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Fried Egg 2016

Kids today feel empowered and entitled to ask many questions about drugs.

Partnership for Drug Free Kids has re-imagined the 30 year old ad campaign known as "This is You Brain on Drugs." "Fried Egg 2016" has launched a national radio, TV, print and online media campaign to help point parents to quality resources to answer their kids questions about substance abuse.

PositiveTip: Kids are going to ask, so be ready with thoughtful answers.

PositiveTip for

Fried Egg 2016

Kids today feel empowered and entitled to ask many questions about drugs.

Partnership for Drug Free Kids has re-imagined the 30 year old ad campaign known as "This is You Brain on Drugs." "Fried Egg 2016" has launched a national radio, TV, print and online media campaign to help point parents to quality resources to answer their kids questions about substance abuse.

PositiveTip: Kids are going to ask, so be ready with thoughtful answers.

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Lifestyle Change, Not Medication for Mild Hypertention?

Is mild hypertension being overdiagnosed?

Almost 40 percent of the world's population have hypertension, and more than half are considered to be mild hypertensives. About half of these are treated with medications, even though there is only limited evidence that this reduces mortality or morbidity. Some researchers are suggesting an overemphasis on drug treatment limits the opportunities to focus on individual and population lifestyle factors.

PositiveTip: If you are hypertensive, ask your physician if lifestyle changes (i.e. physical activity, weight loss, salt reduction) might be effective for you.

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Drugs or Exercise: Which is More Effective?

Exercise was as effective or more so in lowering mortality for some conditions.

Modern medical research may not detect the most effective therapy for some diseases. Researchers analyzed data from 300 studies to see if exercise interventions were as effective as drugs. They found there was no significant difference between the two treatments for mortality from coronary heart disease or prediabetes. Exercise beat drugs hands down in stroke rehabilitation. 

PositiveTip: Make physical activity a part of your routine everyday. (If you have questions, talk with your physician.)

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Unhealthful Habits Increase the Risk of Sexual Dysfunction

Sexual dysfunction associated with poor health habits

Danish researchers found that certain lifestyle habits were associated with sexual inactivity and sexual dysfunction. Women experienced increased risk of sexual inactivity when they were overweight and smoked tobacco; sexual dysfunction when they used hashish.  Risk for sexual dysfunction in men was associated with being underweight or obese, a large waist circumference, physical inactivity, high alcohol intake, tobacco smoking, and use of hard drugs (800% increase).

PositiveTip:  Avoid high-risk lifestyle habits to enhance every aspect of life.

 

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Self-medicating for Anxiety Is A Fast Track To Alcohol/Drug Abuse

Self-medicating for anxiety with alcohol and drugs can quickly lead to abuse.

Alcohol and drug abuse is often associated with anxiety disorders, but which came first?  A study of 34,653 adults followed for 3 years may help answer this question. Participants having anxiety disorder at the beginning of the study and self-medicated with alcohol and/or drugs, were 2.5 times as likely to develop alcohol abuse, and had a five fold risk of drug abuse problems within three years.  These substances tend to weaken the ability to deal with life issues by making sound, reasonable choices--thus compounding stressful life situations.

Girls, Drugs and Parental Influence

This series of posts is about drugs and young girls. 

We aren’t suggesting that anyone should ignore the issues of boys and drugs -- boys certainly have potential to abuse drugs at an early age. But too often people think of drugs as a boys-only problem. And it is important to recognize that drug use is also an issue with unique consequences among young girls.

So, maybe you have asked yourself “What can parents do?”

A report from the Office of National Drug Control Policy lists several suggestions. Research shows that parents are the most important influence in their daughters’ decisions about drug use. So here are some recommendations for parents of young girls:

Girls, Drugs and Self-esteem

A previous blog looked at girls and drugs, and another blog examined how drugs impair judgment and can influence the sexual decisions of young girls. Both of these posts noted that many people tend to consider drug use among kids to be a boys' issue, but evidence shows that girls are even more at risk in some ways.Confident young girl.

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Childhood Sleep Loss Suppresses Goal-driven Behaviors Later On

Not enough sleep in childhood may lead to alcohol and drug abuse in young adulthood.

A new prospective study suggests that overtired children are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs when they become young adults by lowering their response inhibition

Young adults who had trouble sleeping in childhood were twice as likely to have the same problem in adolescence. This persistent sleep deprivation directly predicts alcohol related problems later on in young adulthood.

Could it be that irregular schedules, combined with media such as television, video and computer games are robbing your children of the sleep they need and setting them up for substance abuse later in life?