Teen Health 411
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  • Youth Trends Results - Entertainment

    So what are teens and preteens up to these days with regard to their media consumption?Are we making headway with all of the public health messages sayings "reduce screen time," get active, and get involved?" Sadly, I have to say we do not seem to...

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  • PSAT Scores and College Prep

    In October high school sophomores and juniors across the United States take the PSAT test to qualify for National merit Scholarship recognition. In December, the scores and test booklets are sent to the school and student with scores for the three...

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  • Tea Time with Teens

    There is more and more press about the possible health benefits of tea - helping brain function, improving focus, increasing the alpha rhythms that help us feel relaxed, energizing us (with caffeine), and even providing antioxidants that may help ...

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  • For Goodness Sake - Cosmetics Can Kill You

    Why must everything be a struggle? I think I am doing my teenage girls a favor by buying what I consider to be high-end facial cleansers, moisturizers and make-up, in hopes that their chance of getting cancer will be reduced through the use of "or...

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  • Helping Friends Who Are Stressed And Depressed

    We all have bad days or even months, and we all feel overwhelmed or like we cannot cope, but it is important to remember that things will always get better. Sometimes it helps when our friends tell us that!There are three ways people tend to react...

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  • Sexual Risk Patterns in Junior High

    A recent article in the Journal of School Health reported the prevalence of vaginal, oral, and anal intercourse among 1,279 urban, public middle school students from 10 middle schools in a large southeastern school district. The participants were ...

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  • Hospitalizations for Eating Disorders

    The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (H-CUP) recently published national estimates of hospitalizations for eating disorders from 1999-2000 and 2005-2006. The data reflected an 18 percent increase in eating disorder-related hospital stays b...

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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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About the Author

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

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