Action Tips for Allies of Transgender People
Most people would like to think that they are "trans friendly," but in fact there are many things we could all improve to be better allies.Often there is no single, easy, or “right” answer to every situation a person might encounter, but hopefully...
Health Consequences of Soda Consumption
One of the likely culprits in unintentional weight gain may be soda consumption according to a recent study. A 12-ounce soda has 150 calories and about 10 teaspoons of sugar, mostly as high-fructose corn syrup and drinking only one soda a day can ...
Thank You - Grand Rounds 6.5
Thank you Alvaro Fernandez at Sharp Brains for hosting Grand Rounds 6.5 this week and including my book review of your wonderful book, The Sharp Brains Guide to Brain Fitness, from Teen Health 411.This week was so very interesting - I loved the br...
Teen Health and Holidays
I want to take a moment and wish everyone a happy holiday season. No matter which holidays your family embraces, the winter months bring opportunities to spend time together, as well as to reflect on our lives, choices, and futures. I send blessin...
Grand Rounds 3.5: A Visual Tour
I would like to thank Bob Coffield from the Health Care Law Blog for hosting this week's Grand Rounds and including my post on Confidential Reproductive Health Care and Teens.
Rape Is A Reality: What College Students Should Know
It is sad but true that on every campus, sexual assault exists and is the most common during the first few weeks of school, when everyone is a stranger and students are moving in and out, there are parties, and defenses are down. Talk to your coll...
Unplugging for Summer Camp - Harder on Parents or Teens?
It is that time of year again. Our teens are preparing to go off to have great adventures at summer camps. They pack up and disconnect as more and more camps do not allow cell phones, computers, ipods, or BlackBerries.For teens who are used to con...
Body Drama: Book Review
Body Drama; Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers is a new book by Nancy Amanda Redd that should be on the shelf of every family, school, and doctor in America. This book provides pictures, knowledge and encouragement to young women e...
Homelessness and Families
Kidsdata.org reports that between 2004 and 2008 the number of homeless students enrolling in public schools in California rose by more than 82,000 (26% between 2007 and 2008 alone).Homelessness is defined by living in homeless facilities or in pla...
Supporting Distressed Teens
The amount of stress experienced by teens is increasing. Whether it is the pressure they feel about school, living up to family expectations, traumatic events, or our troubled world, teens are distressed!One manifestation of teen stress is depress...