The asthma talk teens need before they leave for college

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – When teens have asthma, the “sex talk” isn’t the only tough discussion parents should make sure kids get before heading off to college. The teen years are a good time for parents to start encouraging children to talk with doctors about managing their health, particularly as questions arise about how to live with chronic conditions like asthma, Dr. David Stukus and colleagues argue in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “Teenagers are learning about their bodies and health from a variety of sources, and most of them are not the most reliable – this includes their peers, internet searches, or what they may encounter through media and television or movies,” Stukus, a researcher at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio State University in Columbus, said by email.

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