Small Class Sizes and Health
Several years ago, when my kids were in a public elementary school, a couple of other concerned parents and I started a parent group to raise enough money to pay an extra teacher to keep the 4 - 6 grade class sizes low, because it was obvious that...
News for Twilight Fans
Good news Twilight fans. You can purchase "Breaking Dawn," Book #4 in the series by Stephenie Meyer, at Amazon.com, although it will not be delivered until 8/2/08.Another piece of good news is that "Twilight," the movie based on Book #1 in the ser...
Early Puberty - A Likely Culprit
Girls have been starting puberty earlier and earlier for several decades, and today it is not unheard of for girls to start their period at 9, and develop breasts before they are 11. Dr. Aksglaede (and her colleagues) in Copenhagen suggest this mo...
The Impact Of Living With A Depressed Parent
Teens living with a depressed parent need information and support. The inclination of most people living with someone who is depressed is to take on responsibility for the ill parent and other family members.Life is difficult for anyone living wit...
Interactive Alcohol Education Resource
While I am thinking about alcohol and teens, I would like to point my readers to a great new interactive resource for teens on We're Talking Teen Health!The resource is called E-CHUG (electronic check-up to go) and it is an interactive web tool de...
Thank You: Grand Rounds 3.50
Thanks to Dr. Emer at Parallel Universes for hosting Grand Rounds 3.50 this week and including my post about Back-to-School Basics for teen health.Photo Credit: web_guy94301Tags: Healthline, teen health, grand rounds, sleep, parenting
Reasons to Make Sports Available to Youth
As all of us middle aged parents know, the older we get, the harder it seems to be to find the motivation, time and energy to do the "moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA)" that we really need.Sadly, high school youth and young adults, par...
TV May Hurt Attention and Learning Skills
There is more research supporting my position that TV is rotting the brains of America's youth. Two recent studies suggest that time spent watching TV, which is not intellectually challenging, would be better spent interacting with others, reading...
Online Food Advertising to Kids Another Venue to Market Junk Food
A report released in July by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 85% of the top food brands that target children through television advertising also have Web sites that market to children. These corporate-sponsored sites are primarily marketin...
When Teens Start Dating
After you get over the urge to run and hide, lock your teen in the bathroom, shave his or her head, and save yourself, take a deep breath and think about what is important here. You are likely panicked because you know that sooner or later someon...