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To help language skills of children, a study finds, text their parents with tips
The New York Times
With research showing language gaps between the children of affluent parents and those from low-income families emerging at an early age, educators have puzzled over how best to reach parents and guide them to do things like read to their children and talk to them regularly.
A new study shows that mobile technology may offer a cheap and effective solution.
Video games don't turn teenagers on to violence
Violent computer games and films do not make teenagers more aggressive and may even stop them from using physical force, new research claims.
Following a long-term study, psychologists found no link between exposure to violent media and aggression.
School districts weight pros, cons of later start times for high schools
By Brian Stack
The American Academy of Pediatrics published research this summer that will likely become a hot topic at many school board meetings in the coming months and years. After studying the sleep patterns of teenagers, researchers determined that teens are not getting enough sleep, and it is impacting their ability to perform in school. According to the report, teens need at least 8.5 hours of sleep each night. The report called upon schools to move their start time to a more reasonable 8:30 a.m. to accommodate this increased sleep need.
More than 20 percent of high school students smoke: CDC
HealthDay News via Physicians News Digest
More than a fifth of American teens smoke or use tobacco in some way, which means that millions of them are putting themselves at risk for early death, a federal government study warns.
Nearly 23 percent of high school students use tobacco products, and more than 90 percent of those teens smoke cigarettes, cigars, hookahs or pipes, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Study suggests many teens suffer 'cyber' dating abuse
HealthDay News via Philly.com
Many teens are abused online by the people they're dating, a new study suggests.
This abuse can include being monitored, stalked, threatened and harassed through hurtful comments, the researchers said.
The findings were based on surveys of teens who visited northern California school health clinics, and don't hint at how common this kind of abuse among teens is overall.
Students aren't eating healthy school lunches, despite availability
Getting fresh fruits and vegetables onto lunch trays in public schools was only half the battle, because it turns out most kids still aren’t eating them. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, studied students’ eating habits and found nearly six out of 10 won’t even touch a healthy food option on their plate.
Brain imaging shows what puts teens at risk for substance abuse
A series of four experiments by neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center are helping researchers zero in on what puts teens at risk of alcohol use and abuse even before they start drinking.
The experiments are part of the Adolescent Development Study, an effort funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to understand how a teen brain “still under construction,” as NIH officials put it, can lead to risky behaviors such as alcohol and drug use.
St. Louis shows the nation how to slash teen pregnancy rates
Atlanta Black Star
Knocking down financial barriers to contraception is the key to drastically reducing teenage pregnancy rates, especially in the black community, a new study has confirmed.
Nearly 10,000 girls and women in the St. Louis area participated in the Contraceptive CHOICE Project, with more than 1,400 of the girls being between the ages of 14 and 19.
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