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Drugs and Alcohol

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

Teen prescription drug abuse: how it begins

Friday, November 2, 2012, 6:00 AM
By Sari Harrar During October and November, the Healthy Kids blog examines the epidemic of teen prescription drug abuse. Through stories of teens and young adults in recovery, their parents and treatment experts, you’ll get a first-hand look at a problem more widespread and deadly than many... Read more

Prescription Drug Abuse: A Healthy Kids Series

Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 8:55 PM
By Sari Harrar Stolen from medicine cabinets, offered by friends or plucked from a bowl of multicolored pills at a party, prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Ritalin and Valium are the killer new teen high. Too often, parents are clueless when it comes to the prescription-drug abuse epidemic... Read more

Can Marijuana Prevent Cancer?

Monday, September 10, 2012, 5:23 PM
Does Marijuana Cause Cancer - or Prevent It? Last week’s Healthy Kids post about a new study that regular marijuana use by teens dumbs down their IQs later in life raised a ruckus. Our expert panelist, adolescent specialist Rima Himelstein, MD, cited research finding that marijuana use can increase... Read more

Revealed: Why marijuana’s called “dope”

Friday, September 7, 2012, 3:53 PM
by Rima Himelstein, M.D. Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the world — including by adolescents. New research findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) indicate that teens who become daily marijuana users may be losing IQ points. Marijuana... Read more

Five dumb and deadly teen pranks

Thursday, August 23, 2012, 3:58 PM
From sipping codeine-laced “purple drinks” to car-surfing, “planking” and vodka “eye-balling”, dangerous teen “trends” can take deadly turns - yet often fly below parents’ radar. Fueled by celebrities, internet instructions and Facebook fame, here’s... Read more

Kids and the dangers of prescription medicines

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 5:17 PM
by Gary Emmett, M.D. The August edition of Scientific American has an article, titled “Not Just ‘Small Adults’”, about all the problems with treating children with medications. Medicine just does not get tested in children much of the time. In fact, Harvard University researchers... Read more

Binge drinking by teens is no party

Friday, July 27, 2012, 11:25 AM
by Rima Himelstein, M.D. Having two of my kids headed to college this fall, I would be alarmed if their schools were on The Princeton Review’s annual list of the “best party schools”. That being said, college drinking happens everywhere, including schools that did not make the list... Read more
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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.

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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.
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
Emiliano Tatar, M.D. Pediatrician at Einstein Healthcare Network Roxborough Plaza
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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