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2/3/2017: 3 Articles You Need to Read This Week


Welcome to February! (How is it already here?!) 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. "Tinder for teens" is posing risks

An app called Yellow is being marketed as a friendship app for those 12 and up. It allows users to swipe yes or no to match with potential friends, and once users match, they have the option to chat. Adults around the world are nervous about the app because of its sexual content, and because essentially anyone has the ability to pose as a teen.


2. At Standing Rock, a group of teens and young adults launched a movement

After two of her friends committed suicide, Jasilyn Charger, a 19-year-old Native American, knew she had to make a difference for Native American teens, who are one and a half times more likely to commit suicide than any other group of teens. Charger's group, called One Mind Youth Movement, raised money to take Native American teens on trips to see the ocean, created a safe house for teens, and counseled those who were at risk. After the suicide rates began decreasing, the group became involved in in the campaigns against the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, establishing a retreat at Standing Rock to create community for teens and those feeling targeted. 


3. The brain circuits of bipolar teens may give clues to suicide risk

A new study, completed by researchers at Yale University and published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, looked at images of the frontal cortex of teens diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In teens who had attempted suicide before, there was a decrease in the brain circuitry that controls emotion and impulses, and in the connections between the parts of the brain that control these things. The hope is that this study will help provide methods to identify suicide risk and create therapies to strengthen connections in the frontal cortex of those at risk.


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