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Teens with a criminal record often find it difficult to land a good job. But one woman has made it her mission to change that; a unique restaurant is helping troubled teens become responsible adults.
There is a lot of pressure placed on students to succeed and many of them are turning to the "good grade pill". What is it? Prescription stimulants that are commonly used to treat children with ADHD.
While tobacco use is at an all time low among teenagers the use of marijuana is on the rise. According to the annual 2012 Monitoring the Future Survey (which is administered annually to over 45,000 students grades 8-2 in both public and private ...
Headlines recently announced the death of Cory Monteith, one of the stars of the TV show Glee.
During our summer vacation, which happened to be overseas, I began to notice a recurring theme. Teenagers from around the world often behave in a similar way. That is, maybe it really is something in a teen's nature that affects behavior and attitudes....
Between 41% and 66% of all teenage girls in the US have attempted to lose weight at some point, but a new study shows teens who diet actually gain more weight over time. So what can parents do to help break this dieting cycle? We have the details.
If your teenager tells you that he or she has a stomach ache it might be more than just an excuse to get out of doing something you've asked them to do.
Summertime in the pediatrician's office means lots of check ups, and often this includes those tweens/teens/and college students who were too busy to schedule their doctor's appointments during the school year. The next three months will be busy indeed.
With HPV back in the news after Michael Douglas revealed that his throat cancer was due to HPV, what better time to remind parents and young adults of the need for the HPV vaccine. The HPV vaccine has been available in the U.S. for over seven years, but statistics from the CDC continue to show that the HPV vaccine is still not being given at the same rate as other recommended vaccines. In other words, we doctors need to ensure that every person between the ages of 11-26 who we see is offered the vaccine, this also means we need to educate.
HPV causes CANCER! This is truly the first anti-cancer vaccine, and I am hopeful that I will see more vaccines to prevent cancer while I continue to practice. I am sure that there will be more anti-cancer vaccines in our children's lifetime. This is exciting news as research continues on ways to combat cancer.
But.....for some reason (that is difficult for me to understand both as a parent and a physician), some parents are refusing to have their children vaccinated despite ongoing evidence that HPV is widely prevalent and causes numerous cancers. The fact that this virus is transmitted sexually seems to be the root cause of parental concern. Do parents not assume that their own children will become parents one day as well? Dont they want to be grandparents one day? Well, that means having sex with a partner. At some point in time, our children do become sexually active and shouldn't they all be protected as much as possible?
Giving adolescents the HPV vaccine does not promote sexual activity. In fact, I think that by having a discussion abou
I recently ran into a friend I hadn't seen in about 5 years. We were catching up on each other's lives when her teenage son joined us. The last time I saw John he was about 11 years old and full of pre-teen energy and curiosity. This time however, he was quiet and kept his head down when he said hello. When he finally looked up, I saw why he had been avoiding full-face eye contact. John had a pretty severe case of acne. Not a few pimples, but entire areas on his face that were red and dotted with large pustules and cysts. It looked painful.
Typically, acne isn't a serious medical condition. It comes and goes throughout life and is more of an annoyance than anything else. For some though, acne can cause emotional distress and lead to scarring of the skin and psyche.
Fortunately, there are many over-the-counter (OTC) medications that when combined with a consistent face cleaning routine, keep breakouts to a minimum.
But for some people, teens in particular, acne can progress to the point where OTC medications don't control the problem. Pediatricians are often called upon to help teens come up with a plan of treatment.
There is a range of medications that can clear up even severe cases of acne, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Writing in the May issue of its journal Pediatrics, the group throws its support behind new guidelines from the American Acne and Rosacea Society that detail how to treat acne in children and teens of all ages.
That "all ages" part is important because acne is becoming more and more common in pre-teens, too, said Dr. Lawrence Eichenfield, the lead author of the AAP report. One study of 9- and 10-year-old girls found that more than three-quarters had pimples.
A possible reason for why kids are experiencing breakouts at a younger age is that, on an average, boys and girls are starting puberty earlier than in past generations says Eichenfield.
I see a lot of girls who are preoccupied with their weight. It seems that more and more girls, at younger and younger ages begin to ask, am I fat? or does this dress make me look fat? or even why do I have a fat on my stomach that I can pinch?
The world we live bombards young girls with images of being thin and of the perfect body. We all know that a Barbie doll is not a realistic image of a woman's body, just as the cover of People magazine or the cover of Teen Vogue is also not always real. Many models are 10-20% below their ideal weight, and movie stars often have their pictures photo-shopped to appear thinner. The obsession with being thin has only continued to contribute to the increasing incidence of eating disorders, in girls as young as 10 and 11.
