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Stressors put on children and adolescents as a result of the pandemic response may have long-lasting effects on their health and well-being. (Shutterstock)

The long-term biological effects of COVID-19 stress on kids’ future health and development

The pandemic response has put the long-term health and well-being of children and adolescents at risk, with the possibility of seismic shifts in population health if we do not act.
Schoolies is a rite of passage for many Australian teenagers as they finish their exams and leave school. But are you prepared? from www.shutterstock.com

Is your teen off to schoolies? Here’s what to say instead of freaking out

Schoolies and other leavers' celebrations are a chance for teenagers to exert their independence and experiment with their identity as a young adult. And yes, you can help without losing your cool.
Insecurities young people have about their bodies are often exacerbated by unrealistic content on social media. From shutterstock.com

In a virtual universe of ‘perfect’ bodies, Instagram’s new policy offers important protection for young users

Adolescence is a time of heightened vulnerability around body image. Instagram's policy to stop teens viewing posts advertising weight loss 'solutions' and cosmetic procedures is socially responsible.
Sex-ed can equip and empower young people to make healthy and safe choices about their sexuality for themselves and for others. Simeon Jacobson/Unsplash

Sex-ed is crucial to the rights of children

The notion that religious groups are opposed to sex-ed is simply not true. And our youth need it more than ever to take control over their lives, their bodies and their decisions.
Hyperactivity and inattentiveness doesn’t mean you have ADHD. Ant Rozetsky

Research Check: are phone-obsessed teens at greater risk of ADHD?

While the study found a link between high rates of digital media use and inattention and hyperactivity, it didn't find that one caused the other. Nor did it look specifically at clinically diagnosed ADHD.
Hope and goals for the future, such as graduating from college, can help protect teens from turning to violence. Georgia State University

How a positive outlook on the future may protect teens from violence

Teens who have high hopes for the future were less likely to threaten or injure someone with a weapon, a recent study reports. Could helping youth build dreams for the future also curb violence?
Pre-exposure prophylaxis is providing an exciting new innovation to tackle HIV prevention. shutterstock

Rings and things … other ways to prevent HIV are on the cards

Trials have shown that rates of HIV infection are reduced if people not infected with HIV take anti-retrovirals - known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). But adherence to a daily dose is a problem.

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