Teens and Iron
    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
    Internet Sexual Solicitation

    Dr. Greene's take on 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…

    Weight Lifting for Kids - Safe? Effective?
    Weight Lifting for Kids – Safe? Effective?

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

    Children with Asthma Miss Out
    Children with Asthma Miss Out

    We know what to do, but we are not doing it!Asthmais 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
    Ecstasy and Memory Loss

    Dr. Greene's take on ecstasy... Those who often use this drugcan lose their ability to form new memories, according to a study in the April 10, 2001 issue of Neurology. Participants in the year-long …

    Children, Exercise and Parks
    Children, Exercise and Parks

    We are raising the most sedentary generation of children in human history. However, a study published in the April 2001 issue of the American Journal of Public Health offers real, practical hope. Chil…

    Driving Inspiration
    Driving Inspiration

    In a recent chat, we were discussing the queasy feeling we parents get as our children get to be teenagers and learn about driving. It's a whole new world of experience for them, to be sure. The conve…

    Eating Disorders in Teens
    Eating Disorders in Teens

    Nearly one sixth of high school boys and one third of high school girls show some of the symptoms of an eating disorder, according to a presentation at the 2001 annual meeting of The Society for Adole…

    Education Saves Lives
    Education Saves Lives

    Motor vehicle crashes are the most common cause of untimely funerals for 15 to 20 year olds. Almost 30% of the teen drivers killed had been drinking. Can anything really change these statistics? (more…

    School Start Times
    School Start Times

    In most school districts across the United States, the buses begin rounding up high school students very early in the morning and then make a later trip for the start of elementary school. (more&helli…

    Bidis and Clove Cigarettes
    Bidis and Clove Cigarettes

    Bidi cigarettes, sometimes called kretek or clove cigarettes (although the different names have their own specific meanings), have increased in popularity more than 400% in the last few years. In my a…

    Prevent Meningitis
    Prevent Meningitis

    One evening a child has a high fever, a severe headache, and a stiff neck. It might be just the flu -- or it might be meningococcal meningitis. This devastating disease, though still uncommon, has bee…

    Ecstasy Use in Children Doubles
    Ecstasy Use in Children Doubles

    Teenage marijuana use has decreased slightly for three years running (after peaking at 44% who had used the drug at least once in 1997). According to the 2000 annual report of the Partnership for a Dr…

    The Lunch of Champions?
    The Lunch of Champions?

    No, once again, breakfast emerges as the most important meal for parents to focus on with their kids. Many children (and adults) still skip breakfast. (more…)…

    Health-Hop Music
    Health-Hop Music

    Music is a key to the inner world of children. It's also a great way to teach adolescents (and younger children) about health and social responsibility. Between the ages of 13 and 18, the average teen…

    Teen Immunization
    Teen Immunization

    Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points to a growing problem: an estimated 35 million teens, in the United States alone, are missing one or more doses of childhoo…

    AIDS RISK
    AIDS RISK

    HIV is a time-bomb. Because the moment of infection is silent, and because the symptoms of AIDS often don't show up until many years later, we may be misled into thinking that HIV is not a major probl…

    Dangers of Parental Smoking
    Dangers of Parental Smoking

    Dr. Greene's take on parental smoking... (hint: don't do it!) A study in the August 2000 issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood found that parents who smoke increase the risk of meningococcal m…

    Sports and Head Injuries
    Sports and Head Injuries

    We know that repeated head injuries can lead to long-term neurologic damage. What happens when kids play football or hockey? (more…)…

    Benefits of Exercise
    Benefits of Exercise

    Exercise during the teenage years may be one of the most important ways to prevent osteoporosis. (more…)…