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Parents Less Aware When Their Children Vape Than When They Smoke

When parents set strict household rules regarding not using tobacco, their kids were less likely to start tobacco use. Just talking to kids about not smoking is very less effective.

‘Strict household rules about not using tobacco are the best way to prevent tobacco use among youth.

“We know that tobacco-free homes are a fundamental tool to help prevent smoking by kids,” stated corresponding and senior author Benjamin Chaffee.

“Tobacco use by kids is troubling, and dentists, like all healthcare providers, should be worried about preventing youth tobacco use,” Chaffee stated.

The smoking landscape has dramatically improved over the last decade, particularly among youth, for whom cigarette smoking has declined while electronic cigarettes use soared. Last year, over 1 in 4 high school students was vaping, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study utilized data from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study to examine

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Dentists advise against participating in TikTok teeth filing challenge

BOSTON (NewsNation Now) — There are some TikTok challenges that are raising health concerns, and the latest one involves people filing down their own teeth.

In a TikTok video sent to NewsNation, you can see a teenage girl using a nail file to alter the appearance of her teeth.

“It’s been a strange year. We’ve been in quarantine. We are seeing people do things, DIY in quarantine, like now visits to salons to fix our DIY haircuts, but when it comes to altering our teeth, I absolutely don’t recommend that,” said Dr. Brittany Seymour.

Seymour is the global health discipline director and an associate professor at Harvard School of Dental Medicine

“No, don’t file your beautiful teeth!” said Seymour.

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Latest coronavirus news for September 18, 2020: Live updates

On Friday, indoor service is back on the menu at bars and restaurants across Chicago’s far south suburbs after an improved COVID-19 testing positivity rate prompted Gov. J.B. Pritzker to lift restrictions on Will and Kankakee counties.

Here’s what happened in the fight against the coronavirus in Chicago, the state and the nation.


8:45 p.m. Homecoming in the COVID era: No football or dance, but event still puts ‘smiles on … faces’

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Fall school festivities might look different than ever before this year, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still be fun.

Dozens of students and parents showed up Friday afternoon to Leo High School in Auburn Gresham for a twist on the usual homecoming celebration.

There was no football game or dance. Instead, teachers and staff at the private all-boys Catholic school handed out hot dog lunches, school supplies, T-shirts and backpacks, while parents picked up

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Teacher and mentor who loved to sing

Born: January 6th, 1933
Died: July 10th, 2020

Dermot Hourihane, a doctor who strongly advocated for medical and social change in late 20th century Ireland, has died. Prof Hourihane was a founding member of the Irish Family Planning Association and founder of Doctors against the Amendment, a lobby group formed in advance of the first referendum on abortion in Ireland in 1983.

Right from his early days lecturing at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), he became involved in social issues. Appointed as reader (now associate professor) in pathology in 1966, he pushed for the lifting of the Catholic Church in Ireland’s ban on Catholics entering TCD. The 100-year-old ban was lifted in 1970.

He became the first professor of histopathology and morbid anatomy at TCD in 1973 and was dean of the faculty of medicine and dentistry from 1979-1983.

He was driven by a desire to improve the standards of medicine

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One in 20 high schoolers in east Japan pref. takes care of family members: research

A man who cared for his grandmother, a dementia patient, since he was a sixth grader is seen in Tokyo on March 16, 2020. (Mainichi/Yuki Miyatake)

TOKYO — One out of some 20 high school students in the east Japan prefecture of Saitama said they were providing care for family members, including those with illnesses or disabilities, a survey by a research team have found.

Children under the age of 18 who take care of their family members with chronic illnesses or disabilities, or mental health issues are referred to as “young carers” and experts have warned if these children become overburdened with caregiving tasks, it could interfere with their school work as well as their mental and physical health. A similar trend was seen in a 2016 study targeting high schoolers in the western prefecture of Osaka. The team says they

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How ‘PEN15’ Nailed the Heartbreaking Experience of the Closeted Y2K Middle-Schooler

There’s something that happens when watching PEN15, especially if you are a millennial, especially if you were 13 years old in the year 2000, especially if you can recite with perfect inflection the spoken-word monologue in Mandy Moore’s “Candy.”

