Wed Jan 24 2018

Category: Teen Health

Understanding the Purpose of Childhood Vaccinations

Posted in Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Teen Health

There are many obstacles to successful vaccination of children.  One of the biggest ones is whether or not mothers of children buy into the concept, and that is a big issue.  If your children are going to get vaccinated, you have to understand what the purpose of the vaccinations are.  I think a lot of [&hellip

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ADHD Medication Abuse in Teens

Posted in ADHD, Drug / Alcohol Abuse, Hospital / Doctor Care, Medications, Parenting & Pregnancy, Teen Health

Calls to poison control centers about teens abusing attention deficit drugs soared 76% over eight years.  That's sobering evidence of the dangerous consequences of prescription misuse.  That's according to a new study.  The calls were from worried parents, emergency room doctors, and others seeking advice on how to deal with the problem which can be [&hellip

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Evaluating Patellofemoral Pain

Posted in Ache / Pain, Knee, Musculoskeletal, Nerves, Sports Medicine, Teen Health, Tendons

It's called patellofemoral pain.  Basically, just below the knee cap, you have a tendon called the patella tendon and that tendon can actually become inflamed and irritated.  When it does, that pain can actually be something which can affect the way you walk, it can affect the way you perform in sports, and we see [&hellip

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Kids Exercise Less as They Reach Adolescence

Posted in Exercise / Fitness, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Research, Teen Health

Children's activity levels do decline as they reach adolescence.  Researchers followed more than 1,000 children for six years.  They tracked their typical activity levels with a monitor worn around the waist for about a week during each year measured.  They were measured at ages 9, 11, 12, and 15.  At nine years old, children engaged [&hellip

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Adolescent Medicine Targets Teenage Problems

Posted in Medications, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Teen Health, Women's Health

Adolescent medicine is a growing field and it can be a very important one, in particular, for teenage girls who are in that gray area between seeing the pediatrician and moving on to the gynecologist.  Most adolescent medicine physicians are pediatricians who have chose to specialize in that age group and the problems that are [&hellip

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Unintentional Injuries Are a Major Cause of Death In Young People

Posted in Accidental Injuries, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Teen Health

What do you think is the leading cause of death among people between one and 44?  The official term is unintentional injuries.  Scientists prefer the term unintentional injuries because of accidents.  Accidents really isn't as strong of a term and it may not be as accurate.  Most of these injuries can be prevented.  The causes [&hellip

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Active Video Games Could Contribute to Kids’ Physical Fitness

Posted in Exercise / Fitness, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Teen Health

Playing active video games could contribute to physical fitness.  A group of 23 children had their energy exertion measured while they watched television, walked on a treadmill, and played two active video games.  This report is in the journal Pediatrics and it was done at the University of Oklahoma and also done in the U.K.  [&hellip

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Preventing the Spread of Infection in Schools

Posted in Infections, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Teen Health, Viruses

Did you ever notice how easily infections seem to spread in schools?  Take the case of a viral infection that spread through a school in Virginia.  About one in four students and teachers developed an illness with symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  The virus, called a norovirus, usually causes acute outbreaks of this type [&hellip

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Limiting Children’s Media Time

Posted in Brain / Memory, Lifestyle, Pediatrics, Technology, Teen Health

Limiting children's access to the computer and television many improve their health.  This is the latest report from experts reporting in the Journal of the American Medical Association.   The key word here is limit, not eliminating.  Of course, the media has changed a great deal in the last 15 years and it includes TV, the [&hellip

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Abuse of Legal Substances in Teens

Posted in Brain / Memory, Drug / Alcohol Abuse, Medications, Parenting & Pregnancy, Stroke, Teen Health

One of the major concerns about drug abuse and teens is that many teenagers are turning to legal substances as drugs of abuse rather than search out marijuana, cocaine, or other illegal street drugs.  They are raiding the medicine cabinet at home.  They search for pain medicines or obtain illegal prescription drugs.  Another major issue [&hellip

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