Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Are the Kids All Right?

A couple of studies featured at MSNBC today show a couple of disturbing trends among kids.

First, according to a University of Minnesota study, one-in-six kids are already drinking (alcohol) by sixth grade,
reports MSNBC. The study was conduced with about 4,000 Chicago sixth graders.

Also
from MSNBC, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study finds one-in-four girls has a sexually transmitted disease. Of particular concern is that just half of the study participants admitted having sex. So if a girl is sexually active, she has almost a fifty-fifty chance of ending up with an STD.

When broken down by race, researchers found about half of black teens had an STD, while 20 percent of white and Mexican-American teens were infected.

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