Abbie Harper worked for a helpline run by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), which is now being phased out. Harper disagrees with the new plan to use an online chatbot to help users find information about eating disorders.
In 2009, only about half of teens said they used social media every day. By 2022, 95% of teens said they used some social media — and about a third say they use it constantly, a poll from Pew Research Center found.
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Studies have raised alarms about the many ways kids have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic– from loneliness, to depression and anxiety, to faltering grades.
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Montana state Rep. SJ Howell speaks on the House floor during a motion to discipline Rep. Zooey Zephyr at the Montana Capitol in Helena on Wed., April 26, 2023. Howell is a Democrat who identifies as transgender nonbinary.
For years, the research picture on how social media affects teen mental health has been murky. That is changing as scientists find new tools to answer the question.
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States filed lawsuits against corporations involved in the opioid crisis. Now, about $50 billion in settlement funds have begun to flow to state governments. Advocates want to make sure it is used to treat addiction.
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