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The use of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tinder has become the cornerstone of modern communication and connection as it allows users to create a sense of belonging and redefine their way of being. Despite the many positive benefits and impacts of these sites, the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal has reignited discussions about the place of social media and social networking sites in our lives.

Babies do it. Yoga practitioners swear by it. Fitness instructors say it aids in oxygenation during exercise. Scientists are even touting it for predicting the likelihood of dementia. And now researchers are even claiming that the way we breathe may affect how well our memories are consolidated. Maybe there really is something to breathing through your nose.

Doribabs School Complex which is one the best basic school in the Central Region, situated on the Cape Coast Yamoransa Highway (Near Moree Toll Booth) in the Abura Asebu Kwamankese (AAK), was adjudged the Overall Best Basic School in the district. The school came top in the 2017 BECE, beating 99 other schools to emerge the best school in the district for the second consecutive time.

It has eight arms, three hearts — and a plan. Scientists aren’t sure how the cephalopods got to be so intelligent.

To demonstrate how smart an octopus can be, Piero Amodio points to a YouTube video. It shows an octopus pulling two halves of a coconut shell together to hide inside. Later the animal stacks the shells together like nesting bowls — and carts them away.

WE probably don't think much about the rather bland doors we pass through in our daily lives. The one we close behind us with relief, at home after a hectic day. The one we open gently to check on a sleeping child. The doors we enter on our way to worship, to visit parents or to shop. Each of these doors triggers a shift in our emotions, a transition from one state of mind or social context to the next. Yet the doors themselves reflect none of that.

In societies where girls in their early teens are given by their parents to be married to older men, teen pregnancy is not considered a problem. However, often, these girls have too-early pregnancies that result in severe damage to sexual and internal organs.

According to the MasterCard Foundation’s index of women entrepreneurs, 46.4% of businesses in Ghana are owned by women.

Women are often driven to businesses in less wealthy markets out of necessity or the need to survive.

The addiction of children to their mobile phones could threaten the very fabric of society, a study suggests.

Many people don't understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will. Drugs change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to. Fortunately, researchers know more than ever about how drugs affect the brain and have found treatments that can help people recover from drug addiction and lead productive lives.

The past few weeks have been very difficult for me. I lost one of my sisters, and even though death is part of life, it often changes the lives of the bereaved in so many ways and this change is forever because death is permanent.

We show you how your expectations of going to high school is a little different compared to what really happens when you become a first year.

1. Expectation: Different subjects mean more homework and harder classes


Reality: You'll sample a few new classes in your first couple of years at high school but be put in a class based on your level of knowledge on the subject, so the coursework shouldn't get too difficult. A few years in, although you'll probably have to keep doing core subjects such as Maths and English, you also get to choose some of your favourite subjects to specialise in.

2. Expectation: Everyone will look like a part-time model, just like in the movies


Reality: Everyone at high school looks different and has their own body hang-ups. Believe it or not, attraction isn't based solely on looks! We all have confidence in different aspects of ourselves and as we grow older we learn to accept the way we look more and more. 

3. Expectation: Lunchtime flashmobs are a regular thing


Reality: Ok, so though it might be pretty cool to study somewhere like High School Musical's East High, in high school everyone has their own talents and you can use that thing that you're best at in different ways, like getting involved in clubs or opportunities and honing your individual skills.

4. Expectation: You need to be one of the 'popular' people


Reality: Is being considered popular really what you want? Popularity in high school often doesn't mean much in the long run and is more about a certain image than actually being a friendly and well liked person. It's great to get chatting to lots of people but having a close group of friends and being a good friend is much more likely to lead to good high school memories than pretending to be something you're not just to look cool.

5. Expectation: Everyone will have girlfriends or boyfriends


Reality: Not true! You may never have even kissed anyone, but  its important not to feel pressured into doing something you don't want to do. Fancying someone  is equally as difficult, but crushes come and go and soon you'll find yourself questioning why you even liked them in the first place!

6. Everyone will have nicer and more expensive stuff than me


Reality: Having the latest trendy shoes or the newest gadget might seem like the be-all and end-all in high school sometimes, but just know that your parents, carers or guardians work hard to give you the best of what they can. If you really feel as though you don't have much money to buy new things, you could also look at getting a weekend job when you're a little older, such as in a hairdressers or doing a paper round. 

Remember, high school is a really exciting time where you can learn loads, find your skills, make new friends and develop as a person - so try to enjoy your own experiences and not compare it to what you've seen on television or movies.

It can be a scary prospect, approaching a GP about your health, but how else can we know what's 'normal' when young bodies are growing and changing all the time? Find the answers here.