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Health Alert 5-11-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

May 11, 2012 - Fifteen million babies are born too soon every year and 1.1 million die shortly after birth, making premature birth the second leading cause of death in children under age 5. Survivors of premature birth often face a lifetime of disability, including serious infections, cerebral palsy, brain injury and respiratory, vision, hearing, learning and developmental problems. However, the problem of preterm births is not confined to low income countries. The U-S and Brazil both rank among the top 10 countries with the highest number of preterm births. In the US, about 12 percent, or more than one in nine births, are preterm.

Also, more teens are using marijuana while fewer parents are talking to kids about drugs. That's according to a new study by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife. Heavy marijuana use in teens is up 42 percent since 2008. Experts from the Recovery Center of Arkansas say When teens use those drugs, particularly when they are still in the developmental phase, they are causing damage to their brain. According the study, half of Hispanic teens have smoked marijuana in the past year. four out of every ten African American teens and 35 percent of Caucasian teens have also smoked marijuana in the past year. So, how do you know if your teen is using? Experts say to look for signs such as your teen borrowing money or suddenly having extra cash, an unusual odor on their clothes or in their room and if they have a regularly runny nose or red eyes.


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