National Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Engineering
Institute of Medicine
National Research Council
Office of News and Public Information
December 9, 2008

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Current health services for youths ages 10 to 19 are fragmented and poorly designed to meet the needs of all in this age group, says a new report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Although most U.S. adolescents are healthy, many engage in risky behavior, develop unhealthy habits, and have physical and mental conditions that can jeopardize their immediate and future health.

Robert S. Lawrence (committee chair), Frederick P. Rivara, Charles E. Irwin, Jr., Leslie R. Walker, Shay Bilchik, Sarah S. Brown,