Teens http://wesa.fm en From 'Pantry' to 'Kitchen': Transforming the Way Teens Use the Library http://wesa.fm/post/pantry-kitchen-transforming-way-teens-use-library <p>People often think of the library as a place to sit quietly while reading or studying.</p><p>But the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is challenging that stereotype by turning the library into a creative hub for teens.</p><p>It was the second week of June, and Pittsburgh Public Schools had been out of session for two days. And yet, half a dozen teenagers and pre-teens were sitting around a table, enthusiastically engaging in a lesson about ancient Egypt.</p><p>“What do we know about Egypt and why was it such a big deal?” asked Oliva Hric, museum educator with the Carnegie Library of Natural History. “Can you think of anything in the landscape that maybe would make Egypt a really great place to live?”</p><p>“Because they were on the Nile River they could have had a good water supply,” answered 12-year-old Jonathan Freeman, clearly familiar with the concept.</p><p>Freeman and the other teens weren’t at summer school; they were at The Labs at the Carnegie library’s East Liberty branch. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:45:11 +0000 Liz Reid 31504 at http://wesa.fm From 'Pantry' to 'Kitchen': Transforming the Way Teens Use the Library A New Approach to Preventing Teen Smoking http://wesa.fm/post/new-approach-preventing-teen-smoking <p>A study published in the <a href="http://www.upmc.com/media/NewsReleases/2014/Pages/pitt-study-media-literacy-smoking-prevention.aspx">Journal of School Health </a>finds media literacy is more effective in preventing teenagers from smoking than traditional anti-smoking efforts.</p><p>Dr. Brian Primack, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics, and director of the Program for Research on Media and Health at University of Pittsburgh was lead author in the study.</p><p>Primack describes a hypothetical comparison from his study's findings. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:35:56 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22874 at http://wesa.fm A New Approach to Preventing Teen Smoking Study: Teens Who Drink Alone More Likely to Develop Drinking Problems in Adulthood http://wesa.fm/post/study-teens-who-drink-alone-more-likely-develop-drinking-problems-adulthood <p>The legal drinking age in the U.S. is 21, but as many people who’ve gone through high school and who are familiar with pop culture know, kids finds ways around that all the time.</p><p>A new study from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh finds that teens that do their drinking alone may be at greater risk for alcohol problems later in life.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 20209 at http://wesa.fm Pitt Researchers Say Diet Links to Hyperactivity, Learning Problems in Teens http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-researchers-say-diet-links-hyperactivity-learning-problems-teens <p>The adage “You are what you eat” is considered to be fairly universal, but researchers at the University of Pittsburgh say it’s what you don’t eat that might make the bigger impact.</p><p>According to a new study, diets lacking omega-3 fatty acids can have negative effects over generations, especially on teens.</p><p>A team led by Bita Moghaddam, a professor of neuroscience at Pitt, found second-generation deficiencies of omega-3s caused heightened states of anxiety, hyperactivity and slower learning ability.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 14:30:25 +0000 Michael Lynch 14007 at http://wesa.fm Pitt Researchers Say Diet Links to Hyperactivity, Learning Problems in Teens