Over-the-counter oral contraceptive pills

Over-the-counter Oral ContraceptivesIn the next few months, it will be possible for people in California and Oregon to buy their birth control pills at the pharmacy without a doctor’s prescription. While some of you may be thinking “Wha????”, it’s actually not that strange.  There are a lot of countries that allow sale of oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) without a prescription; in fact, more countries allow over the counter (OTC) birth control sales than those that require a prescription.  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has endorsed this practice for increasing access to contraception for years.

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Head Lice Treatments

Head Lice TreatmentThe kids are back in school, which means there’s a chance you may soon be receiving that dreaded note – lice have been found in the classroom. Coupled with news reports that say scientists have found “super lice” resistant to treatment, it can seem rather frightening. While we’re still learning what the recent research means, the good news is that there are still treatments available. And while it can seem daunting at first – believe me, I’ve experienced it with my own family – lice can be treated successfully, it may just take a little patience and work.

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Beyond the Hangover: Effects of Alcohol on the Teenage Brain

Alcohol and Adolescents

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among teenagers. Teenagers who drink alcohol are more likely to experience legal problems, unwanted or unprotected sexual activity, abuse of other drugs, and alcohol-related injuries such as burns, falls, and drowning.

Additionally, alcohol can have negative effects on a teenager’s developing brain. As you might remember from our previous post on adolescent brain development, the adolescent brain continues to mature and develop until about 25 years of age. Because key areas of the brain are still under construction during adolescent years, they are more sensitive to alcohol’s toxic effects. Read more

Peer Pressure for Kids

Peer PressurePart of how kids learn about the world and themselves is through their social interactions with their peers. And, there are lots of benefits to peer support. Friends can offer feedback, advice and encouragement.

While peer pressure can have a positive influence, it can also have negative influences – as we know all too well. When kids or teens don’t feel like they belong, it can lead to depression, anxiety and lower emotional health.

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Baby McKinnley

Watch a miracle baby’s first weeks of life through the lens of UW Health photographer John Maniaci

Miracles happen every day at American Family Children’s Hospital.

This sound-slideshow, photographed and produced by UW Health photographer John Maniaci, provides a raw, unfiltered window into one of these miracle stories: Baby McKinnley Murray.

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