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What You Can Do to Increase Gun Safety at Home

It’s time to recognize the magnitude of this issue and work together to develop a rational approach to gun safety. It may involve a combination of research, education and regulations, which have been effective with other challenges in the past.

How Salt, Potassium Affect Your Teen’s Blood Pressure

Parents who worry about their teens’ consumption of salt can take heart from a new study, which finds that a diet high in sodium may not have a negative impact on blood pressure levels in teenage girls. While recent research in adults has shown salt consumption may not negatively affect blood pressure the way scientists once … Read More

What to Do If Your Teen Has Signs of Depression

Adolescence is an emotional time of ups and downs. But marked changes in typical behavior can be a red flag that the problem is more serious. Your teen may be showing early signs of depression. Adolescents show many of the same common signs of depression in adults. They may experience persistent feelings of sadness or crying spells for seemingly no … Read More

‘Sexting’ Can Indicate Other Sexual Behaviors in Teens

A middle-schooler who sends friends sexually explicit texts is more likely to engage in other sexual behaviors as well, a recent study says. Psychologist Kate Eshleman, Psy.D explains, “The study found a relationship between sending sexually explicit messages or photos and other high-risk behaviors such as engaging in sexual behaviors, including genital touching up to intercourse.” … Read More

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For Teens: Testicular Cancer Self-exams

While most men won’t get testicular cancer, it’s the most common cancer among young men ages 15-35. It’s also highly curable, especially when it’s caught early. That’s why it’s so important that boys and teens learn how to perform testicular self-exams (TSE) and do them regularly. “In pre-pubertal boys, any unusual tumors or growths we … Read More