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12/15/17: 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. 


1. Teen drug use is stable, but more teens are using marijuana

The new report from the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, found that among 45,000 teens in 8th, 10th, and 12th grade the percentage of those who smoked marijuana increased to 24 percent, a 1.3 percent increase since 2016. Among students in 12th grade, 40 percent had used an illicit drug, while more than half had used alcohol. Among students in eighth grade, about 13 percent had used drugs, while 18 percent had used alcohol. More teens approve of marijuana use than in the past: 64.7 percent of high school seniors disapproved of marijuana use this yeara decrease from the 68.5 percent disapproval rate last year. 


2. France is banning mobile phones in schools

In France, where 93 percent of those ages 12 to 17 have mobile phones, a total phone-ban is being planned in secondary schools. While phones are already banned in classrooms, next year they will also be banned from use between classes and during breaks. According to Jean-Michel Blanquer, the French education minister, "This is about ensuring the rules and the law are respected. The use of telephones is banned in class. With headmasters, teachers and parents, we must come up with a way of protecting pupils from loss of concentration via screens and phones."  


3.  Diet affects mental health in young adults

In a new study from Binghamton University, State University of New York, researchers found (via an anonymous online survey) that for young adults (ages 18–29), the brain seems to be more reliant on meat to regulate mood. According to researchers, more meat increases the "availability of neurotransmitter precursors and concentrations in the brain." In older adults, this need subsided, but the need for antioxidants (often from fruit) became more important for mood. According to Lina Begdache, assistant professor of health and wellness studies at Binghamton University, "Young adults who ate meat (red or white) less than three times a week and exercised less than three times week showed a significant mental distress."


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