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Almost Every Young Person in WA Detention Has a Severe Brain Impairment

Nine out of ten people in Western Australian youth detention are severely impaired in at least one area of brain function such as memory, language, attention, and executive function (planning and understanding consequences). Such deficits would strongly impact on their ability to conform with legal instructions, and with other aspects of the justice system such [...]

By | 2018-02-16T10:52:38+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Melbourne Uni Makes Sexual Consent Course Mandatory

Undergraduate students must now pass an online course about sexual consent if they want to enrol at the prestigious University of Melbourne. In the wake of a damning Australian Human Rights Commission report into sexual harassment and assault on campuses, Australian universities are rolling out training to teach students about respectful relationships. As part of [...]

By | 2018-02-12T09:51:49+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Parents Giving Children Alcohol Too Young, Researchers Say

Parents could be storing up problems for their children by introducing them to alcohol too young and ordering takeaways too often, researchers warn. Two universities found that one in six parents gives their children alcohol by the age of 14, when their body and brain are not yet fully developed. Many parents may believe they are [...]

Teachers Call For Ban On Energy Drinks

One of Britain’s leading teaching unions is calling for schools to be banned from selling energy drinks to children aged under 16 due to the large amount of caffeine they contain. The National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) is describing the drinks as “readily available legal highs” that can cause headaches and palpitations, [...]

E-cigarette Use Among Youth Leads To Smoking As Adults Finds Study

E-cigarettes and vaping is considered to be a harmless version of the real thing with many manufacturers selling them to the youth. There are candy and a host of other flavoured e-cigarettes that are being sold to the youth. A new study from the University of Pittsburgh has found that use of these among the [...]

By | 2017-12-20T12:14:33+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Attention Can be Protective Factor to Lower Risk of Drug Abuse

Parents who require children to follow rules and keep a constant eye on their activities, endeavoring to know where they are, who they are with and what they are doing, run less risk of facing problems when their children enter adolescence, such as abuse of alcohol and other drugs. The likelihood of such problems becomes [...]

By | 2017-12-18T10:05:01+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

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