Teenagers and Cosmetic Surgery: Focus on Breast Augmentation and Liposuction

Two of the most popular and controversial cosmetic procedures for adolescents are liposuction and breast implants. It this review article, the procedures are discussed. In addition, the physiological and psychological reasons to delay these procedures, including concerns about body dysmorphic disorder and research findings regarding changes in teenagers’ body image as they mature, are described. Continue reading

ADHD Treatment: Medications and Alternatives

The use of stimulant medications to treat attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) steadily increased in the United States from 1991 to 1999. Though the medications are shown to be effective in 70-80% of children with ADHD, the skyrocketing use of these drugs is worrisome, given the cardiovascular risks that have recently come to light. As such, what are the alternatives, and what does this mean for your child? Continue reading

The facts about medication for colds and the flu

Cold and flu are two of the most common illnesses and there is no “cure” for either. Because antibiotics do not treat symptoms or cure either cold or flu, many people turn to over-the-counter medications in an effort to prevent and treat cold and flu symptoms. But, do these products work, and are they safe? Are they safe for children as well? Can the risks outweigh the benefits? Continue reading