Teen Drunk Driving and Alcohol-Related Deaths Increase During Prom Season

Fri, 2022-05-20 14:36
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about one in three alcohol-related deaths involving people under the age of twenty-one occurs during prom or graduation season. Additionally, approximately one in four car accidents involving teenagers involve alcohol. Local emergency medical services (EMS) teams throughout the U.S. back up this claim, reporting an increase in teen drunk driving accidents between April and June of each year. It’s a good idea to avoid drinking at pre- and post-prom events and graduation parties. If you do drink, call a parent, taxi, or ride share service for a ride to make sure you and your friends get home safely.
Categories: Teen Health

Recent Suicides Highlight the Pressure Student-Athletes Face

Mon, 2022-05-16 06:28
Four college student-athletes have died by suicide in the United States since early March, bringing attention to the toll that pressure takes on student-athletes’ mental health. In the U.S., suicide is the second-leading cause of death among college students, and it has become a bigger issue among student-athletes in recent years. Between 2004 and 2012 the suicide rate for NCAA athletes was lower than that of the general population. However, data released by the NCAA in May 2020 showed that rates of mental health concerns were up by 150 to 250 percent compared to past data. Schools are working to find ways to encourage student-athletes to make use of mental health services available on campus.
Categories: Teen Health

More Than Half of Americans Have Antibodies from COVID-19 Infection

Mon, 2022-05-09 06:58
According to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 60 percent of Americans have antibodies indicating that they have been infected with COVID-19. For children and teens under the age of eighteen, the rate is even higher at 75 percent. For this study, the CDC analyzed blood donations from 200,000 Americans collected between September 2021 and February 2022. In December 2021, only 34 percent of Americans had these antibodies, suggesting that the Omicron variant may have been responsible for the surge in COVID-19 cases.
Categories: Teen Health

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Makes History

Mon, 2022-04-11 06:48
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been confirmed as the 116th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, securing her place in history as the first Black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court. Jackson, a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School, is also the first former federal public defender on the bench.

During her confirmation hearings, Jackson said she considered herself to be the first generation to benefit from the civil rights movement and the work of so many people that went into changing laws in the United States. In remarks following her confirmation, Jackson thanked everyone who had supported, encouraged, and inspired her, including the generations of leaders and pathbreakers who believed in the dream of equality. “To be sure, I have worked hard to get to this point in my career, and I have now achieved something far beyond anything my grandparents could’ve possibly ever imagined,” she said. “But no one does this on their own. The path was cleared for me so that I might rise to this occasion.”
Categories: Teen Health

Project BRAVE Brings a Community Together to Help Prevent Suicide

Mon, 2022-03-28 07:53
Suicide is often described as having a ripple effect. It not only affects family and friends, but also classmates, teachers, teammates, coworkers, neighbors, and many others. An entire community can be changed when someone takes their own life.

Oklahoma has one of the highest suicide rates in the United States, and its youth suicide rate increased 103 percent since 2007. In the city of Antlers, Oklahoma, alone, an average of 11 people die by suicide every year. Knowing that community connectedness is an important tool in preventing suicide, the Antlers Public Library created Project BRAVE. This landmark program is encouraging conversations about mental health, helping teens realize when they are stressed or struggling, and providing local and state resources to help them get the care and support they need. The project’s acronym serves as a reminder to treat yourself and others with kindness, compassion, and empathy:

BeReady to help
Ask for a hand
Value everyone
Even when it’s hard

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, reach out to the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 1-833-456-4566.
Categories: Teen Health

Ukrainian Teens Use TikTok to Show the Reality of War

Mon, 2022-03-21 07:51
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began nearly one month ago. Since then, Ukrainian teens have been using TikTok to document how their lives and country have changed. They post and go live to answer questions and provide updates about their families, finding food and supplies, living in bomb shelters, and daily life in a war zone, often interrupted by the sounds of sirens and explosions. Some teens use music and humor to try to lighten the terrible news, but most want the world to see and understand what is happening in their cities. Still, experts warn that some users are exploiting the war for views or donations, as TikTok and other social media platforms struggle to control the spread of misinformation.
Categories: Teen Health

