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8/4/2017: 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. Binge drinking drops among teenagers

According to a new study, the number of teens who participated in binge drinking decreased between 1991 and 2015, particularly among boys and economically advantaged teens. Experts suggest that the overall decline may be due to policy laws, like stricter regulations on ID checks. 

 

2. Social media can cause depression

Madison Holleran had a picture-perfect life on social media, but in 2014, the 19-year-old college track star committed suicide. According to experts, many teens have trouble understanding the difference between reality and social media—and for teens who struggle with mental health disorders, social media can be a trigger for things like depression and anxiety.

 

3. Teens of the Seventh Generation of Native Americans are defying the odds

Jacob Rosales is a Native American teen who lives on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He's part of the Seventh Generation of his tribe, the generation prophesied to spearhead renewal. Despite adverse situations on the reservation, Rosales is going to college, with plans to be a medical doctor. "It’s not our fault that one-third of us drop out of school. That we participate in the labor force at a lower rate than any other racial group. That our men are incarcerated at four times the rate of their white peers," he told The Atlantic.

 

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