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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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  • Could Childhood Obesity be a Genetic Disorder? Yes!

    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.

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  • Bidis are more Dangerous than Cigarettes

    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?…

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  • qabreast lumps

    Breast Lumps

    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!
    Alberta, Canada

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  • The Dangers of Huffing

    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…

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  • Fast Facts about Huffing

    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).

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