Drugs and NOPE

Drugs and NOPE

High Schools in Pennsylvania are replacing the DARE drug program with heart-wrenching audio tapes of parents watching their children die, teens finding an overdosed friend and images of a brother burying his brother. Five hundred students listened to a 911 call of a mother finding her 17-year-old-son dead from an overdose of prescription drugs. The gym fell […]

Sleep Deprivation and Youth

Sleep Deprivation and Youth

Sleep deprivation is a common health concern among youth. Today’s technology has provided television screens, computer screens, cellular phone screens, and gaming screens of all sizes. The amount of time teens spend in front of these varieties of screens affects their sleep quality and patterns. A study evaluating the relationship between screen – time and […]

Smartphones and Syphilis

Smartphones and Syphilis

Smartphones can detect syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) thanks to a team developed by Samuel Sia, an engineering professor at Columbia University, New York. This research has been made possible with a grant from the Gates Foundation. Using a device, called a ‘dongle’, which plugs into the headphone jack of smartphones, it allows […]