Teen Health 411
Teen Health 411
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  • 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...

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  • The Care and Feeding of Adolescents

    Given that food is a basic need and we all know that the obesity rate among children has tripled in the last 40 years, and that more and more people are living with Type 2 Diabetes, you would think that there would be lots of support for eating a ...

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  • Virginity Pledges

    Surprise, most teens do not keep virginity pledges! According to another recent article in the Washington Post, teens who take virginity pledges are just as likely to have sex as teen who don't make such promises, but they are less likely to use c...

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  • More Q & A About HPV and the New Vaccine

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States, with more than 6.2 million cases a year. There are more than 100 strains of HPV and more than 30 of these strains can infect the genitals, and...

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  • Teen Body Image

    In today’s culture I am really alarmed by how much focus there is for teens (and even preteens) on body image, shape, skin, hair, and “sex appeal.” It seems like everywhere I look I am struck by the excessive preoccupation with comparing our own b...

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  • 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...

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  • Loving Teens From The Inside, Out!

    I have the amazing luck to work with a group of teens every summer who come together weekly and create the content for the We're Talking Teen Health sites at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.This year is different in many ways - the teens are all ...

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  • HIV Testing Among High School Students

    In 2006 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 1.1 million people were living with HIV, 4.4% of whom were 13 to 24 years old, and 48% of those youth are unaware they are infected. Using the Youth Risk Behavioral Survey...

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  • 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...

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  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth have specific health needs and need safe places in the community where they can explore their feelings, socialize, and get support during adolescence and/or the coming out process....

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About the Author

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

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