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ADOLESCENT HEALTH IN THE NEWS

 

NATIONAL

 

Modern Healthcare: Reform Update: PCORI to award $300 million for research (Aug 21)
The organization created under the healthcare reform law to test the comparative effectiveness of treatment options is about to open the flow of money going to research projects. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute intends to award $300 million in broad funding, targeted funding and infrastructure awards before the end of this year, making a total of $418 million in 2013.
 

Benefits Pro: PCORI to award nearly $500 million for research (Aug 28)
If spending large pots of money on research is any indication of a rather new institute’s efficacy, then the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute looks to be performing quite well indeed.

 
NBC News: To prevent school violence, teachers learn how to spot mental illness (Aug 25)
In classrooms across the country, teachers are going back to school to learn how to spot symptoms of mental illness among their students. The teacher training program, created by the American Psychiatric Foundation, is called “Typical or Troubled?” 
 
Fox News Latino: Michelle Obama Talks Childhood Obesity On ‘Sabado Gigante’ (Aug 25)
First lady Michelle Obama took her campaign against childhood obesity to the popular Spanish-language television program “Sabado Gigante,” where she spoke about the benefits of a healthy diet and physical exercise.
 
Scientific American: Bronze Aged: As Teens Turn to Tanning Salons, States Look the Other Way (Aug 27)
The harmful effects of UV light on the skin apparently do not scare off teenagers, who are flocking to indoor tanning salons. Now medical researchers are taking state governments to task for lax or nonexistent regulations surrounding teenage indoor tanning.
 
Washington Post: CDC Study: Schools Are Getting Healthier (Aug 28)
Nowadays, the hub for developing healthy habits isn’t just the gym or home. For kids, at least, it’s increasingly their schools, according to a study released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. School districts across the country are demonstrating a range of improvements in terms of nutrition, exercise and tobacco policies.
 
Fox News: School Districts Quit Health Lunch Programs, Claiming They’re Losing Money (Aug 28)
Just one year after the new healthier federal lunch program was implemented; some schools are dropping the plan because so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money.
 
Newswise: Substance Use by Adolescents on an Average Day Is Alarming (Aug 29)
On an average day, 881,684 teenagers aged 12 to 17 smoked cigarettes, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The report also says that on an average day 646,707 adolescents smoked marijuana and 457,672 drank alcohol.

 

LOCAL

 

MLive (Michigan): HealthSource Saginaw increases child mental health care with $4.4 million expansion (Aug 23)
Parents of children and adolescents who need inpatient mental health treatment in northern and mid-Michigan have limited choices. A recently completed $4.4 million expansion will increase the center’s capacity at any one time from 14 to 23 beds
 
Des Moines Register (IA): Iowa lags behind rest of US in HPV vaccination (Aug 23)
Iowa lags behind the nation in administering a vaccine to protect preteens and teenagers against genital warts and certain cancers, but health experts say better education could help boost the numbers.
 
The Wall Street Journal: A New School Year Can Bring Stress and Other Mental-Health Issues (Aug 23)
While this can be a stressful time of year for moms and dads, it can be even more so for students. That’s why Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services—one of the largest, nonprofit, private children’s mental-health and welfare agencies in Los Angeles County is working to increase awareness about signs of mental-health issues and associated action steps.
 
Orlando Sentinel (FL): Child mental-health commission launches six-month study (Aug 26)
Calling the nation’s treatment of mental illness “wholly ineffective,” Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs on Monday convened a Youth Mental Health Commission to study the issue locally and identify solutions.
 
Time: California Counters National Abortion Trend (Aug 28)
Golden State lawmakers are on the cusp of passing legislation that could greatly expand access to the procedure by allowing nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants and certified nurse midwives to perform first-trimester abortions.
 
The Joplin Globe (MO): Preferred Family Healthcare opened adolescent treatment program in Joplin on Tuesday (Aug 28)
The grand opening of Preferred Family Healthcare’s residential adolescent treatment program was held Tuesday. The center is at 5620 West Wildwood Parkway in Joplin.
 
