Thank You - Grand Rounds 6.15
Thank you Nick Genes at Blogborygmi for hosting Grand Rounds 6.15 (the 327th edition) this week and including a post from Teen Health 411 encouraging parents NOT to panic about sexting.This week was so interesting - from robots to health reform to...
Thank You - Grand Rounds 4.14
I would like to thank Nick Genes at Medgadget for hosting Grand Rounds 4.14 this week and including my post about looking back on 2007 at Teen Health 411The variety this week was amazing! Thank you!Photo credit: web_guy94301
Alcohol and Teens
There are many reasons to encourage your children to avoid alcohol during their adolescence, but a new study is very sobering. It seems, like sex, the longer you delay the onset of drinking alcohol, the less risk a person will experience over a li...
Thank You - Grand Rounds 4.29
Thanks to Dr. Wes Fisher at DrWes for hosting Grand Rounds 4.29 this week and including my poem in tribute to Larry King, a teen killed for being gay.This week's Grand Rounds was a wonderful way to start my day - and not bad for a cardiologist - ...
United States #1: In Chlamydia Cases
Every year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases a report on three sexually transmitted diseases caused by different bacteria - chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, which are reportable - and therefore countable. The last re...
Happy Thanksgiving - Generations
Happy Thanksgiving to all of the readers of Teen Health 411. I hope your day is peaceful and full of blessings, love, and happiness. Today is an opportunity to remember everything we are grateful for and tell those people we appreciate how lucky ...
Does my Tween or Teen Need a Flu Shot?
Yes! Last year 200,000 people were hospitalized with the flu and 36,000 died of complications from the virus!Flu vaccine supplies are plentiful this year and health care experts are encouraging everyone to get a flu shot within the next few weeks...
Education Update - Is it Good News or Not?
Keeping to the educational theme this week, it seems more CA students are passing college-level exams than in previous years. A recent article in our local paper suggested that according to the California Department of Education, about 20% of the ...
Teens and Alcohol - What is Normal?
People, people, people, most teens do not drink! I am frustrated by the media's continued insistence that they do. Just last week there was another article in my local paper saying things like: "alcohol is the drug of choice for young people" and ...
Is "Average" Really OK?
My heart is going out to teens these days, especially in my high-achieving community. It seems school districts and parents alike have lost the sense that "average" is really OK, and in some cases, much healthier than "above average."An emotional ...