Media Literacy is Helping Teens Combat Pro-Smoking Messages
Reuters Health just published a story about media literacy as a method to combat the subtle pro-smoking messages in movies and other media focused on the research by Dr. Brian A. Primack and his colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh. It is a...
SAT Scores and Athletics
Silly me. I have spent a lot of time and energy encouraging my daughter to take challenging academic courses in high school to improve her SAT scores - in hopes that she would then have her choice of colleges. Someone should have told me - she wou...
Successful healthy teens are often ignored
We hear so much about teen health gone wrong from the popular media that I am afraid we forget to acknowledge the majority of the adolescents who are doing well. Even on Teen Health 411 a quick scan will net topics such as HPV, herpes, eating diso...
Grand Rounds 3.28: Thank You
Thank you Dr. Keagirl at Urostream for hosting Grand Rounds 3.28 this week and including my post about the importance of mothers and community.Photo credit: web_guy94301Tags: Healthline, teen health, mothers, community, Grand Rounds
I bet you can all remember hearing your parents say that "kids will be kids," and when our peers were mean, we should "get over it," because mean people, teasing and bullying were just a part of life. Well, like everything else, our kids are expe...
Turn the TV Off!
Did you know that watching 10 hours of TV a week (or more) is shown to negatively affect academic achievement? It is true, along with other things, like kids who watch TV are more likely to be obese and are exposed to more violence, and kids with...
I Want it Now! A Book Review
Funny how life works - while reading this wonderful new book by Donna Bee-Gates about consumerism and kids, I happened to have had an Italian exchange student staying with my family, asking questions like "why are the houses and cars here so big?"...
HPV Vaccine - For Boys?
The sexually transmitted human papillomavirus is not only linked to cervical cancer in women, but more recently it has been linked to oral cancer in men. The vaccine Gardasil is being given to young women and girls, but Merck plans to ask for perm...
1-in-4 Sexually Active Teen Girls May Have An STI
Oh my! I hope everyone has heard about the announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week that 1-in-4 teen girls is likely to have at least one sexually transmitted disease. HPV is by far the most common sexually ...
Plus Size Teens - It is About Time!
For the first time I am starting to see teen literature including successful and positive plus-size characters, and all I can say is, "it is about time!" Finally, there are large teens who are perceived as heroes and successful people.While our cu...