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9/29/17: 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 that are worth your time. Check back every Friday for more headlines you may have missed. (And don’t forget to take a peek at our brand-new website and let us know what you think!)


1. Concussions are common in teens, especially in contact sports

According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, nearly 20 percent of teens have had a concussion. Out of the teens that experienced concussions, the majority were involved in contact sports like ice hockey and football. These concussions can bring headaches, depression, irritability, and trouble sleeping, all which can affect other areas of teens' lives. 

For more on concussions and contact sports, stay tuned for next month's debate, which considers the benefits and drawbacks of safety rules in soccer. 


2. Virtual friendships may be just as strong as in-person friendships

Friendships are important aspects of life, especially those formed in our teenage years. In a time where more and more students experience friendship online, many are wondering how these relationships measure up to real-life friendships. A new study done by researchers at the University of California Irvine, and published in the Adolescent Research Review, suggests that online friendships are actually more beneficial in certain areas. These friendships are easier and more accessible, and allow teens to be more careful about what they say. On the other side, online relationships leave more room for increased gossip and spreading of rumors. 

Get you students thinking about their friendships with the lively debate: Are Online Friends Real Friends?


3. Could an app prevent teen suicide?

In Cincinnati, an app is being tested by mental-health professionals in schools to predict suicide risk in students. The app is named SAM, which stands for Spreading Activation Mobile, and uses artificial intelligence to analyze the "language, emotional state, and social media footprint" of users. This comes at a time when the teen suicide rate, especially for teen girls, is higher than it has been in 40 years. And to make matters more complicated, suicide risk is hard to predict. Though artificial intelligence when applied to mental health is still very much in the works, it's hopeful to see its potential for saving lives. 



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