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Better Schools May Encourage Better Health Decisions

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(NBC) High-performing schools may not only turn out students who have good grades. A new study suggests the kids may also make better decisions that affect their personal health.

UCLA researchers compared two groups of teenagers from low-income neighborhoods in Los Angeles. One group was offered admission to successful public charter schools, while the other was not. Those who attended the more successful high school had better test scores. But in addition, those kids were much less likely to drop out of school, engage in unprotected sex, carry a weapon or be in a gang.

However, there was no difference in smoking, alcohol or marijuana use.

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