Anorexia and bulimia are both examples of eating disorders. Anorexia is a syndrome in which there is insufficient caloric intake to maintain normal weight and growth, which is associated with a disturbed body perception, an intense fear of weight gain, and obsession of being thinner. Girls (who are more commonly affected) truly believe that they are fat, even when they are emaciated and they fail to be able to distinguish a healthy weight.
Anorexia occurs in about 1% of the adolescent population, and is most commonly seen in females (90%), who are Caucasian (95%). It is also seen more commonly in middle to upper middle class families.
Bulimia is defined as binge eating followed by compensatory behavior in order to prevent weight gain. These behaviors may include vomiting (purging), laxative abuse, diuretic usage, stimulan
A group of teens have made up a word to bring awareness to a very important, even deadly topic.
Its really amazing how far this country has come in its recognition that smoking is bad for you. During the 1950s almost half of American adults were lighting up, today that number is below 20 percent according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The American Lung Association says that 68 percent of adult smokers say that started smoking regularly when they were age18 or younger.
Tobacco use among middle and high school students is gradually going down, but far too many kids are still giving cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco a try.
Kids are attracted to smoking for a lot of reasons. I dont think anyone of any age thinks cigarettes smell good or finds a brown slimy wad of spit attractive, but kids will overlook the gross factor if they really want to try a cigarette.
So how do you talk to your child about the dangers of smoking without it going in one ear and out the other? What if YOU smoke- how do you tell your child not to smoke?
The number one reason for smoking among kids is peer pressure. Kids want to fit in. So, the first conversation to have when you talk to your child about smoking is how to respond to peer pressure other than just saying no thanks. Other suggestions might be It makes my clothes and breath smell bad. I dont like that, Smoking can make you sick and I dont like being sick, You may want to smoke but I really dont want to. If you are going to smoke, please dont do it around me, and smoking will make my teeth yellow. Give your child some optional ways to respond when pressure is applied. Create a plan and even let your child practice responding by role-playing.
Another approach to talking with your child about smoking is to ask them why they think kids start smoking. There are actually a lot of reasons kids (and adults) start smoking. Anxious or worried kids like the calming affect it has on them. A lot of girls think smoking will help them lose weight. Top
With the school year wrapping up and prom and graduation just around the corner, many parents have a growing concern about the risk of underage drinking.
During an adolescent check up, I talk to each teen about smoking. While the rates of cigarette smoking in teens continues to drop, 20% of teens in the U.S. consider themselves to be regular smokers.
Added to that statistic is the fact that every day almost 3,900 adolescents under the age of 18 try their first cigarette. Little do they know how addicting nicotine is. 30% of those teen smokes will continue smoking into adulthood.
Smoking has many health hazards which we all know: it causes cancer, emphysema and heart disease. It also shortens a persons life span by 10-15 years. But teens know these facts and continue to smoke. What many teens need to be reminded of is that smoking also causes more immediate side effects such as bad-breath, yellow fingernails and teeth, smoke smell on their hair and clothes and premature aging of their skin!! These facts seem to be of more interest to many teens.
I just saw a study out of Australia in which teens tested a software program that showed them what they would look like in their 50s and 60s if they continued to smoke. There is a Canadian based company that has developed face-aging software called April. (the program is on the web at http://www.ageme.com).
The researchers conducted a randomized controlled study at eight pharmacy sites in Australia targeting young smokers. There were 160 participants (ages 18-30), 80 in control group and 80 in the intervention group. The study was conducted over a six month period.
Participants were asked to complete a baseline questionnaire. They all received a self-care guide on smoking. But for the intervention group, the researchers took a picture of each participant and downloaded it on a laptop to show them what they would like as a smoker or a non smoker at age 55. Those in the intervention group
Do you have a teenager? If so, have they received their HPV vaccine?
HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus, which may cause cervical and penile cancer, oral cancers and genital warts. There has been a vaccine available since 2007.
A recent study in the journal Pediatrics looked at vaccination rates for teens and the HPV vaccine. While 80% of teens are receiving their Tdap booster, and 63% of teens are current on their meningococcal meningitis vaccine, only 32% of teens have received all 3 doses of HPV vaccine.
Parents whose teenagers had not received a first HPV vaccine or completed the series often said that the vaccine was not needed or necessary.
Other parents whose children had not received the HPV vaccine and who did not intend to vaccinate their children stated that they were worried about the safety or side effects of the vaccine.
