4/21/17: 3 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.  When talking to teens about stress, avoid 'When I was your age' anecdotes

Teens who are struggling with massive amounts of stress often refuse help from adults. This may be because of the way adults approach the issue; experts say that parents who use anecdotes of success from their own childhood may be prompting a communication breakdown. "Teenagers are looking for proof that their parents don't understand them and bringing up these examples only confirms that you're not on the same wavelength," explains psychologist Sheryl Gonzalez Ziegler.


2. These high school girls invented a solar-powered shelter for the homeless

Twelve junior and senior high school girls from California have invented a solar-powered homeless shelter. The girls are from a low-income community, so they are often confronted with homelessness. Many of them also come from immigrant families, and hope their invention will be able to benefit refugees. 


3. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says school should start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

In their official statement, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, the AASM has taken a stance on school start times. They say starting after 8:30 a.m. will help ensure student attendance, timeliness, and behind-the-wheel safety. 


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