Author | David S. Reitman, MD

Articles

To Their Good Health: Key Points About College Health Care for High School Grads

June 01, 2008

You sign his required college forms and give him his meningitis vaccine. As you prepare to say "good luck," you wonder what counsel you can offer to help him become a healthy and educated medical consumer and patient.

Adolescent Medicine Update: Oral Contraceptives: Five Vignettes Illustrate Dx and Rx Problems-- and Solutions

April 01, 2007

Oral contraceptive (OC) pills are frequently prescribed for a variety of clinical purposes. These medications--which contain varying amounts of estrogen- and progestin-based compounds--essentially "override" a woman's innate hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis and frequently help ameliorate the effects of a maturing reproductive system while preventing pregnancy.

Adolecent Medicine Update:

October 01, 2006

Anorexia nervosa (AN) affects as many as 1 in 200 white adolescent girls. Mean onset of this disorder, which is characterized by dramatic weight loss, a disturbed perception of body shape, and an intense fear of weight gain, is between 13 and 14 years.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases:A Photo Quiz

July 01, 2006

Fourteen-year-old JT is worried. During health class last week, he learned about the different sexually transmitted infections as well as about testicular self-examination. While practicing his monthly testicular examination in the shower, he noticed that he had a number of small growths on his penis. On further questioning, JT insists that he has never been sexually active with another person.