Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

Published on December 28, 2021
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Adolescent and young adult medicine experts share tips for minimizing digital stress, regulating social media use and keeping confidence high. Read More
Published on November 8, 2021
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Researchers have been delving deeper to better understand long-term cancer survival and quality of life for adolescent and young adult patients. Read More
Published on September 29, 2021
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E-cigarettes are like cigarettes for a new generation. The devices produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavoring and other chemicals. Users inhale these synthetics into their lungs every time they puff. Read More
Published on November 10, 2020
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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles experts offer advice to help adolescents and parents deal with a substance use and drug abuse. Read More
Published on November 10, 2020
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The Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles helps adolescents and young adults recognize and rely on their own resilience in the face of drug abuse. Read More
Published on February 28, 2020
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Learn the Risks and Warning Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse in Teens by Candace Pearson Studies show that 1 in 8 teens report trying opioids in high school recreationally, and 80 percent of people who use heroin started by misusing prescription opioids. Currently,... Read More
Published on January 24, 2020
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When young women’s lives are negatively affected by heavy flow, there are safe and effective options to get them back to living their lives. Read More
Published on September 27, 2019
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By Bhavana Arora, MD Through most of her routine physical exam, the teenage girl chatted amiably with Sunanda Vadapalli, MD, a Valencia pediatrician. Then, at the doctor’s request, the girl’s mother stepped out of the exam room. That was when the patient, with tears in... Read More
Published on February 15, 2019
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By Bhavana Arora, MD, Medical Director CHLA Health Network   Parents of teenagers can feel like they’re constantly fighting for their kids’ attention. The competition? Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.   Consider this: Today’s teens do not know a world... Read More
Published on August 15, 2017
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By Stephanie Marcy, PhD What is the connection between unhappiness and smartphone usage with kids? What are you seeing now? Stephanie Marcy, PhD: Research is demonstrating that there is a rise in anxiety and depression in youth that they are linking directly to... Read More
Published on July 14, 2017
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​ On the heels of Netflix’s controversial series about suicide, “13 Reasons Why,” comes the company’s latest offering focusing on a serious mental health issue: “To the Bone.” The film, which competed at the Sundance Film Festival this year, focuses on eating disorders. While... Read More
Published on August 5, 2016
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Social Work Student Reflects on Internship Experience and Racism and Violence as Public Health Issue Written by Karli Santos, MSWc, May 23, 2016 It was always clear that the professional trajectory of my life was going to lead me to work for and with youth, and... Read More
Published on March 16, 2016
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Written by Karli Santos, MSWc, SYPP Center April 10, 2016 will mark the third annual National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD). NYHAAD is about educating the public on the ways in which HIV and AIDS impacts young people. This day is also about honoring the... Read More
Published on March 14, 2016
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Matthew Zavala and Alexander Pacach, health educators for HIV programs at the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at CHLA, delivered a presentation to stand up for young people. Highlights from the 2016 Southern California Sexual Health Summit A blog post... Read More
Published on December 11, 2015
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High school students connect with reproductive justice work Last update, SYPP Center at the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (DAYAM) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles announced our new Hollywood-based community mobilization initiative that is working toward... Read More
Published on December 7, 2015
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Young people independently supporting themselves or receiving little support from their families can benefit from resources provided by the community in spaces that are welcoming and accessible. One example of this is a pop-up resource fair called Dress for Success, made... Read More
Published on November 18, 2015
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Claudia Borzutzky, MD, adolescent medicine fellowship program director, presented a webinar titled “The Old & the New: Best Contraceptive Practices for Youth” to discuss trends around teenage and young adult pregnancy and the role of medical providers to share the best... Read More
Published on November 3, 2015
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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’s Division of Adolescent & Youth Adult Medicine (DAYAM) provides health care and support services to approximately 7,500 youth between the ages of 12 to 24 each year. About 20% of these youth experience homelessness at some point during their... Read More
Published on June 25, 2015
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At a nursing conference last year, a speaker addressed the issue of synthetic marijuana because her son had fallen ill by smoking the substance. With cool-sounding names like K2, Spice, Molly, Skunk, Moon Rocks, Yucatan Fire, Genie, Zohai and Purple Wave, synthetic marijuana... Read More
Published on April 23, 2015
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Here at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, our Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine that is headed by Marvin Belzer, MD, has been supporting the health of transgender youth for nearly 20 years. Diane Sawyer’s recent interview of B. Jenner on “20/20,” included Johanna... Read More

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