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Transition tips: Teen health and college life

Written by Kitty O’Hare, MD, coordinator of Transition Medicine at Martha Eliot Health Center

It’s late summer and the back-to-school sales dominate the stores. In my office there is a sudden flurry of activity from students hurrying to get sports physicals and vaccines before heading off to college. Everyone is nervous about their new roommates, their class schedules and whether they will be homesick. But for some of my patients, going to college is especially nerve-wracking because it will be their first time living away from home with a chronic disease.

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