Teen Health 411
Teen Health 411
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  • High Blood Pressure Undiagnosed in Children and Teens

    The rise in childhood obesity have brought increases in pediatric hypertension. Unfortunately many cases are going undiagnosed among children and adolescents according to a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The stu...

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  • Understanding Readiness for Treatment in Teens

    By the age of 18 about 20% of teens have experienced a depressive disorder which challenges their health, school work, and social relationships. In spite of the fact that counseling and medication can help, many teens do not receive treatment, alt...

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  • The Line Between Enabling and Supporting

    To be healthy teens need to assume responsibility for their lives gradually, as they are emotionally ready for it, but hopefully before they need the skills to live independently. Some of the basic skills they will need include getting up on time,...

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  • Condom Availability in Schools - or Maybe Homes

    Why is such an easy thing so hard? We know that some high school students are having sex; only about 60% of those students use any form of protection during sex; more than 3 million teens a year get a sexually transmitted infection; most unwanted ...

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  • Thinking About Bullying In A New Way

    At last, kids are not being told to ignore bullies anymore, and parents are not saying "kids will be kids!" It is about time that our culture decided that bullying is not a normal part of childhood and that handling it makes us more successful peo...

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  • Post Holiday Blues?

    Feeling a little slow, sad, or irritable during this last few days of the holiday season? Are you paying more attention to the advertisements for anti-depression medication? Do you have a list of things to do that is longer than the the available ...

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  • Contraceptive Use is Helping to Reduce Adolescent Pregnancy Rates

    So sorry to say - it is not abstinence! The January 2007 issue of the American Journal of Public Health includes an article that reports the declining adolescent pregnancy rates in the United States between 1995 and 2002 were primarily due to impr...

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  • Oral and Dental Complications of Piercing

    Keeping with the piercing theme, allow me to translate an article published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, during November 2006. Given the increasing popularity of oral piercing and a lack of research about it, several researchers studied 97...

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  • Oral Care for Adolescents

    Good nutrition and oral hygiene are particularly important for teens, and important for healthy smiles and gums. Parents are likely to not be paying as much attention as they did when their kids were younger, and teens, may be slacking off! The ev...

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  • Keep Teens Safe: Vote No on CA Prop 4

    Marketing seems to have infiltrated politics. The people of California are being encouraged with words like "secret, predator, Megan's law, coercion, & sexual abuse," to make it a law that parents be notified 48 hours before a teen can receive...

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About the Author

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

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