Archive | September, 2014

Victims of Bullying Are More Likely to Experience Nightmares

Being bullied as a kid can make teenagers more likely to suffer from nightmares, according to new research. A study published in the journal of the American Pediatric Association analyzes the effect of adolescent bullying on sleep patterns. The results showed that being bullied increased the risk for sleep disorders called parasomnias, which include nightmares, night terrors, and sleep walking.


Favoritism Among Siblings Can Lead To Drug Use, Study Says

While parents claim to not play favorites, sometimes siblings feel like their older brother or younger sister gets more attention. Whether that kid always gets praise for good grades or scoring the winning basket, an uneven amount of parental affection sometimes happens — and that kind of dynamic may do more than just hurt feelings. According to a new study, teens who felt less favored by their parents were more likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, or use drugs.


This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Samantha’s Sister Has Amniotic Band Syndrome

In this week’s Teen Flaunt, “Ten Fingers Are Overrated,” big sister Samantha Sheets reflects on what it’s like growing up with a sibling who’s not like other kids. AvaMarie Paisley Perrault was born three years ago, and before her birth, her family found out she had Amniotic Band Syndrome. Because of ABS, AvaMarie was born without her right arm.

Samantha recalls the family worrying about all the difficulties this would cause: “How is she going to get dressed or ride a bike? Would she be able to do anything by herself?”


World Suicide Prevention Day 2014: One World Connected

Suicide is a worldwide public health crisis. In America alone, suicide takes the lives of nearly 40,000 people each year, making it the second leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24. Despite its prevalence, the topic can be difficult to discuss—but if we truly want to help those considering or affected by suicide, we must keep the conversation going.


Could Your Cellphone Be Giving You Anxiety?

It may sound like a made-up diagnosis, but believe it or not, cellphones are causing anxiety. Actually, maybe it doesn’t sound so far-fetched after all. Just think about it: Have you ever been irritated while waiting for a text? If you see someone else is typing over iMessage, do you begin to worry about what they’ll say? If so, you’re not alone. According to a story in the New York Times, cellphone-induced anxiety is a real thing.


E-Cigarettes May Promote & Lead To Other Drug Use, Study Finds

Despite the claims that they help curb tobacco smoking, e-cigarettes may actually be a gateway drug. According to new research, smoking e-cigarettes has the same physiological effect on the brain as regular cigarettes and can increase the risk of addiction to other drugs.

This study comes from the Department of Psychiatry and Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University Medical Center.


Did This School’s Dress Code Punishment Go Too Far?

Dress codes are a tricky topic. Should schools have a say over what students wear? Well, back in 1969 a Supreme Court case decided that students “do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate,” as long as what they’re wearing doesn’t substantially interfere with “school discipline or the rights of others.” This makes sense. But apparently this isn’t always the case. Recently a 15-year-old in Florida was punished for wearing too short of a skirt — and her punishment seems pretty unfair.


This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Courtney Has Spina Bifida Occulta

Ever since birth, Courtney Spurlock has been a fighter. In this week’s Teen Flaunt, she reflects on all that she’s had to overcome in her 17 years. It started when she was born premature and had to fight to live. Then at age 7, she began losing feeling in her legs. It took doctors a year and a half to realize she had a tethered cord in her back. On top of that, doctors discovered she has Spina Bifida Occulta, meaning a split spine.


Study Finds Obese or Overweight Teens More Likely to Smoke Cigarettes

In a study recently published in the American Journal of Health Behavior, researchers sought to answer the question of whether BMI had any correlation with teenage substance abuse. The results found that though teens with a high BMI were no more likely than their peers to abuse alcohol or marijuana, being overweight or obese during adolescence was correlated with regular cigarette smoking in young adulthood. Data for this study was pulled from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a large study which has followed thousands of young teens (grades […]