Underage Drinking Can Increase Breast Cancer Risk in the Future

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A recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that the more alcohol a young girl drinks between adolescence and their first full-term preganancy increases their risk of developing breast cancer later in life. If a female averages a drink per day during this time period, she increases her breast cancer risk by 13 percent and increases her risk of proliferative benign breast disease (which are noncancerous but can increase breast cancer risk) by 15 percent. This research continues to show the importance of this developmental period during a young woman's life in influencing her health in the future. 

Read more about the study at Science Daily.

Teens Continue to Report High Levels of Texting While Driving

Leizerman-Associates texting-while-driving-in-OhioA recent report presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting found that almost 43% of teens report texting while driving at least once in the past 30 days. The data was analyzed from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Youth Risk Behavior survey, which is conducted every two years and includes nearly 8,000 teens across the country. Texting while driving increases the risk of a motor vehicle accident 23 times, which may be a large factor in why motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens. These findings suggest that, in the future, phones need to be designed to help prevent this risky behavior in the future. 

Read more about the survey's findings at Science Daily

 

Will Fights with Your Brother or Sister Affect Your Health in the Future?

Researchers at the University of Missouri recently published a report in the scientific journal Child Development that found that conflicts about personal space and borrowing things without asking are associated with increased anxiety and lower self-esteem in teens a year after the incidents. Fights over fairness and equality, like whose turn it is to do chores, can result in depression in teens later also.

twins-fightingThe study used interviews and questionnaires to survey 145 pairs of siblings between the ages of 12 and 15. Participants rated different topics of possible conflict with siblings and noted the frequency and intensity of the arguments. Researchers then determined if there was a relationship between the arguments and teens' self-reported symptoms of depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem after a year.

Rather than having parents step in, which has been shown to make siblings relationships worse among teenagers, parents should attempt to prevent fights between siblings by setting household rules like knocking before entering each other's rooms and sticking to a calendar for chores and electronics use. Doing so may reduce conflict between siblings and improve their mental health in the future.

Read more at USA Today.