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  • Top Ten Job Traps Teens Should Avoid: Summer Jobs Don’t Wait For You

    Top Ten Job Traps Teens Should Avoid: Summer Jobs Don’t Wait For You

    While for most teens, spring means exams and term papers, it also means job hunting season is open.  Start your résumé/cover letter preparation and job search well before school ends. Don’t fall into these traps if you want a good summer job because the longer you wait, the less jobs that will be available.

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  • Bridges to Adolescence

    Bridges to Adolescence

    When I see twelve year olds in our clinic, I still need their parents’ permission to treat them for strep throat or eczema. But parents’ permission, or even their knowledge, is not required for pediatricians in our state to provide contraception, or to treat pregnancy-related issues, sexually transmitted diseases, alcohol or drug abuse, or depression.

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  • Cancer Vaccine in Girls

    Cancer Vaccine in Girls

    Should all 11 and 12 year old girls be vaccinated against sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV)? Michigan appears poised to be the first state to enact this requirement for all girls entering middle school (though parents could opt out for religious or medical reasons). Many other states are likely to follow suit quickly.

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  • Product Placement: Smoking and the Media

    Product Placement: Smoking and the Media

    Even though advertising for smoking was banned more than 30 years ago, smoking has been going up among teens since 1991. One possible reason? The way smoking now shows up on screen. 

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  • Teen Alcohol Consumption Shockingly High

    Teen Alcohol Consumption Shockingly High

    Even though the legal drinking age in the United States is 21, more than a quarter of all alcohol consumed here is drunk by people under the age of 20! Experts at Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse have found that more than 30 percent of today’s high school students binge drink […]

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