The HPV vaccine has had a good safety record and has been shown to be very effective in preventing HPV infections. The vaccine has been studied in the United States for amost 7 years, and in Europe and Australia for almost 10 years.
The vaccine does not treat HPV disease, but rather prevents it, so the vaccine needs to be given to adolescents prior to any exposure to the virus. While many parents feel comfortable discussing sexuality with their children, other parents are uncomfortable with vaccinating their children for a sexually transmitted disease.
Getting parents to complete the series (which is given over a 6 month period) has also been a hurdle and the vaccine is not effective until all 3 shots in the series has been completed.
If you have questions about the HPV vaccine, talk to your doctor in order that all of your questions can be answered. I know I have given my 3 children the vaccine and encourage all of m
I have to remind myself to ask clear-cut, open-ended questions when examining patients. This is what I was taught to do in medical school, and I think I need a refresher.
I was reminded of this again while examining an adolescent patient. She had been a patient for many years so I knew her quite well. With the new electronic medical records I am using I find that I am not always making eye contact while I ask questions. It was far easier before I wrote down my notes now I type them, then head to a different screen for medications, updates etc. making this a bit more cumbersome with less eye contact - surely there is a better way! At any rate, I knew this young woman had been taking birth control pills and I wanted to add this to her current medications, so I asked are you still sexually active? without really looking up (which I should have done!).
She suddenly says emphatically and loudly, Dr. Sue, I am not promiscuous, you know I am only having sex with one partner (long pause) how could you call that sexually active?
Point well taken! Not only did I not make good eye contact when I was talking to her (which I think is rather rude on my part), I asked her a question in doctor talk rather than using something less formal. She was correct, I would not consider her active, which she thought was synonymous with promiscuous.
She was an older adolescent who was smart enough to be using contraception while she was having sex with one partner. After clearing up the active part she also informed me that her partner was also wearing a condom to prevent transmission of infection. She had done everything correctly by coming to me prior to having sex and discussing contraception and disease prevention.
It happens to everyone: PUBERTY. Although puberty starts anywhere from age 9-16, every teen will eventually experience the hormonal changes and subsequent body changes as well. With that being said, the subject of puberty is still awkward for some parents and most of the time it is a subject that a child/tween isn't really interested in discussing either. But, the discussion of puberty is not only necessary for everyone, both parent and child, it is also one of the most important talks a parent will have with their child. So many of my patients, around 9 -11 years old, tell me they don't want to talk about growing up or body changes. In a few cases their bodies are already changing and it must be confusing if they haven't even talked about puberty, right? I know they may hear things from their friends, and many schools have puberty talks somewhere around 5th or even 6th grade, but that is often too late. The biggest concern I have is misinformation. If a parent does not sit down and have the basic birds and bees discussion, their child may hear all sorts of crazy information. With all of the internet availability as well I worry that a child might search on their own and go to websites with too much information for the first discussions about puberty. The facts of life and the male and female anatomy have not changed!! I think it is every parents responsibility ( I jokingly tell the kids that when they were born we parents were given a contract that says we HAVE TO HAVE THE TALK) to find the appropriate time to sit down with their child and begin the discussion of puberty. This is often more of an anatomy lesson and the biology of the human body. If a child has never asked about the difference between males and females (most have
It happens to everyone: PUBERTY. Although puberty starts anywhere from age 9-16, every teen will eventually experience the hormonal changes and subsequent body changes as well. With that being said, the subject of puberty is still awkward for some parents and most of the time it is a subject that a child/tween isn't really interested in discussing either.
But, the discussion of puberty is not only necessary for everyone, both parent and child, it is also one of the most important talks a parent will have with their child. So many of my patients, around 9 -11 years old, tell me they don't want to talk about growing up or body changes. In a few cases their bodies are already changing and it must be confusing if they haven't even talked about puberty, right? I know they may hear things from their friends, and many schools have puberty talks somewhere around 5th or even 6th grade, but that is often too late.
The biggest concern I have is misinformation. If a parent does not sit down and have the basic birds and bees discussion, their child may hear all sorts of crazy information. With all of the internet availability as well I worry that a child might search on their own and go to websites with too much information for the first discussions about puberty.
The facts of life and the male and female anatomy have not changed!! I think it is every parents responsibility ( I jokingly tell the kids that when they were born we parents were given a contract that says we HAVE TO HAVE THE TALK) to find the appropriate time to sit down with their child and begin the discussion of puberty. This is often more of an anatomy lesson and the biology of the human body. If a child has never asked about the difference between males and females (most have