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A Healthy Balance
Ankle Sprains
Active Kids, Healthy Kids
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Children, Nutrition & Exercise
Beat the Heat!
Cold Weather Workouts
Concussions
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Exercise and Disabilities
Exercise and Menstrual Irregularities
Exercise in the Cold
Exercise in the Heat
Exercise is Medicine
Exercise Options
Exercising in Pregnancy
Female Athletes
FITT Prescription
Footwear for Running
From Surviving to Thriving
Flexibility
Gadgets & Gizmos
Get Moving!
Get Motivated
Golf Exercises
Golf Injury Prevention
Head Injuries
Hockey Injuries
Home Gyms
Immunization
Jump Start Weight Loss
Knee Cap Pain
Knee Ligament Injuries
Live Actively
Low Back Pain
Osteoporosis & Exercise
Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Plantar Fasciitis
Prehistoric Workout
Prevention of Sports Injury
Proprioception
Recreational Safety Equipment
Running
Safe Snow Shovelling
Shin Splints
Ski Conditioning
Shoes & Fit
Sore Elbow
Sore Shoulder
Spinal Cord Injuries
Staying Active
Staying Fit in the Cold
Sports Nutrition & Supplements
Strength Training
Swimming Injuries
Teen Sports Injuries
Walking
Water and Exercise
Weight Training
7 Wonders of Walking
Adolescent Health
Full Listing with story descriptions
Acne
Adolescent Behaviour Problems
Adolescent Growth & Development
Body Image
Body Piercing
Bullying
Chronic Diseases in Teens
Communications Skills
Concussion in Sport
Cosmetics & Skincare
Dangers of Artificial Tanning
Depression
Depression - Causes
Drug Use
Female Physical Exam
First Period
Internet Safety
Junior High
Mentoring to Quit Smoking
Mononucleosis
Parent-Teen Communication
Parent -Teen Interaction Patterns
Personal Care
Psychological Assessment
School Problems
Self Esteem
Self Esteem & Body Image
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Talking About Sex
Taking Chances
Tattoos
Teaching Respect
Teens & Smoking
Teenage Blues
Teen Bedwetting
Teen Drivers
Teen Girls
Teen Health
Teen Immunization
Teen Independence
Teen Rebellion
Teens & Divorce
Teenagers and Sexual Issues
Teens & Exercise
A Woman's Physical
Your First Job
Youth Violence
Childbirth
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Advice from the Maternity Clinic
Advice from the Maternity Clinic (Part 2)
Alcohol in Pregnancy
Building a Better Baby
Birthing Etiquette
Birth Plans
Birthing Procedure Trends
Bleeding in Pregnancy
Breastfeeding Benefits
Caesarean Section by Request
Care for the New Mother
Cord Blood Banking
Delaying Motherhood
Blue after Baby or Postpartum Depression
Diabetes in Pregnancy
Eating Well for Pregnancy
Evolving Ideas about Pregnancy and Birth
Exercise in Pregnancy
Flying During Pregnancy
Folic Acid in Pregnancy
High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy
Getting a latch on breastfeeding
Group B Streptococcus
Induction of Labour
Infections During Pregnancy
Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)
In-Vitro Fertilization
Low Birth Weight Babies
Medication & Pregnancy
Miscarriage
Managing Your Own Labour
Monitoring Your Labour
Nausea & Vomiting in Pregnancy
Pain Relief in Labour
Prenatal Classes
Preterm Labour
Planning a Pregnancy
Pregnancy Weight
Prenatal Care Providers
Postpartum Repetitive Strain Injuries
RH Disease
Rupture of Membranes Before Labour
Sex During Pregnancy
Skin Changes in Pregnancy
Smoking and Pregnancy
Support During Labour
Travelling While Pregnant
Ultrasound for Fun & Photos
Natural Remedies in Pregnancy
Vaccinations During Pregnancy
Vacuum & Forceps for Delivery
Vaginal Birth After Caesarean
When Baby Comes Home
Childhood
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Asthma in Children
Attention Deficit Disorder
Babysitter
Bed Wetting
Chickenpox
Childcare Options
Children's Headaches
Childhood Obesity
Choosing A Babysitter
Circumcision
Colds & Flu
Common Childhood Skin Infections
Croup
Developmental Milestones
Diaper Rash
Daytime Wetting
Introducing Solid Foods
Developmental Co-ordination Disorder
Diarrhea
Discipline
Earache
Eczema
Feeding Your Baby
Feeding Your Toddler
Fever
Head Lice
Hearing
How Children Grow
Hearing Loss
Hearing Issues in Newborns
Heart Murmers
Hip Clicks
Influenza
Iron
Is it an Emergency?
Children and Sports Injuries
Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)
Learning Disabilities
Leg Problems
Not Just Baby Fat
Orthodontics
Preparing for Lab Tests
Recognizing Learning Disabilities
Red Rashes
RSV-Childhood Respiratory Virus
Safe Summer Fun
School
Scoliosis
Sick Toddler
Sleep Struggles
Sniffles, Fevers, Rashes & Coughs
Sore Throats
Speech Problems
Strep Throat
Toddler Safety
Thumbsucking
Tooth Injuries
Tummyache
Urinary Tract Infections
Vaccinations
Vaccination and Autism
When to go to the Doctor
Whooping Cough
Worried Sick
Yeast Infections in Children
Chronic Pain
Full Listing with story descriptions
Introduction
Managing Your Pain
Movement Matters
Moving Forward
Nutrition
Opioids
Pacing
Pain Medications
Prevention
Returning to Work
Understanding and Goal Setting
When Pain Doesn't End
Dental Health
