With Cigarettes Out of Favor, Many U.S. Teens Also Shun Pot

HealthDay, Monday November 6, 2017

(Also, see editorial by Nicholas Chadi and Sharon Levy in Pediatrics published on November 6, 2017)

Today’s American teens are smoking less than ever, and the trend may be keeping many from smoking pot, too. That’s the finding of a new study that tracked more than 1 million teens from 1991 to 2016. […]

Then there’s the not-so-good news: Over the past decade, the percentage of 12th graders who’ve used marijuana in the past year has stubbornly hovered over 30 percent.

That means education about the harms of marijuana is still critical, said Dr. Nicholas Chadi, a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital.

“Marijuana is harmful to the developing adolescent brain,” said Chadi, co-author of an editorial published [in Pediatrics]. Plus, he added, teenagers who use the drug are more prone to trying other illegal substances. Read more

Teens and opioids: Time for an open conversation

By Nicholas Chadi, Thriving – October 9, 2017

National surveys have found that teens today are much less likely to use alcohol and drugs compared to their parents’ generation. In fact, the proportion of high school seniors who chose not to use alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other drugs has increased from 3 percent to 25 percent in the last thirty years. This remarkable good news is overshadowed by the growing number of teens who are daily marijuana users and the recent increase in opioid-related deaths among young people. It is important to understand the roots of this discrepancy in order to address it. Read more

‘So many barriers’: Support for teen dads lags behind help for young moms

Many Canadian organizations help teen mothers but there is a gap for young fathers

By Nicholas Chadi, CBC News – Mar 19, 2017

Michael Moze was 18 when he learned that he was becoming a father. Five months into the pregnancy, the Edmonton teen decided to quit school, find a job and moved in with his girlfriend.

“I got excited about becoming a dad,” Moze says, and he was determined to provide for the family.”I didn’t have custody for the first two years, but I bottle-fed him from the hospital.” Read more

When doctors know that they don’t know

By Nicholas Chadi

Boston Globe – February 25, 2017

IMAGINE THAT you are a medical doctor. You need to tell one of your patients that he has advanced-stage pancreatic cancer, an almost incurable condition. You learn that your patient’s only daughter is getting married five months from now. Without treatment, your patient has about a year left to live. Chemotherapy would increase his chances of being alive in five years by about 20 percent but would also double his chances of dying before his daughter’s wedding. Read more

How Canada should care for young caregivers

This country has more young carers per capita than any other in the world — but is it doing enough to support them?

Published on Dec 19, 2016

Q&A Teen obesity and sleep apnea can be connected problems, pediatrician says

Sleep disorders in teens difficult to diagnose and often overlooked, Dr. Nicholas Chadi says.

CBC News – November 16, 2016

In the fight against obesity in teens, we’ve considered a number of different strategies — taxing sugary drinks, rewriting food labels and encouraging young people to cut down on screen time.

But one expert says we also need to look at how much sleep teens are getting.

Dr. Nicholas Chadi is a pediatrician and researcher specializing in adolescent medicine in Toronto, and a fellow in global journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

As he told CBC Radio, he’s looking at why sleep apnea is a major issue for teens, and how it connects to the obesity problem. Read more

Meet Mirena and its ‘little sister’ Jaydess. They’re tackling teen pregnancy, one IUD at a time

Nicholas Chadi, Special to National Post | September 28, 2016 12:35 PM ET

The 14-year-old twin girls are on their way to the Planned Parenthood sexual health clinic near the University of Toronto downtown campus.

It’s September and they’ve just started Grade 8. They may not be ready for sex yet, but Kaylee and Sara (not their real names) have made up their minds: they want a Mirena.

Mirena and its “little sister,” Jaydess, are small plastic Ts, each about the size of a toothpick. The intra-uterine devices (IUDs) are up to 10 times more reliable than the birth control pill. Read more

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