Essential Pittsburgh
4:35 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

A New Approach to Preventing Teen Smoking

Dr. Brian Primack is the lead author of a study that shows media literate teens are less likely to become smokers.
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A study published in the Journal of School Health finds media literacy is more effective in preventing teenagers from smoking than traditional anti-smoking efforts.

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.

Primack describes a hypothetical comparison from his study's findings.

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3:30 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Study: Teens Who Drink Alone More Likely to Develop Drinking Problems in Adulthood

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.

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.

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10:30 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Pitt Researchers Say Diet Links to Hyperactivity, Learning Problems in Teens

A new University of Pittsburgh study linked diets lacking omega-3 fatty acids with heightened states of anxiety, hyperactivity and slower learning ability, particularly in teens.
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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.

According to a new study, diets lacking omega-3 fatty acids can have negative effects over generations, especially on teens.

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.

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