6/2/17: 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. Michigan high schoolers create '13 Reasons Why Not' radio show

Students at Oxford High School have put together 13 stories of teens who have overcome their struggles with depression and suicide. On the radio show, students discuss dealing with challenges like bullying and bad relationships, and how friends helped them through.


2. Depression rates among teens, especially girls, is worse than previously thought

A study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry found that by age 17, 36 percent of girls and 14 percent of boys are depressed. Researchers have long known that there's a gender gap in depression among adults, but this study confirms that the gap persists among teens too, and starts at a younger age than previously thought. 


3. Teen pregnancy rates are at a historic low

From 2013 to 2014, the teen birth rate declined by nine percent, with the rate of births in 2014 at 24 births per 1,000 women. Researchers say this could be because being pregnant is not as socially acceptable among teens, and because teens have greater access to long-lasting birth control methods.


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