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October 13, 2017

Hi everyone,

Teen depression and suicide rates are on the rise, and some experts argue that the amount of time spent using smartphones may be partly to blame. Writer Markham Heid took a close look at what the latest research on social media and smartphone use means for the mental health of teenagers. You can also read his list of 5 tips for how parents can help their kids cut back.

Do you have concerns about social media? We'd love to hear from you at health@time.com.

Be well,

Alexandra Sifferlin
TIME Health Writer

NEWS YOU NEED
Are smartphones dangerous? Here's why experts are worried

Teen depression and suicide rates are climbing as more kids than ever use cell phones. Here's what new research says about the connection.

40% of Americans are obese—and the trend isn't slowing

New data reveals that obesity rates in the United States are still high for children and adults.

Researchers find women make better surgeons than men

People fared better when they were operated on by a female surgeon than a male surgeon, a new study finds.

Wildfire smoke is bad for your health. Here’s how to stay safe

Invisible but toxic tiny pollution particles can travel hundreds of miles.

WHAT WE'RE READING
Men find 'bromances’ more satisfying than their romantic relationships

Intense male friendships can benefit men emotionally, but researchers warn there may be a downside.

Here's How Practicing Tai Chi Can Help the Heart

For many people, doing rehab after a heart attack can be just as stressful as the event itself. Now researchers may have an alternative

5 Easy Ways to Make Any Marriage Better

These simple strategies take just a few minutes, but the rewards are real.

Moms do housework on weekends, but not dads, study finds

Working women take fewer breaks from kids and chores than working men.

MORE HEALTH NEWS
Food poisoning may damage your DNA

The long-term effects of food poisoning may be cause for concern, Food & Wine Magazine writes.

How to ease your heartburn

If you have heartburn, you may need to be more mindful about what you eat. Watch this video from Health Magazine for tips.

Snacks that solve common health complaints

Experiencing headaches or a lack of energy? Here are some foods that can help, according to InStyle Magazine.

SHOULD I EAT THIS?
There could be pesticides in your honey

About three-fourths of honey from around the world contains some pesticides.

YOU ASKED, WE ANSWERED
How can you spot early signs of dementia in an aging parent?

Don’t write off memory issues as normal aging.

WHAT TO COOK THIS WEEK

Try this healthy fall salad recipe from our friends at Cooking Light.

Pomegranate, Avocado, and Citrus Brussels Sprouts Salad

Cooking Light/Jennifer Causey

ONE MORE THING BEFORE YOU GO
6 ways to practice lagom, the Swedish secret to a happy life

This Scandinavian lifestyle trend is about to be everywhere.

 
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