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December 10, 2018

Newest brief from RWJF project: "With a Little Help from My Friends - The Importance of Peer Relationships for Social-Emotional Development"

Positive peer relationships make critical contributions to healthy social emotional development

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November 26, 2018

The five types of problem drinking are more common at different ages

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Alcohol abuse is more complicated than simply drinking too much. There may be five separate types of problem drinkers, according to Penn State researchers, and each one may be more common at different stages of life.

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November 19, 2018

Cross-college teams pitch health-focused mobile apps in mHealth Challenge

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Ten intercollege teams of enterprising students recently pitched ideas for innovative mobile health applications during Penn State’s mHealth Challenge. The challenge, which held its final round on Nov. 12 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State, is a cross-college initiative in which student teams develop a mobile application prototype that addresses a societal health need associated with a specific target audience.

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November 07, 2018

mHealth Challenge encourages undergraduate innovation, engagement

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — This fall, undergraduate students are working together in cross-college teams to develop original mobile health prototypes that address societal health needs associated with specific target audiences. This year’s teams are developing apps to lessen the stress of pediatric hospital patients, ensure healthy eating habits, improve sleep routines, assist with medication reminders, monitor opioids in the bloodstream, and broaden the abilities of smart smoke alarm systems to alert families to health-threatening situations, among a host of other issues. 

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Social isolation associated with poor health, low self-worth and suicidal ideation

November 01, 2018

Students face traumatic transition from middle school into high school

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Making a transition from middle school to high school is linked to friendship shake-ups among students and may also increase the likelihood of long-lasting academic and personal struggles, according to a team of sociologists.

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