Sex, drugs and Facebook: Seattle Children’s social media research team takes on teen health

Dr. Megan Moreno once met a teen who went to bed every night with her smartphone tucked under her pillow and its alarm clock set to 2 a.m. When the phone woke her in the middle of the night, she’d grab it, open her Facebook app, delete any new mean comments, and go back to sleep. Being a teenager isn’t what it used to be. Neither is being a parent. Moreno, an adolescent pediatrician and Read More

Cory Monteith’s Long Battle with Substance Abuse

For the indie movie McCanick, Cory Monteith didn’t audition for the role of a drug-addicted hustler sent to prison for murder. He just talked to director Josh C. Waller about his past. “He opened up quite a bit,” Waller tells PEOPLE of their meeting for the movie that shot last September. “He was like, ‘I can do this character. I know this character. I was this character. I have lived elements of this.’ He said, Read More

Teen Mental Health: Mood Disorders, Alcohol, and Suicide

New research offers further insight into the mental health of teenagers, and researchers are discovering that early intervention is critical during adolescence. Scientists at King’s College London sought to determine how well alcohol therapy worked on teenagers. Instead of yet another D.A.R.E.-like program where messages about the dangers of alcohol are the same for every student, researchers took a more mental health-based approach to this intervention. They tailored the treatment to each student’s personality, specifically Read More

Moderate Alcohol Consumption Can Lead To Life-Threatening Diseases

Alcohol consumption is more socially acceptable than ever before. In fact, 17.6 million people abuse alcohol or have an alcohol dependency.[1] Yet many do not realize there are health problems associated with drinking alcohol in moderation. According to Caron Treatment Centers, a nationally recognized non-profit provider of alcohol and drug addiction treatment, alcohol should be regarded as a substance with serious health risks. "There is a misconception regarding moderate alcohol use because of how it’s Read More