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Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse, but the rest of the world isn't listening.

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Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listeningIn Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. Emma Young finds out how they did it, and why other countries won’t follow suit.Listen to or download an audiobook of this story on SoundCloud and iTunes.
It’s a little before three on a sunny Friday afternoon and Laugardalur Park, near central Reykjavik, looks practically deserted. There’s an occasional adult with a pushchair, but the park’s surrounded by apartment blocks and houses, and school’s out – so where are all the kids?Walking with me are Gudberg Jónsson, a local psychologist, and Harvey Milkman, an American psychology professor who teaches for part of the year at Reykjavik University. Twenty years ago, says Gudberg, Icelandic teens were among the heaviest-drinking youths in Europe. “You couldn’t walk the streets in downtown Reykjavik on a Friday night because it felt unsafe,” adds Milkman. “Th…

The uncertain future of genetic testing

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The uncertain future of genetic testingBringing genetics into medicine leads to more accuracy, better diagnosis and personalised treatment – but not for all. Carrie Arnold meets families for whom gene testing has led only to unanswered questions.AnneMarie Ciccarella, a fast-talking 57-year-old brunette with a more than a hint of a New York accent, thought she knew a lot about breast cancer. Her mother was diagnosed with the disease in 1987, and several other female relatives also developed it. When doctors found a suspicious lump in one of her breasts that turned out to be cancer, she immediately sought out testing to look for mutations in the two BRCA genes, which between them account for around 20 per cent of families with a strong history of breast cancer.Ciccarella assumed her results would be positive. They weren’t. Instead, they identified only what’s known as a variant of unknown or uncertain significance (VUS) in both BRCA1 and BRCA2. Unlike pathogenic mutations that are known…

Is it really generation gap?

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I, along with my family was travelling to a relatives place by car. Mom and dad were sitting in front, me and my younger twin brothers were sitting on the backseat. All along the five hour long journey we were listening songs of 80's and 90's. They are a melody indeed but an excess of everything seems uninteresting, no? On our return I made a deal with dad, since while going we listened his songs, 'old songs' patiently, so while returning we would play our songs, the new songs from Chainsmokers, Charlie Puth, Adele, etc. And so we did. But after a while mom and dad looked apathetically into each other's eyes giving a hint that we were enjoying something baseless which had no head and no tail, completely going beyond their heads. I exclaimed, "your choices need not be our choices, and you cannot impose your choices on us!" Dad sighed and through the mirror looked straight into my eyes to utter, "yeah! We don't like your choices and you don't …

"What to write in a blog?"

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If you too have this question bothering you all day long causing insomnia due to the pressure inflicted upon your mind thinking of what to write and what not to write, then your mouse click has landed you on the right page for the answers.
A blog is ironically your personal journal which is although public. It represents your ideas, thoughts, interests and most importantly it highlights your personality. Anyone can access your blog from anywhere in the world and we know it's a judgemental society, man judges man kind of notion dictates the contemporary world. So make sure you portray yourself in the right way. Be yourself, be unique in whatever you present in the form of your blog.
Every other person takes up blogging as an amateur. I too started as one, but for me it turned out to be much more than just amateurish. Anyways, let's move ahead, follow my step by step guide for a perfect blog. Here it goes:

1. 'Theme'-ing
Before you start thinking rampantly about what to…