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Young Adult's Guide to the Science of Health

Designed to help young adults cope with the various health choices and questions confronting them as they enter adolescence, this dynamic set of books provides accurate information and helpful resources for young people navigating their transition to adulthood.

15 volumes
2014
12 & up
7th & up
6 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches
Dr. Carolyn Bridgemohan, Harvard Medical School

Mary Ann McDonnell, Former Director of Clinical Trials, Pediatric Psychopharmacology Research Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Dr. Sara Forman
"Written primarily for the middle school student, the eight chapters include well-researched discussions about self-esteem, the role of nutrients in maintaining one's health, food guides and a balanced diet, the role of vitamins, minerals and water in maintaining good health, staying active, exercise related risks and injuries and how to avoid them, body image, and setting and achieving personal health goals."
Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
Allergies & Asthma
by Jean Ford

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What do cats, dogs, peanuts, latex, mold, bee venom, pollen, and shellfish all have in common? They're all common allergens; they cause allergic reactions in many people. With so many potential triggers, it's no wonder allergies are a major cause of illness in North America. In fact, allergies affect about 20 percent of the entire population. That means for every five people you know, one probably itches or sneezes from something sometimes. That might include you. Asthma is one of the many illnesses allergies can cause. Since asthma and allergies are chronic conditions--in other words, they don't go away--they require constant management. The better informed you are, the better you will be able to live with allergies or asthma. This book will show you how to take control of allergies and asthma. The first step is to form a partnership with your doctor or other medical practitioner. Don't let allergies or asthma control your life. Get informed...take action...and breathe easy.

Contraception & Pregnancy
by Donna Lange

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You're not a little kid anymore. As a young adult, you have important decisions to make. Your growing independence and your developing sexuality are part of the thrill and joy of being a teen--but these factors also mean you have to take responsibility for your own life. Your parents can't do it all for you Some teenagers choose to have sex--and others wait. Some teens who opt for sex will also opt for contraception--but others will not. Others will get pregnant even while using contraception. Once pregnant, teens have still more difficult decisions to make about abortion, adoption, and parenthood. These are all life-changing decisions. This book will give you the facts you need to make thoughtful and informed choices in this important area of your life. At whatever level you're at right now--whether you're exploring the basic facts about sexuality, choosing whether to have sex now or wait, deciding on a form of birth control that's right for you, or needing to learn more about pregnancy and the decisions it involves--each chapter offers you the information you need in an easy-to-read package. Then it's up to you to take responsibility.

Coping with Moods
by Jean Ford

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Have you ever been laughing one moment--and crying the next? How about so angry you could throw something--and then suddenly burst out laughing? All of us have experienced mood swings like this, and they're even more common during adolescence. Rapidly changing emotions--from contentment to irritability, anger to despair, euphoria to despondency--are common occurrences during your teen years. What causes these shifts in mood? The sources vary, but for most teens, two main agents are involved: brain chemistry and life changes. The same hormonal activity that brings about the body changes teens experience also triggers changes in your brain. At the same time, your relationships with your family and friends are changing, you have more responsibilities and freedoms than ever before, and you face a whole new set of pressures. All these things can turn your life into a series of emotional peaks and valleys. But there is hope. This book will help you understand what's happening to you--and it will offer practical coping mechanisms. Don't worry. You too can survive the roller coaster!

Dental Care
by Autumn Libal

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Did you know that poor dental hygiene can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke? Or that the incidence of cavities and tooth decay increases in the teenage years? Did you know that countries with a higher standard of living (like the United States, Canada, and England) actually have higher rates of tooth loss and decay than countries with a lower standard of living? Or that dental drills existed for thousands of years before people even had electricity? Dental hygiene is extremely important to both your physical and emotional health. Your teeth are an integral part of many important activities, such as eating, speaking, and smiling. From the Mayan practice of inlaying semi-precious stones into teeth to today's practices of braces and high-tech dental care, this book covers a wide range of dental topics. It will tell you how dental care has developed throughout the ages and will introduce you to some of today's most cutting-edge technologies. Most important, it will guide you through everything you need to know about caring for your teeth and maintaining a beautiful smile today and into the future.

