December 18, 2017

Best not to be coolest kid in middle school later

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It might have been tough not being the coolest kid in middle school, but new research shows that teens who weren’t part of the in crowd go on to have healthier lives once they hit adulthood. A study published Thursday in the journalChild Development shares that teens who were so focused on being popular were often… Read more

Autism linked with environmental toxins


While the underlying causes of autism are still not fully understood, many health experts believe that genetics, environmental factors or a combination of the two are to blame. Now, a new meta-analysis has revealed that toxins in the environment may play a much more significant role in the formation of this neurodevelopmental disorder than previously… Read more

You’re so vain: U-M study links social media and narcissism

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Press Release- Facebook is a mirror and Twitter is a megaphone, according to a new University of Michigan study exploring how social media reflect and amplify the culture’s growing levels of narcissism. The study, published online in Computers in Human Behavior, was conducted by U-M researchers Elliot Panek, Yioryos Nardis and Sara Konrath.   “Among young… Read more

Study Drugs Use Up For Teens

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Many parents are not aware that their teenage children abuse “study drugs,” a new poll suggests. In the poll, just 1 percent of parents said their teenage children had taken drugs such as Adderall or Ritalin without a prescription. That is much lower than the percentage of teens that surveys suggest are using the drugs…. Read more

Adults Worse Than Teens When it Comes to Texting and Driving

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It seems many adults do not practice what they preach. A new study finds experienced drivers are as bad, or even worse, than young people when it comes to texting while driving and the reasons for it are complicated. Read more

Teenagers Who Date Do Worse in School, More Likely to Drink, Do Drugs

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A recent study out of the University of Georgia found that teenagers who date are more likely to drink, do drugs, and perform poorly in school. Read more

Piano Lessons Make Kids Smarter

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It’s sure to be music to parents’ ears: After nine months of weekly training in piano or voice, new research shows young students’ IQs rose nearly three points more than their untrained peers. Read more

Synthetic Pot Sends Thousands of Young People to Hospital

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K2, Spice and other synthetic drugs that mimic a marijuana high sent 11,406 people — mostly teenagers and young adults — to the emergency room in 2010, according to the first report on the substances from the federal government’s Drug Abuse Warning Network. Read more

U.S Birth Rate Hits All-Time Low, Births for Older and Unwed Mothers Up

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The birth rate in the United States hit an all-time low in 2011, according to a report released this month by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

Teens Who Use Smartphones at Risk for More Sexual Activity

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Teens who own a smartphone may be at increased risk for engaging in risky sex behavior, a new study suggests. Read more