Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

Published on November 10, 2020
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
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 September 24, 2020
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 February 28, 2020
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
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
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
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
​ 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
The Hollywood Coalition for Healthy Youth student leaders at a local Hollywood high school launched a social media marketing pilot project. This campaign wasn’t focused on getting retweets and likes; it was about being part of a process for creating thoughtful messaging and... Read More
Published on August 5, 2016
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
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
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 March 14, 2016
Highlights from the First Two Installments of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Webinar Series A blog post by Maria Sipin Public attitudes about young parents vary and have been generally negative. A common perception about young parents is the belief that they are “kids... Read More
Published on December 11, 2015
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
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
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
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 November 1, 2015
November is Transgender Awareness Month and there is so much to honor and celebrate about the transgender community. Recently, trans issues and trans figures have been the center of many mainstream conversations, as well as many trans activists, have offered a level of awareness... Read More