Drug & Alcohol Related Health Issues
by Joan Esherick

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As an adolescent, you'll have to make up your mind about a lot of things. Drugs and alcohol are among the most important. Using chemicals recreationally is a common aspect of many teen parties. No one sets out to become addicted. No one plans on any harmful side effects. But these things do happen. You owe it to yourself to find out the facts about drugs and alcohol. This book will tell you: *Some of the reasons why teens choose to start using drugs. *How chemical substances affect your brain. *Information about the "gateway" drugs--tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and inhalants. *The truth about abusing prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and steroids. *The dangers involved with Ecstasy and other club drugs, as well as heroin. Don't depend on peer pressure to make up your mind. Drugs and alcohol can permanently damage your life. You don't want to be one of the teens who is literally dying for acceptance!

Fitness & Nutrition
by Christopher Hovius

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Do you ever wish you were stronger...thinner...more athletic...healthier? Most of us would change at least one thing about ourselves if we could. But real health and happiness aren't dependent on matching yourself against the unrealistic ideals of a model-thin body or a pumped-up body builder's bulging muscles. Instead, fitness and good nutrition are the two factors that can lead to physical and emotional health. When you were younger, your parents told you what to eat. They probably encouraged you to eat the foods that would provide you with the various nutrients you needed to grow. They may have also encouraged you to get regular exercise. But you're older now. You've begun to make your own decisions about what you eat and how active you are. Learning what your body needs to be healthy is an important part of becoming a responsible adult. Taking care of yourself makes sense if you want to be happy and enjoy life. This book will tell you how to be the best you can be!

Growth & Development
by Jean Ford

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You're not a little kid anymore. When you look in the mirror, you probably see someone who is taller...bigger...with a face that looks more like an adult's than a child's. The changes you're experiencing on the inside--in your mind and emotions--may be even more intense than the ones everyone can see on the outside. Growth and development during adolescence involves every aspect of your identity. All these changes can be exciting...and scary. But these changes are entirely normal. This book will help you understand what's happening to you. Every adult has gone through the same intellectual, emotional, sexual, and social changes you're experiencing. Some people progress through these changes faster than others, some earlier, some later. Each teen is unique. Wherever you fall on the spectrum of growth and development, don't worry--you're right on schedule!

Health Implications of Cosmetic Surgery, Makeovers, & Body Alterations
by Autumn Libal

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If you're like most people, you probably wish you could change at least one part of your body. Perhaps you think a makeover, a new you, will make all the difference in the world. Maybe you think that changing your looks will change your life. And if you believe the advertisements you see on television and in magazines, you might think it will be easy to achieve your beauty goals. But when it comes to makeovers, there's more to success than meets the eye. In this book, you'll learn about current trends in the makeover industry and the promises and risks that come with them. You'll also explore why we as a culture are so beauty-obsessed. Finally, you'll learn about the many options available that can help change the way you feel about yourself and others--not simply the way you look!

Healthy Skin
by Rae Simons

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Guess what? The body you have now is the only one you'll ever get. That means the same body you have now is the one you'll have when you're thirty--and fifty--and seventy. If you want to keep your body well and strong for a long time, you'll need to take care of it...and keeping your skin healthy is an important way to protect yourself against infection, disease, and aging. Your skin is the interface between your body and the rest of the world. Its nerve endings bring you important messages; it protects your delicate internal organs; and it forms a barrier against harmful substances. What's more, your skin performs functions that are essential to your entire health. And all the while, it's right out there where everyone can see it. Short of hiding inside a big paper bag, there's not much you can do to keep the health of your skin a secret. This book will give you information you need to for your skin ...by practicing good hygiene that will guard your skin against diseases and infection. ...by protecting yourself from the sun's damaging rays. ...by helping you cope with acne and other skin disorders. If you take care of your skin, you'll be taking care of yourself--for the rest of your life!

