Simplifying Science

A Legal Development Related to Brain Development

Anyone who knows me knows that I preach the gospel of Dr. Jay Giedd and others who have documented the slow development of the tween and teen brain. Graduating high school seniors are not, in fact, adults, at least in the fully-formed-brain sense. Neither are graduating college seniors. While lots of doctors know this, it's a pair of San Francisco lawyers who are doing something about it.

A California Court for Young Adults Calls on Science

SAN FRANCISCO — On a cloudy afternoon in the Bayview district, Shaquille, 21, was riding in his sister’s 1991 Acura when another car ran a stop sign, narrowly missing them. Both cars screeched to a halt, and...Read More

The Positive Effect of Negativity

Fascinating! Or, if I am talking to a teenager, not at all fascinating...

Can Teenage Defiance Be Manipulated for Good?

Since there have been teenagers, there have been adults trying to control them. The Massachusetts Bay Colony passed the Stubborn Child Law in 1646, allowing parents to have their defiant teenage sons put to death. The Bible suggests stoning them to death. But what if adolescent defiance is not a demon to be exorcised, but a power to be harnessed? Read More

Collisions with Other Players - Not The Ball - Cause Greatest Risk for Concussion

If you aren't one for reading medical abstracts or articles, here's what you need to know: on the soccer field, head-on-head collisions are driving concussion injury far more than head-on-ball.

An Evidence-Based Discussion of Heading the Ball and Concussions in High School Soccer

Soccer, originally introduced as a safer sport for children and adolescents, has...Read More

Stirring the Pot

To legalize or not to legalize, that is the question. But not the only question. Another really good one is this: what does pot do to the developing brain? (Spoiler alert: we're not exactly sure, but it's not good)

Colorado Tries Hard To Convince Teens That Pot Is Bad For You

Colorado's new campaign to deter teen marijuana use tries to make the case that weed is bad for your brain. Read More

From the Obvious Files...

There are no herbs, vitamins, or supplements that work to heal concussions. Time is the only remedy. And it is not for sale.

Steer Clear of Dietary Supplements for Concussions: FDA

As the fall sports season starts and young players face the risk of concussions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that dietary supplements that claim to...Read More