Misuse of Stimulants
Substance misuse and abuse affect a large percentage of US high school students. Alcohol abuse and illicit drug use often receive more attention, but there is a growing concern on the misuse of prescription stimulant medications often prescribed f...
Teen Pregnancy and Educational Achievement
I guess I will quit hoping that I become a grandmother in the near future. New research from Child Trends suggests that one in three teen mothers never earns her high school diploma or GED. The younger the teen parent, the less likely she is to co...
Celebrating Girls and Women in Sports
Pretty Tough LLC, a lifestyle brand as well as online community, has a web site full of new and vintage sports-related videos, music, products (hence the ".com"), female athlete & coach profiles, and even a book club. Everything about this sit...
Four Generations Overcoming Addiction
A recent survey commissioned by Hazeldon, a substance abuse treatment center, has inspired a campaign to start family conversations about alcohol. They call the campaign "Four Generations Overcoming Addiction," and it encourages parents to talk wi...
Piercing and Teens
Well parents, it is only a matter of time before you hear it - "Mom, Dad, can I get my [body part] pierced?"Be prepared. The good news is that you can let a piercing grow together - a tattoo is forever. More good news - in California, people under...
Grand Rounds 3.33: Thank You
I want to thank TBTAM at The Blog that Ate Manhattan for hosting Grand Rounds 3.33 this week and including my post about Cybersex. This week was really interesting!Photo credit: web_guy94301Tags: Healthline, teen health, cybersex, Internet safety
In Memory of Larry King
Larry King was murdered on February 12, 2008 at his junior high in Oxnard, CA. Larry was only 15 years old and liked to come to school in makeup, high heels, and earrings. When teased by the other boys, he teased them right back and was confident ...
Family Internet Safety Site
Google & Common Sense Media have teamed up to launch a new site about family Internet safety. The new site has a great video for parents that includes useful "how to" tips about keeping kids safe while they are browsing the Internet. It shows ...
Sports and Injuries in Teens - Stress Fractures in the Lower Back
A doctor I work with recently said she was concerned by the increase in lumbar stress fractures she was seeing in young athletes. She said she used to see it mostly in gymnasts but now she was seeing it in teens who play all kinds of sports.We hyp...
What Matters in the College Application
The junior year in high school has to be some kind of stress-related test for teenagers. The poor kids are trying to get good grades, excel in any sport or extra-curricular they love, select colleges, take the SAT and subject tests, become respons...