Full Listing with story descriptions
Antibiotics and Dental Surgery
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Baby Teeth
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Children's Dental Injuries
Choosing a Dentist
Cosmetic Dentistry
Mouth Guards
Dental Exam
Dental Care Devices
Dental Caries
Dental Care Offshore
Dental Implants
Dental X-Rays
Dentures and Healthy Jaw
Esthetic Dentistry
Fluoride
Fluoride Findings
First Dental Visit
Headaches
A Healthy Mouth
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
Jaw Joint and Muscle Problems
Keeping it Clean
Laser Use in Dentistry
Mouth Protection Equipment
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral Healthcare
Oral health and long term care
Oral Health Care Products
Orthodontics
Orthodontist First Visit
Painless Dentistry
Periodontal Disease
Removable Dentures
Root Canal
Seniors Oral Care
Sensitive Teeth
The Smile You Want
Sore Mouth, Aching Jaw
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Smiling through the Senior Years
Teeth for Life
Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)
Tobacco Risks to Oral Health
Tongue Piercing
Tooth Whitening
Travel Dentistry
Water Fluoridation
Wisdom Teeth
Your Healthy Smile
DIABETES
Full Listing with story descriptions
10,000 Steps
A1C Test
Accurate Blood Glucose Testing
Alchohol and Diabetes
A Diabetes Success Story
ABCs of Diabetes Management
Alternate Site Testing
Artery Health
ASA Therapy
Benefits of Insulin
Benefits of Breakfast
Blood Glucose Medications
Blood Glucose Myths
Blood Glucose Testing
Blood Glucose Testing Tips
Blood Sugar Lows
Blood Glucose Monitors
C-Peptide Testing
Canada Food Guide Revisited
Carbohydrate Counting
Catastrophic Drug Plan
CDA Guidelines for Diabetes
Celiac Disease and Diabetes
Celebrating Health
Childhood Diagnosis of Diabetes
Children and Type 2 Diabetes
Cholesterol-lowering Medications
Colds and Diabetes
Constipation
Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring
Cutting Edge
Dangers of Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure
Debunking Diabetes Myths
Driving and Diabetes
Diabetes and Menopause
Diabetes and OTC Medications
Diabetes Care Team
Diabetes and Celiac
Diabetes and Depression
Diabetes Diet
Diabetes Distress
Diabetes Eating on a Shoestring Budget
Diabetes Etiquette
Diabetes and Oral Health
Diabetes and Thyroid Disease
Diabetes and Your Mouth
Diabetes and Your Eyes
Diabetes in Cats
Diabetes in Dogs
Diabetes Management ABCs
Diabetes Meter Technicians
Diabetes Myths
Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Diabetic Retinopathy
Diet Tips for South Asians
Dining Out
Drinking and Diabetes
The Discovery of Insulin
Eating Disorders
Easing the Strain of Stress
Eating to Protect Your Kidneys
Eating Well During Shift Work
Eggs in a Diabetic Diet
Emotional Eating
Emotions of Diabetes Diagnosis
Erectile Dysfunction
Exercise Excuses
Why Fad Diets Fail
Fats
Fibre
Fill Your Day with Energy
Financial Support for Diabetes
Food Temptation
Foot Care
Footwear and Foot Health
Fruits and Veggies
Gastroparesis
Gestational Diabetes
Get Active
Get Physical
Gift Ideas
Glucose Meters
Glycemic Index and Glycemic Loads
The Glycemic Index
Going Green in the Kitchen
Grocery Shopping Tips
Guidelines for Diabetes Management
Holiday Party Survival Guide
Health Information on the 'Net
Healthy Happy Holidays
Healthy Beverage Choices
Health Benefits of Soy
Healthy Restaurant Meals
High Blood Pressure and Diabetes
High Blood Pressure
HbA1c Test
Healthy Eating for Active People
High Blood Lipids
Home from the Hospital
Home Alone and Sick
Hypoglycemic Unawareness
Impaired Glucose Tolerance
Immunization & Diabetes
Incretins-a Hormone Treatment
Injecting Insulin
Insulin Discovery-The Story
Insulin
Insulin Handling
Insulin - the Key to Energy Management
Insulin Pumps
Insulin Pen Needles
Insulin Pump Infusion Sets
Insulin Pump Therapy
Immunization and Diabetes
Internet Health Sites
Islet Cell Transplantation
Insurance
Ketones
Kidney Disease - Reducing the Risk
Living with Diagnosis of Diabetes
Living Powerfully with Diabetes
Low Blood Glucose
Managing Diabetes
Managing Blood Glucose
Metformin
Nutrition Food Labels
Meal Planning
Your Medication Expert
Medication Research Studies
Metabolic Syndrome
Microalbuminuria
New Diabetes Technologies
Natural Medicines and Diabetes
No Need for Insulin?
Not Snoozing
Over-the-Counter Medications
Oral Health and Diabetes
Osteoporosis and Diabetes
Diabetes and OTC Medications
Pedicure Precautions
Peripheral Arterial Disease
Pet Diabetes
Planning for Pregnancy
Prebiotics and Probiotics
Preparing for Activity
Putting off Insulin
Reducing Stress of Surgery
Safe and Successful Travel
Schizophrenia and Diabetes
Sensible Snacking
Setting Health Goals
Setting Goals for Physical Activity
Sharps Disposal
Shorter Insulin Needles
Sleep - a Missing Link
Smart Snacking
Smart Summer Nutrition
Snack Bars
Snacking with Diabetes
Sodium
Social Media & Diabetes
Solving the Insurance Puzzle
Stress and Diabetes
Success in School
Supplements
Supporting Spouse with Diabetes
Sweeteners
Sugar, Carbs and Blood Glucose Control
