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  • Talking to Teens About Alcohol

    Last weekend an intoxicated 16-year old Orinda teen died in a hallway during a party, a preventable loss that disturbs any sane person. It makes me obsess about why our culture encourages the use of alcohol as part of celebrating and socializing, ...

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  • Teens and Cell Phones

    According to a recent article by HarrisInteractive, cell phones are quickly becoming a social necessity for teens. More than 2,000 teens (ages 13-19) answered more than 100 questions about mobile technology and 40% reported they would die without ...

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  • Looking Back on 2007: Teen Health

    Wow! I am amazed that this year is coming to an end already - time just seems to go by faster the older you get! I want to thank the readers of Teen Heath 411 and Healthline for supporting this endeavor - I love writing this blog and having a grea...

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  • Depression and Excessive Internet Use

    University of Leeds psychologists are about to publish an article in the journal Psychopathology reporting that people who spend a lot of time browsing the net are more likely to show depressive symptoms than people who spend less time surfing the...

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  • Metabolic Syndrome and Teens

    As the rates of obesity rise in teens there is also a rise in a cluster of heart disease and diabetes risk factors known as metabolic syndrome. Obese teens are the most likely to have metabolic syndrome, which includes high cholesterol and triglyc...

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  • The Best of the Medical Blogosphere

    Those of you who are regular readers of blogs know that many bloggers link to other bloggers. This is a good way to find more bloggers talking about health information. I wanted to give a note of thanks to the host of this week's "Grand Rounds" fo...

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  • HIV Infection in People Over 50

    To follow up on my post about talking to your grandparents about HIV last month, I wanted to point you to the newest topic on the CDC's HIV/AIDS web page - "Persons Aged 50 and Over."The new site suggests that the increase in the number of people ...

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  • The Changing Face of Teen Health Care

    The habits we form from childhood make no small difference, but rather they make all the difference. - AristotleIf we consider the trends over the last twenty years, teenagers are participating in fewer high risk behaviors. They actually drive sa...

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  • Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2006

    The latest report from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) presents selected health measures for children under 18 years of age, by sex, age, race, family structure, parent education, family income, poverty status, health insurance coverag...

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  • Emergency Preparedness for Teens Home Alone

    I have encouraged parents to put an In Case of Emergency (ICE) number into their children's cell phones, as well as some names of adults you trust to help in an emergency when the parents cannot be reached, but what I forgot was to encourage paren...

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About the Author

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

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