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December 12th, 2011
11:32 AM ET

Study: Family-centered programs way to prevent substance abuse in teens

High school can be a scary time for teenagers and parents. The chances for drinking, drug use and depression all increase once a teen heads to high school, and there aren't as many resources available to help deal with these problems in the more rural parts of the country.

However, a new study conducted by the Center for Family Research at the University of Georgia suggests that family-centered programs may be a way to prevent these increases.

Today on American Morning, CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen breaks down the study and explains what tactics parents can employ to raise drug-free teens.

Filed under: Health • Kids
December 8th, 2011
10:13 AM ET

Popular birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin linked to increased blood clot risk

Yaz and Yasmin were once marketed as "wonder drugs," used by millions of women across the country. But these two popular birth control pills may have some very dangerous side effects. 

New research shows that the pills are linked with a higher risk of blood clots. The FDA is holding a hearing Thursday to discuss these health concerns.

CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen previews the hearing with Carol Costello and Alina Cho.

Filed under: Health
December 7th, 2011
08:54 AM ET

Study: kids' cereals loaded with sugar

A new study says that children's cereals are loaded with sugar.  The study found that some popular cereals even have more sugar than chocolate chip cookies or Twinkies!  These cereals are now being blamed for contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic.

CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen tells Carol Costello and Christine Romans which cereals parents should avoid and presents some healthier breakfast options for kids.

Filed under: Health
December 6th, 2011
09:30 AM ET

Study: few doctors telling parents their kids are obese

Childhood obesity has been called a national epidemic.  One in three American children are either overweight or obese.  To make matters worse, many parents aren't even aware their kids have a weight problem because many doctors fail to let them know.

Alina Cho and Carol Costello speak with CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen to discuss what parents can do to be more empowered about their children's weight.

Filed under: Health
December 2nd, 2011
11:12 AM ET

Study: Foster children prescribed more psychotropic drugs

Foster children are being prescribed psychotropic drugs at a rate that's two to four times higher than non-foster care children, a new GAO report finds. And in many cases, the study found that the drugs being used aren't even approved for use in young children. The report looked at prescriptions being given to kids on Medicaid in five states.

Alina Cho and Christine Romans talk with CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen to discuss why so many foster children are being prescribed these drugs.

Filed under: Health
December 1st, 2011
10:22 AM ET

HIV/AIDS epidemic 30 years later: Elizabeth Cohen looks at the progress of fighting the disease

Today is World AIDS day. It's been 30 years since the disease was first documented. Dignitaries the world over – from President Obama to rock superstar Bono – are coming together to promote efforts to eradicate HIV/AIDS.

Carol Costello talks with CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen about the status of the AIDS epidemic today.

Filed under: AIDS • Health • HIV
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