Sexual Media Influences Teen Decisions About Sex

The media recently reported that a popular clothing retailer has decided to reintroduce a catalogue that includes semi-nude, young models for distribution to their 18-years-and-older shoppers.  Parents of some online gamers have been shocked to discover that some popular games allow sexual dialogue and communication.  A popular youth star has been in the media spotlight […]

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Exercise in Boys Improve Insulin Resistance and Body Fat

A recent study presented at the American Diabetes Association 70th Scientific  Sessions demonstrated that aerobic or resistance exercise (weight lifting) in obese boys can decrease the amount of total and visceral body fat and improve insulin resistance compared to boys who did not exercise.  Insulin resistance can lead to Type II diabetes.  The initial study was […]

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Pertussis Cases on the Rise in California

There has been a rise in reported cases of Whooping Cough (Pertussis) this year in California.  Over 900 confirmed and over 600 suspected cases have been identified.  5 infants under 3 months of age have died of whooping cough.  Pertussis symptoms usually start out like any other respiratory illness but 10 to 12 days later […]

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Teen Males “Sack Tapping”

Teen males have always found ways to express their testosterone spurts during their formative years.  In the past they would find risky activities like climbing trees, skateboarding on ramps, racing dirt bikes, and driving recklessly.  I remember growing up and we would punch each other in the arms to see how much pain we could […]

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Kids out of Control? Inconsistency may be the Problem.

Jodie, a single mom of two boys, felt like her days were an endless uphill battle. After getting the boys off to school, she’d work until five p.m. and then pick them up from her parents. The boys started in on each other even before they got to the car; reporting how each other misbehaved at grandma’s, […]

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ADHD: Disorder or Difference?

The word “disorder” conjures up images of illness, disease and serious disabilities.  All parents want to see their child as the smartest, most capable and best liked boy or girl on the block.  So why would they want to have a label attached to them that often coveys just the opposite–such as slow learner, under-achiever […]

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Binge Eating Severity Found to be Directly Related to Severity of Childhood Sexual or Emotional Abuse

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is an eating disorder in which an individual eats large quantities of food, usually very quickly. However, unlike Bulimia, the person does not “purge” the food by vomiting, use of laxatives, or excessive exercise. A recent study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders by clinical psychologist David M. Dunkley and […]

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