Adolescent Medicine

Obesity rates increasing in women, adolescents

Obesity rates increasing in women, adolescents

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An analysis of data from NHANES shows that obesity rates continue to increase in women and adolescents.

HIV, STI rates elevated among young MSM

HIV, STI rates elevated among young MSM

The relationship between HIV and STI rates and race/ethnicity and partner characteristics should be considered in future HIV intervention.

Domestic minor sex trafficking: missed clinical opportunities

Domestic minor sex trafficking: missed clinical opportunities

An awareness of the risks and red flags among adolescent patients who are being trafficked for sex is key to intervention in this vulnerable population.

CBT in primary care settings benefits adolescents diagnosed with depression

CBT in primary care settings benefits adolescents diagnosed with depression

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Teenagers assigned to receive CBT treatment recovered 8 weeks faster than those receiving only standard care.

Insufficient sleep may increase risky behavior in teens

Insufficient sleep may increase risky behavior in teens

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Teens who have insufficient sleep are more likely to engage in risky behavior, including drunk driving.

Care gaps identified in adolescents as they enter adulthood

Care gaps identified in adolescents as they enter adulthood

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The systematic literature review identified risk factors and protective factors that affect adolescents with chronic conditions.

Stimulant misuse increasing in young adults

Stimulant misuse increasing in young adults

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The rate of misuse of prescription stimulants has risen among young adults despite the rate of prescriptions remaining the same.

Kids, teens aren't drinking enough water

Kids, teens aren't drinking enough water

Nearly one-quarter of patients aged 6 to 19 years reported they did not drink water at all.

Self-inflicted injury rates among adolescents on the rise

Self-inflicted injury rates among adolescents on the rise

Cutting injuries increased over time, and it was particularly common among girls, study results indicate.

Screening tool detects eating disorders

Screening tool detects eating disorders

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The acronym SCOFF can help identify patients with a likely case of anorexia or bulimia.

Stimulant misuse may start earlier than expected

Stimulant misuse may start earlier than expected

Prescription diet pills were the most popular stimulant drug misused by females, while Adderall was the drug misused most often by males.

Addressing bullying in primary care

Addressing bullying in primary care

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Primary care clinicians should look for signs of mental illness in their adolescent patients, especially among those who are bullied.

High salt intake may not lead to adverse effects on blood pressure in teen girls

High salt intake may not lead to adverse effects on blood pressure in teen girls

Higher potassium intakes were inversely associated with blood pressure change throughout adolescence.

Adolescent risk-taking: salt and ice challenge

Adolescent risk-taking: salt and ice challenge

Young people might not understand the health consequences of participating in stunts that help them feel like part of the crowd.

When is it okay to examine a child alone?

When is it okay to examine a child alone?

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How do you ask a parent to leave in a diplomatic way when examining a pediatric patient?

Distorted body image not just a girl problem

Distorted body image not just a girl problem

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Clinicians are seeing more boys with eating disorders and/or complications related to inappropriate diets, supplement use and steroid use.

USPSTF: Evidence lacking for drug use interventions in youth

USPSTF: Evidence lacking for drug use interventions in youth

Insufficient evidence for primary care interventions to cut illicit, nonmedical prescription drug use.

Be specific when taking an 
adolescent's sexual history


Be specific when taking an 
adolescent's sexual history


Specific questions will elicit more useful information about a teenager's sexual history.

Pharmacies often misinform patients about Plan B

Pharmacies often misinform patients about Plan B

Confusion about changing emergency contraception regulations may contribute to incorrect information about access.

ADHD, texting a risky combo for teen drivers

ADHD, texting a risky combo for teen drivers

Texting while driving is associated with negative outcomes for all teen drivers, but particularly those with ADHD.

Encouraging positive body image in teen girls

Encouraging positive body image in teen girls

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Discussions about the female body should focus not just on looks, but also the amazing things the body can do.

The facts about Plan B

The facts about Plan B

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As the laws regulating emergency contraception change, make sure you know the facts and are educating your patients.

Obama administration drops appeal for age limit on OTC Plan B

Obama administration drops appeal for age limit on OTC Plan B

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Plan B One-Step is expected to reach drugstore shelves in coming weeks, after the FDA approves a supplemental application from drug maker Teva.

Preventing teen pregnancy in underserved communities

Preventing teen pregnancy in underserved communities

Despite recent declines, U.S. teen pregnancy rates are the highest among Western nations. What can we do to make a difference?

Vaccinations to 
protect adolescents

Vaccinations to 
protect adolescents

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Often at increased risk for disease transmission, many teens and preteens
 do not receive the recommended immunizations in a timely manner.

Judge lifts age restrictions on OTC morning after pill

Judge lifts age restrictions on OTC morning after pill

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A federal judge ruled today that the U.S. government must make Plan B and Plan B One-Step available over the counter for all ages

Safety fears deter HPV vaccination

Safety fears deter HPV vaccination

More than 40% of parents surveyed in 2010 reported they did not intend to vaccinate their adolescent female children with the HPV vaccine.

ADHD drugs should not be prescribed to improve childrens' memory

ADHD drugs should not be prescribed to improve childrens' memory

Prescribing neuroenhancing drugs, such as those used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, to improve cognitive function is unjustified and inadvisable, according to position paper.

What are bath salts?

The long-term health consequences of bath salts are not yet known, but experience suggests that proactive efforts are needed to minimize it's public health impact.

Emergency contraception counseling recommended for all teens

Emergency contraception counseling recommended for all teens

A new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement encourages clinicians to discuss emergency contraception options with teens during routine visits.

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