12/16/16: 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. Teenagers want their parents to be like potted plants

We already know that parents are important to teen development, but sometimes all it takes is sitting in the same room with them, according to a new study. Even if you're just folding laundry or reading a book, that time can be beneficial. In fact, many teens say they wish their parents were around more often.


2.  Teen drug use is down, new survey says

According to a new federal survey, teen drug use has reached lows that haven't been seen since the 1990s. The survey looked at 50,000 teens and found that illicit drug use (other than marijuana) was lower than it has been since 1991. Alcohol use is down too, from 67 percent in 1991 to 36 percent in 2016. And the same goes for cigarette usage, which has more than halved from 63 percent of teens having tried them in 1991 to 28 percent in 2016. For more on these findings, check out our Ideabook post on the same findings


3. Texas is starting what may be the largest study yet on high school athletes and brain injuries

Concussions and other serious brain injuries are one of the most risky aspects of high school sports. To try and rectify these issues, Texas will be tracking two dozen high school sports to see if improvements in rules or protective athletic wear is the solution to preventing deadly brain injuries. 




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