E-cigarette usage may impair fertility and pregnancy outcomes, according to a mouse study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society.
The September issue of Entrepreneur magazine features 16 young people who have turned skills and interests into successful businesses. Some wanted to solve problems in their communities, while others were interested in monetizing hobbies or earning money for college. The businesses cover a wide range of products including cookies, robotics kits, landscaping, silly socks, and more.
Sanil Chawla discovered how hard it was to start a business under the age of 18, so he developed software to automate the process for teens to get started. Hack+ was started in 2017 as a nonprofit that provides free fiscal sponsorship to student-founded charitable organizations. His software and team have helped over 900 students launch their organizations. Chawla says, “If we can manage all the legal and financial stuff for these young founders to focus on their mission, their goals, it will open the door to so much impact.”
For the upcoming school year 1,200 districts have partnered with the student “safety solutions” company Gaggle to provide safety management for students online. Gaggle is a program that can alert the school when a student is struggling with self-harm, cyberbullying, substance abuse, unhealthy relationships, and other credible threats. Gaggle reports show that during the last school year its program helped school districts save 722 students from carrying out an act of suicide.
The company’s vision is to create products that will help schools create safe learning environments. Today, Gaggle’s safety management programs use a mathematical logarithm to identify high risk phrases and words when students are logged into their district’s server and are using the school’s communication and collaboration tools. Even the name “Gaggle” is a part of this vision. Company founder Jeff Patterson said, “Our goal was to give teachers an easy way to watch over their gaggle of students.”
Nearly one in four Arizona teens have used a highly potent form of marijuana known as marijuana concentrate, according to a new study. Among nearly 50,000 eighth, 10th, and 12th graders from the 2018 Arizona Youth Survey, a biennial survey of Arizona secondary school students, one-third (33%) had tried some form of marijuana, and nearly a quarter (24%) had tried marijuana concentrate.