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

Children with strong family ties and school support are more likely to try to stop bullying when they see it, new research suggests.

The study included 450 sixth-graders and 446 ninth-graders who were asked about their relationships with their family, friends and teachers.

The students were then presented with six scenarios of specific aggressive acts: physical aggression; cyberbullying; social exclusion/rejection by a group; intimate partner violence; social aggression, such as teasing or harmful gossip; and exclusion by a former friend.

The investigators then asked the students to rate the acceptability of intervening in these situations.

"We found that family is very important," said study co-author Secil Gonultas, a doctoral student at North Carolina State University.

"The stronger a student's reported 'good family management,' or positive family relationships, the more likely a student was to deem aggressive behaviors and retaliation unacceptable, and the more likely they were to intervene in either case," Gonultas said in a university news release.

And according to study lead author Kelly Lynn Mulvey, "sixth-graders were more likely than ninth-graders to find aggressive behaviors unacceptable and to intervene." Mulvey is an assistant professor of psychology at N.C. State.

"That suggests it's important to maintain anti-bullying efforts into high school -- which many places are already doing," she added.

The researchers also found that students who felt excluded or discriminated against by peers or teachers were less likely to stand up for victims of bullying.

"The study tells us that both home and school factors are important for recognizing bullying behavior as inappropriate, and taking steps to intervene," Mulvey said.

The study was published online recently in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Source: HealthDay

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

Vaping among American teenagers increased dramatically in 2018, with nearly two of every five high school seniors reporting they've tried an e-cigarette during the past year, a new survey reveals.

There was a bit of good news in the report, with teens reporting decreased use of alcohol, tobacco and opioids.

But the vaping trends remained troubling. About 37 percent of 12th graders said they'd vaped within the past 12 months, compared to about 28 percent in 2017, according to the latest Monitoring the Future survey.

Vaping rates also increased by about one-third in younger teens, with about 18 percent of 8th graders and 32 percent of 10th graders reporting they'd tried e-cigarettes in 2018.

"That's a marked increase just over a one-year period," said Dr. Wilson Compton, deputy director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, which funds the survey. "In fact, the investigators pointed out this is the largest increase they've ever seen in a substance product by youth in America," he noted.

After alcohol, vaping is the second-most common form of substance use in the United States, the survey found.

However, marijuana use remains steady among high schoolers, with nearly 6 percent of 12th graders reporting daily use. For the past two decades, daily use among high school seniors has hovered between 5 and 6.6 percent.

"When we see rates of around 6 percent of high school seniors smoking marijuana on a daily or near-daily basis, that's an awful lot of kids whose memory may be impaired and their brains aren't working at full steam at the exact time when they need to be," Compton said.

The survey has tracked drug, alcohol and cigarette use among teens since 1975. This year, 44,482 students from 392 public and private schools participated in the survey.

Compton said marijuana use rates likely have remained steady due to societal acceptance of pot, as reflected in the state-level movement to legalize recreational use.

"We've seen a softening of the attitudes toward marijuana, and youth respond to those," Compton said. "They have less perception of risk from use of marijuana."

But Muench argued that, given how opinions on marijuana have shifted, it could actually be a good sign that use has remained steady among teenagers.

"We always want to see declines, but I think with the normalization and legalization and the big money behind marijuana products, steady is OK," Muench said.

The survey also found that:

  • Smoking is at an all-time low, with only about 4 percent of high school seniors smoking daily, compared to 22 percent two decades ago.
  • Prescription opioid use (such as OxyContin or Vicodin) has declined to about 3 percent among 12th graders. Only 1.7 percent of seniors reported misuse of Vicodin in the past year, compared to 10 percent 15 years ago.
  • Alcohol use also has declined. About 17 percent of high school seniors reported being drunk during the past month, down from 26 percent five years ago.
  • Fewer teens report binge drinking (five or more drinks in a row). About 14 percent of 12th graders said they'd recently engaged in binge drinking, down from 17 percent in 2017, and the all-time high of 31 percent in 1998.

Compton said more progress is needed, however.

"While we see improvement overall, we still see binge drinking in way too many youth," Compton said.

Source: HealthDay

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4. Nancy Wilson
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Source: Twitter

Trending Today on Google - 12/14/18
1. Nancy Wilson
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7. America vs Cruz Azul
8. Eliza Dushku
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Source: Google

iTunes Top 10 Singles - 12/14/18
1. imagine - Ariana Grande
2. Without Me - Halsey
3. thank u, next - Ariana Grande
4. High Hopes - Panic! At the Disco
5. Sunflower - Post Malone & Swae Lee
6. What Happens in a Small Town - Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell
7. Happier - Marshmello & Bastille
8. Shallow - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
9. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
10. You Say - Lauren Daigle
Source: iTunes

Top 10 TV (Broadcast) Shows - Week Ending 12/9/18
1. Sunday Night Football
2. The Big Bang Theory
4. Young Sheldon
5. Thursday Night Football
6. FBI
7. The Voice - Mon.
8. The Voice - Tues.
9. Blue Bloods
10. 60 Minutes
Source: Nielsen Co.

Trending Today on YouTube - 12/14/18
1. Last Youtuber to Leave Wins $100,000 - Challenge
2. Try Not to Eat Challenge - Holiday Movies
3. Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour
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5. Vanessa Hudgens Does Tongue Twisters While Eating Spicy Wings
Source: YouTube

Top 5 Movies - Last Weekend
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet
2. The Grinch
3. Creed II
4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
5. Bohemian Rhapsody
Source: Rotten Tomatoes