Grand Rounds 3.8: Thank You
I would like to thank Topher from the rumors were true for hosting this week's Grand Rounds and including my post on Consensual Sex or Rape.Photo credit: ajbear
Girls and Body Image
There is a very scary myth out there that plastic surgery improves self-esteem. Dr. Jenny O'Dea from the University of Sydney recently said in an interview with someone from The Border Mail that 27% of the 4,000 girls between the ages of 11 and 18...
My Sister's Keeper: Movie & Book Review
My daughters and I had heard that the book was very different from the movie, and since we usually prefer the books, we all read the book before seeing the movie. As expected, the book is amazing and much more complex and emotional than the movie....
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...
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...
Cell Phones and Teen Health
The Journal of Adolescent Health published an article this month describing a pilot study with 15 girls looking at the feasibility of using a GPS-enabled cell phone to track adolescents' whereabouts and study the health risks that teenagers face w...
Teens & Porn
The other day on Ypulse Meredith cited a study (done by CyberSentinel which sells software to block websites and monitor their kid's use of the Internet) reporting that British teens watch an average of 87 hours of porn per year. Hopefully this is...
Back-To-School Boot Camp
It is that time again - school is starting or will be starting soon. You can make the transition a little smoother by starting a week early to get those school-related habits back into your lives.ScheduleIt is time to start going to bed earlier an...