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8/18/17: 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!

 

An app may help teens recover post-concussion

Typically post-concussion treatment involves rest, not screentime, but a new app called SuperBetter may be changing that. The app—which was recently studied by the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center—functions as a symptom journal, turning logged symptoms into a heroic narrative. The study found that the app, along with standard concussion treatment, improves "outcomes and optimism" in teens recovering from concussions.

 

Fewer teens are using drugs, but more teens are overdosing

In 2015, the rate of overdose deaths rose by 19 percent among teens ages 15 to 19, with the main overdose-inducing culprits being dangerous illicit drugs like heroin and synthetic opiates. At the same time, use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco has been declining since 1990. This comes at a time when dangerous opiate use is on the rise, with heroin overdoses having tripled since 2002. 

For more information on the dangerous drug crisis affecting teens in our country, read "Heroin Took Over Our Town."

 

These teens are banning plastic bags in Bali

Indonesia is the second largest polluter of plastic in the world, but teen sisters Isabel and Melati Wijsen are about to change that. At the ages of 10 and 12, the sisters started their organization, Bye Bye Plastic Bags, to end plastic bag use in their hometown of Bali, Indonesia. After a struggle to be heard by their local government—which included a petition with 100,000 signatures and a hunger strike—the teens were able to get their governor to commit to ban plastic bags in the city by 2018. 

 

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