Think Positive with Diabetes
Tiny Bites Equal Big Calories
Travelling with Diabetes
Tips for a Better You
Tobacco Use and Diabetes
Top 10 Reasons to Exercise
Treating Low Blood Glucose
Treating Hypoglycemia - Role of Glucagon
Tune up Your Diet
Type 1.5 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes
Understanding Diabetes
Understanding Diabetes Medications
Understanding Ketones
Used Sharps
Urinary Incontinence
Vacationing with Diabetes
Vegetarian Eating for Diabetes
Vitamin D
Walking
Wise Choices About Natural Medicines
Wonderful Water
Natural Medicines & Diabetes
World Diabetes Day
Your Medicine Cupboard
Zimbabwe Hand Jive
Family Medicine
Full Listing with story descriptions
ADHD in Children
Allergic Rhinitis
Allergies
Antibiotic Use
Arthritis
Aspirin Every Day?
Asthma
Back Pain
Back Pain Myths
Back Pain - Lower
Birth Control
Bladder Problems
Blood Transfusions
Breaast and Prostate Cancer Screening
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Check-Up
Colon Cancer Screening
Contact Lenses
Contraception
COPD
Cost of Doctor's Visit
Diabetes Management
Diarrhea
Diagnostic Tests
Do I Need a Bone Density Test?
Doctor Visit
Driving Vision
Dizziness
Dealing with Dry Eyes
Does My Sore Knee Require an MRI?
Do I Need an Annual Physical?
Eczema
Electronic Medical Records
Epilepsy
Eye Exam
Family Doctor
Fibromyalgia
Floaters and Flashes
Food Poisoning
5 Ways to Stay Healthy
Gallbladder
Get Active!
Glare
Headaches
Healthcare Teams
Heart Health
Hemorrhoids
Hepatitis C
Human Papilloma Virus
High Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure Risks
How to Talk to Your Doctor
Hypothyroidism
Insomnia
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Joint Replacement Surgery
Kidney Disease
Lazy Eye Blindness (Amblyopia)
Medical Digital Technology
Migraine
Meningitis
Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Myeloma
Obesity
Opioid Myths
Primary Healthcare Reform
Prostate Problems
Quitting Smoking
Red Eyes
Respiratory Tract Infections
Restore Your Core
Rosacea
Screening Tests
Shingles
Sinusitis
Special Diagnostic Tests
Stopping Stroke
Stroke
Superbugs
Thyroid
Ulcers
Urine Tests
Vaccination Controversies (ask the doctor)
Win by Losing
Urinary Tract Infections
Vision Flickers
First Aid
Full Listing with story descriptions
Bites and Stings
Burns
Choking
Cuts and Scrapes
Eye Injuries
Fainting and Convulsions
First Aid Travel Kit
Hypothermia and Frostbite
Nosebleeds
Poisoning - Household
Emergency Care Guidelines
Sunburn
Growing Older
Full Listing with story descriptions
Advance Care Plans
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Alzheimer Disease
Avoiding Memory Loss
Building Strength
Dementia and Agitation
Cataracts
Can I see Well Enough to Drive?
Cholesterol
Congestive Heart Failure
Coping with Dementia
Constipation
Controlling Medications
C.O.P.D.
Delirium
Dizziness (Vertigo)
Eating Well
Elder Abuse
Exercise Benefits
Erectile Dysfunction
Eye Care
Eyesight and Driving
Feet
Frailty
Fungal Nail Infections
Get Active!
Glaucoma
Grief
Have Health, Will Travel
Health Tips for Seniors
Hearing
Incontinence
Joint Replacement
Lab Tests
Living Longer With Diabetes
Macular Degeneration
Male Menopause (Andropause)
Maintaining Quality of Life as You Age
Memory Loss
New Corneal Treatments
Nutrition for Seniors
Osteoarthritis
Osteoporosis
Parkinson Disease
Problem Gambling
Prostate Health
Retirement
Seniors and Medications
Senior Sexuality
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Screening Tests
Seniors and Driving
Sleeplessness
Skin Structure
Skin Protection
Skin Over 50
Solving Sleep Issues
Staying Healthy
Stroke Prevention
Travel Tips for Snowbirds
Wills and Personal Directives
Modern Living
Full Listing with story descriptions
Abuse
Acupuncture
Adult ADHD
Aging and Memory
Alcohol and Your Health
Anger Management
Antidepressants
Barbecue Basics
Bathtub Safety
Binge Drinking
Bisphenol A
Canada's New Blood System
Caring for a Loved One Dying at Home
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Computer Stress
Coping With Change
Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic Pesticides
Depression
Diabetes Epidemic
Discipline
Diseases from Pets
Downsizing
Dying at Home
Erectile Dysfunction New Treatments
Exotic Travel
Fertility Issues
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Foodborne Illness
Flu Pandemic
Grief
Harassment
Healing Through Music
Healthy Computing
Humidex
Hypnotherapy
Ice Safety
Indoor Air Quality
Lymphedema
Mature Student
Melamine in Food
Middle Age Health
Mind-Body Connection
Mom Time
Money Matters
Outdoor Workers and Sun Safety
Patient Safety in the Hospital
Pets and Health Benefits
Pet Therapy
Physiotherapy Visit
Planning for End of LIfe
Reproductive Freedom
Safe Drinking Water
Schizophrenia
Smokeless Tobacco
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Soy
Stigma of Mental Illness
Street Drugs
Stressed or Depressed?
Stress in the Workplace
Stress Leave
Swim to Survive
Sunburn
Time Management
Travel Health Protection
Travel Comfort Tips
Travel Immunization
Understanding Change
Unplugging
Whiplash
Wind Chill Index
Workplace Drug Testing
