10/28/16: 5 Articles You Need to Read This Week

We know you're busy--that's why we're keeping up on the news for you. Here are some of the latest articles about teen health that are worth your time. Check back every Friday for more headlines you may have missed!

1. Drinking alcohol in combination with caffeine is harmful to teens' brain development
A new study found that alcohol and caffeine together can affect teen brains the same way cocaine changes the adult brain--and the damage can be long-lasting. For more information and real-life stories concerning teen addiction, check out our piece, "Heroin Took Over Our Town." Plus, our Teaching Tough Topics guide can help you discuss addiction in the classroom. Finally, you can encourage your teens to join this campaign to stand against addiction.

2. Teen-only spaces in the home may be advantageous
Setting aside semi-private spaces in the home can allow teens to have privacy. This also allows teens to hang out with friends and grow relationships independently, in their homes, but away from parents--a balance between privacy and supervision.

3. Parents can help teens when it comes to anxiety and depression
According to Fadi Haddad, psychiatrist and author of Helping Kids in Crisis, parents play a major role in teen mental health. You can help by becoming attuned to your teen's emotions, resisting anger, and paying attention without being overbearing.

4. High school dropout rates have drastically declined, but demographic differences remain
A recent report by the American Institutes for Research for the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics found that the dropout rate has nearly halved, from 14.1 percent in 1973 to 6.8 percent in 2013. There's still a demographic gap though, as the dropout rates for Asian and white students are lower than those of black and Hispanic students.

5. What keeps teens from getting college degrees?
Among high school students, there is an "aspirations-attainment" gap, meaning most high school students want to attend college, but many never make it. The New York Times is following a group of students in Topeka, Kansas, from high school to college, and posting daily updates along the journey. This evolving series of stories seeks to unearth the reasons why teens don't end up with college degrees, and what specific factors deter them.

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