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  • Teen Marijuana Negative Effects
    Are teens who smoke weed less likely to graduate high school?
    In an interview with Karen Corcoran Walsh – Co-founder of Inspirations for Youth and Families Teen Rehab, she talks about a recent study that claims teens are less likely to graduate high school if they smoke marijuana.While many want to...
  • Ebola infection quickly hits the news
    Talking to teens about Ebola: Ensuring adolescent angst doesn't go unchecked
    We live in a world in which we are pretty plugged in whether we would like to be or not. Teens today cannot avoid the masses of information that comes their way on a daily basis. Even if your teen lacks a smart phone or a laptop, rest assured he...
  • Sybil Ludington
    Sybil Ludington, teen patriot
    Highlighting an American heroWho was Sybil Ludington? Chances are she is an unknown unless you live near Dutchess County, New York. Sybil is a female counterpart of Paul Revere, and her solo, unheralded ride through the New York countryside in the...
  • Teen Halloween: How to avoid a night of fright
    Teen Halloween: Quick tips to avoid a night of fright
    Halloween is a night of fantasy and fun, tricks and treats. As your kids get older however, they put away their treat bags and tend to opt for more exciting Halloween adventures. In order to avoid a night full of fright, it is important to talk...
  • Sexting teens likely to be sexually active
    Sexting teens likely to be sexually active
    A number of teens in the United States engage in sexting and transmit sexually explicit images on their electronic devices, most often smartphones. A new study set out to determine whether sexting increased the likelihood of teens becoming...
  • Breast Cancer can be a family matter
    I survived breast cancer, now I have to teach my teen about being at higher risk
    Talk with the majority of breast cancer survivors and they can tell you the day and often the time they got the life changing news. For me it was July 21, 2008 at 3pm. That was over six years ago.My children were four and seven the year I waged my...
  • Free birth control program drops teen pregnancy rate by 78 percent.
    Free birth control program drops teen pregnancy rate by 78 percent
    A trail program that provides free birth control for teens has produced a 78 percent decrease in teen pregnancy and a 77 decrease in abortions in five years. The Contraceptive CHOICE Project led by Dr. Gina Secura with the Washington University...
  • 15 Teens Shot in Miami Nightclub
    Gunfire in Miami nightclub injures 15; youngest victim is only 11
    Miami residents are reeling at the news of pre-dawn shooting involving young people. According to CNN, 15 people were shot at a nightclub called The Spot early Sunday morning. The incident occurred around 1:00am and witnesses reported hearing up...
  • A sleepy teen
    Starting school later may help teens do better
    Teens often complain about having to get up early in the morning for school. This should not be taken as a sign of a bad attitude by teens. Teens really do need a lot of sleep. Taylor and Francis reported via Alpha Galileo on Sept. 26, 2014 a new...
  • Hannah Graham: The tragedy of not knowing
    The disappearance of Hannah Graham: Trying to make sense of tragedy
    Over 25 years ago I had the pleasure of knowing a young woman who’s light shined so bright. I called this beautiful woman sister in the tradition of Greek life. At the age of 19 this gentle woman lost her life in an unexpected alcohol...
  • Dinner time
    Add zest to your family's mealtime discussions
    As the school year gains momentum, mealtime conversations can be a struggle for all involved, particularly if you have kids in middle school and high school. Getting them to share any information at all about their day, their thoughts or their...
  • Overweight teens during a fitness class
    Combining aerobic exercise with resistance training is best for obese teens
    Poor diets and sedentary lifestyles have lead to a literal epidemic of obesity in the United States and worldwide. The University of Calgary reported on Sept. 23, 2014 a new research study has analyzed the best exercise for obese kids. According...
  • Worried teenager with scale
    Combined training reduces body fat in teens
    Aerobic and resistance training fights teen obesityAccording to the American Heart Association using BMI values on the CDC growth chart, the prevalence of overweight in adolescents ages 12–19 increased from 6.1 percent to 18.4 percent. John...
  • The Red Sheet
    Book Review - 'The Red Sheet' by Mia Kerick
    Young adult author Mia Kerick frames her same-sex love story THE RED SHEET around the popular 2001 song "Superman" by Five for Fighting. Familiar lyrics like "Even heroes have the right to dream," and "It's not easy to...
  • Heroes wanted: Big Hero 6 XPrize Challenge to kids age 8-17
    Heroes wanted: Big Hero 6 XPrize Challenge to kids age 8-17
    Do you know an enterprising young person who is creative? The Disney Big Hero 6-XPRIZE Challenge wants to know them too and here's kids ages 8-17 chance to show off their ideas for tackling the world's biggest challenges using science,...