Workplace Health
Nutrition
Full Listing with story descriptions
5 Tips to Manage Weight
10 Ways to Cut Down on Fat
Battle the Bulge
Boost Your Bone Strength
Body Image
Breakfast is Important
Bowel Health
Building Your Bones
Celiac Disease
Challenging the Milk Myth
Diet Reality Check
Drink Up!
Eating Smarter & Cheaper
Energy Drinks
Food Allergies
Food for Active Kids
Fast Food
Food Labels
Giving Up Gluten
Healthy Diet, Healthy Smile
Healthy Eating for Boomers and Zoomers
Healthy Eating for Seniors
Healthy Eating on Business Travel
Healthy Ethnic Meals
Fad Diets
Fruits & Veggies - 5-10 a Day
Fats
Fat Phobias
Fats & Cholesterol
Feeding Your Kids
Fibre
Food Chemistry 101
Food and Mood
Getting Kids to MOVE
Healthy Eating for Teens
Healthy Habits
Herbal Medicine and Nutrition
New Ingredients for Your Shopping Cart
Iron
Kid's Food
Liquid Candy
Meal Planning with Planned Overs
Mercury Levels in Fish
Night Snacking
Night Shift Eating
Nutrition on the Net
Nutrition Myths Busted
Nutrition Questions Top 5
Nutrition for Menopause
Essential Omega-3
Preventing Cancer Through Nutrition
Picky Eaters
Power of Fruits & Veggies
Portion Control
Power Lunch
PMS and Nutrition
Preparing for Surgery
Probiotics
Reducing High Blood Pressure
Replacement Meals
Sensible Snacking
Sodium
Sodium and Blood Pressure
Sports-Minded Nutrition
Sugar Substitutes
Survive and Thrive
Teen Nutrition
Tips for a SuperDiet
Understanding Food Biotechnology
Vacation Eating
Vitamins D
Vitamins and Minerals
Vegetarian Diet
Weight Loss
Weight Wise Tips
Pharmacy Care
Full Listing with story descriptions
After a Heart Attack
Adverse Drug Reactions
Adult Vaccinations
Allergy Attack
Antibiotic Overuse
New Anticoagulant Medications
Inhaled Asthma medications
Arthritis Medications
Biologics
Biological Response Modifiers
Blood Pressure Monitoring
Blood Thinners
Calcium and Iron Supplements
Changing Role of the Pharmacist
Children's Cold Remedies
Child's Fever
Choosing Sunscreens
Cold Relief
Cold Sores
Constipation and Haemorrhoids
Diuretics and Potassium Supplements
Drug Recalls and Withdrawals
Drug Interactions
Emergency Contraception
Erectile Dysfunction
Expanding Role of Pharmacies
Eye Protection - Sunglasses
Feminine Hygiene
Generic or Name Brand?
Heartburn
Heart Health
Insomnia
Kids and Cold Medications
Medication Questions?
Metabolic Syndrome
Natural Medicines
New Blood Thinners
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Obesity Medication
Over-the-Counter Drugs
Over-the-Counter Drugs and Pregnancy
OTC Pain Relief
Packing Medications for Travel
Pharmaceutical Studies
Preventing Summer Hazards
Research Studies
Quit Smoking
Skin and Cosmeceuticals
Sports & Nutrition Supplements
Sunscreen
Taking Medication
Take as Directed
Using Antibiotics Wisely
Viagra
Vitamin D
Yeast Infections
Your Best Shot
Your Medicine Cupboard
Prevention
Full Listing with story descriptions
Accident Prevention
Alcohol
Antibiotic Resistance
Backpack Pain
Bacteria Fight Back
Bedbugs
Disaster Planning
Diseases from Pets
Caffeine
Cell Phones and Driving
Childhood Obesity
Cancer Prevention Tips
Chronic Disease Prevention
Cold and Flu Season
Disaster Planning
Diseases from Pets
Distracted Driving
Farm Safety for City Kids
Foodborne Illness
Flu Pandemic
The Flu and You
Heading Home for a Visit
Health Tips for Snowbirds
Hearing Loss and Music Players
H1N1 Virus - Plan Ahead
Household Mould
Infection Control
Injury Prevention
Live Actively!
Insect Repellant
Keys to Preventing Cancer
Kids' Mental Health
Live Actively!
Low Birth Weight
Meningitis
Norovirus
Are Pesticides Safe?
Preventing Burns and Scalds
Preventing Cancer through Nutrition
Quit Smoking 101
Respiratory Infections
Seniors and STIs
Should You Immunize?
Sun Safety
Surviving Disaster
Sushi Preparation
Teens, Drugs and Driving
Travel Health Considerations
Travel Medicine 101
Travel Tips
Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
Water Smarts
Vision Damage
Water Wisdom
West Nile Disease
Whooping Cough
Workplace Alcohol Abuse
Women's Health
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15 Great Reasons to Breastfeed
Anemia
Approaching Menopause
Birth Control
Breast Cancer Screening
Breast Cancer - Genetic Risks
Breast Cancer Self-Exam
Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Changes
Breast Health
Breastfeeding Myths
Cervical Cancer Screening
Contraception
Contraception for Mature Women
Cosmetic Procedures
Cystitis
Endometriosis
Estrogen's Effect on the Brain
Fear of Fracture
Fibroids
Heart Attack
Hirsutism - Unwanted Hair
Hormone Replacement Therapy
The IUD
Menopause - What Men Should Know
Menstrual Bleeding - Abnormal
Menstrual Bleeding - Heavy
Menopause
Menstruation Myths
Menstrual Pain
Third Generation Birth Control Pills
Osteoporosis
Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian Cysts
Oral Contraction (The Pill)
Pap Test
Premenstrual Syndrome
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Urinary Incontinence
Vaginitis
Varicose Veins
Viagra for Women
Yeast Infections
Your Pelvic Floor
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Adolescent Health Articles

