Monday, February 23, 2015

American Teens Are Even More Stressed Than Adults

Recently the American Psychological Association's Stress in America survey found that American teenagers now hold the tittle for the most stressed generation. Most teenagers underestimate the toll that stress has on them and their health. Other factors like not enough sleep, social media, and a lack of exercise also add on to stress levels.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wine: How good is it for you?

         A very commonly asked question was wether or not wine, specifically red wine, is healthy for someone to drink often or even every night. This directly related to the food topics we have been learning about in class recently.Wine is actually considered a 'super food' with enumerate health benefits including lessening chances for cancer and gum disease. Similar studies show that drinking wine actually makes it more difficult for one to gain excess body mass also know as fat. Wine is quite possible the healthiest type of alcohol. I thought this article was interesting because i had heard rumors of wines health but never actually known for sure what they were or if there were even any. 
      Do you think most people who drink wine are aware of its health benefits?
      Would you drink a glass or two of wine a day? Why or why not?

Friday, February 13, 2015

Does Marijuana help with sleep?

Do you have trouble sleeping? Study's show that the use of Marijuana actually helps insomniacs and healthy people to falling asleep faster. In 1973 small study showed the time for insomniacs to fall asleep with the use of THC reduced it to one hour. A later test in 2013 showed THC also helped sleeping with ease with non insomniacs. Studies also show that Marijuana can also help to a longer duration in sleep, increasing the dose of THC also increases the time spent sleeping. An interesting study said that THC can increase the amount of deep sleep that most people get without THC, which is good because deep sleep helps the restoration process that occurs during sleep. Another way Marijuana affects sleep is it reduces the amount of REM sleep, people dream less if they go to sleep lit. While this could be a negative scientists are still not sure how important REM sleep is.

Would this make you want to try Marijuana in your future?
Do you believe any of this is true?
Is Marijuana part of your future?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Why PTSD Isn't In Everyone

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a prevalent mental health issue in our world. It is believed that it can effect anyone, however some soldiers who go through an event with others who had gotten PTSD from it do not have the same problem. There have been studies recently showing that your risk of being effected by PTSD personally is determined based on two genes. In other words, the risk percentage is hereditary. Thanks to incredible research, we now know why there are some people with PTSD and some without even though both saw the same event.

I'm not going to lie this link has no picture and there is no picture on the article it is purely text. Read at your own accord.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Is Fruit Juice Just as Bad as Sugary Drinks?

Fruit juice 'as bad' as sugary drinks, say researchers

Is juice worse for you than soda? Researchers have stated that drinking fresh juice is almost equivalent to drinking a soda. There is this misconception that fruit juice is healthy. In reality, by consuming fruit juice you are more susceptible to acquiring diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, high blood pressure, fatty liver disease, and obesity. Juice contains just as much sugar and calories, if not more, as soda. People need to acknowledge that excessive consumption of soda and juices must be limited, if not eliminated altogether. Receive your nutrients from eating wholesome, fresh fruit instead. Overall, in society, the healthiest method is to hydrate with water.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Social Media and its Effects on Health

Social media is a common way for people to connect and communicate, but it can also be very addicting. The most commonly seen example of social media s Facebook. In fact, Facebook can be so addicting that researchers created a scale to measure Facebook addiction, (BFAS). Research has also shown that people who feel more socially insecure and anxious are more likely to be addicted to social media. A survey on effects of social media on people's emotions has concluded that more than half of the people who use social media change their behaviors, and that it was a negative change. More than two thirds social media users also claim to be unable to relax and sleep after using social media. According to EIE (Enough Is Enough), 95% or more people who use social media has witnessed a form of cyberbullying, one thirds victims of cyberbullying. Despite some of the negative affects social media has on people, over 50% of social media users still claim to feel "uncomfortable" or "worried" when they don't have access or can't log on to their social media accounts. Do you think you're addicted to social media? What effects, if any, does it have on you?

Monday, February 2, 2015

Teen Suicide Tries Increase After FDA Toughened Antidepressant Warning

Teen Suicide Tries Increased

       The FDA sent out a warning to doctors and users of Antidepressants about how the use of these drugs have actually lead to more attempts at suicide. The FDA meant for this warning to just have patients and doctors be aware of suicidal feelings. Yet, parents took this as a warning to not have their teens take Anti-depressants. This counteracted their original plan to stop suicides, because without the antidepressants, the teens had nothing to support them against depression. The conclusion of this study was that the antidepressants are effective with proper treatment and care. I think that this article is right about how anti-depressants should be closely monitored with the patient. I was surprised to find that without close monitoring, the drugs could actually cause more people to have suicidal thoughts and actions. Should antidepressants still be used? How could have the FDA sent the message clearer without scaring the public?

Is it better to listen to sad songs or happy songs when you're sad?

Recently a famous band in Asia, Mayday, released a song called "Sad people should not listen to slow songs". They believed that listening to happy/fast songs when you're feeling down can cheer you up. However, scientist who conducted experiments and analyzed surveys realized that listening to slow songs when you're sad can actually make you feel better. Scientists believe that when you listen to slow songs, you're body releases more Prolactin, a hormone that helps curb grief. Is it better to take Mayday's advice or follow the scientists' belief? What kind of songs will you listen to when you are sad?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Stressing about not doing homework for class because its too much work? Procrastination is one of the biggest issues high school students face. They rather spend time with activities that they enjoy and when time passes their won't be enough time for homework. Procrastination can cause stress since homework is basically the only thing you can think about. In the article the say that procrastination can cause anxiety. It is also caused by lack of time management. If students can control their time management would they procrastinate less?  Will they perform better in school?