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Rima Himelstein

Teen sexual assault: Is it really rare? Is it rarely real? Or is it really real?

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 5:30 AM
Recently, I became the doctor of a 17-year-old girl who had been raped. She told me that right after the rape, she was scared and told her mother. Her mother immediately took her to the ER. Following medical guidelines, the ER doctor gave her emergency contraception and treated her empirically for... Read more

Teen heroin use: An unfortunate reality

Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 5:30 AM
When Cory Monteith died in July of an accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol, people were shocked because the 31-year-old actor, well known for his portrayal of a high school athlete on the TV show, “Glee,” didn’t fit the stereotype of a heroin user. The fact is that 3 in 100... Read more

Teens and B.O.: What can you do?

Thursday, August 22, 2013, 6:00 AM
"Why do we need B.O.? What is the function of it? Everything in nature has a reason, has a purpose, except B.O. Doesn't make any sense: do something good, hard work, exercise, smell very bad. This is the way the human being is designed. You move, you stink. Why can't our bodies help us? Why can't sweat... Read more

Teen drinking: the health and legal risks

Thursday, August 1, 2013, 6:00 AM
After placing my items on the belt at a small grocery store in New Jersey, I was quite surprised to look up and see a teenage girl in front of me getting handcuffed by the police. Last summer the store was not selling alcoholic beverages. This year they are. The employee at the cash register was... Read more

A summer day with my “perfect” teenager

Thursday, July 4, 2013, 6:00 AM
7:30 a.m. My 16-year-old son wakes up on a beautiful summer morning after 9 hours of sleep. He’s singing in the shower, a sign that he has had enough sleep. 8:00 a.m. He sets out a tasty breakfast of cereal, low fat milk and whole wheat toast. He’s also taking his calcium with vitamin... Read more

You say yes…I say no: how parenting style may affect teens’ behaviors

Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 6:00 AM
As Groucho Marx once said, “Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough.” If only getting older were so simple. For some teens and their families, the teenage years are filled with stress and turmoil. And why wouldn’t they be? After all, the child is becoming... Read more

Teen acne: Don’t scrub, don’t pick and try not to stress

Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 9:22 AM
In medical school we had a joke: What is the biggest organ in the body? The answer, “skin,” made us chuckle. Little did I know that skin would end up being the cause of so much distress to my teenage patients. Why do teens get acne? Here’s what my teen son says: “It’s... Read more

Teen texting and sexting: What do I need to know?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 6:00 AM
Most of my teenage patients have one hand attached to their cell phones during their medical visits. Sometimes they’re answering their parents’ texts about what time they will be done, and sometimes they’re texting their partners to tell them they have chlamydia. Given that texting... Read more

When teens cut themselves

Monday, April 29, 2013, 10:37 AM
It’s difficult to hide: multiple slash marks on the forearm. Many try to cover-up the painful reminders of a very bad day while some tell me openly all of the details. Either way these are the patients that are amongst the most distressing to me as a doctor and as a mother. And at the same time... Read more

Shaping girls’ body images in a positive way

Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 5:55 AM
Dictionaries define “body image” as a subjective idea of one’s physical appearance based on self-observation and other people’s reactions. In other words, it’s what a person thinks of his or her own body. Nowadays, more than ever, many of our teens’ body images... Read more
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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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