Dyslexia - Changing the Way the Brain Works
    May 3, 2002
    Dyslexia – Changing the Way the Brain Works

    Scans that detect brain activity show that when people read, a part of the brain called the left superior temporal gyrus (STGp) becomes very active. However, in children with dyslexia, there is little…

    Teen Alcohol Consumption Shockingly High
    February 26, 2002
    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…

    Body Art
    January 30, 2002
    Body Art

    Tattoos and body piercing continue to become more popular. The largest study yet of this subject, published in the January 2002 issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings,  reports that now most university…

    Role Models Pave the Way
    January 29, 2002
    Role Models Pave the Way

    One of the most powerful ways that children learn is through imitation. I’m not surprised that a study appearing in the January 2002 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine sugge…

    Development & Hygiene
    January 26, 2002
    Development & Hygiene

    Dr. Greene's Answer: You might well know a boy who is developing faster than a girl of the same age, but on average girls do mature at a younger age than boys. There is some evidence that puberty may …

    Teen Depression More Likely When Parents Are Depressed
    January 3, 2002
    Teen Depression More Likely When Parents Are Depressed

    Teens whose parents are depressed are 6 times more likely than their peers to become depressed themselves - but there are ways to prevent this. The general rate of depression in adolescents is 3% to 8…

    8 Recommendations For School Safety
    December 15, 2001
    8 Recommendations For School Safety

    Preventable injuries cause about two thirds of all deaths among school-aged children and adolescents. Motor-vehicle injuries  lead the pack, causing 70% of unintentional injury deaths. Other unintent…

    Peers Shape Attitudes About Sex
    October 11, 2001
    Peers Shape Attitudes About Sex

    When people think of peer pressure, they usually think of someone being pressured to go against their conscience to engage in unhealthy behavior. That does happen, but peer pressure is far stronger th…

    Do Graduated Driver's Licenses Work?
    October 6, 2001
    Do Graduated Driver’s Licenses Work?

    Automobile collisions remain the leading cause of death among US teens. The youngest drivers are the most likely to crash, so a number of states have experimented with graduated driver licensing (GDL)…

    Let's Give Nicotine to Kids!?
    October 3, 2001
    Let’s Give Nicotine to Kids!?

    Because nicotine is both dangerous and addictive, physicians have been reluctant to use it in young children to help them quit smoking. It has not been studied in children younger than 16 -- leading t…

    Teens and Tragedy
    September 15, 2001
    Teens and Tragedy

    You may have been hearing the many warnings about exposing young children to too much of the televised re-tellings of the tragedy. Teenagers, though, are at a different point in their lives. While som…

    Cookies n' Creatine?
    August 31, 2001
    Cookies n’ Creatine?

    Many children would like to build muscle, improve their appearance, and enhance their athletic performance. Supplement marketers are convincing them that they can do it all by taking creatine. And it'…

    Measuring the Effect of Ecstasy
    August 21, 2001
    Measuring the Effect of Ecstasy

    I spoke with a health conscious high school student last week who told me that she did not smoke, drink, or use drugs. She mentioned that she did use Ecstasy, but she thought it was so healthy that sh…

    College and Meningitis
    August 9, 2001
    College and Meningitis

    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. The first year is the critical time. Freshmen li…

    When Teens Can’t Sleep
    July 30, 2001
    When Teens Can’t Sleep

    Anxiety (which is often brought on by a stressful event) is probably the most common cause of difficulty falling asleep. This is called "stress-related insomnia." It is a self-limited problem that usu…

    Teens and Iron
    July 19, 2001
    Teens and Iron

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Rob, one of the adolescent boys in my practice, loved to compete in track and field. His running times in his sophomore year of high school were excellent, but try as he might, hi…

    Internet Sexual Solicitation
    June 26, 2001
    Internet Sexual Solicitation

    Talk with your children. Many children who use the Internet are the targets of unwanted sexual advances. According to a study published in the June 20, 2001 issue of The Journal of the American Medica…

    Weight Lifting for Kids - Safe? Effective?
    June 6, 2001
    Weight Lifting for Kids – Safe? Effective?

    My 14-year-old son is gearing up for freshman high school football in the fall. Team weightlifting starts next week. Is it healthy? Can this stunt long-term growth? (more…)…

    Children with Asthma Miss Out
    April 20, 2001
    Children with Asthma Miss Out

    We know what to do, but we are not doing it! Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs. Inflammation can cause ongoing damage. Albuterol helps children breath better for the moment, but do…

    Ecstasy and Memory Loss
    April 16, 2001
    Ecstasy and Memory Loss

    Those who often use ecstasy can lose their ability to form new memories, according to a study in the April 10, 2001 issue of Neurology. Participants in the year-long study reported taking ecstasy an a…