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Articles for Teens and Parents

The Risks of Vaping – What Parents Need to Know

Until recently, the severity of e-cigarette use or “vaping” has been minimized. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is currently investigating an outbreak of lung disease in connection with e-cigarette use following the deaths of six people as a result of e-cigarette use or “vaping.”

Navigating the Teen Years - A Parental Survival Guide

“Adolescence is often the period in a child’s life when he or she begins to separate from his parents and develop his own identity,” says Lorena Siqueira, MD, Adolescent Medical Director at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. “The child’s effort to become more independent can be a difficult time for the whole family.”

Common Questions About Breast Development

Breast development is the first sign of puberty in the majority of adolescent females. This can occur as early as age 8 years.

Planning for College

College is not just about books, dorm rooms and roommates. Other issues exist that should be thought about before your child goes to college.

Fiber - What's the Deal?

Fiber is the term used to describe carbohydrates that cannot be digested and therefore cannot be absorbed by the human intestinal tract.

Calcium and Your Teen - Why Milk Matters

Calcium is the main mineral that strengthens bones and this is most important during adolescence when teens are going through their growth spurt. Almost half of the bone mass a teen will have for the rest of his life is made during adolescence.

Body Piercing

Piercing is an invasive, permanent process which can lead to infections at the site of your piercing as well as more serious infections like Hepatitis B. There are a few things you need to consider before you make this decision to make sure you are happy with your piercing and that you stay safe.

Helping Your Teen Become A Safe Driver

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), teenagers account for only 7% of the driving population but are involved in 14% of fatal car crashes. Motor vehicle accidents are the #1 cause of death and injury for people ages 15-19.