Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Screening Tests for Adolescents Can Reveal Hidden Issues

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Screening Tests for Adolescents Can Reveal Hidden Issues

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Dear Doctor K: A friend of mine just took her teenager to the doctor for a checkup. The girl's cholesterol was checked, and she was tested for HIV. What's going on? Will my teenage daughter's pediatrician do the same?

Dear Reader: The yearly checkup is the perfect time for a doctor to see how kids are growing and give any needed shots. But it's also an important time to see how they are doing more generally, and to help ensure that they grow into healthy, happy adults.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a checklist for pediatricians called "Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care."

I spoke to my colleague Claire McCarthy, a pediatrician at Boston Children's Hospital. She mentioned that most of the changes in the latest version of the AAP recommendations pertain to adolescents. …

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