Cotton candy and ‘Atomic Fireball’ flavored electronic cigarettes are forging a new pathway to addiction, death and disease

E-cigarette use among middle school children has doubled in just one year. In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced e-cigarette use also doubled among high school students in one year, and that 1 in 10 high school students have used an e-cigarette. Continue reading

Cultural stigma hurts Asian American teens with depression

most Asian American teens are emotionally healthy and thriving. But government statistics suggest that a substantial number struggle emotionally. Among Asian American high school students, 29 percent have reported feeling “sad or hopeless” for at least two weeks in a row during the past year, enough to interfere with their daily lives, according to a recent national youth survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That figure is slightly higher than that of teens from all racial groups, 28 percent. Continue reading

How to prevent stomach flu

As winter is flu season, your stomach can also catch the flu. Unlike respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus, stomach flu is caused by the so-called “vomit bug” norovirus. It causes about 20 million cases each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This means about one in every 15 Americans will contract norovirus each year. Continue reading