Managing Stress
by Joan Esherick

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Are you anxious? Irritable? Feeling depressed? Having trouble sleeping? Feeling tired all the time? If these symptoms describe you, you may have too much stress in your life! Stress is a fact of life. We all live with it. We all experience its effects. The exhilarated rider on a roller coaster experiences one kind of stress. The terrified victim of assault experiences another. Too many teens, however, deal with a potentially harmful, even deadly form of stress: chronic stress. This book offers teens a primer on stress: What is it? From where does it come? How does it help us? How can it cause harm? How do we know if we're under too much stress? What unhealthy ways of handling stress should we avoid? What healthy ways of stress management can we embrace? What tips or strategies might help us better handle the sources of stress in our lives? If you want to know how to manage stress better, sidebars, easy-to-understand statistics, and real-life case studies make this book an informative, interesting read.

Sexually Transmitted Infections
by Miranda Hunter

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Myth...or truth? 1.Only people who have sex with many partners get sexually transmitted infections (STIs). 2.If I always use a condom, I can't catch an STI. 3.Using two condoms is even safer than one. 4.Oral sex is safe without a condom. 5.If I don't have any symptoms, I don't have an STI. Do you know if these statements are true or false? Are you certain? Don't be too embarrassed to find out about STIs. These infections are avoidable--and most are treatable. This book will give you the information you need to make good decisions--and stay safe.

Sleep Deprivation & Its Consequences
by Joan Esherick

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Do you ever feel exhausted and drowsy, like you need more sleep? If you do, you're not alone. A recent study by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) found that 60 percent of people under the age of eighteen complained of daytime tiredness. Fifteen percent (one out of every seven) said they were so tired they fell asleep in school. You may think that not getting sufficient sleep is no big deal, but think again. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep deprivation can put you at high risk for unintentional injury and death, low grades and poor school performance, negative moods, and increased likelihood of stimulant use. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration views driving drowsy as actually more dangerous, and more deadly, than driving drunk! What is sleep? Why do we need it? What causes sleep deprivation and how can it be avoided? What are its tragic results? This book answers these and other questions by using a readable blend of real-life accounts, easy-to-understand statistics, scientific data, and practical suggestions.

Smoking-Related Health Issues
by Joan Esherick

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One in three adolescents who experiment with tobacco products will end up addicted to nicotine by the time he is twenty years old. If current trends continue, some five million kids who are currently under eighteen years of age will die one day because they chose to smoke cigarettes as adolescents. Smoking kills. Kids know that, yet every day in the United States, nearly 3,000 young people become new tobacco users. Why? This book addresses this question as it examines reasons teens smoke, the consequences of tobacco use, and the sometimes ugly facts about smoking, chewing, and sniffing. Sidebars, easy-to-understand statistics, and real-life case studies make this an informative, interesting read for teens who want to make an informed decision about using tobacco products.

Suicide & Self-Destructive Behaviors
by Joan Esherick

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Sixteen-year-old Draven dresses like the un-dead. Thirteen-year-old Kristen slices her thighs. Fifteen-year-old Jamal rides BMX bikes in competition. What do these teens have in common? They are all taking risks. Though many teens seek independence and thrills through activities that can harm them, risk-taking in adolescence does not have to be self-destructive. This book takes an honest look at the five most self-destructive behaviors: substance abuse, risky sex, self-injury, eating disorders, and suicide. Causes, consequences, and treatment options are examined, and the final chapter provides healthy less-risky alternatives teens can take to accomplish their independence-seeking goals. Sidebars, easy-to-understand statistics, and real-life case studies make this an informative, interesting read for teens who seek to understand high-risk behaviors, their consequences, and how to avoid them.

Weight Management
by Elizabeth Bauchner

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Do you need to lose a few pounds? Are you overweight--or are you just built differently from the "Barbie-doll" (or "Ken-doll") shape? Sometimes it's hard to tell. In a culture that insists we all have to be model-thin, it's hard to judge. Dieting is a big business that sells books, magazines, and food products. In the midst of so many conflicting messages, it can be hard to sort out fact from fiction. We all want to look our best--and at the same time, we all hate to deny ourselves our favorite foods! Healthy weight management is all about achieving the weight that's right for you--and this book will give you the facts you need to determine what is right for you. Your ideal weight will depend on many factors--your height, your body type, your gender, your age--but there are at least two common factors for successful weight management: regular exercise and a balanced diet. Forget "diets" and focus instead on a lifetime of healthy habits. In the long run, weight management is not about denying yourself. It's about providing your body with what it truly needs--and this book will tell you how.




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