Teen Health 411
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  • Teens and Healthy Bones

    Children and teens in the United States need more milk, sunshine, and exercise! We know this because there is actually a resurgence of rickets - a childhood disease that results in bowleggedness. Rickets is a vitamin D deficiency that causes bones...

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  • Thank You - Grand Rounds 4.44

    Thanks to Allen at GruntDoc for hosting Grand Rounds 4.44 (the 200th Edition) this week and including my post about Youth and Exercise.This week was very interesting - lots of great stories and ideas. I especially loved Kim's suggestion about a le...

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  • Violence and Schools

    The recent shootings and violence in schools might give parents the impression that schools are more dangerous than ever before, although a report by the Bureau of Justice and Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics suggests st...

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  • The First Overnight In a College Dorm

    If your teen is seriously considering a college, I now highly recommend setting up an overnight visit with the admissions department. Here is our experience: while on this college visit my daughter spent the night as a guest with two sophomores at...

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  • The Achievement Frenzy

    ????????????????????????????There is no doubt in my mind that achievement pressures are affecting the health of parents and children. We seem to perceive that in order for our children to be successful, get into a good college, get a good job, get...

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  • The Epidemic of Childhood Obesity

    Over the past 30 years, the rate of obesity has doubled for children and adolescents and 31% of adolescents aged 12 to 19 are now considered overweight (Institute of Medicine, 2005). A recent Social Policy Report, by Krishnamoorthy, Hart, and Jela...

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  • Eating Rainbows

    Nutritionists tell us that a rainbow of colors offers balanced nutrition and it is fun to talk with kids about the food pyramid and how eating a variety of foods and different colors is healthy! To support that idea the new food pyramid has food g...

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  • Substance Abuse: Teens & Young Adults

    The National Adolescent Health Information Center (NAHIC) has just released a new fact sheet on Substance Abuse in Adolescents and Young Adults that actually included some good news. Black teens were the least likely to drink and smoke, Asian you...

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  • MOMfulness Book Review

    MOMfulness: Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion, and Grace (2007) by Denise Roy is a must read for all parents who would appreciate a moment of peace, on demand. Every busy parent needs a reason to slow down, have a cup of tea, and celebrate th...

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  • Fathers, Daughters, and Virginity?

    Imagine, a beautiful venue, invitations, limousines, flowers, formal dresses, tuxedos, dinner, dancing, cake, jewelry, and vows exchanged - is it a wedding? No, it is a "Purity Ball." These balls are becoming popular (mainly in the South and Midwe...

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

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