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*The following is excerpted from online articles posted on HealthDay.

Teens who were severely bullied as children are at increased risk for mental health problems and suicide attempts, a Canadian study finds.

The study included data on more than 1,300 children in the province of Quebec, from birth until age 15.

About 59 percent of the children reported some bullying in their first years of elementary school, but that generally declined as the youngsters got older.

However, about 15 percent of the children were "exposed to the most severe levels of victimization from the beginning of their education until the transition to high school," Marie-Claude Geoffroy and fellow researchers from McGill University in Montreal wrote in the study.

"Although peer victimization starts to decrease by the end of childhood, individuals in the severe trajectory group were still being exposed to the highest level of victimization in early adolescence," the investigators noted.

At age 15, those who'd been severely bullied when they were younger were more than twice as likely to report depression or low moods and three times more likely to report anxiety than those who had experienced little or no bullying. They were also nearly 3.5 times more likely to report serious suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts.

The study found no increased risk for mental health problems among teens who'd been moderately bullied.

The findings were published Jan. 15 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

"Our results, along with those of many other studies, suggest that severe peer victimization may contribute to the development of mental health problems in adolescence," the researchers wrote. "Therefore, it is important to prevent severe victimization early in the life span."

Source: HealthDay

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Trending Today on Twitter - 1/19/18
1. #TheDebut
2. #FridayFeeling
3. #NationalPopcornDay
4. #ReleaseTheMemo
5. Ja Rule
6. #MarchForLife
7. #FlashbackFriday
8. Kemba
9. Jordyn Wieber
10. Kevin Davis
Source: Twitter

Trending Today on Google - 1/19/18
1. Saoirse Ronan
2. Carl Higbie
3. Government Shutdown
4. 12 Strong
5. Den of Thieves
6. Amazon HQ2
7. Kodak Black
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9. Hailee Steinfeld
10. NBA All Star 2018
Source: Google

iTunes Top 10 Singles - 1/19/18
1. Supplies - Justin Timberlake
2. Perfect - Ed Sheeran
3. Havana (feat. Young Thug) - Camila Cabello
4. The Champion (feat. Ludacris) - Carrie Underwood
5. Meant to Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line) - Bebe Rexha
6. Havana (feat. Young Thug) - Camila Cabello
7. Finesse (Remix) (feat. Cardi B) - Bruno Mars
8. Thunder - Imagine Dragons
9. Filthy - Justin Timberlake
10. Sick Boy - The Chainsmokers
Source: iTunes

Top 10 TV (Broadcast) Shows - Week Ending 1/14/18
1. NFL Divisional Playoff - Titans/Patriots
2. The Big Bang Theory
4. Young Sheldon
5. Bull
6. The NFL Today
7. Blue Bloods
8. This Is Us
9. Mom
10. Hawaii Five-O
Source: Nielsen Co.

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2. Justin Timberlake - Supplies (Official Video)
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4. Tinashe - No Drama (Official Video) ft. Offset
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Source: YouTube

Top 5 Movies - Last Weekend
1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
2. The Post
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Source: Rotten Tomatoes

*The following is excerpted from online articles posted on CBS News and TechCrunch.

A government watchdog is expressing concern over the dangerous misuse of a laundry detergent. In this latest social media fad, teenagers are putting detergent pods in their mouths in what's being called the "Tide Pod Challenge."

Ingredients in the pods include ethanol, hydrogen peroxide and polymers – a highly-toxic mix of detergent meant to wipe out dirt and grime. Manufacturers have been concerned about toddlers mistakenly ingesting them, but now teens are popping them on purpose and posting videos of the results online, reports CBS News correspondent Anna Werner.

Nineteen-year-old Marc Pagan, who did it on a dare, told CBS News he knew better but did it anyway.

"A lot of people were just saying how stupid I was or how – why would I be willing to do that," he said. "No one should be putting anything like that in their mouths, you know?"

Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, says ingesting any of the liquid carries a deadly risk.

"This is what started out as a joke on the internet and now it's just gone too far," Buerkle said.

The pods are bright and colorful and to children they can look like candy. At least 10 deaths have been linked to ingesting these pods. Two were toddlers, eight were seniors with dementia.

Procter & Gamble, the maker of Tide products, told CBS News: "They should not be played with... Even if meant as a joke. Safety is no laughing matter."
—CBS News

YouTube appears to be trying to get ahead of any wider societal outcry over (yet more) algorithmically accelerated idiocy on its platform — i.e. when sane people realize kids have been filming themselves eating detergent just to try to go viral on YouTube — and is removing Tide Pod Challenge videos.

A YouTube spokesperson sent us the following statement on this: “YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit content that’s intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm. We work to quickly remove flagged videos that violate our policies.”

At the time of writing it’s still possible to find Tide Pod Challenge videos on YouTube, though most of the videos being surfaced seem to be denouncing the stupidity of the ‘challenge’ (even if they have clickbait-y titles that claim they’re going to eat the pods — hey, savvy YouTubers know a good viral backlash bandwagon to jump on when they see one!).

CBS News