teens

National Cancer Institute

Rhode Island’s immunization rates for teenagers are among the highest in the country, according to new data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hasbro Study: Cyber-Bullying May Be Causing PTSD In Teens

Feb 20, 2016
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Hasbro Children’s Hospital researcher Dr. Megan Ranney says nearly a quarter of the teens in a recent study reported signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. Ranney surveyed more than 350 teenagers who landed in Hasbro’s emergency room for various reasons. She says she was surprised by the high rate of PTSD symptoms, and she believes it relates to cyber-bullying.

Teen Suicide Attempts Up, But Why?

Jun 19, 2014

National survey results (officially the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System survey) came out this week showing that, in Rhode Island, teen suicide attempts have nearly doubled over the past decade. Unacceptable.

RI Teens Making Healthier Choices? That Depends.

Jun 16, 2014

It depends on what you define as progress, or on what you define as an acceptable risk.

Every two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts out results from its latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey, or YRBS. Teens are surveyed about all kinds of risky and healthy behaviors, from how likely they are to wear a bike helmet to whether or not they've eaten fruits or vegetables in the past week, as well as the usual suspects like smoking and unprotected sex.