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Teens Arrested For Robbing Same House Twice In One Day

GEORGIA: Police managed to nab two suspects in a home invasion after the pair of teens returned to burglarize the same house for the second time that day. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said they were called to the house after a neighbor spotted the two young men trying to break in. When officers arrived, the two tried to run but were quickly taken into custody. 18-year-old Jarrell Bankston was taken to Cherokee County Jail where he is being held on a $21,449 bond, and his 16-year-old accomplice was taken to a…

Teen night owls more prone to emotional and behavioral problems: study

HONG KONG: Adolescents who are naturally inclined to stay up late at night are more likely to suffer from insomnia as well as behavioral and emotional problems than their peers who prefer an earlier bedtime, a recent study suggests. Researchers surveyed 4,948 secondary school students in Hong Kong, ages 12 to 18, about their sleep habits and their physical and mental health. Overall, about 23 percent had a night owl or “eveningness” circadian rhythm, or a natural tendency to be late-to-bed and late-to-rise types. Night…

Serious knee injuries increasing in kids and teens, researchers warn

MELBOURNE: Injuries to a critical ligament in the knee are becoming more common in children and teens, researchers warn. Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) “are a significant public health issue” that put youngsters at risk for developing future health problems, said Dr. Louise Shaw of the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Victoria, Australia, coauthor of an infographic published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Over the course of a decade, the annual rate increase of ACL injuries in children and…

Depression in late teens linked to high school dropout: study

NEW YORK: Older teens struggling with depression are more than twice as likely to drop out of high school as peers without that mental illness or those who recovered from a bout of depression earlier in life, Canadian researchers say. Understanding that current or recent depression raises dropout risk may encourage schools to put a higher priority on mental health services, the study team writes in the Journal of Adolescent Health. “This is the first study of its kind to look at depression symptoms in the year before…

Sharp rise seen in self-harm among young teen girls in UK: report

LONDON: Reports of self-harm jumped nearly 70 percent among younger teen girls in the UK between 2011 and 2014, suggesting an urgent need for interventions targeted to this group, researchers say. Self-harm, such as self-poisoning or self-injury, is the strongest risk factor for subsequent suicide, and suicide is the second most common cause of death before age 25 worldwide, the study team notes in the journal The BMJ. “We found an increase in self-harm among girls aged 13-16 years of age not seen in any other age…

Why teens need to understand care plans for dying parents

LONDON: When children lose a parent during adolescence, their mental health as young adults may depend on how comfortable they were with the treatment and support provided at the end of their parents’ lives, a recent study suggests. To understand the lasting psychological impact of the death of a parent during adolescence, researchers surveyed young adults who had lost a parent to cancer six to nine years earlier, when they were 13 to 16 years old. Overall, 105 of the 593 young adults (18%) said they had little or no…

Putin tries to woo Russian teens with live TV show

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin on Friday took part in a live television show, fielding questions from Russian youngsters in an apparent bid to connect with teenagers who have been flocking to opposition rallies. Putin, his shirt collar unbuttoned, faced his young audience at an educational centre for gifted children from 10 to 17 year of age in the Black Sea city of Sochi for a show called "A Grown-up Conversation" televised by the pro-Kremlin NTV channel. The 64-year-old leader revealed gaping holes in his knowledge of…

Bullied teens become victims of depression, get addicted to smoking

NEW YORK: Children who are bullied in fifth grade are more likely to become depressed and experiment with drugs and alcohol during their teen years than their peers who weren’t victimized by other kids, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers followed almost 4,300 students starting in fifth grade, when they were around 11 years old. By tenth grade, 24 percent of the teens drank alcohol, 15 percent smoked marijuana and 12 percent used tobacco. More frequent episodes of physical and emotional bullying in fifth grade were…