Teen Athlete Achieves His Goal of Competing in the Paralympic Winter Games

Mon, 2022-03-14 07:34
The 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, held in Beijing, featured more than 500 amazing athletes with physical, visual, and intellectual disabilities. Seventeen-year-old Jesse Keefe from Bellevue, Idaho, is the youngest athlete on the U.S. Paralympic team. Born without an ankle bone, his leg was amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old. He began skiing at age 2 and racing at age 6. Keefe has trained with several groups that support athletes with disabilities and credits them for helping him build up confidence with his prosthetic. Keefe said, “To someone who is thinking about trying adaptive sports, I would say, go for it! Sports bring us together. They are fun, you get to meet people like you, and challenge yourself.”
Categories: Teen Health

New Study Says Just One Drink a Day Can Shrink Your Brain

Mon, 2022-03-07 07:46
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed data from more than 36,000 adults and found a link between light-to-moderate drinking and reductions in overall brain volume. People who drank a pint of beer or a six-ounce glass of wine on a daily basis for a month had brains that appeared to be two years older than people who drank only half as much. People who drank four times that amount each day had brain shrinkage equivalent to a decade of aging. Dr. Henry Kranzler, who directs the Penn Center for Studies of Addiction, noted that the study’s findings go against scientific and governmental guidelines on safe drinking limits for adult men and women.
Categories: Teen Health

Young Activist's Organization Makes Mental Health Education Accessible to Teens

Mon, 2022-02-28 07:03
Like many students, Alyssa Simone found that her mental health was declining during the pandemic. The Long Island, New York, student decided to spend her downtime researching ways to deal with depression and anxiety and shared the results with her peers. Knowing that others were struggling, Simone and her friends founded Child Resilient, a student-led nonprofit whose mission is to foster emotional resilience and mental health wellness in children and teens. Child Resilient’s team is made up of high school students who have their own experiences with mental health issues. Under the supervision of four licensed therapists who serve as advisors, Simone and other student mentors hold weekly Zoom meetings where they help teens learn about different therapy techniques. Simone says nearly 85 percent of their participants identify as female or teens of color, most of whom receive no professional support.
Categories: Teen Health

Teen Creates Online Newsletter to Make News More Accessible for Her Peers

Tue, 2022-02-22 06:28
Eighteen-year-old Olivia Seltzer is the creator and author of The Cramm, a daily email newsletter that breaks down national and international news into smaller, more easily digestible bits. Seltzer became interested in current events and politics after the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Although she was only in seventh grade at the time, she used her savings to buy a domain name and began writing about the news in a way that she and her friends could relate to and understand.

Today, The Cramm has over 2.5 million subscribers in 113 countries across six continents. “Simply put, you can’t change the world unless you know about it,” Seltzer told the Los Angeles Daily News. “I think it’s really important for a generation as motivated and as activism oriented as my generation to be informed about the issues we’re facing.”
Categories: Teen Health

Teen Fentanyl Deaths Are Reaching Record Highs

Mon, 2022-02-14 10:15
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. It’s the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the U.S. Even a tiny amount of fentanyl can be deadly, and people often don’t know that fentanyl has been added to the drugs they are using.

Within the last month, two Connecticut teens suffered apparent fentanyl overdoses. Now, data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids like fentanyl tripled among teens and went up five times among Black teens in the past two years. The actual numbers may be even higher because drug overdose deaths have a six-month lag in reporting time.
Categories: Teen Health

Teens Who Get Less Sleep Consume More Sugar and Less Fruits and Vegetables

Mon, 2022-02-07 07:00
Researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center found that teens who slept only six-and-a-half-hours each night consumed an extra 12 grams of sugar each day—or 4.5 extra pounds of sugar during a school year. Dr. Kara Duraccio, lead author of the study, said “Shortened sleep increases the risk for teens to eat more carbs and added sugars and drink more sugar-sweetened beverages than when they are getting a healthy amount of sleep.” The researchers suspect that tired teens reach for foods that are high in in carbs and added sugars to get quick bursts of energy throughout the day.
Categories: Teen Health
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