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? 6 Major Benefits of Breastfeeding […]

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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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When is a learning problem a PROBLEM?

A recent article by Edward Schultz in LDA Newsbriefs concerns new definitions of learning disabilities that must be recognized through the 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). This article describes why severe discrepancies between ability and achievement (see below) are no longer required to qualify your child for an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) […]

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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 101

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 101

What is a child and adolescent psychiatrist? As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, my job is to evaluate and treat individuals with psychiatric disorders. Child and adolescent psychiatry is a specialty of psychiatry, which is, in turn, a specialty of medicine and therefore requires a medical degree (M.D. or D.O.). My patients often ask me how […]

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