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What Parents and Teachers should Know about Suicide in Adolescents (Part 2)

By Dr. Shahul Ameen, M.D. (Article continued from Part I) What can be done to help someone who may be suicidal?: 1. Take it seriously. Myth: “The people who talk about it don’t do it.” Studies have found that more … Continue reading

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Couch potato kids risk unhealthy hearts

We all tend to feel a bit stiff when we sit around a lot, but doctors say couch potatoes actually develop stiffer blood vessels from all of that lounging. Now new research indicates this is true for young people as well. Continue reading

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McDonald’s warned: Drop the toys or get sued

A nutrition watchdog group is threatening to sue McDonald’s if the fast-food giant won’t stop using toys to to lure children to its Happy Meals . Continue reading

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What Parents and Teachers should Know about Suicide in Adolescents (Part 1)

Suicide is one of the commonest causes of death among young people. The latest mean worldwide annual rates of suicide per 100,000 are 0.5 for females and 0.9 for males among 5-14-year-olds, and 12.0 for females and 14.2 for males among 15-24-year-olds. Suicide is the sixth leading cause of death among children aged 5-14 years, and the third leading cause of death among all those 15-24 years old. In most countries, males outnumber females in youth suicide statistics. There are far more suicidal attempts and gestures than actual completed suicides. One epidemiological study estimated that there were 23 suicidal gestures and attempts for every completed suicide. Though female teens are much more likely to attempt suicide than males, male teens are more likely to actually kill themselves. Continue reading

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Bullying and your child

By: Snowy Many children have to cope with bullying. There are different types of bullying and some are easier to cope with than others – here are some pointers Types of bullying: Name-calling Spreading nasty rumours Abusive texts, emails, or … Continue reading

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Study: No link for childhood cancers, cell phone towers

A new British study finds no connection between early childhood cancer risk and pregnant mothers’ exposure to cell phone towers. The study is published in the June 24 edition of the British Medical Journal. Continue reading

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California plans tough product safety limits

The state of California proposed new rules Monday that could force makers of consumer products to show they’re not using harmful plastics or other ingredients, or face restrictions including a possible ban on selling those products. If the rules go into effect, they could have a ripple effect beyond California, since many companies are unlikely to develop separate product lines, just for that state. Continue reading

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