Over the past couple of weeks, the internet has been abuzz about the HPV vaccine. A story published by the Toronto Star claimed to investigate the “dark side” of the HPV vaccine with individual accounts of symptoms that people had after receiving the vaccine, but did not discuss the larger studies that had been conducted that debunked these claims. After the Star received a slew of responses (like this one) that pointed out the poor scientific reporting, the article was taken down from the site and an article pointing out these faulty methods was posted.
February 22-28, 2015 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which is perfect timing since we tend to see a surge of new eating disorder diagnoses after the holidays (and during summer…and fall…). I’m often asked, “Are eating disorders more common now than they were years ago?” If the number of consults I’m seeing is any indication, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” However, I am biased, so let’s look at the data.
The UW Health Pediatric Fitness Clinic is home to the Fructose Intervention in Teens, or F.I.T., Study. The purpose of the research is to compare the effects that a normal, healthy diet and a healthy diet that is low in fructose will have on the liver. Everyone in this study is between the ages of 11-17 years.
All study patients get the chance to:
This week, we’re zooming in on the topic of relationship violence in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. If you just did a double-take, that’s right: though relationship violence is often considered an adult issue, it can affect people of all ages, including teenagers.
How many teens does relationship violence affect? Read more
We hear a lot about bullying these days. Unfortunately, it is ubiquitous in our children’s realm. We all hope that parents and children are learning how to become aware of it, help prevent it, and help bullying victims.
But what do you do when you find out that your child is the bully?
There are some good resources for parents who find themselves in this very awkward position. In addition to these tips, I encourage you to seek your own resources that are specific for your situation.