Monday, December 22, 2014

Rima Himelstein

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

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
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Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Sarah Levin Allen, Ph.D., CBIS Assistant Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAAAI, FACAAI Associate Professor of Medicine in division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at UC Davis
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist of The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Gary A. Emmett, M.D., F.A.A.P Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Mario Cruz, M.D. Pediatrician, Associate Director of Pediatric Residency Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Division Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Chief of Pediatric Emergency Services at Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Adolescent Medicine Specialist at 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. Registered Dietitian at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Jeanette Trella, Pharm.D Managing Director at The Poison Control Center at CHOP
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D., ABPP Director of Integrated Health Care for American Psychological Association
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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