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Pediatrics Group Calls for Easier Access to Emergency Contraception

Pediatricians should counsel all adolescents on use of emergency contraception, such as Plan B, as part of routine practice, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement.   Healthcare professionals should provide teens with an education on the use, availability, and advance prescription of emergency contraception, as well as contraindications and adverse events […]

Black, Latino Children Show Health Disparities by Fifth Grade

Black, Latino Children Show Health Disparities by Fifth Grade

As early as fifth grade, black and Latino children show striking disparities across a broad range of health-related behaviors, experiences, and outcomes, compared with non-Latino white children, according to a study published Aug. 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine.   Data have been limited for the pediatric population concerning disparities in such health-related […]

Social Marketing Can Play a Role in Preventing Childhood Obesity

Social Marketing Can Play a Role in Preventing Childhood Obesity

Tobacco and alcoholic beverage companies are well recognized for their ability to use mass media to promote the consumption of their products. The successful campaigns of these companies exemplify how a marketing tool such as mass media can convincingly encourage consumers to purchase a certain product.

But Everyone is Doing “It”

If you have ever roamed the halls of the labor and delivery suites of your school’s hospital, it is not hard to notice how young the mothers seem to be. If you were to go a step further and examine the histories of these birthing mothers, you would learn that it is not unusual to find the average age of your patients between 17 and 19 years of age. Many of these girls are having their second or third child and the father may or may not be involved. At the end of the day, you may wonder how so many teens are going through the acts of childbirth before ever crossing the stage to accept their high school or college diplomas. Research now shows us that in the United States, nearly half of high school students have reported being sexually active, with the highest rates among black males at 74.6%. The average age of first sexual intercourse continues to decline with each generation with nearly 15% of adolescents having greater than four partners by the age of 19.