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What's Hot? 07/21/17

Trending Today on Twitter - 7/21/17
1. #TheTick
2. #NationalJunkFoodDay
3. #ExcusesToLeaveMyDate
4. #FlashbackFriday
5. #ClassicRockTaughtMe
6. #fridayreads
7. Bernabeu
8. Yu Darvish
9. Ernest Hemingway
10. Foster Care as Punishment
Source: Twitter

Trending Today on Google - 7/21/17
1. Kit Harington
2. Chester Bennington
3. Marshall McLuhan
4. British Open
5. Lincoln Park
6. Tiffany Haddish
7. Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets
8. Hugh Freeze
9. Derrick Rose
10. Mexico vs Honduras
Source: Google

iTunes Top 10 Singles - 7/21/17
1. Despacito (feat. Justin Bieber) - Louis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
2. In the End - Linkin Park
3. Back to You (feat. Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals) - Louis Tomlinson
4. Numb - Linkin Park
5. Heavy (feat. Kiiara) - Linkin Park
6. Attention - Charlie Puth
7. Slow Hands - Niall Horan
8. Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato
9. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes
10. Body Like a Back Road - Sam Hunt
Source: iTunes

Top 10 TV (Broadcast) Shows - Week Ending 7/16/17
1. America's Got Talent
2. MLB All-Star Game
3. America's Got Talent
4. World of Dance
6. Big Brother
7. Celebrity Family Feud
8. The Big Bang Theory
9. Big Brother
10. Little Big Shots: Forever Young
Source: Nielsen Co.

Popular on Netflix - Today - 7/21/17
1. Call the Midwife
2. London Has Fallen
3. Bridget Jones's Baby
4. 1 Mile to You
5. North & South
Source: Netflix

Top 5 Movies - Last Weekend
1. War for the Planet of the Apes
2. Spider-Man: Homecoming
3. Despicable Me 3
4. Baby Driver
5. The Big Sick
Source: Rotten Tomatoes

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on USA Today.

America is experiencing a striking rise in suicide among middle school students.

The suicide rate among 10- to 14-year-olds doubled between 2007 and 2014, for the first time surpassing the death rate in that age group from car crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014 alone, 425 middle schoolers nationwide took their own lives.

"It’s alarming. We’re even getting cases involving 8- and 9-year olds,” said Clark Flatt, who started the Jason Foundation in Tennessee 20 years ago to help educate teachers about teen suicide after his 16-year-old son took his own life. “It’s scary. This isn’t an emerging problem – it’s here.”

Researchers, educators and psychologists say several factors — increased pressure on students to achieve academically, more economic uncertainty, increased fear of terrorism and social media — are behind the rise in suicides among the young.

The use of social media is a particular worry because it has amped up bullying among a vulnerable age group. Young students in prior generations left school each afternoon and avoided someone who bullied them until the next day or week. Now, social media allows for bullying 24/7 — and the bully doesn't even have to be someone the child knows.

“With social media you can’t turn people off,” said Phyllis Alongi, clinical director at the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, a group founded by parents in Monmouth County whose children died by suicide.

There is so much pressure on young people they can become overwhelmed because they haven’t yet developed the coping skills adults rely on. Something an adult easily dismisses because of a lifetime of experience can be hard for a middle schooler to shrug off.

The statistics are heartbreaking. Nationwide, the annual rate climbed from 0.9 to 2.1 suicides per 100,000 middle schoolers between 2007 and 2014, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Experts say that to reduce suicide among teens, parents and teachers need education about warning signs. These can include changes in feelings, displays of distress, a sense of hopelessness, a change in appetite, sleep loss, lost interest in hobbies or giving away favored possessions, Alongi said.

Parents need to speak to their child if they think something is wrong.

Source: USA Today

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on PsychCentral.

Although drinking alcohol is an accepted cultural behavior in many countries across the world, heavy use of alcohol can cause disastrous short-term and long-term consequences, especially among youth.

Experts explain that adolescents are known to enjoy their drinking games and nights-out without worrying much about the effects alcohol can have on their health. In fact, drinking in high quantities is common during adolescence with nearly 25 percent of high school seniors in the US reporting that they got drunk in the last 30 days.

A new mini review looks at the effects of heavy drinking among young people; in particular, how the behavior impacts brain health.

“Adolescence is a time when the brain still matures including not only biological development but also maturation of psychosocial behaviors. Given the increase of binge and heavy drinking in young people, understanding the effects of consuming large quantities of alcohol on neural development and the impact on cognitive skills is very important,” said Assistant Professor Anita Cservenka, an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University.

The study appears in Frontiers in Psychology.

Binge or heavy episodic drinking means four or more standard drinks within a two-hour drinking session for females, five or more drinks for males. The review highlights existing research that examines the harmful effects of such drinking habits with a view to inform future studies.

“We looked at six areas to determine the deleterious impact of heavy drinking on brain response, namely: response inhibition, working memory, verbal learning and memory, decision making and reward processing, alcohol cue reactivity, and socio-cognitive/socio-emotional processing” Cservenka said.

The review establishes that binge drinking among young people is associated with a thinning or reduction of areas of the brain that play a key role in memory, attention, language, awareness and consciousness, which include cortical and subcortical structures.

Looking to the future, “these brain alterations, as a result of heavy alcohol use during adolescence and young adulthood, could result in increased risk of developing an alcohol use disorder later on in life.

Source: PsychCentral