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

More than a quarter of all opioid overdoses in the United States involve teenagers, and a full fifth of those cases were likely suicide attempts, new research shows.

The findings follow an in-depth analysis of nearly 754,000 American opioid poisoning cases that occurred between 2005 and 2018. All had been reported to the U.S. National Poison Data System. And almost 208,000 of those cases involved children 18 years old or younger.

During the 13-year study period, the pediatric overdose landscape has taken a turn for the worse, said study author Dr. Megan Land, a pediatric critical care fellow at Emory University's School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Most significantly, said Land, "the proportion of children with suspected suicide due to opioid poisoning increased dramatically over our study period," rising from just under 14% in 2005 to more than 21% by 2018. That increase, she said, "echoes findings in recent studies demonstrating that the incidence and rate of pediatric suicide attempts by [opioid] poisonings has been rising since 2011."

The study also found that during the same period, the percentage of young patients admitted to a critical care unit following an opioid overdose rose from 6.6% to 9.6%.

Similarly, by 2018 the risk that a young overdose patient would end up in life-threatening situations and/or end up with a major disability or disfigurement ticked up from .10% to .13%. And the risk that a young person would die from an overdose also rose, from .18% in 2005 to .28% in 2018.

On a more positive note, Land observed that as a percentage of all cases, pediatric opioid overdose cases peaked in 2010. Since that time, the trend has been heading in a downward direction.

Land and her colleagues are to present their findings this week at a meeting of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, in Orlando, Fla. Such research is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Source: HealthDay

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

A new study may make you long for the days of notes being passed back and forth in class stating “do you like me? Yes or no.” Life is infinitely more complicated for today’s youth than it was for generations past. Adolescents are constantly in contact with each other thanks to the internet, smartphones, and social media. While all of that technology can certainly be used in a positive way, oftentimes it leads to cyberbullying and harassment. Now, researchers from Florida Atlantic University are shedding light on yet another problem the internet has created for teenagers: digital dating abuse.

Defined as using technology to repeatedly harass a love interest, partner, or crush in order to coerce, control, intimidate, threaten, or just plain old annoy, digital dating abuse has developed into a disturbingly common phenomenon. The research team analyzed over 2,200 U.S. middle and high school students, and 28.1% admitted they had been subjected to a form of online dating abuse over the past year.

Perhaps surprisingly, the study also noted that boys (32.3%) appear to be experiencing this type of abuse more often than girls (23.6%). Across all variations, boys were more likely to have experienced a form of digital dating abuse. In fact, boys were also more likely to have experienced physical aggression from their partners. Besides these gender fluctuations, researchers didn’t find any significant demographic differences regarding the rate of digital abuse among varying races, ages, or sexual orientations.

Examples of digital abuse given by participants included their partner looking through their phone without permission, having their phone flat out stolen by their partner, being threatened via text, their partner posting something embarrassing or hurtful about them online, or their partner posting a private image online without their consent.

Besides online abuse, 35.9% of participants also said they’ve been a victim of offline dating abuse (being pushed, shoved, hit, threatened physically, called names, etc).

“Specific to heterosexual relationships, girls may use more violence on their boyfriends to try to solve their relational problems, while boys may try to constrain their aggressive impulses when trying to negotiate discord with their girlfriends,” says Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., lead author and a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice within FAU’s College for Design and Social Inquiry, and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, in a release.

The study is published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Source: StudyFinds

Trending Today on Twitter - 2/14/20
1. Valentine's Day
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3. #FridayVibes
4. #FridayFeeling
5. #ValentinesWithNobody
6. #powertrip
7. #StrangerThings4
8. Tink
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10. Happy Love
Source: Twitter

Trending Today on Google - 2/14/20
1. Valentine's Day
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3. Valentine's Day memes
4. South Park
5. Iowa basketball
6. Happy Valentine's Day
7. Sonic the Hedgehog
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10. Galentine's Day
Source: Google

Apple Music Top 10 Singles - 2/14/20
1. The Box - Roddy Ricch
2. Life Is Good (feat. Drake) - Future
3. High Fashion (feat. Mustard) - Roddy Ricch
4. Ballin' - Mustard & Roddy Ricch
5. Sum 2 Prove - Lil Baby
6. Intentions (feat. Quavo) - Justin Bieber
7. OUT WEST (feat. Young Thug) - JACKBOYS
8. Yikes - Nicki Minaj
9. BOP - DaBaby
10. Knocked Off - YoungBoy Never Broke Again
Source: Apple Music

TV Shows Trending on Streaming Services - 2/14/20
1. October Faction - Netflix
2. The Morning Show - Apple TV+
3. Ragnarok - Netflix
4. Avenue 5 - HBO
5. Grace and Frankie.- Netflix
6. LEGO Masters - Hulu
7. Locke & Key - Netflix
8. McMillion$ - HBO
9. The Outsider - HBO
10. The Stranger - Netflix
Source: Reelgood

Trending Today on YouTube - 2/14/20
1. Billie Eilish - No Time To Die
2. Ignorantes - Bad Bunny x Sech
3. The Green Knight Official Teaser Trailer
4. My Friends and I Crashed the Santa Monica Pier with Jordan Matter
5. The Batman (2021) Official First Look
Source: YouTube

Top 5 Movies - Last Weekend
1. Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
2. Bad Boys for Life
3. 1917
4. Dolittle
5. Jumanji: The Next Level
Source: Rotten Tomatoes