Stories about: teen brains

Fact or fiction: Today’s teenagers are more wild than ever

For decades, teenagers have gotten a pretty bad rap from the generations that came before them. The clothes, hairstyles and music may change, but the age-old notion of teenagers being wilder than ever before predates anyone old enough to have the thought. Complaining about wayward teens may be a parental cliché, but that’s only because it’s true, right?

Not so fast parents: According to a new study at the University of Michigan, today’s kids are actually a little more conservative than many of you were at their age.

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Talking to your teen about Four Loko

The alcoholic energy drink Four Loko has been in the news lately because of its high alcohol content and popularity with young drinkers. Here John Knight, MD, director of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research(CeASAR), comments on how parents can talk to their teens about the potential danger of Four Loko.

John Knight, MD

If you read the papers or watched the news this weekend there’s a good chance you saw media coverage about the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko, which has been making headlines for its role in the hospitalization of college students, prompting local universities to issue warnings about its potency and was even banned by the state of Michigan. According to reports, the product’s high alcohol content has earned nicknames like “blackout in a can” or “liquid cocaine.”

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This week on Thrive: March 1 – 5

Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to last week.

Do you know how dangerous drowsy driving is for your teen? Teen brains really are different. Parents consider hastening death for terminally ill children. Do small changes in our diet really add up? Children’s Facebook page is named one of the best hospital pages. A Children’s critical care nurse tells her story about caring for Haitian earthquake victims on the USNS Comfort. Do you know how to recognize the early signs of autism? Learn why it’s important for young boys and girls to see female characters on screen. Children’s hearing needs to be protected beginning at a very young age.

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