Stories about: Adolescent Medicine

Paper Trail: Injection drug use, cast-saw burns, LGBTQ bullying prevention and more

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Boston Children’s Hospital is at the forefront of clinical research. Stay connected with Paper Trail — a monthly feature highlighting recently published outcomes data and new approaches to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of pediatric illnesses.

This edition of Paper Trail focuses on injection drug use and street-involved youth, cast-saw reduction rates, sleep apnea, LGBTQ bullying prevention and more. …Read More

10 things every pediatrician should know about eating disorders

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If you feel unprepared to help a child or teen with an eating disorder, you’re not alone. A 2015 study of Family medicine, Internal medicine, Psychiatry (general,child, and adolescent) and Pediatrics residency programs revealed that less than 10% included specific training on eating disorders.

Too often, all eating disorders are lumped together as one disease with a simple prescription: eat more.

But there are lots of different types of eating disorders, as well as a whole spectrum of eating behaviors that are destructive but not clinically diagnosable.

“It’s not just ‘eat more’ or ‘eat better’. Eating disorders are about more than just food intake,” says Sara Forman, MD, director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Outpatient Eating Disorders Program. “Eating disorders are psychological illnesses with physical manifestations. You can’t just expect someone to change their behaviors without supportive medical and psychological care.”

As more research on the various forms and pathologies of eating disorders is documented, more effective treatments and support services are understood. …Read More

5 things you should know about teen athletes and dietary supplements

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Use of drugs and dietary supplements to improve athletic performance is not just a problem for Olympians — these habits often start in adolescence. Teens are drawn in by ads that promise “natural” ways to enhance athleticism and give them an edge on the field.

Many of these supplements seem innocent enough, and their health claims are strong. Drug companies can’t advertise something that isn’t true, right?

Actually, the guidelines for marketing dietary supplements are quite lenient. Teens should be cautious when considering their use, and pediatricians should feel comfortable having open conversations with teen athletes and their parents about the risks associated with performance enhancing drugs.

Read Thriving’s lowdown on teens and dietary supplements.

Keeping an eye on teen marijuana use

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With laws at least partially legalizing marijuana in 23 states and the District of Columbia, it’s now a big business. What are the public health consequences of freely available weed — both acute and long-term? Are we making a big mistake here?

Our sister blog Vector reports that Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Division of Developmental Medicine and Elissa Weitzman, ScD, MSc, of the hospital’s Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, both of whom are concerned about potential harms to adolescents, recently argued in JAMA Pediatrics for a real-time marijuana surveillance system that could “monitor harms to youth from marijuana — in the context of legalization and fast-paced expansion of a commercial marijuana market.”

Learn about Levy and Weitzmann’s suggestions for beefing up marijuana surveillance on Vector.

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