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Their hormones mean they still need zzz’s even when they’re already supposed to be in homeroom. Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock.com

Sleepy teenage brains need school to start later in the morning

Teenagers aren't just lazy. Their sleep hormones aren't calibrated to let them get up and go until later in the morning – which has academic and health consequences when school starts too early.
Setting a low age floor for legal access to cannabis could improve drug-use prevention, education, health and safety for youth, research suggests. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

Marijuana age limit should be low - not high

Allowing young people to legally access marijuana will improve cannabis education and use-prevention, and hinder illegal activity.
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Where Latino teens learn about sex does matter

Understanding where teens learn about sex and how that influences them can help us find ways to encourage healthy sexual behaviors, such as using condoms and birth control.
The 1992 class photo from Morse High School in San Diego, California. Ewen Roberts/flickr

Why high school stays with us forever

Evolutionary psychology could explain why the memories and friendships formed during these years seem more vivid, potent and meaningful than those from any other stage of life.
Parents and students view a memorial marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting that claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Reuters/Joe Skipper

Is suicide contagious?

Learning about a friend's suicide attempt appears to transform a distant idea into something very real. Should this change the way we talk about suicide?

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