Young people and social media: Docs examine pitfalls By Pat Etheridge, Special to CNN

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November 26th, 2012

They’re called “Generation M2″: highly tech-savvy children ages 8 to 18, whose lives are immersed in electronic media.

Now, the nation’s top pediatric organization is mobilizing efforts around their well-being.

“As pediatricians who are trying to help children behave in ways that keep them healthy and safe, we have to pay a lot of attention to what’s happening in social media,” said Dr. David Hill, chairman-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ council on communications and media.

The council led a panel called “Social Media: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” at the group’s annual conference last month in New Orleans. The goal of the presentation: getting pediatricians current on issues to discuss with young patients during regular wellness checkups.

The American Academy of Pediatrics established the council in 2007 with the recognition that growing media platforms touch on virtually every health concern pediatricians have about young people: aggression, sex, drugs, obesity, self-image and eating disorders, depression and suicide — even learning disorders and academic achievement.

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Happy Teens Grow Up to Be Wealthier Too…….

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November 26th, 2012

Which comes first, happiness or money? Much scholarly head tapping has been devoted to examining whether richer people are happier and if so, how much richer? Nobel prize-winners have even looked into it. But a new study suggests that the question could perhaps be looked at the other way around. Happier teenagers, this study suggests, grow up to be richer adults.

The study, which appeared recently in the Proceedings of the National Association of Sciences Teenagers, looked at thousands of teenagers and found that those who felt better about life as young adults tended to have higher incomes by the time they turned 29. Their happiness was measured on a scale of 1 to 5. Those who were happiest earned an average of $8,000 more than those who were the most despondent.

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Rethinking HIV: After Five Years of Debate, a New Push for Prevention

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November 22nd, 2012

After decades of focusing almost exclusively on treating HIV, public health experts are now considering a new approach, moving to establish more effective prevention strategies to curb spread of the disease. Recent tests show that anti-HIV drugs that can hamper the growth of the virus responsible for AIDS may also prevent progression of the disease if given to infected individuals soon after their exposure to HIV. The same drugs can also prevent infections from taking hold among healthy people who are exposed to the virus; both approaches would be critical ways of controlling spread of the virus and keeping new cases of HIV to a minimum.

With this potential in mind, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a draft recommendation urging that all people between the ages of 15 and 65 be tested for the virus as part of routine health screening, even if they are not at high risk of exposure to HIV.

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Jobless ‘face increased heart attack risk’ By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online

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November 20th, 2012

Being unemployed in your 50s and early 60s may raise heart-attack risk by a similar magnitude as smoking, findings suggest.

The study of more than 13,000 people in the US indicated heart-attack risk went up by a quarter in the first year after job loss and increased incrementally with further sackings or redundancies.

The same was not seen in people who gave up work voluntarily, Archives of Internal Medicine reports.

Experts suspect stress may be to blame.

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What You Should Know About Caffeine…..

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November 20th, 2012

Last week, 5-Hour-Energy came under fire after The New York Times reported the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received 13 reports of deaths possibly linked to the energy drink. The claims add to the five deaths reported to the agency linked to Monster Energy, raising concerns about the safety of the beverages.

How could the energy drinks, whose main ingredient is caffeine, be connected to the deaths? Andrea Giancoli, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Dr. Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest answer some of questions worried consumers are asking about the beverages.

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