Sexting appears to be on the rise among teens, meta-analysis suggests

The ABC News (2/26, Allen) website reports that among teenagers, sexting is on the increase, research indicates. Nearly “27 percent of teens are receiving sexts and almost 15 percent are sending them, according to findings” published online in JAMA Pediatrics.

        CNN (2/26, Gabriel) reports researchers “included data from 39 separate research projects conducted between January 1990 and June 2016, with a total of 110,380 participants, all of whom were under 18 – with some as young as 11.” The meta-analysis reveals that “the increased number of young people involved in sending or receiving sexually explicit photographs or messages has corresponded with rapidly expanding access to cell phones.” For that reason, “the study’s authors suggest that ‘age specific information on sexting and its potential consequences should regularly be provided as a component of sex education.’”


Be Gutsy! For Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause for cancer related to deaths in the US.

Have you been appropriately screened? Talk with your doctor today to see which screening is right for you.

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Prevent Colorectal Cancer. Learn more from this personal story the CDC has shared with us during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Click Here


How do I teach my tween about clickbait?

Check out this Great Article from Salon. com on Clickbait.

Phony photos, outrageous claims, too-good-to-be-true contests, cute puppies, celebrity gossip — all these are wrapped up in headlines that move your mouse hand even before your brain registers what it’s doing. This so-called “clickbait” exists for one purpose: clicks. And it isn’t simply a distraction (although it is that). Clickbait actually does damage. It’s almost always age-inappropriate for kids, it’s potentially harmful to your computer, it spreads misinformation, fake news, and dubious sources, and it degrades everyone’s collective experience of the internet.

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The Buzz on E-cigarettes

E-cigarettes can leak toxic metals into vapers’ lungs, study suggests
USA Today (2/23, May) reported, in continuing coverage, that researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found “significant levels of highly toxic arsenic” and other potentially harmful metals, according to a study in Environmental Health Perspectives. The study’s samples also contained significant levels of chromium, manganese, nickel, and lead. Study senior author Ana María Rule, assistant scientist in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, said, “It’s important for the FDA, the e-cigarette companies and vapers themselves to know that these heating coils, as currently made, seem to be leaking toxic metals – which then get into the aerosols that vapers inhale.”

        Fox News (2/23, Dadourian) reported the research team “tested liquids in the refilling dispensers from 56 Baltimore area vapers and found potentially unsafe levels of arsenic, chromium, manganese, nickel and lead.” The results “also showed that aerosol metal concentrations were highest for e-cigarettes with more frequently changed coils.” Fox News points out that the FDA “has the authority to regulate e-cigarettes, but has not issued any rulings on the matter so far.”

U.S. News & World Report (2/23, Lardieri) reported, “Researchers are hopeful results of studies showing the harmful levels of toxic metals in e-cigarettes will help the FDA create rules to govern the devices.”

Most people believe CPR is successful more often than it really is, study suggests
Reuters (2/23, Crist) reported that research suggests most “people believe cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is successful more often than it tends to be in reality.” The findings

were published in American Journal of Emergency Medicine. Reuters added, “This overly optimistic view, which may partly stem from seeing happy outcomes in television medical dramas, can get in the way of decision-making and frank conversations about end of life care with doctors, the research team writes.”

How Long Are You Contagious With The Flu?

It’s shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in years.

Check out this great article below and video from, Click here.

If you are one of the thousands of unlucky Americans who are sick with the flu, this one’s for you. You’ve spent the last couple of days cooped up in your house watching bad TV, fighting the fever sweats and expelling a baffling amount of mucus. As you start to resemble a human being again, you might feel pressure to head back to work. But when is it really OK to return? Many people go back as soon as their symptoms start to resolve, which could be putting your co-workers at risk. Those unpleasant symptoms are actually the result of your immune response battling the flu virus. Take fever for example. Your body starts a fever because the flu virus doesn’t grow as well at high temperatures, and some immune cells actually work better. All that gooey mucus you’ve been coughing up is good at trapping viruses before they can infect other cells.Your body is in an all out war, you against the virus. Immune cells seek out and destroy virus-infected cells. As your airways get irritated, you cough and sneeze. And that’s exactly what the flu wants. That’s because the flu is spread from person to person in virus containing droplets that are produced when a sick person coughs, sneezes or even breaths. When you cough, tiny droplets that fly from your mouth can travel as far as 20 feet at speeds ranging 25-50 mph. Sometimes, they can stay suspended for hours. If someone inhales those particles, they can become infected. The flu can even be transmitted if someone touches a surface contaminated with flu and then touches her face or mouth. That’s why hand-washing is so important when you’re sick. But, the best way to prevent spreading the flu is to stay home if you can. So how long are you really contagious with the flu? NPR’s Skunk Bear gives us an inside glimpse into how your body fights the flu, and when it’s a good idea to head back to work.