Teen depression, smoking linked to bone loss later in life

December 12, 2008 2:52:05 PM PST
Teen depression and smoking can be hard on the bones. A study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine finds -- in girls -- depression, anxiety and smoking may inhibit bone development during the critical bone growth phase of adolescence.

This could increase vulnerability to late life bone loss known as osteoporosis.

Scientists say this complex association warrants further studies.