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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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  • 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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  • Defending The Health Care Rights of Adolescents

    There is some very dangerous stuff happening at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington D.C. There is a"Proposed Rule Ensuring that HHS Funds Do Not Support Coercive or Discriminatory Policies or Practices in Violation of ...

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  • Organized Activity Participation or Over-Scheduling - Which is Better for Youth?

    Researchers have suggested that kids who are involved in organized activities outside of school - extracurricular activities including art, music, and sports, after-school programs, and youth organizations - do better academically, socially, emoti...

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  • Alcohol, Energy Drinks and Youth: A Bad Combo

    What is it about our culture that encourages newer and riskier ways to challenge our health? Public health folks have become very concerned about the latest challenge - alcoholic energy drinks. These are prepackaged beverage with alcohol and caffe...

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  • New HPV vaccine for cervical cancer (Gardasil)

    In June, the FDA licensed a new vaccine (Gardasil) for the prevention of cervical cancer and other diseases in females caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer in women and the CDC recommends that (three do...

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  • Book Review: Bodily Harm (The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-Injurers)

    Self-injury is a behavior people rely on to relieve or distract themselves from difficult feelings, or to communicate emotions that they seem unable to speak. Several teens have asked me via comments on Teen Health 411 for help with self-injury an...

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About the Author

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

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