Acne
Graduation, weddings, interviews and any other major life event often seem incomplete without the development of a pimple. Acne, a common skin disease, affects nearly 85 per cent of people between the ages of 12 to 24. Everyone experiences acne at some point. Acne usually disappears by the thirties although some still have it in middle age.

Adolescent Concerns and Behavior Problems
Teens and parents are well known to have problems understanding one another. Young children who have been cheerful and obedient suddenly become adolescents with firm ideas about how they want to behave as they develop into adulthood.

Bedwetting in Teens - more common than you think
No matter what your age, talking about bladder issues is never easy. Teens, who are not always open or willing to talk, can find it even harder. Most do not want to discuss it with doctors, parents, and certainly not with friends. Still, such problems are much more common than you may think.

Body Image - Smart choices for teenage girls
As a teenage girl, you face constant pressures from your family and peers. You're expected to do well in school and to fit in. Society and the media also pressures girls to have a so-called 'ideal' body. The idea is that the thinner you are, the more popular you will become. Thanks to this cultural myth, an alarming number of teenage girls are unhappy with their bodies. About 27 per cent of teenage girls are on a diet at any one time. Some girls take dieting to the extreme. Dieting taken too far can surface as anorexia nervosa (starving yourself to reach a dangerously low body weight) and bulimia nervosa (the 'binge and purge' diet). These eating disorders are so serious that many girls with these problems have to be treated in hospital.

