October 8, 2014

Wind Up in Parenting Class

1 80% of US Teens Still Get No Sex Education

Although the rate of out-of-wedlock births among teenagers ages 15 to 17 has fallen by more than half since 1991, they still add up to nearly 90,000 births per year, and a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attributes at least part of this stubbornly large number of teen pregnancies to simple sexual ignorance. According to the CDC survey, more than 80 percent of teens in that age group have had no formal sexual education when they first begin engaging in sexual intercourse. Moreover, only 25 percent of teens ages 15 to 17 have even discussed sex with their parents. The report notes that as a consequence, when these teens do use birth control, it is usually one of the least effective kinds, such as the rhythm method.

More at Rhrealitycheck.org | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Sex Education, Teen Birth Control, Teen Pregnancies, Contraception for Teens, Sex Ed for Teenagers

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Remains Will Be Cremated

2 Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola has died in a Dallas hospital. He was diagnosed with Ebola in mid-September and people with whom he came into contact since his diagnosis are being monitored for symptoms for 21 days. In a press conference held this afternoon, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said that enhanced screening measures to guard against Ebola will be put in place at select U.S. airports, including JFK in New York. However, “whatever we do can't get the risk to zero here in the interconnected world that we live in today," Frieden said. The enhanced measures, which focus on travelers from W. Africa include taking passengers’ temperatures. Ebola is spread through contact with bodily fluids and only by someone who is symptomatic, says the CDC.

More at Cnn.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: CDC Confirms First U.S. Case of Ebola

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Thomas Frieden, Ebola, Thomas Eric Duncan, West Africa Ebola Outbreak, Dallas Ebola Patient Dies

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Six New Genetic Variants

3 Coffee Intake Influenced by Genes

Habitual coffee drinkers can now blame it on their genes! A new study from Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital found six new genetic variants that they've associated with habitual coffee consumption. The research, a genome-wide meta-analysis of more than 120,000 regular coffee drinkers, was published in Molecular Psychiatry. Researchers say that their findings will help to identify subgroups of patients who may reap health benefits from either increasing or decreasing their coffee consumption.

More at Science Daily | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Heartburn Free Coffee May Be on the Way

Tags: Coffee Consumption, Harvard School of Public Health, Genetic Variants Influence Coffee Drinking, Habitual Coffee Drinking, Molecular Psychiatry

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Losing Control with Sexting

4 Many Teens Send Naked Selfies

Nearly 20 percent of teens in high school have sent nude photos of themselves via a cellphone, and 38 percent have received such photos. Researchers also say that one in five of those who received nude photos forwarded them to someone else. The sexting research from the University of Utah was published in Computers in Human Behavior. The study involved 1,130 undergraduate students who reported on their sexting experiences in high school. Researchers say that their findings are nearly identical to their 2013 study on teen sexting, indicating the validity of the findings. Dangers of sexting include losing control of the image once it's sent, unwanted sexual advances, blackmail, cyberbullying, and even felony charges for pornography trafficking if minors are involved.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Are Selfies Spreading Head Lice among Teens?

Tags: Sexting, University of Utah, Naked Selfies, Teen Sexting, Teen Selfies, Computers in Human Behavior, Danger of Sending Naked Photos

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And Decrease Insulin Levels

5 Grapefruit Juice May Help Prevent Weight Gain

Grapefruit juice could hold the key to preventing weight gain and decreasing blood glucose levels and insulin levels. According to new research on mice fed a high-fat diet, diluted grapefruit juice stemmed weight gain by 18 percent compared to drinking water. Researchers used clarified, no-pulp grapefruit juice sweetened slightly with saccharin. The study also found that mice who were fed grapefruit juice had improved levels of insulin, glucose, and triacylglycerol, a type of fat. Mice that drank grapefruit juice had a threefold decrease in insulin levels, as well as a 13 to 17 percent decrease in glucose levels. The study from the University of California, Berkeley was published in PLOS ONE.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Grapefruit Could Hold Promise for Diabetes

Tags: Diabetes Prevention, PLoS ONE, Preventing Weight Gain, Benefits Drinking Grapefruit Juice

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