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Teen athletes and performance-enhancing drugs: a lose-lose situation

Monday, March 25, 2013, 9:42 AM
Name the sport and it likely has a famous athlete who’s used performance enhancement drugs to win big. Now, with the recent headlines involving Lance Armstrong and doping, it’s the perfect opportunity to talk to our kids about what’s right and what’s wrong. Win or no win... Read more

Tobacco Smoke’s New Danger for Kids

Friday, December 7, 2012, 2:38 PM
By Sari Harrar In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing recently found that kids whose mothers were exposed to secondhand smoke were more likely to have behavior problems than kids whose moms avoided tobacco smoke during pregnancy. It... Read more

Teens Abuse Prescription ADHD Drugs, Too

Friday, November 16, 2012, 12:49 PM
By Rima Himelstein They’re known as study drugs ... party drugs ... vitamin R, the smart drug, addy, a-bomb ... Regardless of the slang or street names, they’re actually stimulants like ‘Ritalin’ and ‘Adderall’, which are commonly prescribed to treat attention... Read more

Are Parents Powerless when Teens Abuse Rx Drugs?

Friday, November 9, 2012, 6:00 AM
By Sari Harrar During October and November, the Healthy Kids blog will look at this issue through the stories of former teen prescription-drug users now in recovery, their parents and local addiction-recovery experts working to treat addicted teens and help parents prevent this under-the-radar and... Read more

Teen prescription drug abuse: What Parents Should Know

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 6:00 AM
By Sari Harrar Prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Ritalin and Valium are the killer new teen high. One in six teens say they’ve taken a prescription drug at least once in the past year just for kicks. One in 11 are drug-dependent and another one in five show signs of dependence, one... Read more

Teen prescription drug abuse: One Mom's Struggle

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 6:00 AM
By Sari Harrar Prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Ritalin and Valium are the killer new teen high. One in six teens say they’ve taken a prescription drug at least once in the past year just for kicks. One in 11 are drug-dependent and another one in five show signs of dependence, one... Read more

Teen prescription drug abuse: What to do

Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 5:45 AM
By Sari Harrar Prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Ritalin and Valium are the killer new teen high. One in six teens say he or she has taken a prescription drug at least once in the past year. One in 11 is drug-dependent and one in five show signs of dependence, a new study says. While kids... Read more

Teen prescription drug abuse: 8 tips for parents

Monday, November 5, 2012, 9:42 AM
By Sari Harrar During October and November, the Healthy Kids blog examines the epidemic of teen prescription drug abuse through the stories of teens and young adults in recovery, their parents and treatment experts. You’ll get a first-hand look at a problem that’s more widespread and deadly... Read more

As son battled addiction, parents faced struggle of their own

Sunday, November 4, 2012, 6:00 AM
By Sari Harrar During October and November, the Healthy Kids blog examines the epidemic of teen prescription drug abuse through the stories of teens and young adults in recovery, their parents and treatment experts. You’ll get a first-hand look at a problem that’s more widespread and more... Read more

Teen prescription drug abuse: addiction then recovery

Saturday, November 3, 2012, 6:00 AM
By Sari Harrar During October and November, the Healthy Kids blog examines at the epidemic of teen prescription drug abuse. Through the stories of teens and young adults in recovery, their parents and treatment experts, you’ll get a first-hand look at a problem that’s more widespread and... Read more
About this blog
The Healthy Kids blog is your window into the latest news, research and advice around children's health. Learn more about our growing list of contributors here.

If you have questions about your child's health, ask them here.

Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
Mario Cruz, M.D. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist - The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, CHOP
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Lauren Falini Bariatric exercise physiologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Crozer-Keystone Health System
Jessica Kendorski, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D Associate Professor in School Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Anita Kulick President & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA VP for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America
Beth Wallace Smith, R.D. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
Flaura Koplin Winston, M.D., Ph.D Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
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