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7/21/17: 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. Heavy drinking as a teen can lead to "dire" effects on brain function

A study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology found that heavy binge-drinking in teens and young adults can harm memory, attention, language, awareness, and consciousness. Because the brain is going through substantial growth during adolescence, it's important for teens to understand the impact alcohol can have on their development. 

For more information on the dangers of teen alcohol use, read our story One Deadly Night.


2. Teen marijuana use linked to depression

A study published in the journal Addiction looked at more than 500 students ages 12-15 from Seattle-area middle schools, and then followed up when the students were 18. Researchers found that teens with chronic or severe depression were more likely to develop a cannabis-use disorder. The findings suggest that having interventions for depression at a younger age will curb the risk of teens developing a cannabis-use disorder later in life. 


3. More students are getting A's, but SAT scores are decreasing

The good news is that 47 percent of American students graduated with an A-average in 2016, compared with 38.9 percent in 1998. But when it comes to SAT scores, the average of American students fell from 1,026 to 1,002 on a 1,600-point scale. 


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