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The Checkup Archive: Teens

Ranch dressing rules

For better or worse, ranch dressing is the most popular salad dressing in America. As I write in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, it has overtaken Italian dressing as our dressing of choice, both at the store and at restaurants.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | March 1, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Dietary Guidelines, Family Health, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, School Nutrition, Teens  
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Study warns against energy drinks for kids, teens

A study in Monday's edition of the journal Pediatrics spells out everything you need to know about energy drinks, particularly the risks they pose to the young people who are most inclined to use them. Read it, and you'll never look at those drinks as benign products again.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 15, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Dietary supplements, Family Health, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Sleep, Teens, heart failure  
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On energy drinks, a voice of caution -- and reason

The thing I most appreciate about this JAMA editorial is its clear-headed presentation of information without an accompanying demand for government regulation. Its stance seems to be that the public (and the health professionals who advise the public) needs to be aware of the potential risks of energy drinks -- not that people shouldn't be allowed to enjoy energy drinks if they so choose. And there is, thankfully, no mention of an energy-drink tax.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 10, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, FDA, Family Health, Kids' health, Parenting, Pregnancy, Teens  
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Teen birth rate hits historic low

The long decline in teen births, which had stalled for two years, seems to be back on track, federal health officials announced Wednesday.

By Rob Stein  | February 2, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Family Health, Kids' health, Motherhood, Parenting, Pregnancy, Reproductive Health, STDs, Sex, Teens, Women's Health  
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Modern Family: When kids walk in during sex

I cannot believe that the blogosphere is not buzzing itself silly about last night's (hilarious) episode of Modern Family, which raised the all-important question: What should parents do if their kids walk in on them during sex?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 20, 2011; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Family Health, Kids' health, Life's Big Questions, Parenting, Psychology, Reproductive Health, Sex, Teens  
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Some young adults with STDs say they've never had sex

Still, the authors say, the findings suggest that physicians treating teens and young adults should perhaps use lab tests to screen all those patients for STDs, as screening only those that report they've been sexually active may lead to many cases going undiagnosed and untreated -- and ready to spread to others.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 3, 2011; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  Reproductive Health, STDs, Sex, Teens  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Teen birth rate hits record low , Rob Stein , December 21, 2010
Relax, parents. Your kids don't care what you eat., Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 13, 2010
Keeping caffeine from kids, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 9, 2010
Disordered eating needs doctor's attention , Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 29, 2010
Is that right? Facebook triggers asthma attacks?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 19, 2010
When your chubby freshman comes home, mum's the word, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 16, 2010
Acne, Accutane and suicide risk, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 15, 2010
Hyper-texting teens' troubling behaviors, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 11, 2010
Your college kid, plus 15, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 1, 2010
Is that right? Scarrots for trick-or-treaters?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 22, 2010
Teen birth rates vary by state , Rob Stein , October 20, 2010
Could your kid go without Facebook for a month? Could you?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 18, 2010
Study reveals Americans' sexual activity, condom use, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 4, 2010
Campaign promises bullied young gay people: 'It Gets Better', Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 1, 2010
Greg Giraldo's death highlights prescription abuse problem, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 30, 2010
Parents and their overweight children, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 27, 2010
Do abortions cause depression?, Rob Stein , September 24, 2010
New sex education data released , Rob Stein , September 15, 2010
'16 and Pregnant' in the classroom, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 2, 2010
Study: Teen hearing loss on the rise, Rob Stein , August 17, 2010
Local drownings highlight need for water-safety lessons, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 26, 2010
Why are so many teens so overweight?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 22, 2010
Boys, guard your 'family jewels', Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 7, 2010
Your neighborhood may affect your teen's weight, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 31, 2010
For healthful eating, do as I say, not as I do?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 18, 2010
When kids want to eat junk, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 4, 2010
How do unschoolers learn what to eat?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 26, 2010
Swallowing cinnamon by the spoonful, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 5, 2010
Underage drinking abounds, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 1, 2010
Is that Right? Loud music ruined baby boomers' hearing?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 29, 2010
Tuning in to teen pregnancy, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 28, 2010
Give the gift of quiet music, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 24, 2009
Pregnancy, volleyball and a teen-aged girl, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 21, 2009
Is your kid fazed by sexting?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 17, 2009
Teen girls and risky sex, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 2, 2009
Women Eat Daintily Around Men, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 10, 2009
Cure For Childhood Insomnia?, Rob Stein , July 23, 2009
Paying Girls Not to Get Pregnant, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 29, 2009
Why Are Teen Births Rising?, Rob Stein , June 18, 2009
Teens, Adults Take Dim View of Kids with Acne, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 15, 2009
Going to School Sick, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 27, 2009
Learning to Love the Female Condom, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 18, 2009
Plus-Size Clothes, continued..., Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 11, 2009
Do Plus-Size Clothes for Teens Endorse Obesity?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 4, 2009
Does Facebook Lead to Bad Grades? , Rob Stein , April 16, 2009
Should You Circumcise Your Son?, Rob Stein , March 26, 2009
Barbie, Mom and Body Image, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 3, 2009
Is Gardasil Safe?, Rob Stein , October 23, 2008
Are 'Energy' Drinks Threatening Our Kids?, Rob Stein , October 9, 2008
Why Teens Don't Use Condoms, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 12, 2008
Teens Put a Price on Zit-Free Life, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 20, 2008
Is Facebook a Healthy Choice for Teens?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 15, 2008
 
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