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Earlier Than Expected Allergy Season

A recent article from MSNBC/Women’s Health attributes an earlier allergy season to climate change and increased carbon dioxide levels. Spring is now here and pollen counts are rising; regardless of the cause, there are many ways you can protect yourself and your family.  Keep your windows closed, take antihistamines, or see your doctor for prescription […]

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Rethinking ‘‘Generation Me’’

Rethinking ‘‘Generation Me’’

In a scientific analysis of approximately one-half million high-school seniors over three decades,  Brent Donnellan and Kali Trzesniewski of the University of Western Ontario argue teens today are no more egotistical – and just as happy and satisfied – as previous generations. “We concluded that, more often than not, kids these days are about the same […]

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Allergy and Asthma Season

Spring is just around the corner and patients with allergies should start to thinking about signs of allergies and strategies to avoid symptoms.  As the weather warms up, trees and flowers will start to bloom that can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms.  In addition there are year round allergy triggers that can cause chronic respiratory […]

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Superior Academic Performance Linked to Increased Risk for Bipolar Disorder

Young students who excel at school, particularly in creative subjects, are almost 4 times more likely develop bipolar disorder during the next decade than teenagers with average grades. This finding supports the hypothesis that creative individuals are more susceptible to bipolar disorder, lead author James H. MacCabe, PhD, Senior Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, United […]

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Antidepressants Cut Risk of Hospital Re-admission for Suicidal Youth

Suicidal adolescents who were prescribed an antidepressant medication during inpatient psychiatric hospital treatment were 85 percent less likely than others to be readmitted within a month after discharge, a new study found. This is reassuring data, as there have been concerns about prescribing antidepressants in adolescents since 2003, when the FDA issued a black box […]

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New Research Uncovers How Antidepressants Work

Reserachers at Queensland Brain Insitute in Australia have discovered the class of drugs that increase levels of a neurotransmitter known as ‘norepinephrine’ triggers neurogenesis – the growth of new neurons – in a brain region called the hippocampus. If you block hippocampus neurogenesis, antidepressants no longer work,” lead researcher Dr Dhanisha Jhaveri said. “That suggests […]

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First Lady Comments on Childhood Obesity

Michelle Obama tackles childhood obesity with a new program “Let’s Move”  Visit her site for more information on how to keep kids fit. More On This Topic: How to Prevent Teenage Obesity 5 Tips for Protecting Your Child from Becoming Obese How Early Is Too Early for a Dental Exam? Tips for Managing Your Child’s […]

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Leaving No Child Left Behind

The Obama administration announced yesterday its intention to revise the No Child Left Behind Act which has been in place for nearly 10 years (for more information on the Act, take a look at Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind.)   The Act had its supporters and detractors.  We’d probably all agree that teaching children toward a […]

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How to Control Acne in Your Teen

How to Control Acne in Your Teen

  Teenagers are famously unkind to each other, and having an acne problem is like having a target on your back. Cruel comments and poor self-image come with the territory. Try these acne-control strategies to help your teen clear up his skin and regain his self-confidence. It was once thought that acne is caused by eating too much fried […]

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