Religious Background Tied to Lower Health Risks in Teens

Adolescents who regularly attended religious services had 33% reduced odds of illicit drug use, 12% lower depression risk and 18% increased likelihood of reporting high happiness levels, according to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers also found a 30% reduced risk of early sex initiation and 40% lower likelihood of sexually transmitted diseases among those who frequently prayed or meditated.  Read more.