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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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  • Birth Control in Middle School?

    The Portland (Maine) school board and Division of Public Health are allowing King Middle School students to get sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, as well as birth control without notifying parents. The goal, of this controversi...

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  • Doctors Empowering Parents

    I had an interesting conversation with a parent the other day about the role of doctors in teen health. She felt strongly that at the age doctors start having some time with a teen without a parent present (usually about age 12), doctors could rea...

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  • Dinner Together Makes a Difference

    I know I have said this before, but now there is more research to back it up. A recent report on the results from the "back-to-school" survey (September 2009) done by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University repo...

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  • Thank You - Grand Rounds 5.36

    Thank you Evan Falchuk and Fritz Hofheinz at See First for hosting Grand Rounds 5.36 this week and including my concerns about teens posting personal information on the Stay Teen website from Teen Health 411.This week was fun reading - it actually...

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  • A Quart of Mucus Every Day

    Can I just say that how the nose works is really amazing? I set off to find out why my nose runs in the morning when I ride my bike to work, even if I do not have a cold or allergies, and found out some cool stuff.First, here is a gross, but inter...

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  • Girls are Champions

    I was introduced to an interesting site for girls last week - it is called GAC (Girls are Champions). The front page says "share your tips, your stories, your inspirations ... Learn how to play harder, get focused, stay healthy, and have more fun....

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  • The Birds, The Bees, and Me: A Review

    I reviewed two DVDs with my kids last night from the National Training Organization for Child Care Providers called "The Birds, The Bees, and Me: For Boys" and "The Birds, The Bees, and Me: For Girls." These DVDs are a short (about 17 minutes eac...

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  • Surviving Teen Suicide Attempt the Subject of Novel and Web Site

    According to Dr. Susan Vaught 98% of the teens that attempt to kill themselves actually survive. Many are left with serious disabilities and a long struggle to reintegrate themselves back into their family, school, and community. Dr. Vaught has j...

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  • Thank You - Grand Rounds 6.8

    Thank you Louise Norris at Health Insurance Colorado for hosting Grand Rounds 6.8 this week and including a post from Teen Health 411 about what teens want from parents.This week was really diverse, interesting, and downright odd in the case of th...

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

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