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October 2007
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Teen Girls at School
The Perils of Peers
How Social Networks Affect Your Health
From elementary school through college, new groups of friends take shape when the school year begins. Friends can influence each other’s behavior, including activities that affect their health, such as smoking, drinking and taking illegal drugs …

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Giving Germs the Slip
Soap and Shots Can Protect Your Health
With schools back in session and cooler weather on the way, many of us will be spending more time indoors. It’s a time to make holiday plans. It’s a time for togetherness. And it’s a time when we share a lot of disease-causing germs. Fortunately, you can take simple steps to dodge germs and boost your chances of staying healthy.

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