Teen Health 411
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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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  • Birth Control in Middle School?

    The Portland (Maine) school board and Division of Public Health are allowing King Middle School students to get sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, as well as birth control without notifying parents. The goal, of this controversi...

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  • Doctors Empowering Parents

    I had an interesting conversation with a parent the other day about the role of doctors in teen health. She felt strongly that at the age doctors start having some time with a teen without a parent present (usually about age 12), doctors could rea...

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  • Have You Had Sex?

    You wouldn't think that was a tough question - most doctors and therapists assessing risk in teenagers ask this simple question every day - but an accurate answer seems hard to get. A new study from the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University found...

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  • Teens and the Web World

    Yuki Noguchi's article in the Washington Post on October 29, 2006 entitled "In Teens' Web World, My Space Is So Last Year," was really interesting. However, I was less interested in what sites kids think are "in" as social spaces on the Internet,...

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  • Teen Boys and Healthcare

    Men, particularly young adult men, access health care less often than females. A recent study about adolescent males and health care published in Pediatrics looked at different things that predict adolescent male health care. Data from the Nationa...

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  • The Teenage Brain

    Ever wonder why some teens do not seem very competent at long-term planning, empathy, or in-depth conversation? Ever feel like you are asking for some introspection and quizzing your child about how they feel and getting a blank stare? If so, it w...

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  • Ending Teen Dating Violence

    Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships has kicked off! This four-year program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the largest national initiative ever funded to prevent dating violence and abuse - targeting 11- to 14-year-ol...

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  • Heart Attacks Can Occur in Teenagers

    Here is a scary thought - teenagers can have heart attacks and severe chest pain in teens should not be dismissed - like that would happen. The recent issue of Pediatrics includes an article by two cardiologists from the Heart Center at Akron Chil...

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  • Homeschooling Banned in CA?

    On February 28, 2008 the Second District Court of Appeal ruled that California law requires parents to send their children to full-time public or private schools or have them taught by credentialed tutors at home. Specifically, California's compul...

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

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