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6/30/2017: 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. Teens who report being bullied are more likely to have gun access

A new study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that teens who report being bullied are three times more likely than teens who haven't been bullied to report ability to access a gun. The study surveyed more than 10,000 teens, asking about past bullying, and if they would have access to a loaded gun without the permission of an adult. The study found that 19 percent of teens suffer traditional bullying, two percent suffer cyberbullying, and six percent report both. Of the teens that reported both forms of bullying, 15 percent had access to a loaded gun.

 

2. The presence of a smartphone in a room can reduce brain power

A new study found that just having a smartphone in the same room "reduces available cognitive capacity and impairs cognitive functioning." The study leaders said your subconscious mind may not be thinking about the phone, but it's the brain power to not think about the phone that uses your cognitive capacity. This study didn't look at teens in particular, but may be an interesting one to share with teens to get them thinking.

 

3. Teens fight back after historical sign is defaced

A landmark sign in Mississippi, commemorating the death of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy killed in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman, has been defaced. In response, students from a St. Louis non-profit that teaches civil rights leadership decided to cover the vandalized sign with messages of hope. They posted retellings of Till's story, drawings of him, and other messages, to show that history can't be erased, even if a sign is destroyed.

 

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