New Hampshire is the First State to Offer Free HPV Vaccine
New Hampshire announced recently that it will become the first state to offer the new HPV vaccine free to all girls ages 11 to 18. There are approximately 68,000 eligible girls in Hew Hampshire and the state has budgeted $4.8 million dollars for t...
One in 150 children in the United States has Autism
I do not know about you, but that statistic from the Department of Education about autism really surprised me. I was also surprised that the number of students with autism keeps getting higher, in spite of the fact that the mercury-based vaccine p...
Reality TV and Teen Health
The Kaiser Family Foundation just published a paper entitled "The "Reality" of Health: Reality Television and the Public Health" that explores common health-related themes in the scores of reality TV shows available each day, as well as possible i...
Grand Rounds 3.11 Thank You
I would like to thank Emily DeVoto from The Antidote: Counterspin for Health Care and Health News for hosting this week's Grand Rounds and including my post on Providing Plan B for women under 18.Photo credit: ajbear
Nancy Redd Came to Town! Oh My!
Palo Alto was blessed with a visit from Nancy Redd, the author of Body Drama, this week, and all I can say is Wow!Nancy is such an amazing ball of energy, joy and warmth that I cannot tell you how much everyone enjoyed spending time with her - stu...
High-Fructose Corn Syrup Is Sugar!
High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and the rise in obesity have been associated with diabetes, cancer, cavities, and blood lipid levels. High-fructose corn syrup seems to have associated with "toxic waste" and I have heard kids say, "I cannot eat tha...
Violence Against Women Surges on TV
I guess the theme this week is "when things go wrong." It seems like just when I think we are getting a grip on public health issues like smoking and violence against women, something appears to shake up my naive belief that we are making progress...
Happy Mother's Day
Happy Mother's Day everyone! I hope that you managed to mother yourself, your children, your own mother, your partner, your pets, your house, your work, the earth, and the people you came into contact with today.What a wonderful opportunity Mother...
Book Review: Prepared Parent's Operational Manual: Sending Your Child to College
OMG! Your kid is applying to college. Are you ready? Now you may be struggling to help them apply or maybe struggling to stay out of the whole process, but come April, when all the letters (good or bad) are in, the decision will be made, the c...
Thank You - Grand Rounds 3.41
Happy Fourth of July Everyone! I want to thank Over!My!Med!Body for hosting Grand Rounds 3.41 this week and including my post about teen and preteen health resources on the Internet. This week was a wonderful read and provided some great links.Pho...