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RAND research on the physical and mental health of adolescents examines such topics as teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), substance use, obesity and physical activity, depression and suicide, and the influence of the media on sexual behavior.

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    Sleepy Teens: A Public Health Epidemic

    Dec 4, 2016

    RAND's Wendy Troxel discusses how early school start times contribute to an epidemic of sleep deprivation among teens.

  • Elizabeth D'Amico outside a marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, California

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    How Marijuana Ads Affect Youth: Q&A with Elizabeth D'Amico

    Aug 21, 2018

    RAND's Elizabeth D'Amico discusses her research on how medical marijuana advertising influences adolescents' use of—and positive attitudes toward—the drug. Los Angeles County used her findings to limit the placement of marijuana billboards and signage outside dispensaries.

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