Be prepared with a fire escape plan

A working smoke alarmA fire can spread rapidly through your home leaving you as little as 2 minutes to escape. With so little time to react, it’s critical to plan and practice your home fire escape plan with your family.

Make a fire escape plan

You can find fire escape planning tools at and Download and print out a grid, then draw the floor plan of your home, including windows, stairs, doors and smoke detectors.

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Acne: Myths and Facts

Teens and AcneThey seem to pop up everywhere, and they always pop up at the worst possible moments: Right before yearbook pictures. While getting ready for the Homecoming dance. During the first week of a new school year. Ugh!

That’s right. Today we’re talking about pimples.

More than 40 million people are affected by acne (pimples) each year in the United States, which makes it the most common skin condition around! While acne can affect a person at any age, adolescents are the most commonly affected age-group: in fact, 85% of people between the ages of 12 to 24 have acne. Fortunately, good treatments are available for most cases. There is no single treatment that works for all patients, so you and your health care provider may have to try several types of medications to clear up your skin.

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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

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