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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...
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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.
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...
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.
SCIENCE
December 15, 2009 | By Melissa Healy
The federal government's annual report of kids' alcohol and drug abuse seems reassuring: Compared with earlier in the decade, use of hallucinogens was down in 2008, marijuana use was way down, and use of methamphetamines was way, way down. But the researchers and public officials who crunch those numbers warned that some of the statistics gleaned from an annual survey of 46,000 American eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders were worrisome. Though drug and alcohol use seems to be declining or holding steady, there has been slippage in teen disapproval of such practices and perception of the risks, officials warned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1998 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As colleges focus increasingly on the problem of alcohol on campus, a survey from the Harvard School of Public Health shows that more college students than ever are drinking with the sole purpose of getting drunk. Data released here this month from the school's 1997 College Alcohol Study also show that four of five fraternity and sorority members are binge drinkers.
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