Go Upstate (SC): Young people need help to fight eating disorders (Aug 28)
Eating disorders affect more than 35 million Americans, according to the National Eating Disorders Association, It’s not just a female problem, about seven million of those affected are males. In Spartanburg, schools are now being taught how to better understand the issue that plagues so many.
 
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange: Illinois DJJ Awaiting Expert Report on Mental Health (Aug 28)
The Illinois Youth Center – Kewanee, one of six juvenile detention facilities in the state, has since at least 2000 housed male youth with the greatest mental health needs. But the Kewanee facility has experienced difficulties for that entire time in finding adequate staff, in part due to its remote location.
 

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange: Waiting a Year for Mental Health Assessment (Aug 28)
Jaime Peoples was jumped by seven boys the very day he set foot in Illinois Youth Center – Kewanee one year ago. He was later raped in the shower, and is hounded daily by guards who call him a “punk-ass nigger bitch,” according to his mother, Celia.

 
The GW Hatchet: Confronting D.C.’s health realities, student to student (Aug 28)
Roughly 50 GW volunteers participate in Peer Health Exchange, which places college students in high school classrooms to teach health classes on topics including sexual decision-making, mental health and alcohol, drugs and tobacco.


California Healthline: Big Jump in School-Based Health Centers (Aug 29)
When California elementary, middle and high school students return to school this fall, almost 230,000 of them will have access to health care through school-based health centers. That’s an increase of more than 25,000, the largest one-year jump since 2004.

INTERNATIONAL

    

The Express Tribune (Pakistan): Syllabus upgrade: Sexual health rights to be incorporated in curriculum (Aug 24)
A curriculum is being designed to create awareness about sexual and reproductive health rights. The curriculum has been designed by Hayat Lifeline Campaign and targets adolescents. Topics discussed include puberty, reproduction, transmittable diseases and human rights
 
The Express Tribune (Pakistan): Sexual health: ‘Children on streets at great HIV/AIDS risk’ (Aug 27)
Drug addicts, eunuchs and sex workers might be at greater risk for contracting HIV/AIDS, but adolescents, especially those on the streets, are also at risk, PACP Director Salman Shahid said, highlighting the importance of sexual and reproductive health rights through Life Skills Based Education.
 
Mirror (UK): STIs on the rise as the Government dithers over sexual health strategy (Aug 27)
The Government delayed publishing its sexual health strategy for two years amid fears it would anger traditional Tories
 
Jamaica Observer: Adolescent pregnancy rates still too high—Health Minister (Aug 28)
Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson says that the rate of adolescent pregnancy in Jamaica is still too high with 18 percent of live births occurring to teenage mothers.
 
The Telegraph (UK): Mr Gove, why do you want to omit ‘sexual health’ from the national curriculum? (Aug 29)
There is more to do, and there is clear evidence that better education on teenage pregnancy would help. But the Government is proposing a new National Curriculum which drops all references to “sexual health”.
 
Daiji World (India): Adolescents in India are anaemic: Health Minister (Aug 23)
A little over 30 percent of adolescent boys and 55.8 percent of adolescent girls in India suffer from anaemia, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told the Lok Sabha Friday.

RECENT RESEARCH

     

University Herald: Primary Care Interventions Prevent Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents, Study (Aug 26) 
More than teachers, parents and friends, children and teens may consider quitting their smoking habit if they are counseled by their doctors, says USPSTF. The conclusion of the prominent panel has been published with new suggestions in two medical journals, the Annals of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.
 
Daily Mail: Want your child to do well in class? Make them walk to school! Pupils’ cognitive performance improves if they go by foot over car (Aug 26)
Encouraging your teenager to walk to school can help them do better in class - especially if they’re female. A study has suggested that a pupil’s cognitive performance may be improved if they walk to school rather than be driven in, and girls are more likely to benefit from this than boys.
 
News Medical: Study reports racial, ethnic differences in incidence of soft tissue sarcomas in young adults, adolescents (Aug 26)
Mei-Chin Hsieh, MSPH, CTR, of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Public Health’s Louisiana Tumor Registry, is the lead author of a study that reports racial and ethnic differences in the incidence of soft tissue sarcomas in adolescents and young adults.
 
