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SCIENCE
July 12, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Cigarette smoking hit the lowest point ever recorded among American eighth-graders, high school sophomores and seniors last year, a newly released report shows. Last year, only 5% of high school sophomores said they had smoked cigarettes daily in the last 30 days, compared with 18% of sophomores who were smoking daily at one point in the 1990s. The numbers have also plunged for eighth-graders and high school seniors, hitting their lowest point since the surveys began. The change is just one of the findings in a vast new report on the well-being of American children, compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.
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September 6, 2008 | SANDY BANKS
The guys from Sigma Nu were one pitcher of beer into a game of "baseball" when I took a seat at their table in USC's on-campus bar and asked for an interview. I wanted to know how they felt about the suggestion by a group of college presidents that the legal drinking age be lowered to 18. They wanted to finish their drinking game. It involved flipping quarters into cups of beer representing base hits and downing the drink the coin landed in. So we talked while they drank.
NEWS
December 16, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Making the transition from adolescence into young adulthood can be challenging, and it could also come with some health risks. A study finds that regular exercise may take a steep drop after high school, especially for young men. Researchers from McMaster University and the University of Toronto , both in Canada, followed 640 Canadian teens who were age 12 to 15 at the start of the study, interviewing them every two years, from 1994...
HEALTH
December 28, 2009 | By Jeannine Stein
Poverty appears to trump smoking, obesity and education as a health burden, potentially causing a loss of 8.2 years of perfect health. In a new study, researchers looked at health and life expectancy data from the National Health Interview Surveys and the Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys and came up with various behavioral and social risk factors that affect quality of life, then used a formula to estimate the quality-adjusted years of life that...
NEWS
September 6, 1994 | SHARI ROAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Forget pledging to a fraternity or attending the first home football game. There's an increasingly popular rite of passage for college freshmen: Getting falling-down drunk. Binge drinking has emerged as one of the unhealthiest aspects of college life, with freshmen of both sexes and students who live in fraternities and sororities most likely to spend at least one night a week drinking to get drunk, health experts say.
HEALTH
May 8, 2006 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
IN recounting her battles with alcohol, author Koren Zailckas doesn't skimp on the details -- her first drink at 14, the years of blackouts and hangovers, waking up in a strange man's apartment and, finally, her embrace of sobriety at the ripe old age of 22. Her story is notable because she crafted it into a bestselling book, "Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood," not because it's rare.
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