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  • Sexual Knowledge in U.S. May Be Low (Duh!)

    A recent survey of 1,800 people between the ages of 18 and 29 conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (National Campaign) found that most sexually active unmarried young adults believe pregnancy should be planned...

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  • Speaking Out About Adolescent Sexuality

    The Reverend Debra Haffner is talking about adolescent sexuality again, and I love it! The Center for American Progress published an article recently in which Reverend Haffner talks about the fact that parents in the United States seem to be rais...

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  • Why Honor Confidentiality With Teens?

    I would assume that when parents are asked to leave the room for a few minutes during a preteen or teen physical, they know their child or the doctor will bring up sex, drugs, and anything else that may be a concern and is not easily discussed wit...

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  • Dating Does Not Mean Sex

    Just a friendly reminder to parents that dating does not equal sex. I cannot tell you how many teens have shared with me that the first lecture they got from their parents when they started dating was about sexually transmitted infections, includi...

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  • Transition to College and Single-Sex vs. Coed High Schools

    Are sex-segregated schools and classrooms an antidote to gender inequities of do they reinforce sex-based stereotypes and make the gender gap worse?We actually do not know and everything on the subject will suggest more longitudinal research be do...

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  • Sore Eyes During Homework

    Teens and preteens who complain of sore eyes during homework or get headaches while reading may have convergence insufficiency (CI), which makes eye muscles work harder to focus up-close. In healthy eyes, to bring print into focus, both eyes must ...

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  • Thank You - Grand Rounds 4.52

    Thank you Mother Jones, RN at Nurse Ratched's Place for hosting Grand Rounds 4.52 this week and including a post about Preventing Rape from Teen Health 411.This week was really interesting. I loved the variety, theme, pictures, and especially your...

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  • Antidepressant Use Rises

    I guess I actually knew this intuitively, as the number of people I know who mention "trying antidepressants" rises, but the Archives of General Psychiatry article by Drs. Olfson and Marcus (August, 2009, 66(8), pp, 848-856) has confirmed my sense...

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  • Alcohol Use and Teens: The Role of Adults

    What are you telling your teens (with words or actions) about alcohol use? There was a very thought-provoking article in Time Magazine last week about alcohol use and teens. In spite of the fact that it focused on the negative and forgot to point ...

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  • Emergency Preparedness

    Yesterday was the second annual observance of "Get Ready Day," designed to raise awareness about community preparedness. The goals of the campaign are to help Americans prepare themselves, their families, and their communities for pandemic flu, e...

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

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