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Osteoporosis is a Pediatric Disease!
As I watched a hunched, elderly woman shuffle down the street, I was reminded that osteoporosis is a pediatric problem. It is during childhood that calcium intake determines not only whether children will grow as tall as their full potential, but also how long their bones will last. As life spans increase, getting enough calcium […]Read full story
Sex Should not Hurt!
I am a 17-year-old girl, and I want to know why it hurts so much when my boyfriend and I have sex?Read full story
They Can Die With the First Try
October is Child Health Month, and in 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ focused on educating parents and children about huffing – the dangerous practice of inhaling fumes (aerosols, glues, paints, etc.) to become intoxicated.Read full story
Preteens Start Smoking to Control Weight
A poignant report out of Harvard Medical School appeared in the October 1999 issue of Pediatrics. Girls and boys as young as 9 years old take up smoking in an attempt to lose weight.Read full story
What are the side effects of taking testosterone at a young age to boost lack of development? I’m 15.Read full story
Beltless on the Bus!
This morning I watched a school bus full of children stop suddenly. Because it was a school bus, the kids were not wearing seat belts. Should this be changed? The National Transportation Safety Board has been considering this question carefully for the last 3 years. And the decision is not to recommend seat belts for […]Read full story
This is Your Brain As a Teen – Brain Sculpture 101
Startling evidence has changed the way we think about adolescence. We previously thought that the most significant brain growth happens before age 3. Now we know that there is a “brain spurt” just before puberty, with lots of new gray matter — the part of the brain responsible for thinking.Read full story
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
You can’t see it. You can’t smell it. You can’t taste it. You can’t feel it. But it is responsible for more poisoning deaths in the United States each year than anything but heroin. What is it?Read full story
Do Bike Helmets Work?
When children topple off a bike, helmets can save their brains — cutting the risk of head injury by 80%. But some helmeted children still get brain damage. Why? One study has found that those who wear helmets that don’t fit well are nearly twice as likely to have head injuries! The biggest risk comes […]Read full story
Is It Empty Nest Time At Your House?
When your child first packs up and heads off for college, it is a bittersweet moment. How horrible if meningitis were to make the separation permanent. College students get meningitis 2.6 times more often than peers the same age (American Journal of Public Health. 1995;85:843-845).Read full story