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The internet is one of a range of health information sources available to adolescents. It is recognised that young people have difficulties accessing traditional health services; in theory, the internet offers them confidential and convenient access to an unprecedented level of information about a diverse range of subjects. This could redress adolescents'(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the extent to which the 2007 definitions for severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] > or = 99th percentile for age and gender) and morbid obesity (BMI > or = 40kg/m(2)) affects different groups of American children and adolescents and has increased over time. METHODS Analysis of nationally representative data from the National Health(More)
OBJECTIVES We assessed trends in use of electronic cigarettes among U.S. adults, demographic predictors of use, and smoking status of current electronic cigarette users. METHODS Mixed-mode surveys were used to obtain representative, cross-sectional samples of U.S. adults in each of 4 years. RESULTS Sample sizes for 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 were 3,240,(More)
INTRODUCTION People worldwide depend upon daily fish consumption as a major source of protein and other nutrients. Fish are high in nutrients essential for normal brain development, but they also contain methylmercury (MeHg), a neurotoxicant. Our studies in a population consuming fish daily have indicated no consistent pattern of adverse associations(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the longitudinal effect of abuse by an intimate partner on risk behavior among adolescents. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS Linear regression analyses of longitudinal data from 4443 adolescents surveyed in 1995 (Wave I) and 1996 (Wave II) from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health Public Use Dataset. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES(More)
PURPOSE To examine the current experience of school-based health centers (SBHCs) in meeting the needs of children and adolescents, changes over time in services provided and program sponsorship, and program adaptations to the changing medical marketplace. METHODS Information for the 1998-1999 Census of School-Based Health Centers was collected through a(More)
OBJECTIVE The belief that college students gain 15 lbs during freshman year is widespread, yet the evidence for this is limited. The authors aimed to determine whether college students gain weight during freshman year. PARTICIPANTS The authors studied unmarried freshmen living on-campus at a private university in the northeastern United States. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in a random sample of adolescents living in Monroe County, New York. METHODS Questions about use of a variety of CAM therapies in the previous 6 months were asked of adolescents during a random-digit-dial telephone survey. RESULTS A total of 54% of the 361(More)
PURPOSE Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing, but some dietary supplements have potentially negative side effects. This study examines CAM and dietary supplement use among a national sample of adolescents. METHODS A total of 1280 adolescents 14-19 years old completed an online survey in 2002 about lifetime and past-30-day use(More)