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11/11/16: 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. These teens are learning valuable skills and putting them to good use
Students in Washington D.C. are learning valuable design and construction skills, which they have already used to build a micro home. And soon, they will be using those skills--which also include knowledge of city building codes and permitting--to build a single-family home.

2. The suicide rate for middle schoolers has doubled from 2007 to 2014
In seven years, the rate of children ages 10-14 who commit suicide has doubled, and for the first time, surpassed the number of middle school children who die in car accidents. The underlying reasons for this rise are thought to be complex.
3. Teens who vape regularly are 10 times more likely to start smoking 
A study of 10th graders found that vaping regularly increases a teen's chances of developing a smoking habit. In fact, 20 percent of the students who regularly vaped were hooked on cigarettes within 6 months.
4. This teen bought Air Jordan shoes for his bullied classmate
Tae Moore, a high school student from South Carolina, bought Air Jordan tennis shoes for his classmate, Taylor Bates, a student who was being bullied. In a viral video, Moore can be seen giving the shoes to a surprised Bates.

5. It's important for teens to grapple with gender stereotypes
A class of sixth grade students recently learned how gender stereotypes affect how they think about themselves and others. Boys revealed they liked cooking and were emotional, and girls said they liked sports--all traits that are sometimes stereotyped to the opposite genders. It is believed that programs teaching students about gender roles and relationship misconceptions will help prevent domestic violence, and help kids better deal with their emotions. For more information on gender identity and how stereotypes affect teens, be sure to check out our story, "Who Said It?"

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