Teens and extreme obesity: Is it time for weight loss surgery?

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America, we have a problem! Nine percent of 12- to 19-year-olds have morbid or extreme obesity. Morbid obesity is defined as a Body Mass Index... Read more

Do you know what your child does online?

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Recently, two 13-year-olds in Bucks County were victims of sexual assault after “meeting” their adult perpetrators online. One... Read more

Teens using cigars: What you should know

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“Before I speak, I have something important to say.” — Groucho Marx I admit that I was a little surprised when, after my... Read more

Helping a teen who is grieving

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Teenageers are not supposed to die. Afterwards, it's not just families that grieve...teens do, too. How do adolescents handle their grief?... Read more

The best of Healthy Kids in 2016

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I checked in with our bloggers to find out their own favorite post from last year. Here are some posts that are worth revisiting! "I think... Read more

The surge in narcotic overdoses is affecting everyone

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Recent headlines tell it all: “9 dead from apparent heroin ODs over weekend in Kensington area”; “Medical examiner: Philly... Read more

How can we help teens stop smoking?

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Me: “Smoking causes cancer.” My teen patient: “I know.” Me: “Smoking causes heart disease.” My teen... Read more

Is use of hormonal contraception associated with depression?

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A study recently published in the JAMA Psychiatry tried to answer that question. Being the adolescent medicine doctor that I am, I had to carefully... Read more