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Prom safety: How do I deal with a teen who comes home drunk?

A recent NPR program noted the influence parents had over their children’s alcohol and drug use, and suggested a relaxed stance on underage drinking can be far more detrimental than many people may realize. The story quoted data from a Pennsylvania State University researcher whose findings mirror the sentiments of John Knight, MD, director of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research(CeASAR), who has spoken out against this practice before.

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Prom safety: kids need parents not pals

In an effort to promote a safe prom season, John Knight, MD, director of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research(CeASAR) launched, a website that explains the medical and social dangers of underage drinking. Here is a sample of the kind of advice offered to viewers.

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Keep your teen safe this prom season

Prom season is almost upon us, and data shows injuries sustained by teenagers due to alcohol increase dramatically around this time of year. In an effort to keep kids safe during this potentially dangerous time, Children’s Hospital Boston’s Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research(CeASAR) launched, a website designed to educate and support parents. Hosted by CeASAR’s director, John Knight, MD, parents’ questions about teen drinking, its dangers and their role in preventing it are answered.

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This week on Thrive: May 17 – May 21

Here’s a look at what Thrive did this week.

A cutting-edge tool called a chromosomal microarray could help make genetic testing for disabilities more accurate and help explain their causes. David Miller, MD, PhD, clinical geneticist in the Division of Genetics at Children’s Hospital Boston talked to Thrive about the findings, and what they mean for the future of genetic testing.

A study published in the latest issue of Pediatrics takes a closer look at the relation between the ingestion of certain pesticides and cases of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. Children’s Hospital Boston’s Robert Wright, MD, MPH, and David Bellinger, PhD were co-authors on the study. Wright explained to Thrive readers what the study found and what it means for parents.

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