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GWU student invents napkin to detect drugs in drinks
01-30   GWU student invents napkin to detect drugs in drinks

A student of the George Washington University (GWU) has created a napkin to prevent a “drug-facilitated crime” — when someone slips a drug into the drink and tries to sexually assault the victim or steal belongings. In fact, a past encounter with sexual violence motivated Danya Sherman to develop the unique product that could detect […]

Extended sleep duration may lead to healthier eating habits, suggests study
01-25   Extended sleep duration may lead to healthier eating habits, suggests study

For many people, waking up slightly later in the morning may be a luxury. As it turns out, doing so may be a simple lifestyle intervention with far-reaching benefits. A recent study by researchers at the King’s College London (KCL) in the United Kingdom investigated the impact of extended sleep duration on nutrient intake. The […]

Increase in vaping, pot and K2 use among high school seniors; sharp decline in opioid misuse, says MTF survey
12-22   Increase in vaping, pot and K2 use among high school seniors; sharp decline in opioid misuse, says MTF survey

Every new survey on substance use among American teens highlights new concerns, validates certain expectations and also provides optimism. Findings of the 2017 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, released on Dec. 14, 2017, followed a similar pattern when it revealed that among teens, marijuana is the most popular drug of abuse followed by K2 or […]

Survey shows first-time increase in alcohol use among Utah high school seniors in 14 years
11-08   Survey shows first-time increase in alcohol use among Utah high school seniors in 14 years

After declining steadily in the previous years, past-month alcohol consumption among Utah high school seniors increased noticeably in 2017. A state survey, published in October 2017, shows that the 30-day alcohol use among high school seniors (12th graders) increased from 13.6 percent in 2015 to 14.7 percent in 2017. It was the first upward trend […]

New Jersey judge permits parents to force-feed anorexic daughter
10-27   New Jersey judge permits parents to force-feed anorexic daughter

In a revolutionary ruling, a New Jersey judge has granted permission to the parents of a 20-year-old girl to force feed her for better health purposes. Their daughter is suffering from anorexia – a debilitating eating disorder. Superior Court judge Paul Armstrong said that the woman, known only as S.A., was not capable of making […]

Combination of medicine and therapy more effective for children with severe anxiety, finds study
10-23   Combination of medicine and therapy more effective for children with severe anxiety, finds study

Anxiety is a common problem among children and teens in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), roughly 25 percent of American teens aged 13-18 years suffer from anxiety disorders in their lifetime. Physicians usually prescribe medicines or therapies to help teens and children get rid of anxiety symptoms. Though […]

Teen anger -- managing the unmanageable using simple steps
08-01   Teen anger — managing the unmanageable using simple steps

Anger is an emotion or a feeling that often crops up when things do not work out as planned. Teenage anger is common and is an indication of something that has gone wrong. It can also stem out of fear or intense hatred for something or someone. Negative expressions of anger include violent behavior, harboring […]

International Day of Friendship: When a simple “NO” is enough to fight peer pressure to take drugs
07-28   International Day of Friendship: When a simple “NO” is enough to fight peer pressure to take drugs

An adolescent’s life is fraught with many challenges, including those that arise from succumbing to peer pressure. Being part of a peer group can have advantages like discussing issues with other like-minded people, however, there can be a downside to this as well. While the benefits of being in the company of someone who empathizes […]

Scientists suggest risk calculator for assessing bipolar disorder in children
07-28   Scientists suggest risk calculator for assessing bipolar disorder in children

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a mental illness characterized by extreme shifts in mood and alterations in energy and activity levels that can affect one’s day-to-day life. The root causes of bipolar disorder are yet unknown, though results of prior studies have indicated that this mental health problem has a genetic component. Now, […]

Purposeful Parenting Month: Parents’ mistakes may push teens to abuse drugs
07-17   Purposeful Parenting Month: Parents’ mistakes may push teens to abuse drugs

The problem of drug abuse among American teenagers is rampant despite new guidelines and directions put in place to curb the rising trend. Experts are stressing on the need to understand factors that propel teens to try out drugs. While considerations like curiosity, peer pressure or motivation to experiment may be responsible for such a […]

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