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  • Are Violent Video Games Really Bad?

    An article in USA Today says "No." Citing research by sociologist Karen Sternheimer, the article suggests that we need to look beyond video games and pay more attention to things like community and family violence, alienation, and a lack of parent...

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  • Thank You - Grand Rounds 5.1

    Thanks to Val Jones, MD at Dr Val and the Voice of Reason (and her hosts Kevin and Kim) for hosting Grand Rounds this week and including the Teen Health 411 post about family dinners.This week was really fun to read, and I loved the quotes from th...

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  • Graduation and Promotion Time

    It is that time again - the month of June - graduations abound, lives are changing, and teens everywhere complete junior high, middle school, and high school. I love all the ritual associated with graduations and promotions - the pomp and circumst...

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  • Thank You - Grand Rounds 5.52

    Thank you to Dr. Bates at Suture for a Living for hosting Grand Rounds 5.52 this week and including a post about the influence of parents' alcohol use on the substance abuse of teens from Teen Health 411.This week was a great reading experience to...

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  • Meals Matter from the Dairy Council of California

    By 2030, the American Hospital Association estimates that more than 37 million midlife adults will be managing more than one chronic condition such as obesity or diabetes. The Dairy Council of California is providing a three-week self-directed Nut...

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  • Reasons for Unprotected Sexual Intercourse

    The May issue of the journal Contraception includes an article about the reasons teens are participating in unprotected intercourse, which in the United States leads to the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnanci...

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  • Fashion Bullies in Middle School

    The Wall Street Journal recently included an article about fashion bullies by Vanessa O'Connell that I really enjoyed, in a sick, kind of irritated beyond belief kind of way. The article talked about the fact that adolescent girls have long used f...

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  • Parenting Practices Usually Stay Stable

    Research reported in Family Relations by Lisa Strohschien (University of Alberta) challenges the notion that parenting practices diminish after divorce. In a large longitudinal study Dr. Strohschien found that divorce did not change parenting beha...

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  • UN Guide for Sex Education Generates Opposition

    The UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) proposed sex education guidelines are stirring up quite the controversy - before they are even published! I will give you one guess who is attacking them - oh come on, g...

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  • Middle Age Comes To Teens

    A recent CDC study has suggested that at least 20 percent of US teens ages 12 to 19 have at least one abnormal lipid level, suggesting they are at risk for heart disease, the leading cause of death among adults in the United States.Data for the re...

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

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