Rima Himelstein, For The Inquirer

Adolescent Medicine Specialist at Crozer-Keystone Health System

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The body dysmorphic disorder that’s affecting teen boys, and what to do about it

Driven by the fear of not being muscular enough, individuals with MDD exercise compulsively, restrict their diets, take protein and other supplements, and even use performance-enhancing drugs or steroids.

A safe way to prevent HIV in high risk teens

Everyone should know about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), a medication given to prevent HIV infection in individuals who are at increased risk for getting HIV.

When a teen’s tiredness signifies a serious health problem

Nine times out of 10 teen's lack of sleep is related to normal life — too much of one thing and not enough of another. But occasionally, the problem can be linked to a serious medical issue, such as obstructive sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and narcolepsy.

Chest pain in teens: When to worry

According to national data from 2016, people aged 15 to 24 years comprise 14.2% of all emergency room visits and chest pain is one of the top diagnoses.

How parents can help their kids avoid college campus outbreaks

When our teenagers go to college we want them to acquire many things: New friends with diverse backgrounds, expanded interests, more independence, and, if they have time, an education. What we don’t want them to get? Sick. In an outbreak.

Irritable bowel syndrome is more than just a stomach ache. It may lead to eating disorders in teens.

IBS is common in teens: 14 percent of high school students and 8 percent of middle school students were diagnosed with IBS in a study of 507 teenagers.

Is knee pain in teens common or cause for concern?

When knee pain is associated with swelling, locking, instability or disruption of daily activities, it’s time to see a doctor. Here are four common causes of knee pain in teens.

Pelvic inflammatory disease is commonly missed among teen girls

Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection of the female reproductive organs. It usually occurs when sexually transmitted bacteria spread upwards from the vagina to the uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries.

When a teen’s moodiness may signal manic depression

Yes, teens are moody. But some may need medical help for a serious mental illness, bipolar disorder.

For some teens, opioid addiction begins after wisdom tooth extraction

Five million people — mostly teenagers and young adults — have their wisdom teeth removed each year. The post-procedure pain can be significant.