Adolescence is a time of transition from childhood to adulthood. But during that time, there are also some important health issues to consider, including vaccinations, sexuality and STDs. In this interview with Ellen Beth Levitt, an expert in adolescent medicine talks about some of the most common health issues for teenagers and provides insight on how to communicate with teens about these issues. Part One: Definition of adolescent medicine Health screening visit for adolescents Alcohol / substance abuse Dental health Sexuality / talking with parents Menstruation Obesity - a major concern Cholesterol screening Insulin Resistance / Metabolic Syndrome Vaccine recommendations Meningitis prevention Part Two: HPV - Human papilloma virus HPV vaccine Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) HIV and adolescents Health messages targeted to teenagers Dr. Ligia Peralta, head of adolescent and young adult medicine at the University of Maryland Hospital for Children, part of the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Peralta is also an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Links: Dr. Ligia Peralta http://www.umm.edu/doctors/ligia__peralta.html
Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine http://www.umm.edu/pediatrics/ped-adolescence.htm
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