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The 'pill' isn’t only for birth control

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 5:30 AM
Maybe you remember this conversation on the TV show, “The Big Bang Theory,” when Sheldon and Penny are in the Emergency Room. Sheldon (filling out the medical form): “When was your last menstrual period?” Penny: “Oh! Next question!” Sheldon: “I'll put... Read more

Why should teens consider long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 5:30 AM
The use of LARC methods (intrauterine devices and contraceptive implants) for teens was a “hot topic” when I recently attended the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology’s Annual Meeting. Why? The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society for... Read more

Kids and heavy backpacks: A prescription for back pain

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:30 AM
Looking inside your child’s backpack may feel like looking at what “Toy Story’s” Mrs. Potato Head packs inside Mr. Potato Head for his trip: An extra pair of shoes. His angry eyes, just in case. Some Cheese Puffs (if he gets hungry). A key (unknown purpose for it). A Golf Ball... Read more

Teens’ sexual health: 8 common myths

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 5:30 AM
Can we talk? While most of us agree it would be best for our teenagers to wait until they are older to have sex, at least half are having sex by the time they graduate high school. And what’s more troubling is that their behavior is sometimes based on myths, which puts them at a high risk for... Read more

When suicide affects our 18- to 24-year olds

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 5:30 AM
A 20-year-old college student talked to me about recent suicides on college campuses: “When a suicide happens to someone your own age, it is so sad that it doesn’t feel real. Even if you don’t know the person, you may have mutual friends on Facebook. The person may look happy on Facebook... Read more

Teen male sexual health: What should they know?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 9:18 AM
True, they don’t have menstrual cramps and can’t get pregnant. Nevertheless, teen males may have sexual health issues of their own. Some may be normal variants while others may be abnormal and need medical attention. Here are several; note that some of the links below are to medical illustrations... Read more

Why e-cigarettes get an 'F'

Thursday, January 9, 2014, 5:30 AM
There’s good news and bad news about teens and smoking. First, the good news: Fewer teens are smoking cigarettes, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS). The survey includes more than 24,000 students in grades 6-12 from all 50 states... Read more

“Double standards” in teens’ sexual attitudes and behaviors

Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 5:30 AM
Life is full of double standards. And it starts early. Some of it is harmless. For instance, from day one of life, the name cards on newborns’ cribs are pink for girls and blue for boys. Research shows how double standards may influence human behavior. In one experimental study looking at this... Read more

Eating disorders in teens: A slippery slope

Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 5:30 AM
On the surface, people with eating disorders may look normal or may look like they are struggling with their weight. Under the surface, there is so much more. The different eating disorders are like “apples and oranges:” - Anorexia nervosa (AN) is weight loss in a person who believes... Read more

Teens’ body piercings may be beautiful, but are they safe?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 5:30 AM
Ears, noses and other body parts have been pierced since ancient times, according to historical records. Talk about style making a comeback! Today, up to half of teens have a piercing other than an earlobe. Reality is, when it comes to piercings, parents may not have the biggest influence. As the... 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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