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Are puberty blockers helpful or harmful to trans youth?

Families/Kids Mental Health Reproductive Health

A: Current evidence suggests that puberty blockers, which hit the pause button on puberty and are reversible, significantly improve the mental health of trans youth while reducing the risk of needing future surgeries. A recent study showed that trans teens who were treated with puberty blockers had significantly less anxiety, depression, and stress compared to Read more…

How can we help young people become more savvy consumers of online information?

Families/Kids Uncertainty and Misinformation

TL;DR The World Health Organization has identified mis/disinformation as a pressing public issue, for adults and children alike. There are steps both educators and parents can take to address this critical issue. The start of a new school year is an excellent time to examine what we can all do. Misinformation is generally defined as Read more…

What should I know about marijuana now that it’s becoming legal in more states?

Families/Kids Mental Health

Marijuana may not be as addictive as opioids or alcohol, but it is definitely associated with some negative consequences, especially among adolescents. In June of this year, a study was published in Nature Medicine detailing the efficacy in a small trial of an experimental drug to combat marijuana addiction. When it comes to marijuana, there Read more…

What’s to know about the new Surgeon General report on social media and youth mental health?

Families/Kids Mental Health

A: The report indicates strong signals of social media’s harm to youth mental health, although it is still hard to know for sure if social media directly causes mental health problems. Last month, the Surgeon General released an in-depth report about the potential harms of social media to youth mental health. Amidst a crisis of Read more…

Can kids 6 months to 4 years old get an updated COVID-19 vaccine (targeting both the original and BA.4 and BA.5 strains of SARS-CoV-2)?

Families/Kids Vaccines

A: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that kids aged 6 months to 4 years old that got the original Moderna vaccine for the primary series get an updated Moderna booster and that kids in this age group that got the original Pfizer vaccine for all three doses of the primary series get Read more…

Can my kids get the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other childhood vaccines?

Families/Kids Vaccines

A: Yes! COVID-19 vaccines are safe to give with other vaccines. Vaccination is incredibly important and delaying vaccination can result in increased risks of infection, serious illness, or death. Many parents and families worry about giving the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other routine childhood vaccines. But we come with good news! It Read more…