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Alcohol Puts Teens at Risk of Insomnia

A new study has examined the development of mental health problems and resilience among at-risk youth. It may be considered as one of the most common "sleep aids" people employ to help them drift off at night, but according to a recent study, alcohol can actually be a roadblock to good sleep in teenagers. The [...]

Teens Who Smoke Pot, Drink Alcohol Have Less Potential As Adults

Teenagers who abuse alcohol and marijuana are probably not going to do much with their lives, according to new research. Scientists were investigating the link between dependency on those two drugs and life achievements when they found that the young adults they were studying, who had problems with alcohol and pot, were less likely to [...]

‘Why Do You Take Those Pills, Mummy?’

Every morning, I get up. I shower, brush my teeth, prepare lunch boxes and school uniforms. Then I take my medication. It's an ingrained routine that I could do in my sleep – a streamlined process that ensures everyone's out the door on time and my sanity is in check, my bipolar disorder held at [...]

By | 2017-10-30T16:13:52+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Mental Illness, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Leukaemia Breakthrough Uses Children’s Own Blood Cells to Attack Cancer

A breakthrough treatment that genetically engineers patients' own blood cells into an army of assassins to destroy childhood leukemia has been approved by US officials, opening a new era in cancer care. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called the approval historic, the first gene therapy to hit the US market. Made from scratch for [...]

By | 2017-09-25T10:23:21+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

How Caffeine Helps Premature Babies Breathe Easy

Doctors have been using caffeine for pre-term babies since the 1990s, and new research shows the benefits last for years. There’s nothing like a good slug of caffeine to keep you on your toes, but it’s probably the last thing you’d want to give to a baby. Yet that’s exactly what doctors routinely use to [...]

By | 2017-09-11T17:13:52+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Science & Research, Society & Culture|0 Comments

Iceland Knows How to Stop Teen Substance Abuse but the Rest of the World Isn’t Listening

It’s a little before three on a sunny Friday afternoon and Laugardalur Park, near central Reykjavik, looks practically deserted. There’s an occasional adult with a pushchair, but the park’s surrounded by apartment blocks and houses, and school’s out – so where are all the kids? Walking with me are Gudberg Jónsson, a local psychologist, and [...]

By | 2017-08-21T15:32:51+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: |0 Comments

Child Flu Cases Show Alarming Rise Amid Incorrect Vaccination Advice From GPs

Baby Clementine was burning with fever, coughing and sleeping almost around the clock. Her parents, Emily Ritchie and Lachlan Barnes, had no idea their 15-month-old had fallen ill with the flu. Like more than two-thirds of Australian parents, they hadn't immunised their daughter against the potentially deadly virus. The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne has seen an alarming [...]

By | 2017-08-14T15:26:20+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Science & Research, Society & Culture, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Students with ADHD Falling Behind in Literacy and Numeracy

FOUR in 10 Australian secondary students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are failing minimum literacy or numeracy standards, worrying new research has revealed. The Australian-first study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute found almost three-quarters of Year 7 students with ADHD had problems with writing. More than half of Year 9 students with the disorder [...]

Alcohol a Bigger Scourge Than Meth

Doctors have criticised state and federal governments over their new drug policy blueprint, accusing them of putting too much emphasis on methamphetamine and not enough on a much more damaging and deadly substance: alcohol. The Australian Medical Association says the recently released National Drug Strategy - which sets out the official approach to preventing and [...]

By | 2017-08-07T14:45:52+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Society & Culture|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Rape Culture Teens Face Today

A good proportion of people believe that "everybody hates rapists" – but that's because rape culture has done very well to convince the general population that rapists never look like the men you actually know. One of the functions of rape culture is that it works especially hard to provide excuses for the rich young [...]