Health & Social

How Iceland Got Teens to Say No to Drugs

Curfews, sports, and understanding kids’ brain chemistry have all helped dramatically curb substance abuse in the country. It’s a little before 3 p.m. on a sunny Friday afternoon and Laugardalur Park, near central Reykjavik, looks practically deserted. There’s an occasional adult with a stroller, but the park’s surrounded by apartment blocks and houses, and school’s…

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The Teenage Brain: ADOLESCENTS AND ALCOHOL

The high levels of alcohol consumption characteristic of adolescence may be in part biologically based, given that elevated consumption levels are also evident during this developmental transition in other mammalian species as well. Studies conducted using a simple animal model of adolescence in the rat has shown adolescents to be more sensitive than adults to…

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A Guide to Youth Smoking Prevention Policies and Programs

Social problems in many urban areas often lead to smoking by teenagers. They believe — wrongly — that tobacco will help reduce their stress and make them look “cool” instead of insecure. Many pressures for smoking are discussed, as well as countermeasures. The number of young people who smoke is decreasing, but one third of…

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Smoking Prevention Strategies for Urban and Minority Youth

Smoking is declining among many teenagers,but one-third of high schoolers still use tobacco. This article explores the risks of smoking and campaigns to prevent it. Overall, the number of adolescents who smoke and use smokeless tobacco is decreasing, and the decrease is sharpest among minority youth. Still, about one-third of high school students use tobacco…

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Supporting Students With Asthma

What are asthma symptoms and “triggers?” Here are some suggestions for maintaining a school environment conducive to the attendance of children with asthma and for developing a curriculum conducive to their academic achievement. Five million children in the U.S. are living with asthma and the number is steadily increasing. Most live in cities, are poor,…

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Cooperation Conflict Resolution And School Violence

It is a mistake to assume that causes of school violence reside only or primarily in the school. Child abuse and neglect, a culture of violence, economic and social injustice, and the easy availability of weapons, for example, contribute to the occurrence of violence but are largely not under school control. Nevertheless, there is much…

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Reducing Injury and Death in Teen Drivers

  Given that automobile crashes are the leading cause of injury and death in teens, you can pretty much say that teens drive themselves to trauma centers. And, they do this in record numbers. Car crashes account for approximately 6,000 deaths annually of American teens. While 15 to 20 year olds only account for 6.7%…

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I Promise Program

Teen car crashes the single greatest cause of teen deaths and permanent injuries in North America. How do you make the roads safer for your teen driver? Until recently there was little a parent could do to reduce the risk of their teen being involved in a car crash. Now there is the “I PromiseProgram”.…

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