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What's Hot? 02/24/17

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iTunes Top 10 Singles - 2/24/17
1. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
2. Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
3. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars
4. Body Like a Back Road - Sam Hunt
5. Chained to the Rhythm (feat. Skip Marley) - Katy Perry
6. It Ain't Me - Kygo & Selena Gomez
7. I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker) - ZAYN & Taylor Swift
8. Million Reasons - Lady Gaga
9. Down - ACT ONE
10. Love - Lana Del Rey
Source: iTunes

Top 10 TV (Broadcast) Shows - Week Ending 2/19/17
2. The Big Bang Theory
3. Bull
4. 60 Minutes
5. NCIS: New Orleans
6. Blue Bloods
7. Hawaii Five-O
8. This Is Us
9. NCIS: Los Angeles
10. The Great Indoors
Source: Nielsen Co.

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Top 5 Movies - Last Weekend
1. The Lego Batman Movie
2. Fifty Shades Darker
3. The Great Wall
4. John Wick: Chapter 2
5. Fist Fight
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*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on HealthDay.

Smart students usually know better than to light up a cigarette. But when it comes to drinking alcohol or smoking marijuana, these same whiz kids are likely to let knowledge take a backseat to "party" time.

New research from the United Kingdom revealed that students who excel in English, math and science appear to be less likely to smoke cigarettes than those with poorer grades. But smart teens are more likely than their less-brainy peers to knock back some drinks or smoke pot.

The study, led by James Williams of the University College London, UCL Medical School, included about 6,000 students, starting at the age of 11. The kids came from nearly 900 schools in England.

Until they reached the age of 19 or 20, all of the study participants regularly completed behavioral questionnaires, which included questions regarding use of tobacco, alcohol and marijuana.

Academic success was gauged by scores registered on a national British test that measures achievement in English, math and science, the study authors noted.

While still in their early teens, smarter students reported less tobacco use, but drank more alcohol than lower-scoring students. The academically gifted were also more likely to report using pot, but at levels that weren't deemed statistically significant.

In addition, young teenage students with "average" academic scores were found to be 25 percent more likely to use pot on occasion than students with lower test scores. Average students were also 53 percent more likely to smoke pot "persistently" than their less academically adept peers, the findings showed.

By the time they were in their late teens, smarter kids were more than twice as likely to drink regularly than their less academic peers, though relatively less likely to engage in "hazardous" excessive drinking. Students with good grades were also more likely to drink regularly than those with lower grades, according to the report.

Smart students in their late teens were 50 percent more likely to smoke pot on occasion -- and two times as likely to smoke pot persistently -- than those with lesser grades, Williams and colleagues found.

The researchers stressed that this study didn't find a cause-and-effect relationship. It was only designed to find an association between academic performance and substance use.

The study was published online Feb. 22 in the journal BMJ Open.

Source: HealthDay

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

As kids play sports like soccer and football with more frequency and force, many are damaging their knees, a new study finds.

A common knee injury -- an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear -- has steadily increased among 6- to 18-year-olds in the United States, rising more than 2 percent a year over the last two decades, researchers report.

These injuries peak in high school, said lead researcher Dr. Nicholas Beck.

Girls have a higher rate of ACL injuries, added Beck, an orthopedic surgery resident at the University of Minnesota.

Sports that involve cutting or pivoting -- such as soccer and basketball -- are the riskiest for ACL tears. And contact sports like football can further increase the risk. But ACL tears can occur in tennis and volleyball, too, the researchers noted.

Study co-author Dr. Marc Tompkins said the researchers didn't look at why ACL tears are on the rise.

But, he said, "one potential cause is the year-round sports specialization that is occurring in kids at an earlier age." Tompkins is an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Minnesota.

Instead of getting cross-training from multiple sports and therefore using different muscle groups, this means the kids do the same thing over and over. This can lead to fatigue and an increased potential for injury, including ACL injury, Tompkins explained.

"Another potential cause is that children as athletes play with more intensity and force than 20 years ago, which may put the body at increased risk of injury," he added.

"ACL injuries are serious in the short term because they generally require six months' to a year's worth of hard recovery work before going back to sports. And even then it often takes longer to get back to pre-injury function," Tompkins said.

"ACL injuries are serious in the long term, too, because we know that even if they recover well with or without surgery, the risk of developing arthritis in the injured knee is higher than before the injury," he added.

To study the trends in ACL tears among U.S. children and teens, the study authors used insurance billing data for patients aged 6 to 18 from 1994 to 2013.

The researchers found that girls of all ages experienced a significant increase in the incidence of ACL tears over 20 years. In boys, however, only those aged 15 to 16 showed such an increase.

The report was published online Feb. 22 in the journal Pediatrics.

Source: HealthDay