Teen Health

STI Awareness Month


  In the United States, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), affect young people ages 15 to 24 more than any other age group, accounting for about half of the 20 million STI cases reported each year. Since 2013, the number of people affected by three common STIs, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, has been increasing. April is STI Awareness Month, and the ... Read More »

Tongue Piercing Not That Risky, but Things Can Go Wrong


  It’s hard to believe that certain things ever became popular. Pet rocks, for example. Shag carpeting. Sticking a needle through your tongue. But oral piercing, if not now mainstream, has at least become more common in recent years. According to one survey, 16% of the females and 4% of the males at a New York university had pierced tongues. ... Read More »

6 Steps to a Healthier Smile

Cute little girl in pajamas brushing teeth

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, a campaign sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA) to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. According to the ADA, baby teeth are just as important as permanent teeth because they help children chew and speak as well as hold space in the jaw for the permanent teeth that are developing ... Read More »

Is Your Child Anorexic? Know the Signs

anorexia nervosa

When singer Karen Carpenter died of complications from anorexia nervosa in 1983, knowledge of the illness was not especially widespread. In a piece for People Magazine published nine months after Carpenter’s death, her brother, Richard Carpenter, recalled how Karen suddenly started losing weight in 1975: “It was right around that time that we heard about anorexia. I don’t recall how ... Read More »

Hawaii Raises Legal Smoking Age


  As of January 1st, 2016, Hawaii was the first state to raise its legal smoking age to 21 years old. The new law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from using or buying tobacco products such as cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Similar laws are in effect in select cities across the United States. In October of 2013, New York ... Read More »

Fewer Teens are Drinking and Driving


  In the most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that there has been a decrease in the number of teens ages 16 through 19 that have driven under the influence of alcohol. Based on responses recorded in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) the CDC found ... Read More »

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease


  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States, there has been a recent decrease in the number of women who are being diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). The most recent statistic indicates that 5.0% of women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with PID in their lifetime. Pelvic inflammatory disease is an ... Read More »

5 Top Winter Skin Conditions And How To Prepare For Them


Winter weather conditions can be hard on your skin from head to toe. Adding holiday stress to the wintry mix presents an additional challenge for people with—or without—chronic skin diseases. “Even if you’re not prone to chronic skin conditions, your skin may have a reaction if you’re exposed to cold, windy, sunny, or stressful conditions this holiday season,” said Mark ... Read More »

All About Acne


What is Acne? Acne forms when a pore in the skin becomes clogged. Pores can clog with oil that is naturally produced by the skin, dead skin cells, or bacteria that live on the skin. People most commonly think of acne as pus-filled “pimples”, but there are other blemishes that are considered acne as well. Acne blemishes are diagnosed depending ... Read More »

American Academy of Pediatrics Periodicity Schedule Update


This morning, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published an update of its Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care, otherwise known as the periodicity schedule. This document is used by pediatricians as a guideline for when healthy children should receive certain screenings and preventive health care. The periodicity schedule is updated yearly to encompass any new and revised recommendations published ... Read More »