This week on Thrive: April 19-23

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Lisa Diller, MD, clinical director of Pediatric Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital Boston spoke to Thrive about her research concerning late effects of cancer treatment in children.

John Knight, MD, director at the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (CeASAR) at Children’s commented on a recent statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) calling on pediatricians nationwide to be knowledgeable about teenage drinking, preventative measures to stop it and treatment options for adolescent substance abuse.

There’s plenty of data that suggest that an inability to get up in the morning is a medical condition, and should be treated as such. Dennis Rossen, MD, answers the question of a concerned brother who worries about his sibling’s difficultly waking up.

An alarming new study shows that many 12 year olds are abusing house hold products to get high, and the practice is more popular among pre-teens than the use of marijuana, hallucinogens and cocaine combined. Sharon Levy, MD, medical director of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at Children’s discusses the problem, its roots and warning signs for parents.

Thursday marked the 40th annual Earth Day. Aaron Bernstein, MD, MPH was our guest blogger, and shared with us a few of Children’s environmentally responsible policies and practices.

The recent bully-related suicide of a South Hadley teenager is getting a lot of national media attention, in this week’s installment of ‘Ask the Mediatrican,’ Michael Rich, MD, MPH addresses the concerns of a parent whose daughter is being bullied at school and online.