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HOW MARIJUANA ACCELERATES GROWTH OF HPV-RELATED HEAD & NECK CANCER IDENTIFIED

By Yadira Galindo, UC San Diego Health, January 2020

“University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers have identified the molecular mechanism activated by the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the ingredient that causes people to feel the euphoria or “high” associated with cannabis — in the bloodstream that accelerates cancer growth in patients with human papillomavirus (HPV)-positive head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.”

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DO YOU REALLY ‘SEE’ YOUR CHILD?

By Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., The New York Times, January 2020

Helicopter parenting has become the American norm, but it may not be the best way to connect with our kids.

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U.S. DRUG DEATHS MIGHT BE TWICE AS HIGH AS THOUGHT

By HealthDay News, January 2020

“Drugs may kill twice as many Americans as government records suggest, a new study claims.”

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FOR SOME, THE NEW DRY JANUARY ISN’T ACTUALLY DRY

By Gwen Aviles, NBC News, January 2020

“While Dry January originated in the United Kingdom in 2013, when the nonprofit Alcohol Change UK started a campaign to raise money for alcohol abuse and treatment, it has morphed into a global phenomenon, with people throughout Europe and the United States participating. According to the data analytics group YouGov, 14 percent of its December survey respondents based in the U.S. planned to abstain from alcohol in January.”

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US DRINKING MORE NOW THAN JUST BEFORE THE PROHIBITION

By Mike Stobbe, Associated Press, January 2020

“Excessive drinking is associated with chronic dangers such as liver cancer, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. Drinking by pregnant women can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth or birth defects. And health officials say alcohol is a factor in as many as one-third of serious falls among the elderly.”

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TEACH YOUR KIDS TO FAIL

By Jesse Grose, The New York Times, January 2020

“Getting comfortable with setbacks will keep them curious and engaged.”

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PARENTS’ ULTIMATE GUIDE TO TIKTOK

By Frannie Ucciferri, Common Sense Media,

“Is TikTok safe? How does it work? And can I do a duet with my kid? Everything you need to know about this popular musical singing and sharing app.”

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MASS VAPE RULES ALREADY TOUGHER THAN US BAN

By Naomi Martin, The Boston Globe, January 2020

“Teenage nicotine vaping has exploded, with recent federal surveys showing one in four high school seniors used nicotine e-cigarettes in the past month. The rise came as thousands of flavored vape products emerged that youth advocates said appealed to children, such as bubblegum and cotton candy.”

“Officials said the policy was aimed at striking ‘the right public health balance‘ between curbing youth vaping and keeping options for adult smokers trying to quit combustible cigarettes.”


20 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IN 2020

By Kristen Lee Ed.D., LICSW, Psychology Today, January 1, 2020

“The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global mental health crisis. They project that by the next turn of decade in 2030, that lifestyle and stress-related illness will surpass communicable disease.”

“Modern brain science has a lot to say about what helps protect us given the risk factors of today. Here are 20 strategies to practice regularly to shield and sustain you:”


MASSACHUSETTS LAWS TAKING EFFECT IN 2020

By Melissa Simas Tyler, NBC10 Boston, December 30, 2019

“From a hands-free driving law to a law restricting the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, Bay State residents will see changes in 2020.”


INVOLUNTARY ADDICTION TREATMENT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR 50 YEARS. BUT THOSE FORCED TO USE SECTION 35 SAY THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN

By Joe DiFazio, The Patriot Ledger, December 2019

“The state’s Section 35 law, meant to save those on the brink of death from addiction, is under fire from all sides as advocates call for it to be restructured – or eliminated altogether.”


TOBACCO BUYING AGE HAS BEEN RAISED TO 21 IN US

By Jacqueline Howard, CNN, December 2019

“A new law in the United States that prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 is now in effect, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.”