Archive | August, 2012

Use of Pot in Teen Years Linked to IQ Decline by Age 30

As recent studies have shown that marijuana use is extremely popular with adolescents, more so than alcohol and tobacco, further research, just released in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that habitually smoking marijuana before age 18 showed an eight-point drop in IQ between the ages of 13 and 38, a considerable […]

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Sacrificing Sleep to Study Causes Academic Issues

A recent study by UCLA finds a direct correlation between lack of sleep, due to over-studying the night before, and poor results in school the following day. “Sacrificing sleep for extra study time is counterproductive,” says Andrew J. Fuligni, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and a senior scientist at the Jane and Terry Semel […]

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California Suburban Teens Transition from Painkillers to Heroin

KQED, the public media station for Northern California recently did a series of stories on the increase of suburban California teenagers who are transitioning¬† from using painkillers to black tar heroin. California Watch, a reporting initiative started by the Center for Investigative Reporting, posted this story and video (shown above) on August 15th, 2012 in […]

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Medical Marijuana Sharing Amongst Adolescents

As medicinal marijuana is more available in some states, via legal marijuana dispensaries, a new study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine found that it is very common for adolescents in substance abuse treatment programs to use medical marijuana recommended to someone else (also known as “diverted” medical marijuana). The study, “Medical Marijuana […]

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Anti-bullying Campaign Targets Parents

Starting in October of 2012, a series of print and web ads, targeting parents, will run with the message: Teach your kids to put a stop to bullying. The ads are a joint effort by the Ad Council, a non-profit that produces and distributes public service announcements, and the Free to Be…You and Me foundation. […]

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