1 in 5 Teens Suffers From Hearing Loss Thanks to iPods and MP3 Players

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Hearing loss in teens has risen 30% in 20 years.

Listening to personal music players such as iPods has contributed to hearing loss among teenagers rising by nearly a third in 20 years, a study shows.  Between 2005 and 2006, one in five adolescents suffered some form of hearing problem.


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Alarming Trend as More U.S. Teenagers Are Getting Botox Injections

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More teens in U.S. getting Botox treatments.

While many had the injections for medical rather than cosmetic reasons officials with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons said teens were seeking the treatment as a way to quickly correct their looks.  The anti wrinkle drug is being used on a variety of perceived imperfections, such as a ‘too gummy’ smile or even a square jaw.


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Outlook on Jobs for Teens Worsens


Massachusetts teens marched to the State House in Boston to protest cuts in financing for jobs.

This year is shaping up to be even worse than last for the millions of high school and college students looking for summer jobs.  State and local governments, traditionally among the biggest seasonal employers, are knee-deep in budget woes, and the stimulus money that helped cushion some government job programs last summer is running out. Private employers are also reluctant to hire until the economy shows more solid signs of recovery.


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Well Adjusted Teens Do Better on Social Media Sites


Teens who spend a lot of time on social networking sites may be more well adjusted according to a study. 

With his gaze fixed on a tiny screen, hearing plugged by earbuds and fingers flying, the average teenager may look like a disaster in the making: socially stunted, terminally distracted and looking for trouble. But look beyond the dizzying array of beeping, buzzing devices and the incessant multitasking, say psychologists, and today’s digital kids may not be such a disaster after all.

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Young Children With High-Quality Daycare See Lasting Benefits


Children in high-quality childcare scored slightly higher on measures of academic and cognitive achievement years later as teenagers.

Parents worried about putting very young children into daycare got some reassuring answers on Friday — children who have high-quality care see academic benefits lasting into high school.


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Three-Fourths of Millennial’s Say They Are ‘More Spiritual Than Religious’


Many members of “Generation Y” are drifting away from traditional Christian beliefs and practices

Most young adults today don’t pray, don’t worship and don’t read the Bible, a major survey by a Christian research firm shows.If the trends continue, “the Millennial generation will see churches closing as quickly as GM dealerships,” says Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources. In the group’s survey of 1,200 18- to 29-year-olds, 72% say they’re “really more spiritual than religious.”


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Face Cream Made From Breast Milk Could Cure Acne

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Face cream ‘made from breast milk could cure teenage acne’, study claims

A face cream that is made from breast milk and coconut oil could cure teenage acne, a study has claimed.  American scientists found that a component of mother’s milk, called lauric acid, which also is found in coconut oil, had acne-fighting qualities.


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Microsoft Cracks Down On Xbox Live Homophobia


Microsoft has made a small but vitally important step forward in improving the overall tone of the online chat and gaming banter within its Xbox Live community

If you have ever played against strangers on Xbox Live then you have most likely been exposed to a whole array of homophobic insults, regularly blasted out by frustrated teens on the gaming service.

And while it is difficult for Microsoft – and its millions of gaming customers on Live – to effectively police the service to weed out this widespread homophobia, the fact that the company has now announced a change to its Code of Conduct for the service, whereby you can describe your sexual orientation as gay, straight, bi, lesbian or transgender – is a major step in the right direction towards trying to inform and educate the many ignorant gamers out there.

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