UNC Health Talk

Category: Adolescent Health

Teen girl shows off her arm after her vaccination

May 12, 2021

What Parents Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine for Adolescents

A pediatrician explains what teens can expect now that the shot is available to them.

Adolescent Health, Coronavirus

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downward-facing shot of Black adolescent girl holding a can of soda

July 21, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Caffeine Consumption in Teens

A UNC pediatrician addresses why it’s important for teens to limit caffeine use.

Adolescent Health

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graphic of kid smirking

November 11, 2019

How to Talk to Your Teen About Unhealthy Behaviors

Around age 11, children experience a major growth of neurons, or brain cells, that shifts which parts of the brain dominate behavior and decision-making. At this time, the prefrontal cortex, which controls behavior and decision-making, is growing but not yet mature, while the limbic system, which controls fear and pleasure, is becoming the most active…

Adolescent Health, Children's Health

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