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  • Most Teens Ages 13 to 17 Are Vaccinated

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently estimated that as of 2007, 89.5% of teens between the ages of 13 and 17 have received their recommended vaccinations. This report was based on the National Immunization Survey--Teens ...

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  • Mentors Make a Difference

    If you are trying to find a way to give back to the community. Please consider being a mentor. Many of us may remember our own mentors - a team coach, neighbor, boss, teacher, minister, or relative - who we trusted to provide us with guidance, en...

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  • Thank You - Grand Rounds 4.29

    Thanks to Dr. Wes Fisher at DrWes for hosting Grand Rounds 4.29 this week and including my poem in tribute to Larry King, a teen killed for being gay.This week's Grand Rounds was a wonderful way to start my day - and not bad for a cardiologist - ...

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  • United States #1: In Chlamydia Cases

    Every year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases a report on three sexually transmitted diseases caused by different bacteria - chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, which are reportable - and therefore countable. The last re...

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  • Happy Thanksgiving - Generations

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of the readers of Teen Health 411. I hope your day is peaceful and full of blessings, love, and happiness. Today is an opportunity to remember everything we are grateful for and tell those people we appreciate how lucky ...

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  • Does my Tween or Teen Need a Flu Shot?

    Yes! Last year 200,000 people were hospitalized with the flu and 36,000 died of complications from the virus!Flu vaccine supplies are plentiful this year and health care experts are encouraging everyone to get a flu shot within the next few weeks...

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  • Education Update - Is it Good News or Not?

    Keeping to the educational theme this week, it seems more CA students are passing college-level exams than in previous years. A recent article in our local paper suggested that according to the California Department of Education, about 20% of the ...

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  • Teens and Alcohol - What is Normal?

    People, people, people, most teens do not drink! I am frustrated by the media's continued insistence that they do. Just last week there was another article in my local paper saying things like: "alcohol is the drug of choice for young people" and ...

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  • Is "Average" Really OK?

    My heart is going out to teens these days, especially in my high-achieving community. It seems school districts and parents alike have lost the sense that "average" is really OK, and in some cases, much healthier than "above average."An emotional ...

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  • Stable Families Help With Divorce Impact

    Research done at Ohio State University suggests that children do much better as adults if after a divorce, their lives remain stable. In fact what happens after the divorce seems to be more important than the divorce itself.Yongmin Sun and Yuanzha...

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

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