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Facebook 'no place' for young children

Facebook 'no place' for young children

Technology
More than 100 child health experts are urging Facebook to withdraw an app aimed at under-13s.In an open letter to Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, they call Messenger Kids an "irresponsible" attempt to encourage young children to use Facebook.Young children are not ready to have social media accounts, they say.Facebook says the app was designed with online safety experts in response to parental calls for more control over how their children used social media.It is a simplified, locked-down version of Facebook's Messenger app, requiring parental approval before use, and data generated from it is not used for advertising.The open letter says: "Messenger Kids will likely be the first social media platform widely used by elementary school children [four- to -11-year-olds]. "But a growing body of...
Young women using ADHD medicine up 700 percent over 8 years, CDC report finds

Young women using ADHD medicine up 700 percent over 8 years, CDC report finds

Health
The number of women in their late 20s who filled a prescription for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medicine skyrocketed by 700 percent between 2003 and 2015, according to a report released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the uptick in the percentage of American women who use ADHD medicine was most pronounced among those ages 25 to 29, the report also stated that the number of women ages 15 to 44 with private health insurance who filled a prescription for ADHD medicine increased by 344 percent between 2003 and 2015. Women in the 30 to 34 age group had the second-highest percent increase -- 560 percent -- in the number of prescriptions filled for ADHD medicine. The findings, published today in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly R...
John Young, US astronaut and pioneer, dies aged 87

John Young, US astronaut and pioneer, dies aged 87

Science
US astronaut John Young, who flew to the moon twice and commanded the first ever space shuttle mission, has died aged 87, Nasa said."Today, Nasa and the world have lost a pioneer," agency chief Robert Lightfoot said in a statement. Young was the only person to have flown missions on the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programmes.He also once famously smuggled a corned beef sandwich on to a space flight as a gift for a fellow astronaut.Young retired in 2004 after a 42-year career. Nasa said he died on Friday following complications from pneumonia.Skip Twitter post by @NASAWe're saddened by the loss of astronaut John Young, who was 87. Young flew twice to the Moon, walked on its surface & flew the first Space Shuttle mission. He went to space six times in the Gemini, Apollo & Space...
Ocean acidification harms young mussels

Ocean acidification harms young mussels

Science
Nov. 22 (UPI) -- New research shows mussels are especially vulnerable to the ill effects of ocean acidification during their early life stages.Mussels form a calcareous shell to protect themselves from predators. Ocean acidification disrupts this process. The latest research offered scientists new insights into the ways a decline in pH disrupts the calcification process during a mussels' larval stages."For the first time, we used two different methods to understand the calcification of one to two-day-old shelled larvae to estimate their sensitivity to climate change," Kirti Ramesh, a doctoral student in ecophysiology at the Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel, said in a news release. "With the help of fluorescent dyes and specialized microscopy techniques, we were able to track the de...
Young people 'experimenting more in bed'

Young people 'experimenting more in bed'

Health
Young people are taking part in a wider range of sexual practices, including anal sex, with opposite sex partners, research reveals.Experts looked at responses to a national sex survey that has been carried out every 10 years since 1990 in the UK. More than one in 10 millennial teenagers said they had tried anal sex by the age of 18.By the age of 22 to 24, three in every 10 said they had tried it.Vaginal and oral sex are still the most common types of sexual activity between young men and women, however. The age that young people start having sex - vaginal, anal or oral - has not changed much in recent decades. In the most recent survey, it was 16.While the study in the Journal of Adolescent Health shows what types of sex people are having, it doesn't shed light on why preferences are chan...