Log Off, Shut Down, Look Up

  A group of American and Russian researchers asked 4,000 U.S. seventh- and eighth-graders and their parents about lying and alcohol consumption. Not surprisingly, families in which parent-child trust was lacking or absent had greater tendencies for teenagers to...

1/3 Of Teen Girls Depressed?

A large and important study published this week in Translational Psychiatry sheds some new light on a concerning and distressing disorder seen frequently in pediatric practice: teen depression. It’s been known for many years that more adult women suffer from...

Bottoms Up

These days I suspect most of us will take good news anywhere we can find it. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report a positive development for teen health: During 1991–2007, the prevalence of...

Opioid Epidemic – 2

Last April, Dr. Sarah Kohl (Chartiers/McMurray Division) wrote that we were at the center of an epidemic: Fact: Pennsylvania is one of the top states for deaths due to heroin overdoses. Addiction to narcotics cuts across all walks of life — moms, dads, grandparents,...

Opioid Epidemic – 1

If you follow the news these days, you may have missed a largely preventable, tragic, and ongoing public health crisis in our country: the opiate/opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdose deaths in the United States...