Vital Signs

Music & media factors of teenage depression, research says

By Colin M. Prenger ’11

In today’s technological age, media envelops us each and every day – but at what cost?

Texting, web surfing and listening to music are activities that are likely to cause depression in teens who do too much of it on a daily basis, experts say.

Controversial research spurs criticism in scientific community

By Aakash Jain ’14

British researcher Andrew Wakefield published a paper, “MMR vaccination and autism,” in The Lancet, Feb. 28,1998, proposing a strong correlation between the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, autism, and a form of inflammatory bowel disease he called Autistic enterocolitis.

In the paper, Wakefield emphasized the relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism was unclear.

Observers split over importance of online social media in Egypt

By Eric Villanueva ’11

“The flames of the protests in Egypt are being covered and perhaps fanned by media old and new. Organizers found supporters and planned protests through Facebook, Twitter and text messaging, at least until Internet and cellular communications were shut down,” NPR’s All Things Considered reported Friday, Jan. 28.

While many news agencies label online social media as fanning recent unrest in the Middle East, other observers hold varying views on the importance of social networking sites in the organizing and planning of these mass demonstrations.

In Egypt’s case, online social media use has permeated the society, with more than 20 million Egyptian Internet and Facebook users, creating a new space for Egyptians to communicate, according to Professor Adel Iskandar, a media and communications lecturer at Georgetown University.

In State of the Union Address, Obama talks innovations, energy policy, infrastructure

As Americans watched from their TV and computer screens Tuesday night, President Barack Obama in his State of the Union Address reminded Americans about the importance of innovations as a source of wealth for the country.

Though jobs was the focus in the address, President Obama spent several minutes connecting innovations, energy policy and infrastructure to economic recovery and job growth.

“All these investments — in innovation, education, and infrastructure — will make America a better place to do business and create jobs,” the president said.

Flu shot clinic slated for Wednesday Oct. 20

Brophy, in partnership with Mollen Clinic, will host a flu shot clinic for students and faculty Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Parents and students are asked to go and select Arizona, K-12, Catholic Schools – Diocese of Phoenix, Brophy, which will bring up the registration document.

The vaccine is covered by insurance, but if a student does not have insurance the vaccine will be provided to the student free of charge, according to Dean Mr. Jim Bopp in an e-mail.