August 15, 2010

Casual Sex Bad for GPA

1 Study Reveals Impact of Teen Sex on Grades

Teens who have sex while in a committed relationship don't make better or worse grades than their virgin counterparts. However, teens who have casual sex have lower GPAs than their virgin classmates, say researchers presenting their findings today in Atlanta at a meeting of the American Sociological Association. Males who have casual sex had GPAs that were .30 lower, while females having casual sex had GPAs that were .16 lower than teens not having sex. MSNBC reports that the study also found that teens having casual or serious sex were at greater risk of skipping school or dropping out compared with their classmates who don't have sex. Teens who have casual sex were also at greater risk of being suspended or expelled from school.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Friends in High School

Tags: Impact of Teen Sex, Teen Sex Causes Bad Grades, Casual Teen Sex, Impact of Casual Teen Sex, Who Teen Sex Affects Grades, Teens Having Sex Go to College, Sex in High School, Virgin Versus Teen Sex GPA, American Sociological Association

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Don't Fret over Only Children

2 Only Children Have Good Social Skills Too

Teens without siblings are chosen as friends in high school just as often as their peers with brothers and sisters, find researchers from Ohio State University. "I don't think anyone has to be concerned that if you don't have siblings, you won't learn the social skills you need to get along with other students in high school," says Donna Bobbitt-Zeher, co-author of the study. Researchers found that in every situation they examined, the number or type of siblings (stepsiblings, half-siblings or adopted) a teen had made no difference in their popularity among peers. Researchers say that even kids without siblings still have many opportunities to develop social skills as they go through school.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Ohio State University, Only Children, Social Skills of Only Child, Being an Only Child, Only Child Makes Friends, Only Child Popular in School, Stepsiblings, National Study of Adolescent Health, Donna Bobbitt-Zeher

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An Aspirin a Day

3 Acetaminophen May Relieve Social Pain

A new finding from the University of Florida indicates that emotional pain and physical pain are interrelated and that acetaminophen may help relieve mental pain caused by hurt feelings. The study, to be published in the journal Psychological Science, included 62 participants who were randomly assigned to either a 500 milligram pill of acetaminophen or a placebo. Each night the participants filled out a survey to assess levels of “social pain.” Those who took the active ingredient reported fewer hurt feelings than those who took a placebo. fMRI results also indicated that their brain showed less activity in regions associated with negative emotional feelings. Acetaminophen may also have potential in curtailing antisocial behavior, according to the researchers.

More at Medical News Today | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Tylenol May Double Asthma Risk

Tags: Acetaminophen, Mental Health, Tylenol, Social Pain, Emotional Pain, Feelings

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More Support Equals Less Stress

4 Father Son Bond Key to Child’s Mental Health

Much research has been done on the role that maternal affection plays in the future mental health of children, but research into fathers has been lacking. A new study from California State University hopes to send a message that fathers are just as important to the development of a child. In a study of over 900 adult men and women, the researchers found that men who reported a poor relationship with their fathers were 4 percent more likely to encounter stress during the day and react negatively to the stressor. They were also more likely to develop health problems from daily stress. Many participants cited a lack of confidence stemming from lack of support. Lead author Melanie Mallers said “The difference may sound small, but it’s enough to really affect your quality of life.”

More at Health 24 | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Overprotective Parents Slow Kids Brain Growth

Tags: Children, Family, Mental Health, Stress, Fathers

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Go Veggie!

5 Meat Linked to More Illnesses Than Other Foods

More than 1000 foodborne disease outbreaks were reported in 2007, resulting in 21,244 illnesses and 18 deaths, according to the latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from the CDC. Of the 235 outbreaks that were traced back to a single food commodity, meat products lead the pack, including 691 illnesses linked to poultry (17 percent) and 667 associated with the consumption of tainted beef (16 percent). Norovirus was the most frequently confirmed bacterial agent, followed by salmonella. Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli, and clostridium botulism also contributed to deaths caused by foodborne illnesses. Meat isn’t the only source of foodborne illnesses. Leafy vegetables were also cited as a common medium for bacterial contamination.

More at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Hat tip to TreeHugger | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Salsa and Guacamole Linked to Foodborne Illness

Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Salmonella, Foodborne Illness, Food Safety, Beef, Poultry, Leafy Vegetables, Norovirus

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New Understanding of Parkinson’s

6 Study Links Parkinson’s to Immune System

The genes that allow the body to distinguish between one’s own tissues and foreign invaders such as bacteria, viruses, etc. may be linked to Parkinson’s disease based on a study involving patients from clinics in Oregon, Washington, New York and Georgia. Environmental, genetic and clinic factors believed to contribute to Parkinson’s developing and progressing were examined in over 2,000 people with Parkinson’s and 2,000 healthy individuals. Dr. Cyrus Zabetian said researchers “. . .found strong evidence that a gene within the HLA region is associated with Parkinson's disease." The results of this study may mean that infections, inflammation or auto-immune response play a role in developing the disease. This new understanding may allow researchers to design better treatments.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Sleep Disorder May Be a Sign of Impending Dementia

Tags: Parkinson’s, Human Leukocyte Antigen, HLA

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