Iron Deficiency Worsens School Performance
    May 31, 2000
    Iron Deficiency Worsens School Performance

    Teen girls who have low iron are more than twice as likely to score below average in mathematics achievement tests than similar girls with normal iron status -- even if they have no signs of anemia. T…

    Driving and Teens
    April 10, 2000
    Driving and Teens

    Dr. Greene's take on teenage driving... Teenage driving is a dangerous proposition, with fatal collisions the leading cause of death in 15-19 year olds. But getting teens together in a car multiplies …

    Teen Obesity Reaching Epidemic Proportions!
    January 27, 2000
    Teen Obesity Reaching Epidemic Proportions!

    Obesity among teens has become a major epidemic. More teens are overweight now than at any time in history. A January 2000 report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the…

    Fast Facts about Diabetes
    January 18, 2000
    Fast Facts about Diabetes

    A fasting blood sugar at or above 126 mg/dL or a random blood sugar at or above 200 mg/dL is diagnostic of diabetes, according to the official American Diabetes Association definition. (more…)…

    Television Drama Highlights Dangers of Huffing
    November 29, 1999
    Television Drama Highlights Dangers of Huffing

    I've learned that on 11/29/99, the popular television show 7th Heaven (WB, 8:00 to 9:00 p.m., PST) will use drama to teach about huffing, the common, dangerous, and hidden drug abuse epidemic. I urge …

    First Love - Knowing When to Let Go
    November 21, 1999
    First Love – Knowing When to Let Go

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Let me go out on a limb here: you started dating a guy you really liked. He was wonderful. He made you feel special. He told you he loved you, he gave you gifts, and he was very a…

    Teens are getting the message
    November 20, 1999
    Teens are getting the message

    Teens are getting the message. Not long ago, even teens that never used drugs felt that most of the cool kids did. The 12th annual survey conducted by Partnership for a Drug-Free America, released Nov…

    Osteoporosis is a Pediatric Disease!
    November 17, 1999
    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 …

    Sex should not hurt. Teenage girl crying in the foreground while boyfriend sleeps in background.
    November 15, 1999
    Sex Should NOT Hurt!

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Sex hurts? How unsettling! And much more common than you might imagine. Doctors have a name for this; we call it dyspareunia (pronounced dis-pah-ROO-ne-ah). Most women have gone t…

    They Can Die With the First Try
    October 29, 1999
    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, pai…

    Preteens Start Smoking to Control Weight
    October 7, 1999
    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. (more…)…

    October 1, 1999
    Testosterone Shots

    Dr. Greene's Answer: For the past few years, you've watched the boys and girls in your class develop and change. Their bodies have changed in proportions, and growth spurts have sent their heights soa…

    Beltless on the Bus!
    September 24, 1999
    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 …

    This is Your Brain As a Teen - Brain Sculpture 101
    September 23, 1999
    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 bef…

    Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
    September 10, 1999
    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? (more&…

    Do Bike Helmets Work?
    September 2, 1999
    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 wea…

    Is It Empty Nest Time At Your House?
    August 26, 1999
    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 o…

    Could Childhood Obesity be a Genetic Disorder? Yes!
    July 29, 1999
    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 a…

    Bidis are more Dangerous than Cigarettes
    May 14, 1999
    Bidis are more Dangerous than Cigarettes

    Dr. Greene's Anwser: Bidis are all the rage among teens. It is estimated that 3% of high school students and 2% of middle school students smoke them regularly. Dessert and smoking literally rolled int…

    March 25, 1999
    Breast Lumps in Boys

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Lumps of one kind or another are a common reason for a visit to the doctor's office. The lump might be in the neck (that the parents suspect is just a swollen gland), in the knee …