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American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks Promotes Purity Print
Written by Karen Farris   
Wearing a gold band on her left hand symbolizes an important decision for Jordin.
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ORAL SEX CAN LEAD TO THROAT CANCER Print
Written by Karen Farris   

Recent medical research concludes that oral sex can transmit the highly contagious HPV leading to increased chances of developing throat cancer.

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Risky Teen Behavior Linked to Brain Development Print
Written by Karen Farris   

Recent brain research indicates that the United States is wasting billions of dollars on education and intervention programs attempting to keep teens from dangerous activities.  Apparently, teen’s immature brains are not yet capable of avoiding risky behaviors. If we desire to prevent risk, we will need to have stricter laws and policies limiting teen behaviors rather than hoping educational programs will teach them to avoid risk.

 
“We need to rethink our whole approach to preventing teen risk,” says Laurence Steinberg, Temple University psychologist who reviewed his decade of research in the April issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science.
 

Scientists at the National Institute of Mental Health have found that the area regulating impulses and emotions is slower to develop than the area controlling logic and reasoning. When teens are amongst their peers this seems to increase the likelihood of teens taking risks.

 

The problem for teens isn’t necessarily lack of information. Education programs have done an admirable job of providing facts. What seems to be lacking are more controls from parents and schools limiting teen activities. We tend to view teens as small adults, when, neurologically, they are large children. A teen might sign a drug pledge, but when they are with their friends on Friday night, that drug pledge is nowhere to be found in their brain structure. They don’t have the neurological brakes that adults have and are more likely to go with the crowd.

 

Bottom line? Parents need to consider the risks facing their teens and keep them out of situations where they will be tempted to take unhealthy risks.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2009 22:01
 
New Sexual Predator's Hangout Print
Written by Karen Farris   

Those who enjoy MySpace may need to exercise caution with a new website: Instant Messaging Virtual Universe (IMVU). Users can create 3-D characters that can look, dress and act any way they want. These online characters can even engage other “created” online characters in sexual activities.

Due to the nature of online chat rooms, predators can pose as teens and lure them into online sexual activities. Worse, yet, unsuspecting teens can offer personal information-like where they live, potentially putting them at risk for predators.

This is just one more example of how computers can be either a friend or an enemy. Beware and be savvy, but please be safe.

By Karen Farris

 
More Bad News: HPV Results Print
Written by Karen Farris   
NEW STUDY: HPV infects more women than previously thought.
 
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