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Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.

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Teenagers who abuse alcohol are more likely to make a rocky transition into early adulthood, according to a large study of twins.

After analyzing longitudinal data on more than 3,000 twins, researchers at Indiana University focused on adolescent twins who were “drinking-discordant” — in other words, one drank and the other did not.

“Very few studies that control for expected influences of shared familial experience and shared genetic liabilities on drinking outcomes have been reported," said Richard Rose, professor emeritus in psychology and brain science at Indiana University.

Researchers associated drinking problems at age 18.5 years of age with 13 outcomes, including substance abuse, poor health, physical symptoms, early onset of sexual activity, multiple sexual partners, life dissatisfaction, financial problems, and a lack of education.

Results showed that individual twins who previously had drinking problems at age 18.5 had more adverse outcomes for all 13 measures at age 25, and many of these associations replicated within discordant co-twins. "Because we studied drinking-discordant twin pairs, our results rule out between-family confounds as the sole source of the association of adolescent drinking problems with adverse adult outcomes," said Rose.

Rose says the study at least eliminates some confusion from the mix. “To my knowledge, ours is the first prospective study of discordant twin pairs,” Rose said. “It is, accordingly, the first to evaluate whether the established association of adolescent drinking problems with adverse adult outcomes can be fully explained by shared genetic and environmental liabilities. Our data suggest not."

The study was published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Source: Medical Daily

Many teens drive vehicles that don't offer good crash protection and lack important safety features, according to new research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The insurance institute, known for its safety ratings of new vehicles, is out with its first list of used vehicles that cost less than $20,000 and are recommended as safe for teen drivers. To view the entire list, click here.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers, and their degree of injury risk in crashes is greatly impacted by the type of vehicle they drive. In many cases, car-buying decisions for teens are driven solely by price, often resulting in them driving small cars or older vehicles, according to the IIHS.

The IIHS recommends that teen car-buying decisions be guided by four principles:

•Stay away from vehicles with high horsepower, which can tempt teen drivers to test the limits.

•Pick bigger, heavier vehicles that offer better protection in a crash.

•Electronic stability control, which helps a driver maintain control of the vehicle on curves and slippery roads, is a must. "Electronic stability control reduces single-vehicle crash risk by half," says Anne McCartt, IIHS senior vice president for research.

•Pick vehicles with the best safety ratings possible from the IIHS and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The IIHS rates vehicles on how they perform in a test crash at 40 mph when 40% of the front of the vehicle hits a barrier, and how they perform in a side crash test. The NHTSA's five-star safety system rates vehicles on crashworthiness and rollover safety.

Price point might be an obstacle for some families with the recommendations. The IIHS survey of 500 parents found that the median purchase price of used cars bought for teens was $5,300. While 49 of the 95 recommended vehicles cost $10,200 or less, only three cost $5,300 or less.

Source: USA Today

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine sold on the Internet after the death of an Ohio teen.

Even a teaspoon of the powder could be lethal -- it is equivalent to 25 cups of coffee. Eighteen-year-old Logan Stiner of LaGrange, Ohio, died May 27 after consuming it.

The FDA said it is investigating caffeine powder and will "consider taking regulatory action." In the meantime, the agency said it is recommending consumers stay away from it.

Teenagers and young adults may be particularly drawn to the powder, which is a stimulant. Caffeine powder is marketed as a dietary supplement and is unregulated, unlike caffeine added to soda.

Merely 1/16th of a teaspoon can contain about 200 milligrams of caffeine, roughly the equivalent found in two large cups of coffee. That means a heaping teaspoon could kill, said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

FDA spokeswoman Jennifer Dooren said those who drink coffee, tea or soda may be aware of caffeine's less serious effects, like nervousness and tremors, and may not realize that the powdered form is a pure chemical.

"The difference between a safe amount and a lethal dose of caffeine in these powdered products is very small," she said.

Source: Seattle Times

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