Teens and gangs: danger ahead

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‘Sammie the Shooter' gets up to 85 years in gang shooting (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Feb. 24, 2016) A South Philly member of the 7th Street... Read more

When teens and their doctor find themselves in a bind

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Preface: As an adolescent medicine physician, I embrace confidentiality. I even wrote about it in this blog! After all, why would my teenage... Read more

Helicopter parenting may interfere with teens’ health care

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When I first took my son to pre-school, he cried and cried. “You need to walk away — he’ll be fine!” his teachers... Read more

When should my daughter have her first gynecology visit?

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Have you “been there, done that” with your teen when it comes to check-ups? “Time for your annual physical!” “K!”... Read more

Teen cigarette smoking is down (yay!), but teen smokeless tobacco is up (WHAT?)!

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Surprised? Me too! Baseball and smokeless tobacco (ST) have gone together like hand and glove since the 1800s. Players and coaches liked... Read more

Building strong bones in the teen years for strong bones later

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Were you wondering why the skeleton didn’t dance at the Halloween party? The answer is quite sad really — he had no “body”... Read more

Being 'OK' with talking to teens about their sexuality

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Being a teenager in 2015 can be challenging…being a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) teenager in 2015 can be brutal. As... Read more

The 'lows' of edible marijuana

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In March 2014, a 19-year-old Colorado college student took his own life after consuming an edible marijuana cookie containing 65 milligrams... Read more