Being a Teen with Epilepsy

Navigating your child’s teen years can be a challenge. Some topics are simpler than others when it comes to offering advice. Dating, puberty, and driving can be major milestone events for your teenagers and no doubt they will have questions. Let’s discuss everything from your teenager’s fear of rejection to menstruation and its potential effect on seizure frequency.

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College Prep: Preparing for Life After Senior Year of High School

A new school year is right around the corner (or has already started in some cases).  College dorm move-in is in full swing (2 pieces of advice: prepare for extra time if shopping at big box stores since these stores are really busy right now, and check out the previous blog on health supplies to bring with you to the dorm). This is also the time of year where high school students come into clinic super stressed about life after high school.  Preparing for college can be a daunting task to any high schooler, especially an up-and-coming junior or senior. Not only do you have to worry about getting or maintaining your grades, you also have to worry about college applications, standardized tests, and even paying for college once you have been accepted. Below are a few tips and tricks to help you get better prepared for your future after high school is over.

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The Darker Side of Cough Medication

The Darker Side of Cough SyrupParents of students attending a local middle school got a surprise recently when they received a letter informing them that students had been caught using cough medication for recreational purposes. What would possess anyone to chug awful-tasting medication if not having hacking coughing fits? The answer is simple: cough medicine affords a cheap and easy high. And obtaining it may require no more effort than strolling to the family’s medicine cabinet.

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Football Helmets and Concussions

Football HelmetsIf you’re a parent of a football player, you may have seen claims by equipment manufacturers that their products are designed to better protect young athletes from concussions. And, because you want the best products for keeping your kids safe, it’s understandable if you’d be persuaded to purchase a particular brand based on the claims. But is there truth behind the marketing?

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