US teen birth rates reach all-time low, but higher than other countries

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I’m not usually a cynical person but, believe me, I have heard it all before: “My mother doesn’t want me on the pill.”... Read more

How does exposure to gun violence affect kids and teens?

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In the early hours of June 12, the worst mass shooting in American history happened. A gunman killed 49 people and wounded dozens more in a... Read more

Teen suicide rates up, especially among young girls

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I need to talk with you about a matter of life and death: suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people 10-24 years... Read more

Talking to your teen about removing unwanted hair

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How teenagers feel about their hair — its presence or its absence — influences their developing self-concept, self-image, self-acceptance... Read more

Teen IUD use is up, but condom use is down

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2012 was a very good year. It was the year in which major professional medical organizations including the American College of Obstetricians... Read more

More teens are getting hooked on hookahs

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Increasing numbers of adolescents in the U.S. are gathering around hookahs — water pipes used to smoke flavored tobacco called shisha... Read more

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