Body Piercing – information for teens and their parents
Body piercing has been part of human culture for thousands of years. Archeological evidence shows ancient Egyptian and Mayan societies used piercing as a form of body art to identify individuals and their status. Sadly there is no evidence as to whether ancient Mayan teenagers drove their parents crazy by piercing their tongues! Tongue piercing appears to be a more modern result of the increased interest in piercing.

A Burning Concern - talking to teens about the danger of artificial tanning
Many of us associate a tan with summer sunshine and good health. Often teens spend a lot of time sunbathing, or try to get a tan when they are active outdoors. In addition, many teens are using artificial tanning beds. The idea that tanned skin is attractive is a strong motivation for tanning, especially for young women. However, many studies show a strong link between ultraviolet radiation exposure and skin cancer.

Bullying
In Canada, bullying happens every seven minutes on a playground and every 25 minutes in the classroom. It takes many forms. Bullying may be verbal, such as name calling, using threats, or saying bad things behind another’s back. It can also be physical, such as pushing or punching. It may involve relationships, such as leaving someone out of a game, or recruiting support from other children. Finally bullying may involve extortion, such as stealing money or toys. In any form, the goal of bullying is to enforce power through aggression.

Butting Out - Mentoring helps teens break - or avoid - the habit
It is no secret how deadly smoking can be to health, and our kids may be most at risk. Getting hooked early can mean a lifetime of health problems, including early death. One estimate says that of American kids under the age of 17, five million will die early of tobacco-related causes. By 2015, it is thought that smoking will kill 50 per cent more people than HIV/AIDS. It will cause 10 per cent of all deaths in the world. Clearly, getting kids to butt out is an urgent matter. Mentoring may offer an effective way to steer kids clear of cigarettes.

Chronic Diseases in Teens - health problems in the fast-food generation
Ideally the teen years are a time of perfect health, without the illnesses that can affect older people. Unfortunately, there are chronic diseases (those that persist for a long time) that can affect teens. Sadly, too, many are the result of our modern but sedentary lifestyle. Understanding and recognizing those diseases will help in their treatment and in some cases, prevent their onset.

Communication Skills That Build Relationships
The search for a personal identity is a major task in the life of a teenager. Teens need to learn about themselves and how they are different from the rest of the family.

Keep Your Head in the Game - Concussion in Sport
Lately, television sports and newspapers have featured stories about concussions and their effects on famous athletes. However, this type of brain injury is not confined to professionals. Young amateurs and recreational athletes are at even higher risk.

Cosmetics and Skin Care – a teenager's guide
The teen years are a time of experimenting with looks and self-image. For many girls, this includes the use of cosmetics. Although make-up ads are everywhere, there isn’t much in the way of guidelines. It can help to know some of the basics for choosing skin care products and using cosmetics safely.

The Female Physical Exam - what a young woman can expect
Knowing what to expect in your first physical exam can make the process easier. Regular physical exams help maintain or improve your health, preventing future problems. They keep both you and your family doctor updated on any new or old health issues. This is a time to talk about changes in your health and ensure that you and your doctor are on the same page.

First Period - The Role it Plays in Coming of Age
Some girls look forward to getting their periods while others dread it. Most have mixed feelings. The first period is an exciting rite of passage. At the same time, dealing with menstruation and the responsibilities that come with it can be an enormous pressure.

