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6/9/17: 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. 1 in 5 teens with an eating disorder seek treatment

A recent study published in Contemporary Pediatrics found that only 20 percent of teens with an eating disorder seek medical treatment. Experts believe this could be because many teens don't know they have an eating disorder, as current dieting trends can make it seem like the way they're eating is completely normal.

Ready to tackle eating disorders in class? Our story, This Football Player Had a Secret Eating Disorder, is a good place to start. 


2. After Harvard rescinded at least 10 acceptance letters, it's time to think about the secret social media lives of teens

Earlier this week, Harvard University rescinded the acceptances of at least 10 incoming freshman for sharing racist and offensive memes and images in a private social media group on Facebook. Teen impulsive social media behavior can be explained by science: It's all because of an underdeveloped prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that regulates behavior and judgment. 


3. Teen girls invent a drinking straw to detect date-rape drugs

Three Miami teens have invented the Smart Straw, which detects beverages spiked with common odorless and tasteless date rape drugs like Rohypnol, GHB, or Ketamine. The teens plan to start a crowdfunding campaign soon so their straws can be manufactured and sold. 


4. What happened to the teen summer job?

Despite a better unemployment rate overall, fewer teens are entering the workforce. Experts say this is because academic intuition is taking the lead—teens realize they can study more and take summer classes, making them more likely to earn a college scholarship. Plus, many teens may be working unpaid internships instead.



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