Anxiety in African American youth impacts future cortisol production in gender specific ways

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ANN ARBOR—African-American youth whose anxiety levels are elevated by the everyday struggles they encounter will overproduce the stress hormone cortisol into adulthood, according to new research from the University of Michigan. Researchers found that anxiety among females and alcohol use among males in their teens predict their cortisol output seven years later. “This paper extends current knowledge by following a …

Patterns of substance use over time shed light on prevention strategies for youth

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Alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco use among youth are of particular concern to public health researchers because of its prevalence and long term health effects. However, there has been little research on patterns of substance use as youth get older, leaving many questions unanswered. For example, how do youth go from using just one substance to using more? How do family …