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E-Cig Use Increases Among High School Students

For a slim device that looks like a USB stick, the Juul e-cigarette packs a powerful punch. Each refillable insert contains twice the nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. According to Business Insider, “the Juul now represents nearly 71% of the entire e-cig market. In June, sales of the devices surged 738%.” Despite Juul’s growing

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On Social Media, The Past Is Never Past

Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb lost the bid for a no-hitter on Sunday in the ninth inning. Shortly after the home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Newcomb found himself faced with his past as tweets he had posted on social media in his late teens surfaced on Twitter. The Braves released a statement calling Newcomb’s old

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Mycoplasma Genitalium On Track to Become Antibiotic Resistant STD

First identified in the 1980s, the bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) remains relatively unknown to the American public, compared to a sexually transmitted disease (STD) like chlamydia. According to a 2015 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), MG is more common in most settings than the bacteria behind gonorrhea, called Neisseria gonorrhea. According

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Sexual Integrity On The Rise

  The Centers for Disease Control recently released encouraging results from the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance study, a biennial survey that seeks to quantify teen behavior. The survey found that over 60% of students surveyed have not had sexual intercourse resulting in a decline, relative to to recent years. The survey also found that drinking and drug

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Banks: The Unexpected Heroes Against Human Trafficking

An estimated 25 million individuals are exploited for forced labor or sexual exploitation worldwide. Human trafficking earns an estimated $150 billion annually for traffickers. According to Fortune, many financial institutions are beginning to show how banks and law enforcement can work together to combat trafficking. Traffickers often leave financial footprints funneling money through accounts and transferring large sums quickly. Repeated deposits and withdraws as well as, credit transactions

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Sex Strikes in Protest Against Threats to Roe v. Wade

In a tweet posted on Monday, author Jennifer Wright suggested that single women stop dating and having sex with men expressing “anti-abortion views”. Wright also suggested that women indicate their stance by adding the female judge emoji to their dating profiles. Others have chosen to support a “woman’s right to choose” by adding #Lysistrata2018to their posts

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Teen Straight Talk Celebrates 30 Years

When Mary Duke, executive director of Teen Straight Talk, began her work in 1989, she thought she would only be teaching students for a year at most. Duke told the Tribune Chronicle that she never imagined that in 2018, she would still be speaking to and educating children, teens and adults on personal worth, abstinence until marriage and healthy

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Texas Attorney General Demands Fort Worth School District Hand Over Human Sexuality Curriculum

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently sent a letter to Fort Worth Independent School District (ISD) requesting a full and complete copy of the district’s human sexuality curriculum after the district repeatedly denied parents access to these public documents. Parents reported that not only were their records requests denied, but their children were prohibited from bringing a

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Mapping Suicide Deaths Across the United States

The Washington Post released a graphic illustrating the data presented in a new study by a team of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers. The graphic depicts a 30 percent rise in suicides between 1999 and 2016. Researchers hope that mapping suicide rates by county provides greater clarity in describing geographic patterns of suicide and contributes to a better understanding of

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YouTuber Addresses the Importance of Abstinence

Style and beauty YouTuber Courtney McCalmont recently released a video on her channel affirming and encouraging young women to wait to have sex until marriage. Courtney is a 21-year-old from Pennsylvania who says she wanted to make the video for “the girl out there who wants to wait until marriage but in this day and age with pop culture and with television

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