Growing and Changing - normal Adolescent Growth and Development
Adolescence brings many changes in a person's life. A child enters this life-stage and leaves several years later as an independent adult. The years between can cause concern for everyone around adolescents and often for the adolescents themselves.

Growing Up Sexually Healthy
Parents may feel uncomfortable when their young child asks, "Where do babies come from?" When they were children themselves this was called talking about the birds and the bees and the word sex was avoided.

Health Care for Teenagers
As children reach junior high school age, they meet many changes. One of the major changes is their need for a different approach to their health care. There are no hard and fast rules about what they might need because each teen is different

How Divorce Affects Teens
Today's teens face challenges like never before. Rising education costs, fewer jobs, economic worries, HIV ... the list goes on. Now, added to the list is the high rate of divorce.

Internet Safety - Do you know what your kids are doing online?
The Internet has become a part of our world. It is an amazing resource for communication, information, social networking, commerce and entertainment. Many Canadians use the Internet daily. It is closely linked with traditional telecommunications networks. More and more electronic devices connect to it. Smartphones easily access most if not all web content, much as a desktop computer does. More televisions, Blu-Ray players, and gaming devices are network-enabled.

Mononucleosis - the facts about this 'kissing' disease
Often just referred to as 'mono,' Infectious Mononucleosis (IM) is a common illness in adolescence. The Epstein-Barr virus causes infectious mononucleosis. It is spread by contact with saliva from a person who has or is recovering from the disease. (This method of spread is how it earned its nickname "the kissing disease.") Mononucleosis can also be spread from a person who had IM months previously. The incubation period (time from contact to development of symptoms) is usually between 30 and 50 days.

Not My Kid! - Drug use is more common than you think
Sometimes, teens can be very straightforward about their thoughts and feelings, telling adults directly if they feel anxious or depressed. However, they also express themselves through behaviour and attitude. This can confuse and worry adults who care about them. Depression reveals itself in various ways and can be life-threatening. Keeping an eye on all aspects of a teen's life is important.

Parent Teen Communication - how to learn to like the teenager you love
These two quotes mirror the conflict that occurs as you and your child pass through the turbulent teenage years. Until this time, parents have been the all-knowing, all-powerful figures in their child's life.

Parent-Teen Interaction - How to recognize and change negative patterns
The door to her room slammed! Rita and Jim looked at each other in stunned confusion. It had happened again. Their daughter, Melinda, aged 16, had come in 45 minutes later than her 10 p.m. curfew. She'd had one of the usual excuses: car trouble, a friend in crisis or a broken watch.

Problems at School - help your child towards success
Have you ever heard your teenager say, "I don't feel like going to school today?" Have you ever heard yourself reply, "I don't care how you feel, you're going!".

Psychological Assessment of Children and Teenagers
Could a psychological assessment help your child? Psychologists are specialists in human behaviour. They help people understand themselves. They provide insights into people's own abilities, behaviour, achievements, interests and personal qualities. One method they use when people are having difficulties at home, school or in the community is a psychological assessment.

Self-Esteem, Body Image and the Modern Girl
As humans develop and mature, they go through many stages of how they view themselves. Young children are happy when rewarded with smiles for discovering their noses and toes.

Self Esteem and Teens
Esteem: The dictionary definition of esteem is a verb meaning, "to regard with respect" or "set a value on," or a noun meaning "a high regard" or "a favourable opinion."
Self Esteem then means to have a high regard or respect for oneself. Those with high self-esteem believe themselves to be worthy of happiness, health, wellness, respect, friend-ship, love, achievement and success.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases - protecting yourself and your partner
There are many things to think about when you are deciding whether, or when, to become sexually active, and with whom. You must decide whether you are ready to become pregnant or to become a father. If not, you need to find out about birth control and use an effective method.

Taking Care of Business - A teen's guide to finding a job
Teenagers work for many different reasons. Some want experience, while others need spending money. Some want summer jobs and others are looking for full-time employment. Knowing where and how to start can be a challenge. Understanding how the system works will help.

Taking Chances - what is worth the risk?
It is not very hard to see that 'x' sports and risk-taking adventures have become a cool part of a lot of people's lives. Snowboarding, motor-cross and inline are just a few of the sports that have taken off because of the thrills and sometimes spills they can offer those brave (and some would say foolish) enough to try them. Despite this popularity, maybe one of the biggest adventures someone can experience is as simple a thing as being a teenager. Maybe there are no TV 'x' games for growing up, but that does not make it any less a challenge. Along with this fun, though, come risks not worth any kind of reward. No amount of popularity, conformity or thrill is worth some of the dangers that kids chance every day.

