Category: Adolescent Medicine

New 2018-2019 Flu Vaccine Recommendations: CDC & American Academy of Pediatrics

Last year, the flu was responsible for 179 pediatric deaths.  That was the most pediatric deaths caused by Influenza since the 2009-2010 H1N1 strain of the flu often referred to as “Swine Flu.”  It wasn’t just the most deadly in

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More on the Suicide Epidemic

Suicide continues to be a significant problem in the United States, and remains the 10th leading cause of death. In 2011, 39,518 people took their own lives. The numbers are more alarming when broken down by age and gender. Consider

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Frequent Marijuana Use Bad for Teens’ Brains

Multiple Sources – August 10, 2014 At the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention, psychologists discussed the health implications of legalizing marijuana which in part included the effect of marijuana on teens. Generally, psychologists agreed that smoking marijuana just once

Teen Use of Synthetic Human Growth Hormone Doubles from 2012 to 2013

Between 2012 and 2013, the use of HGH (Human Growth Hormone) without a prescription more than doubled among teens, grades 9 -12 seeking to improve their athletic performance and/or appearance.  Although the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids who published their results

The Number of Children and Adolescents Taking Psychotropic Medications Continues to Rise

For the second year in a row there has been an increase in the number of children and adolescents being treated with psychotropic medications.  Mental health needs across both genders of American youth continues to be addressed in part with

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Teens at Greatest Risk for PTSD Identified

A study published in the August issue of Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry available here, found risk factors that identify teens at greatest risk of developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following potentially traumatic experiences (PTE).  These

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Strong Clinical Marker for Adolescent Suicide Attempts Identified

JAMA Psychiatry. Published online July 17, 2013. Psychotic symptoms in adolescents, particularly in individuals with existing psychopathology, appear to be an accurate clinical marker for suicide attempts, new research shows. In a longitudinal, population-based study, investigators at the Royal College

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Obese Teen: More Than Meets the Eye

When Is Obesity Not Just Obesity? by  Shannon Patrick, ARNP, MSN, Janet Silverstein, MD Jun 18, 2013 An Obese Teenage Girl: What Would You Do? Ashley, a 14-year-old Latina girl, is seen in your office for a routine physical examination before

Teen Texting at the Wheel Tied to Other Risky Driving Behaviors

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) May 13 – Teenagers who text while driving are also more likely to engage in other risky activities, such as riding with an intoxicated driver or not wearing a seatbelt, a new study suggests. Researchers from

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Protecting Youths From Abusing Products for Weight Control

Abstract and Introduction Abstract Abuse of widely available, over-the-counter drugs and supplements such as laxatives and diet pills forweight control by youths is well documented in the epidemiological literature. Many such products are not medically recommended for healthyweight control or

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