Adolescence has never been easy – from worries about school, friends and all the ways their bodies are changing, teenagers have it rough. Mental health experts say these worries are taking their toll. According to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health – anxiety is now the most common mental health diagnosis for college students. And this can be limiting, getting in the way of things you want to do in your life. As Åsa Secher reports, the focus is narrowing in on girls, who researchers say are twice as likely to be affected.
Counting last night’s debate in Brooklyn, there have been a total of 22 debates this campaign season. And there is one area that has hardly been talked about at all: science. To remedy that, a group of science enthusiasts are trying, for the third election in a row, to organize a science debate. As Åsa Secher reports, 50,000 people have signed their petition so far – among them are Nobel laureates as well as celebrities like Johnny Depp. So will this be the year it actually happens?
Cluster regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats – CRISPR. It’s a mouthful, and a new scientific technique. In English, it’s like a new kind of scissor one that allows scientists to precisely correct mutations in a genome – like a cut and paste tool for DNA. Now, two big labs – one from Harvard and MIT and another from Berkeley – are fighting over the patent for the technology. But in the meantime, it’s already being used by the do-it-yourself community. And as Åsa Secher reports, that raises concerns about putting powerful scientific tools in the hands of lay people.
Åsa Secher is far from home, but there’s someone she always keeps close.
It’s a big week for art lovers – the biggest art fair in New York – the Armory Show, opened yesterday. It’s a showcase for more than 200 art galleries from around the world who put their artists in the show. But it doesn’t feature art by artists who don’t have a gallery representing them. Those independent artists are having an art fair of their own. Åsa Secher reports.
Starting in March, police and prosecutors in Staten Island will be investigating every heroin-related death as if it were a homicide. The goal is to track down the dealers. Daniel Raymond is the policy director at the Harm Reduction Coalition, and he says the plan will only make the situation more tenuous. Asa Secher asks him why.
Health officials say one in three New Yorkers have not had their teeth checked out in the past year. Yet going to the dentist regularly is the best way to make sure you don’t develop oral diseases. Increasing access to dental care is one of the challenges that 700 students are tackling tonight at the NYU Global Hackathon. Åsa Secher went to NYU ahead of tonight’s event.