Daily Rx: Teen Fibromyalgia Can Become an Adult Problem (Aug 26)
A recent study explored whether teens with fibromyalgia still had symptoms as adults. Results of this study showed that most adolescent patients still had fibromyalgia symptoms when they reached adulthood.
 
Medical News Today: Eating disorder anorexia may be linked to brain size (Aug 26)
Scientists have discovered that the size of our brains may indicate the risk of developing an eating disorder, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
 
Science Daily: African-American Women Less Likely to Receive HPV Vaccine Than Whites (Aug 27)
Even with access to health care, African-American women are less likely to receive the vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV), which reduces the risk for cervical cancer, according to a study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
 
Health 24: Marijuana Not Harmless to Adolescents (Aug 27)
The nature of the teenage brain makes users of cannabis amongst this population particularly at risk of developing addictive behaviours and suffering other long-term negative effects, according to researchers at the University of Montreal and New York’s Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
 
NPR: Vaccinating Babies For Rotavirus Protects The Whole Family (Aug 27)
study published Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that vaccinating infants against rotavirus has also caused a striking decline in serious infections among older children and adults who didn’t get vaccinated.
 
The Herald (SC): New Clinical Research Study for Adolescents With Major Depressive Disorder Seeking Participants (Aug 27)
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a fairly common and serious condition among children and adolescents.  A new clinical research study, called STEADi (Study To Evaluate an Adolescent Depression Investigational drug), is now seeking patients to evaluate the safety of an investigational drug and to see if it works for adolescents who have MDD.
 
Iowa Now: PE mandates have mixed success in fighting childhood obesity (Aug 27)
A study by a University of Iowa economist finds that increased physical education requirements help reduce obesity among fifth grade boys, but fifth grade girls showed little change.
 
Medical Daily: Teen Drinking Among Girls Linked to Higher Rates of Breast Cancer; Is There a Safe Limit for Consumption? (Aug 29)
Young women who consume a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a shot of liquor per day between their first period and first full-term pregnancy increase their risk of breast cancer by 13 percent, according to a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
 
Health Canal: Gender and sex issues among youth homeless (Aug 29)
University of Adelaide researchers have authored a new report that raises awareness of the need for extra support for young homeless people who are gay, lesbian or transgender.

 

 

BLOGS/OPINION PIECES

 

Science2.0: Healthy Kids: Focus On Lifestyle Changes, Not Weight Loss (Aug 22)
In the United States, 34 percent of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 are overweight or obese.  That has led policy makers and advocates to focus on controlling foods… but it is unclear whether obesity itself or the associated lifestyle factors are underlying causes of cardiovascular and metabolic dysfunction and the related development of chronic disease.
 
Huffington Post: Christine Quinn Voices Support For Birth Control At Middle Schools (Aug 23)
Christine Quinn is the sole woman running for mayor of New York, but it wasn’t until this week that her historic quest to be the city’s first female and openly gay leader turned into a thorny issue.
The Democratic speaker of the New York City Council partially created the drama herself with an unexpected call to make emergency birth control available to girls as young as 11
 
Daily News (NY): An F on Plan B (Aug 27)
Plenty of cockamamie ideas get floated in a mayoral campaign, but this one — broached at a mayoral endorsement by Planned Parenthood’s local political wing — is over-the-top lunacy, even for a city on the vanguard of reproductive rights.

 
Health Affairs Blog: Implementing Health Reform: Reaching The ‘Young Invincibles,’ Privacy, And More (Aug 23)
In one of its more unusual Federal Register ACA notices, the Department of Health and Human Services announced on August 19, 2013, that it was teaming up with Young Invincibles to sponsor a video contest to educate young Americans (ages 18 to 34) as to their need for health insurance and the availability of coverage under the ACA.  
 