You look at stars, creators, and writers Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle playing a game of M.A.S.H. while gossiping over their see-through landline phones. You take in the constellations of orthodontia at their class pool party, akin to reading a dental star chart. You cringe as they call each other “slut bags,” as if they have any idea what the insult means. You suffer PTSD as they gyrate in their childhood bedrooms to sexually explicit hip-hop songs, cry along as their hearts shatter under the emotional anvils of rejection or bullying or both, and you think… that was me.

In the series, which launched its second season on Hulu

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Heiress learns that you can have fun without money on Rich Kids, Skint Holiday

A rich heiress used to the finer things in life – including £8,000 pieces of jewellery and a £31,000 car to drive – gets a tough wake up call while on holiday with a skint family. 

Roumaissa, 18, from London, spends a few days in Norfolk with self-employed handyman Neil and part-time teacher at a school for special needs children Nicky Cope and their three daughters, Grace, 14, and twins Lauren and Charlotte, 13. 

Living off the generosity of her father, who owns Africa’s biggest dental laboratory, Roumaissa splashes £300 to £400 a week on fine dining, and spends another £500 a month on makeup, hair and beauty treatments, and clothes. 

She also drives an Audi TT, priced at £31,000, courtesy of her father, and owns a £32,000 designer handbag, also gifted by her parent and uncle for her 18th birthday – which Neil observes ‘could pay half my mortgage.’ 

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TikTok: Dentists say don’t shave your teeth with nail file


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Teens and young adults on TikTok are scraping their teeth away with nail files to achieve a perfectly aligned smile, and dentists are panicking over the new trend.

In videos posted on the social media app, some of which have thousands of views, likes and comments, TikTokers admit the idea is a bad one before completing what dentists call irreversible damage.

The trend involves shaving away the enamel — the outermost layer of teeth — to fix ridged edges, uneven “buck” teeth and other imperfections. But if too much filing is done, these TikTokers can reach the soft tissue that contains blood vessels and nerves resting under their teeth’s hard outer casing.

This, experts say, almost always means heightened sensitivity and pain.

“Teeth are made up of layers, if you destroy your enamel by filing down your teeth, you

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Parents play crucial role in helping children, teens cope with pandemic stress

Find ways to stay connected and busy as a family. Even though they can’t see their friends like normal, there’s still plenty families can do together to enjoy themselves. Board games, picnicking and hiking are a few of Shefner’s family-time suggestions. Now is a good time, she added, to think about what activities you can do as the weather gets colder to stay engaged with each other and with external family and friends. Seeking refuge outdoors won’t be as easy in a few months.

Limit screen time, especially in the evenings. Adults have trouble disconnecting, so don’t assume children can police their own device use. The constant barrage of input from screens is mentally taxing for children, according to Shefner, not to mention the emotional impact of news and social media. “Along with the pandemic, so many other things are happening right now and there are a lot

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The Bunker Magnates Hate to Say They Told You So

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“I’m not one of the paranoid kinds of people,” Michael, the 51-year-old owner of a construction company, told me this spring.

But who doesn’t look at the state of the world these days and get a little paranoid? It’s not just the virus and the economic collapse. It’s the protests, the fires, the cyberspying, the border shutdowns, the freezer trucks full of bodies, the disinformation on television—the sense that we are living with the economy of 1928, the civil society of 1968, the politics of 1868. “I don’t see a good outcome, whether he wins it or someone else wins it,” he said, talking about President Donald Trump. “It scares me. I’ve got two daughters. I think about all the sex rings they’ve been cracking down on,” he added. “Our country has almost got the qualities of a third-world country.”

When we spoke,

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