Teen Related Articles & Blog Posts
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
Could Childhood Obesity be a Genetic Disorder? Yes!
The July issue of Pediatrics reports convincing evidence (from an investigation of twins growing up in different environments) that up to 80% of the variation in body fat between children is genetic and not due to diet or exercise.Read full story
Bidis are more Dangerous than Cigarettes
Dr. Greene, my daughter has started smoking a new kind of chocolate cigarette called a “bidi”. She assures me they are all natural and not harmful at all. She says they contain no drugs. Do you know about them?…Read full story
Dr. Greene, my 12-year-old son has a sore lump directly under his nipple. Could this be puberty related? This lump is tiny and hard and underneath the skin of the nipple. Thanks for your help!Read full story
The Dangers of Inhaled Aerosols or Huffing
I am living every parent’s nightmare — my son Keith is dead. Dr. Greene, I am fighting a battle. It’s a battle to teach as many people as I can about what is known as “huffing” — inhaling of…Read full story
Fast Facts about Huffing
“Huffing,” or inhaling volatile substances, is becoming increasingly popular among children, especially among 12- to 14-year-olds (Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 1998;152(8):781–786).Read full story
Helping Kids Eat Smart
Encourage your children’s teachers to teach the class at least a little about good nutrition at the beginning of each year. If eating well is confirmed by this outside authority and is tied in with success at school, it will help.Read full story