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  • Osteoporosis is a Pediatric Disease!

    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 […]

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  • Sex Should not Hurt!

    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?

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  • They Can Die With the First Try

    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. 

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  • Preteens Start Smoking to Control Weight

    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.

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  • Testosterone Shots

    Testosterone Shots

    What are the side effects of taking testosterone at a young age to boost lack of development? I’m 15.

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  • Beltless on the Bus!

    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 […]

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  • This is Your Brain As a Teen - Brain Sculpture 101

    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.

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  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    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?

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  • Do Bike Helmets Work?

    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 […]

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  • Is It Empty Nest Time At Your House?

    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).

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