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Powerful Images Could Prevent Teens From Smoking

It’s no secret that smoking isn’t a healthy habit, but sometimes teens decide to take the risk. So, what will help to keep them from lighting that cigarette? A new study found that the answer may lie in cigarette packaging.

Researchers surveyed two groups of people — half were smokers and the other half did not smoke. Each participant was shown various health warning labels on cigarettes packaging that state negative consequences associated with smoking. These consequences included lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, vascular disease, and eye conditions. Some packages had a combination of text and image warnings, while others only had text warnings.


This Popular Trick To Keep Teens from Drinking May Backfire

Have you ever let your kid try a sip of your wine or beer? It’s seemingly harmless, right? A new study shows that kids who sample their parent’s alcohol may be more likely to binge drink when they’re older.

Researchers surveyed 561 students periodically over three years. Students who sipped their parent’s alcoholic drinks by sixth grade were five times more likely to drink a full alcoholic beverage by the time they were in their first semester of high school than their peers. They were four times more likely to get drunk or binge drink.


Do School Drug Policies Increase Teens’ Marijuana Use?

Have you ever wondered if out-of-school suspension actually prevents students from continuing misbehavior? Kids essentially get a day off for violating policies such as illicit drug use on school grounds. It turns out this type of punishment is not the best way to get students to learn their lesson—at least when it comes to drug use. A new study reveals that out-of-school suspension drug policies actually increase the likelihood of students using marijuana in the future.

Researchers from the American Public Health Association set out to investigate how student marijuana use is impacted by the type of drug policy their school implements.


The Surprising Health Benefits of Hugs, Including Reduced Stress

Did you know there are actually scientific benefits of hugs? According to a new study, hugging can help prevent stress and protect you from getting sick. Research from Carnegie Mellon University found that hugs are a form of social support that can protect stressed people from increased infections.

Science Daily explains, “They found that greater social support and more frequent hugs protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms.” Essentially, showing people you care can work wonders for not only their mental health, but physical health too.


DoSomething.org’s New Campaign Spotlights Girls & STEM

Studies show that as they get older, girls are losing interest in science and math. According to statistics, 66% of girls are interested in these subjects in fourth grade, but by eighth grade, they are only half as interested as boys. That’s why our friends at DoSomething.org are teaming up with 3M to shine a spotlight on girls and STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math).

Starting today, they are launching their Science Sleuth campaign, which not only helps young people learn about careers in the STEM field, but also supports STEM programs in your area.


Belieb It Or Not, There Are Health Benefits To Justin’s Hairstyle!

Have you heard about the Big Bang Theory? No, not the explanation of how the universe was created. We’re not talking about the hilarious TV show either. Instead, this theory is about Justin Bieber and how his hairstyle is saving teens from sun damage. Although it sounds like the subject of an article from The Onion, it’s actually true! Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital discovered the health benefits of Bieber’s bangs.


Read This Before You Binge-Watch!

Netflix is a great invention. But before you schedule your next family movie night, this new study may make you think twice about how much television you and your teens watch.

Researchers found that adults who watch TV three hours or more per day double their risk of premature death from any cause. This study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, highlights the dangers of so much sedentary behavior. Although this study was focused on adults, with an average age of 37, we imagine the TV-watching behavior of teens can have an equally negative effect.


This Video Will Change the Way You Talk to Girls About Science & Math

After watching this Verizon commercial, we’re in awe. The phone company teamed up with Makers, a digital platform that shares women’s stories, to convey an important message: We need to encourage both boys and girls to pursue their passions. Whether they’re interested in science, English, or art, seemingly innocent comments can deter their dreams more than you think.

In the video, which we first saw on Huff Post Parents, viewers follow the journey of a young girl from her first steps as a toddler to the high school hallway. As an adolescent, she’s drawn to playing in puddles and helping her brother build a rocket. But because of remarks like, “Don’t get your dress dirty” or “Be careful with that,” she switches interests.