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  • Loose Women on Campus?

    "Hooking up" means having some form of sex, ranging from petting to intercourse, with someone who may or may not know well, usually without much thought. The point may be pleasure, because hookups take less time than dating, or to get social stat...

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  • Plan B Available to Teens One Way or the Other

    As previously mentioned in a post, the emergency contraceptive pill Plan B, also known as the morning after pill because you can take it up to 72 hours after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy, is beginning to be available at pharmacies. However...

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  • Abstinence-only versus Comprehensive Sexuality Education: The Impact on Sexual Risk Behavior among U.S. High School Students 1991 – 2003

    According to a recent research brief from Child Trends the U.S. has some of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy and childbearing in the industrialized world, with 82% of those pregnancies being unintended. Teens in the U.S. also have higher rat...

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  • Supreme Court Restricts Women's Reproductive Freedom

    I cannot believe that our nation's highest court has permitted itself to be a tool of the anti-choice movement instead of preserving a woman's constitutionally protected right to make childbearing choices in consultation with medical care provider...

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  • Gratitude and Holidays!

    ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?We are all so blessed with so many gifts and so many moments to experience them, that this time of year really should be filled with joy! I realize driving around or shopping during the last weekend before...

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  • Thank You - Grand Rounds 4.49

    Thanks to Theresa Chan at Rural Doctoring for including my Back-To-School post in this week's Grand Rounds.This week was a beautiful read - I loved the Shakespearean theme and my fvorite line was "Create for eternity. Let every word pierce the hea...

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  • Violent Girls: Who Do You Believe?

    Are American girls becoming more violent? I have heard murmuring, and went to explore, but I sure could not decide what I believe. One one hand, the increase in bullying, particularly cyberbullying, and "mean girl" syndrome would support it, but...

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  • When "I Love You" Means "Do What I Say"

    Conditional love is finally getting the press it deserves - and it is all bad! Sorry Dr. Phil and Supernanny, many of us do not believe that what children need or want (specifically approval or love) should be offered contingently or doled out as ...

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  • Abstinence-Only Programs Do Not Reduce Risk

    Another study, "Sexual Abstinence-Only Programs to Prevent HIV Infection in High-Income Countries: Systematic Review," was published in the British Medical Journal and included data from 13 trials involving almost 16,000 youth. The results from re...

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  • HIV Infection and Teens

    FOCUS: A Guide to AIDS Research and Counseling for the AIDS Health Project entitled "Facing Adult Life with HIV" that really brought home what it would mean for children or teens to be infected with HIV. UNICEF estimates that 1,800 children are in...

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Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.

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