I’ve been a girl transported by an ambulance 5 times due to an eating disorder. During my freshman year of high school (2016), I developed an a eating disorder called Female Athlete Triad, which caused me lose 35 pounds, my hair and my period for over a year. Only eating 700 calories a day, I […]
When children, teens and young adults question their sexual orientation or gender identity, they look for answers. Resolving their uncertainty and concerns around identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) can cause a lot of confusion and angst for teens and loved ones. That’s one reason Akron Children’s Hospital’s Division of Adolescent Medicine participated […]
Developed to help adults quit smoking, Juuls and other e-cigarettes are finding an audience in teens who are experimenting with nicotine for the first time. In this Children’s Channel video, Crystal Cole, MD, an adolescent medicine specialist at Akron Children’s Hospital, shares the impact these devices may be having on young adults.
Congratulations to Teresa Fletcher, lead advanced practice provider (APP) in adolescent medicine, for being named the 2018 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) of the Year by the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). Teresa was described by her nominator, Jill Smith, RN, another lead APP, as one of the most dedicated […]
Children who don’t follow cultural gender norms often face a hostile world as they struggle to be who they are. Parents of transgender or gender nonconforming children struggle, too. They may be in denial, confused or dismayed and unsure how to respond. Health experts say support at home is crucial for young people who identify […]
Just as a pediatrician might ask your child if he wears a bike helmet and knows how to swim, expect your adolescent’s doctor to ask about sex. It’s a difficult subject for some parents to tackle. But for primary care providers, a discussion about sexual and reproductive health is a must, said Dr. James Fitzgibbon, […]