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AAP calls for teenage tanning ban

TUFTS UNVIERSITY — The American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to impose a ban on teenage tanning, citing evidence that directly links tanning beds with an increased risk of skin cancer.

The statement intended to put mounting pressure on the FDA, which is meeting next month to update their policies. The American Academy of Dermatology and American Medical Association have made similar assertions in the past, claiming the FDA needs to impose stricter regulations on the use and sale of tanning beds.

For now, tanning beds are listed as a "Class I" medical device by the FDA, meaning they are subject to minimal regulation and oversight, despite their classification as highly carcinogenic by the World Health Organization.

By Amanda Warren The Tufts Daily

Early Easter egg hunt measures students' happiness

THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS — Students arriving on campus Tuesday morning found hundreds of Easter eggs waiting for them on the lawns surrounding Strong Hall.

All eggs contained a pair of chocolate treats and a printed message from students of “Positive Psychology.”

A group of 12 students from the course scattered 500 eggs around campus at 7 a.m. as part of a project to study how people rated their happiness upon discovering the chocolate pieces inside. The study also charted student’s happiness after giving the second piece of candy to a friend as the egg’s message suggested.

By Ian Cummings The University Daily Kansan

Groups aim to 'shatter the shame,' raise suicide awareness

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY — Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young adults — a statistic that two Penn State clubs wanted to help change through their forum, “Shatter the Shame.”

Aevidum and Active Minds hosted the first student-run mental health forum Monday in the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium to help combat the stigma surrounding depression and mental illnesses.

The forum began with a video about depression myths and an interpretive dance to help “shine the light on the battle of depression,” senior Brandon Frese said.

The forum featured several other performances and speakers, including Paul Hokemeyer, a nationally recognized therapist.

Hokemeyer said he defines stigma as the “unwillingness to accept that of which is different,” and he said we all stigmatize people in our own way.

“When we stigmatize people, we are cutting ourselves off from the humanness of others,” he said. “It cuts us off from the profound opportunity of getting to know and loving somebody else.”

By Cassandra Wiggins The Daily Collegian

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