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Only you can make the decision not to use tobacco, alcohol or drugs. This Web site is designed to give you the facts about tobacco, alcohol and drug use in Columbia. It will also provide you with resources to find factual information about the effects of alcohol and drugs, real stories from teenagers like yourself and answer any questions you might have.

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Overwhelmed teens struggle with diabetes management

Diabetic adolescents, struggling with the social and psychological burdens of managing the disease are likely to do a worse job of controlling it.

In the years after being diagnosed with diabetes, adolescents struggling with social and psychological burdens of managing the disease are likely to do a worse job of controlling it, according to a new US study.

Teens who reported a lower quality of life were more likely to have rising levels of haemoglobin A1c, a marker of elevated blood sugar over time and a sign of poor diabetes control.

“We need to intervene from a prevention standpoint,” said Korey Hood, a psychologist at the University of California, San Francisco and lead author of the study. “We need to do systematic screening of these psychosocial issues.”

Read more: http://www.health24.com/Lifestyle/Teen/News/Overwhelmed-teens-struggle-with-diabetes-management-20140611

Depression top cause of illness in adolescents

According to the WHO the world has not paid enough attention to the health of adolescents, and depression is the top global cause of illness and disability in this group.

Depression is the top global cause of illness and disability for adolescents, with suicide the third-biggest cause of death, according to the World Health Organization.

The finding is in a new report by the UN agency, which has pulled together a wealth of published evidence with direct consultations with 10 to 19-year-olds around the world to assess the health issues that affect them.

“The world has not paid enough attention to the health of adolescents,” says Flavia Bustreo, head of the WHO’s family, women and children’s health division.

Read more: http://www.health24.com/Lifestyle/Teen/News/Depression-top-cause-of-illness-in-adolescents-20140514

Cool teens may not come out on top

Children who place less focus on popularity, and more focus on becoming honest, helpful and hardworking, are the ones who may ultimately achieve success.

In true revenge-of-the-nerds fashion, a new study suggests that people who reach the pinnacle of “coolness” as young teens are more likely to end up less well-adjusted and competent as young adults.

This conclusion comes from tracking nearly 200 teens over a decade as they made their way through adolescence and early adulthood. The study suggests that children who place less focus on popularity, and more focus on becoming honest, helpful and hardworking, are the ones who may ultimately come out on top.

Read more; http://www.health24.com/Lifestyle/Teen/News/Cool-teens-may-not-come-out-on-top-20140613