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5/19/2017: 4 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. Futuristic nap pods are helping teens get the rest they need

Hannah Vanderkooy, an 18-year-old student, often uses her school's nap pod when she's tired and overwhelmed. This pod, shaped like a combination of an spaceship and an egg, provides darkness and gentle music, to help teens take a power nap during school. This innovation comes at a time when teens are more stressed out than ever, with 69 percent not getting the recommended nine to ten hours of sleep each night.


2. 1.2 million teens die each year from mostly preventable causes

An international report released by the World Health Organization suggests we could be doing more to prevent adolescent deaths. For teen girls ages 15 to 19, the highest causes of death are attributed to maternal issues (having to do with poor care during pregnancy) and self-harm. For teen boys, the leading causes of death were road injuries and interpersonal conflicts.


3. Soccer is rated highest for boosting girls' confidence levels

A European study found that girls who play soccer are more confident than girls who don't play a sport. Even more telling? Girls playing soccer demonstrated higher levels of self-assuredness than girls involved in other sports. 


4. Misogyny and harassment are rampant among teens

A report published by Harvard University's Making Caring Happen project found that teens don't know how to form caring and lasting relationships. They also aren't getting the guidance they need from parents and other adults. In fact, 65 percent reported wanting "guidance on some emotional aspect of romantic relationships in a health or sex education class at school." The full report can be viewed here.


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