Annals of Internal Medicine: Increasing the “Smoking Age”: The Right Thing to Do (Aug 26)
Helping smokers quit is insufficient—it is also critical to prevent young people from ever taking a puff on that first cigarette. Toward this aim, New York City has proposed to increase the legal age of sale for tobacco products from 18 to 21 years and to make it illegal for merchants to sell tobacco to persons younger than 21 years.

 

CNN: Doctors support raising the smoking age (Aug 26)
Teenagers looking to buy cigarettes in NY may have to look elsewhere if a city council proposal is approved and signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The proposal would raise the legal age to buy any form of tobacco from 18 to 21. But will it be effective in limiting smoking among young people?               


The Hays Daily News: Steps can be taken for teens to protect against dating violence (Aug 26)
This eighth installment in a series about abuse and violence in adolescent dating and romantic relationships answers the question: How can adolescents in abusive relationships protect themselves?
 
Evansville Courier & Press: Youth First: Steps now help prevent eating disorders (Aug 26)
Despite the high number of people dieting, only a small percentage of the population develops an eating disorder. As often as many adults struggle with weight and body issues, so do children. Parents’ attitudes and insecurities are extremely contagious to teens.
 
About.com: Early Childhood Sleep Problems, a Precursor to Eating Disorders? (Aug 27)
Researchers, clinicians, and sufferers are often interested in finding out what leads to eating disorders, what causes them, and how we can predict them (if at all). A recent research study done in Norway and published by the Journal of Eating Disorders sought to do just that.
 
Missoulian (MT): Mental health act will help inside, outside of school (Aug 28)
There is an epidemic in our nation’s schools that can no longer be dismissed. Violence once contained to urban areas is finding its way into our rural towns. This epidemic is bullying.
 
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO): Healthy Kids: Recognizing mood disorders in children and adolescents (Aug 29)
According to the AAP, about one in 100 children has bipolar disorder or a related mood disorder, such as major depressive disorder. In addition, recent studies have found that 15-18 percent of teens have experienced a mood episode by age 18.
 
Philly.com Blog: How’s the ‘sexual climate’ of your child’s school? (Aug 29)
Every school has a physical, social, affective and academic environment, and they can all relate to sexual health and safety.



RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

ASPE Research Brief: The Affordable Care Act and Adolescents
This ASPE Issue Brief describes provisions in the Affordable Care Act that impact adolescents such as the prohibition on pre-existing conditions denials and expansion of Medicaid coverage. The brief also includes data on the eligible uninsured adolescent population ages 10-19. The brief was developed collaboratively between ASPE and the Office of Adolescent Health.
 

Office of Adolescent Health Infographic: The Affordable Care Act: Addressing the Unique Needs of Adolescents


CDC: 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) Results Released
SHPPS is a national study periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and classroom levels. SHPPS was conducted at each of these levels in 1994, 2000, and 2006. In 2012, SHPPS was conducted at the state and district levels. School- and classroom-level data collection will take place in 2014.

MMWR: National and State Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years — United States, 2012 (Aug 30)
Although the difference in vaccination coverage between Tdap and MenACWY has been increasing since 2009, national progress toward achievement of Healthy People 2020 targets continues for Tdap and MenACWY vaccines. Large and increasing coverage differences between Tdap and other vaccines recommended for adolescents show that many opportunities are being missed to vaccinate boys and girls, especially against HPV infection.



SAHM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

SAHM members Drs. larry Neinstein and Megan Moreno offer their expertisde and advise on making choices for good health to first-time college students and their parents in the New York Times Health Blog: College Prep, This Time for Health



NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE

 

Office of Adolescent Health: Transitioning to College
August is a highly anticipated time for rising college freshman. Whether teens are going to a local community college, attending a nearby college, or moving across the country, beginning undergraduate education can be a big change. This e-update provides tips on how parents, healthcare providers, and college staff can help teens have a positive and safe transition to college!
 
CDC: Adolescents, Technology and Reducing Risk for HIV, STDs and Pregnancy
The CDC has issued a white paper intended for practitioners and others who work with adolescents offering an overview of the ways in which digital technology can be used to improve the sexual health of adolescents.



 



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