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Last week the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunizations recommended that boys as young as 9 years of age be vaccinated against the HPV virus, the most common sexually transmitted infection. HPV is also a leading cause of cervical cancer in women and throat cancer in men. Thus, according to the CDC [...]

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Some brief thoughts on an issue I will be covering more intensively during the next few weeks. This week the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization recommended that boys between the ages 9 to 26 be vaccinated against the HPV virus. This created a storm of controversy among some parents and politicians who are concerned that [...]

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While many of us are fortunate enough to have healthy children, not all families are so lucky.  They must confront the chronic illness of a child on a daily basis.  What are some key factors that can help them do this successfully?  Read on about an article that I came across. 

March’s APA Monitor included an [...]

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Are parents’ attempts to keep their teens sexually safe having unintended consequences? 

I came across an article in the December, 2010 issue of the Journal of Family Psychology that looked at adolescent sexual behavior and consequences, and then related these to a variety of parenting factors.  What may surprise some is that the talks that [...]

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Just wanted to share some quick thoughts on a large meta-analysis that was recently published in the prestigious Archives of General Psychiatry. In this publication, the authors reviewed all previous studies that have examined the association between substance use (Cannabis, Alcohol, and other substances) and the onset of psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia). Although the [...]

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During the last decade there has been much debate about the dangers of excessive video game playing. Some have argued that excessive video game playing can become an addiction and can lead to many negative consequences. Yet, much of the research linking video game playing to negative factors had methodological limitations that prevented the researchers [...]

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Hello everyone, I decided to briefly mention three new studies published while I was out and let you suggest which study I should discuss in more detail next week. Make sure you express your preference in the comments section.

While I was out:

1. Closely spaced pregnancies increase risk of autism.

A study of over [...]

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Psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents III: Increases in psychiatric disorders during adolescence.

Today is the third of a series of brief posts about the recent results of the latest National Comorbidity Survey (NCS).

The NCS is a large nationally representative study of over 10,000 adolescents aged 13 to 18. The study aims to examine [...]

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