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BOSTON (AP) — Nearly a quarter of high school boys in Massachusetts reported symptoms of a sports-related traumatic brain injury in the past year while more than six in 10 high school seniors who drive admitted texting behind the wheel.

Those are two findings from a pair of reports released Friday on health behaviors of young people in Massachusetts.

The reports looked at a range of activities, from smoking and drinking to nutrition and sexual activity.

The study found the percentage of high school students bullied at school was on the decline while more than half of middle school students reported drinking one to two sugar-sweetened beverages the previous day.

Rates of alcohol and cigarette use dropped, with more students reporting smoking marijuana than cigarettes.

Cigars and smokeless tobacco products gained popularity, however.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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