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Rich teens, drug abuse and the importance of involved parents Featured Health 

Rich teens, drug abuse and the importance of involved parents

United States (JR) – Teenagers in wealthy American suburbs seem to have it all: a nice home, great opportunities. More often than other adolescents, they also seem to have a taste for drugs and alcohol. Researchers have documented higher levels of drug abuse and binge drinking in white, wealthy suburbs than in other communities. A 2017 survey of over 13,000 American high school students found that attendance at a school with high median family income was associated with more students engaging in this type of risky behavior. “These results highlight the central role of schools and peers in driving social norms and expectations affecting mental and behavioral Read More

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Grey Matter: 7 Brain Myths Debunked Featured Science and Nature 

Grey Matter: 7 Brain Myths Debunked

World (Sputnik) – Is liquor really as harmful to our grey matter as we are being told? Is it true that an average human only uses a fraction of his brain capacity? Are women really better at using both halves of the brain? Finnish researchers have recently debunked some of the most deep-rooted myths about the human brain. Weighing about 1.2-1.4 kilograms or about 2 percent of the total body weight, the brain remains the most enigmatic part of the human body, accumulating a myriad of myths and misconceptions through the ages.New research on the brain by the University of Helsinki has recently highlighted the benefits of learning two languages Read More

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New Study Shows Alcohol Increases Breast Cancer Risk; Exercise Reduces It Health Women 

New Study Shows Alcohol Increases Breast Cancer Risk; Exercise Reduces It

World (Sputnik) – Consuming just one small alcoholic beverage a day puts a person at a higher risk for breast cancer, according to a report released on Tuesday by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund. Having analyzed data on 12 million women and 260,000 cases of breast cancer from 119 studies, the researchers found that consuming as few as 10 grams of alcohol a day can increase premenopausal breast cancer risk by five percent and postmenopausal breast cancer risk by nine percent.Alice Bender, head of nutrition programs at AICR, explained in the study that alcohol is a known carcinogen that can damage DNA and boost Read More

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Red Bull & Vodka: It’s Your Perception That Gets You Drunker Health Science and Nature 

Red Bull & Vodka: It’s Your Perception That Gets You Drunker

World (Sputnik) – A new study from a French behavioral sciences lab has found that red bull with vodka gets you drunk faster because you believe it will get you drunk faster. The experiment, conducted by researchers with INSEAD Sorbonne University in Paris and soon to be published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, brought in 154 young men and presented them with three separately labeled drinks: “Vodka & Red Bull”, “Fruit Juice Cocktail”, and “Vodka Cocktail”. The three beverages were exactly the same thing, a cocktail of fruit juice, Red Bull, and vodka. The only difference was the labeling.But 51 percent of the young men who drank the cocktail Read More

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