake 'friend' to kill her aunt

(Newser) - Today in unexpected twists—what began as an attempt to teach a 19-year-old a life lesson turned into a murder-for-hire plot that has landed that same teen in Tuscaloosa County Jail. This is how it went down: AL.com reports that Marissa Williams often invited strangers she met on Facebook... More »

More Teens Are Smoking ... Coffee?

It's all fun and games until the vomiting and dizziness kicks in

(Newser) - "Barista, would you roll me a robust Columbian blend?" We're not quite there yet, but more teenagers are smoking coffee rather than drinking it and posting videos of the practice online, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Only problem: It seems unsafe, with users reporting hallucinations, vomiting, dizziness, and trouble... More »

400 Teens Plow Through Brooklyn Mall

Unaccompanied minors briefly banned after reported fights

(Newser) - The day after Christmas, some 400 teens burst into a Brooklyn mall, and fights and looting ensued, according to New York Post sources. The kids reportedly thought—incorrectly—that the rapper Fabolous was going to perform at Kings Plaza. "I was begging them to stop. There were a lot... More »

Yep, Teens Hate Facebook, but It Doesn't Matter

Big European study confirms trend, but Zuckerberg has bigger goals

(Newser) - A comprehensive study in Europe confirms a not-so-surprising point about teenagers: They're ditching Facebook in large numbers for other services such as Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram, reports the Guardian . In fact, the lead researcher uses the phrase "dead and buried" to describe how teens feel about Facebook in... More »

Knockout Game 'Trend' Is Just a Racist Myth

Reports 'part of ongoing demonization of black teens': Robin Abcarian

(Newser) - Reports have been flying about a game called "Knockout," in which teens punch innocent passersby for fun. And conservative outlets are blasting the politically correct-minded mainstream media for neglecting to mention the supposed fact that African-American teens are behind the attacks, writes Robin Abcarian in the LA Times... More »

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