Great Links

Important and frequently recommended websites:

Clinical Report -
Sport-Related Concussion in Children and Adolescents

Sport-related concussion is a "hot topic" in the media and in medicine. It is a common injury that is likely underreported by pediatric and adolescent athletes. Football has the highest incidence of concussion, but girls have higher concussion rates than boys do in similar sports. A clear understanding of the definition, signs, and symptoms of concussion is necessary to recognize it and rule out more severe intracranial injury. Concussion can cause symptoms that interfere with school, social and family relationships, and participation in sports. Recognition and education are paramount, because although proper equipment, sport technique, and adherence to rules of the sport may decrease the incidence or severity of concussions, this does not prevent them all. Appropriate management is essential for reducing the risk of long-term symptoms and complications. Cognitive and physical rest is the mainstay of management after diagnosis, and neuropsychological testing is a helpful tool in the management of concussion. Return to sport should be accomplished by using a progressive exercise program while evaluating for any return of signs or symptoms. This report from the American Academy of Pediatrics serves as a basis for understanding the diagnosis and management of concussion in children and adolescent athletes. 

The Society for Adolescent Medicine - This is the professional national organization for training physicians and advocating for teens.

General Adolescent Health Information - A comprehensive user-friendly website hosted by Harvard University and Boston Childrens' Hospital covering a huge number of problems, illnesses, diseases and issues. Provides access to MD-directed chat rooms on a variety of unusual conditions (e.g. endometriosis in teens). HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccine.  The official CDC website discussing this vaccine for prevention of STDs and cervical cancer. Now approved for boys and men ages 9-26.

Sexuality - This is THE emergency contraception website sponsored by Princeton University. It answers all the FAQs and helps make decisions about the morning after pill.
- A Rutgers based website with good articles for teens and families about everything related to sex, sexuality, and relationships.
- Comprehensive, searchable database on all topics. Hardly an unanswered question here.

Travel Information - Everything you need to know before you go, country by country.

Download Immunization Schedule for Travel Abroad