Category: #Parenting

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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New Study on the Effects of Spanking Illustrates Increased Aggression / Decreased Language Skills

When I first saw the headline from the latest study to investigate the effect of spanking on a 5 year old, published last week in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, my first reaction was to file this

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FDA Proposes to Limit Arsenic Levels in Apple Juice [WTF!?]

I’d link to the article but it’s boring and I think I’m starting to pass out from my Arsenic Juice Box! Basically, the FDA proposed to put a limit on the amount of inorganic arsenic found in apple juice, using

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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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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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Parenting Stress Ups Cortisol

Daily Stress and Cortisol Patterns in Parents of Adult Children With a Serious Mental Illness Parents caring long-term for a child with a serious mental illness have increased cortisol levels. C Bowden: The responsibility of caring for a person with

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