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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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Posted in #Child Psychology, #Drugs, #Health, #Mental Health, #Parenting, #SubstanceAbuse, Adolescent Medicine, Health, Psychotherapy

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

Posted in #Addition, #Drugs, #Health, #Mental Health, #Parenting, #SubstanceAbuse, Adolescent Medicine, Health, Psychotherapy

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

Posted in #Drugs, #Health, #Parenting, #Sports, #SubstanceAbuse, Adolescent Medicine, Health

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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Posted in #Mental Health, #Parenting, Adolescent Medicine, Health, Psychotherapy

Updated Notice of Privacy Practices (8/30/2013)

Attached, is my updated Notice of Privacy Practices which includes the all of the provisions necessary under the Omnibus HIPAA Rule-making. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights announces a final rule that implements

Posted in #Health, #Mental Health, Health, Psychotherapy

Obesity vs. Addiction Or An Addiction????: Interview w/ Dr. Nora Volkow

In June 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) declared obesity a disease, a move championed by many clinicians and derided by others. Debate aside, the announcement reinforced that the understanding and appreciation of obesity is evolving, and that in this era

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Posted in #Addition, Health

Prescription Painkiller Overdoses: A GROWING EPIDEMIC, ESPECIALLY AMONG WOMEN

July 2013 Prescription Painkiller Overdoses A growing epidemic, especially among women On this Page Introduction Problem What Can Be Done Science Behind this Issue Related Links Social Media Read Associated MMWR 48,000 Nearly 48,000 women died of prescription painkiller* overdoses

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Posted in #Drugs, #SubstanceAbuse, Health, Psychotherapy

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

Posted in #Parenting, Adolescent Medicine, Health

Sunny Climates & ADHD

Living in geographic areas where there is intense sunlight may be linked to a lower risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests. The study showed that in sunny states with high solar intensity, such as California and Arizona, and

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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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