Tattoos and Body Art - The choice that lasts a lifetime
As culture and society change, so does the acceptance of some things once considered on the fringe. Body art, particularly tattooing and body piercing, is now much more mainstream. Whether or not to follow this trend is a serious choice for many of us; even more so for teens.

Teens and Risk Behaviour - concerns over sexual issues in the teenage years
The risks that teens take often cause great frustration to their parents, as well as being a source of genuine concern. Parents, teachers and the media try to teach teens about the harmful consequences of some risks. Why, we ask, do they continue to take them?

Teaching Respect - Safety in school shouldn’t depend on sexual orientation
Bullying in school is not new. About one in five kids are bullied at some point in their teen years. The number of kids participating in this harmful activity is nearly as high. Bullying is so common that every young person who attends school is exposed to it. Those who are not bullies or being bullied see it happening around them. Bullying happens in hallways, cafeterias, parking lots, in the gym, on sports field, and everywhere kids gather on school grounds. Sadly, it even happens inside classrooms, where students should feel safe and protected.

Teenage Blues
As if adolescence wasn’t difficult enough! The teen years can be filled with emotional turmoil. It is a time to establish independence, explore self, make decisions about the future and dive deep into the abyss of relationships. Unfortunately, it is also a time to watch for sometimes subtle signs of mental illness.

Teen Depression - help is available and important
Sometimes, teens can be very straightforward about their thoughts and feelings, telling adults directly if they feel anxious or depressed. However, they also express themselves through behaviour and attitude. This can confuse and worry adults who care about them. Depression reveals itself in various ways and can be life-threatening. Keeping an eye on all aspects of a teen's life is important.

Teens Behind the Wheel – Parents play a key role in teaching teens to drive safely
“Why are you slowing down?” my thirteen-year-old asks as I approach a yellow traffic light. “The light is yellow, that means slow, slow, slow,” I say, reminding him of the rhyme he learned in kindergarten. “You should have sped up. Now, we have to wait,” he says grumpily. I look at my son and realize that the time for kindergarten rhymes has passed. Next year he will be old enough to get his learner’s license. He will soon be making his own driving decisions.

Teenage Girls and Coping With Today's World
What is today's world like for teenage girls? How is this world different from the one that parents grew up in? How is it the same? What skills do teenage girls need to cope in this world? What can parents do to help their daughters survive?

Teen Immunization - Protection from serious disease
Remarkable change happens during the teen years, as a child develops into an adult. Many parents are most concerned with immunizing their children as babies. However, the teen years are an ideal time to bolster immunity against serious disease.

Teen Independence – Mastering the skill of guiding teenagers
Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll - These are defining words for the generation that came of age in the late sixties and early seventies. It was then, and remains now, the creed of youthful rebellion. Your teen is being exposed to it, and together, you're both going to have to learn to cope with it. Do you ever wonder if you have the parenting skills to guide your child's passage through these unsettled waters or if your kids even want your help?

Teen Rebellion - keeping the lines of communication open
Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll - These are defining words for the generation that came of age in the late sixties and early seventies. It was then, and remains now, the creed of youthful rebellion. Your teen is being exposed to it, and together, you're both going to have to learn to cope with it. Do you ever wonder if you have the parenting skills to guide your child's passage through these unsettled waters or if your kids even want your help?

Teens & Exercise
For decades, teens have been warned that tobacco is bad for health. Public health campaigns tell of the dangers of tobacco use. School programs aim to prevent kids from picking up the habit. Still, teens start smoking. Can anything be done?

Teens & Smoking
Exercise is a healthy choice for people of any age. When you are young it is difficult to look ahead and imagine a time when your health may not be as good as it is now. Your teen-age years are the perfect time to start a lifelong habit that may prevent so many health problem.

A Woman's Physical - an essential part of caring for your health
The words “complete physical exam” have long stirred up feelings of concern in many young women. Many wonder why on earth they need a complete physical exam, especially when they’re feeling well. Often, women put off having a physical exam primarily because of fear of the unknown. However, it is important for women, particularly, to have regular physical exams as part of maintaining their health. Knowing what to expect at a physical exam can make the entire experience easier.

Worries About Junior High - changes for kids and parents too
Many parents dread the arrival of the junior high years. They worry the child they know so well will turn into a stranger called a teenager. They worry they won't know how to cope and life will become chaotic and confusing. Parenting strategies that were successful once may no longer be useful.

Youth Violence
Case 1 - A 12-year-old boy has been missing school, complaining of stomachaches and headaches. Although his marks in elementary school were above average, now he seems to be struggling just to pass. He no longer listens to his Walkman or uses the new backpack he got for Christmas.

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