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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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If you're having, or thinking about having, sex it's important that you're clued up and stay safe.

The Member of Parliament for Bongo in the Upper East Region, Edward Abambire Bawa has raised issues with how the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) company has gone ahead to pay an additional $3million to Springfield Energy in a dispute, against the advice of the company's legal counsel after Alfred Obeng exited as Managing Director.

As dating services and apps become more and more popular for young people, we give you a run down on how to safely meet like-minded people online.

Egg sauce is an easy-to-prepare Nigerian sauce made by sautéing tomatoes and eggs. It is usually served as a breakfast meal though it can be eaten anytime.
Cooking time: 20 minutes