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ADOLESCENT HEALTH IN THE NEWS

 

RECENT RESEARCH

     

Head, Neck Injury May Triple Younger People’s Risk for Stroke
Head and neck injuries may triple the odds that a young adult or child suffers the leading form of stroke, new research suggests. While strokes remain relatively rare in younger people, they do occur and the researchers found that 11 of every 100,000 patients suffered an ischemic stroke within four weeks of the injury. (HealthDay News, 2/13)          
 
Tanning laws linked to less tanning in teen girls
High school girls are less likely to engage in indoor tanning if they live in states that keep teens under a certain age out of salons and have other laws restricting indoor tanning, a new study finds. The study suggests such laws work to discourage a popular behavior linked to an increased risk of skin cancer, say researchers from the CDC. (USA Today, 2/13)
 
First biomarker could help boys at risk of major depression
British brain scientists have identified the first biomarker, or biological signpost, for clinical depression and say it could help find boys in particular who are at risk of developing the debilitating mental illness. In a study, the team found that teenage boys who have a combination of depressive symptoms and raised levels of the stress hormone cortisol are up to 14 times more likely to develop major depression than those who show neither trait. The findings suggest teenagers could in future be screened for such signals. (Reuters, 2/17)
 
Stressed-out teens, with school a main cause
U.S. teenagers report feeling more stressed-out than adults do, with school being a main cause, according to a new survey for the American Psychological Association. The survey of 1,018 teenagers, ages 13 to 17, and 1,950 adults was conducted online last August and found many teens reporting being overwhelmed or depressed because of their high stress levels. (Washington Post, 2/17)
 
For Children, Switching Schools Often Leads to Psychotic Symptoms
Children who frequently move schools during childhood may increase the risk of developing psychotic symptoms later in life, a new study shows. In recently published researchscientists at Warwick Medical School showed that school mobility during an individual’s childhood years “heightens the risk of developing psychotic-like symptoms in early adolescence by up to 60 percent,” according to a press release announcing the findings. (Nature World News, 2/18)           
 
UI researcher to study emotional, social recovery of injured children
Marizen Ramirez, University of Iowa associate professor of occupational and environmental health in the College of Public Health, has been approved for an estimated funding award of $1.7 million by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study how parents can help their children recover emotionally and socially from traumatic injuries. The study will compare two parent-based approaches to help injured children ages 10–17 recover emotionally and socially. (Iowa Now, 2/18)
 
Study: Bullying impacts mental health for years
Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital and elsewhere followed nearly 4,300 children over a five-year period from fifth grade through tenth grade. According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, they found that 30 percent of them had been bullied at some point, while those who experienced bullying on a weekly basis were more likely to be in poor mental health—depressed, angry, anxious, or sad—compared to those who were never bullied. (Boston Globe, 2/19)
 
Study: School nurses need help fighting teen date violence
Ball State University study says school nurses need more training, time and private space to help teenage students cope with dating violence. The study surveyed 348 school nurses nationwide in schools serving kindergarten to 12th grade to discover obstacles to assisting student victims. The survey found 55 percent of school health professionals reporting they had assisted a victim of adolescent dating violence in the past two years. (The Tampa Tribune, 2/19)
 
More Evidence That HPV Vaccine Might Lower Cervical Cancer Risk
Just a few years after its introduction, a HPV vaccine has reduced the risk of precancerous cervical lesions among young women in Denmark, a new study finds. According to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, infections with HPV “cause virtually all cervical cancers.” Two HPV vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, have been approved for use in the United States and are currently recommended for use in girls and boys starting at ages 11 and 12. (HealthDay News, 2/19)
 
Study: Healthcare Expansion Won’t Overload Hospitals with Young Mental Health Patients
A new study examined the effects of the 2006 healthcare expansion in Massachusetts, and found a drop in the rate of hospital-based mental health care for those under 26. Critics of healthcare expansion in the U.S. argue that it will increase the number who people who seek treatment in costly emergency rooms. A Science study published in January found that poor people in the Portland area given Medicaid coverage went to the emergency room 40 percent more than those without health insurance. (Healthlline News, 2/19)
 
More Activity Tied to Less Pain in Kids with Arthritis
For kids with arthritis, painful joints can limit activity. Trying to sort out the relationship between pain and activity in these kids could mean better therapies and quality of life.  Figuring out whether more physical activity was associated with less pain was the focus of a recent study. These researchers found that less JIA pain was associated with more physical activity, but kids with JIA were less active than kids without JIA. (Daily Rx, 2/19)
 
Teens who text about condoms more likely to use them
High school students who discussed condoms or another form of birth control via text or other technology were almost four times as likely to use condoms when they had sex, a new study shows. “Not all technology use is necessarily harmful,” the study’s lead author, Laura Widman, told Reuters Health. (Reuters, 2/20)

NATIONAL

 

Cellphones, social media are new tools in teen dating abuse
Jokes (and gripes) about teens using social media and cellphones nonstop are aplenty, but some parents might not be aware that these technologies are also being used as tools in dating abuse. Katie Ray-Jones, president of the National Domestic Violence Hotline has heard stories from teens who have had dating partners use text messaging, social media and cellphone calls to intimidate and control them. February is Teen Dating Violence Month, and Ray-Jones is trying to spread the word about Love is Respect, a service the Hotline launched in 2011 in conjunction with Break the Cycle. (Washington Post, 2/14)
 
Schools Fall Behind In Helping Students With Mental Health Issues
A recent Newsweek investigation found that at many colleges and universities, being open about a mental health disorder can mean getting kicked out of school. Newsweek reporter Katie J.M. Baker speaks with NPR’s Rachel Martin about the story. (NPR, 2/16)
 
Doctors Train to Spot Signs of A.D.H.D. in Children
One in seven children in the United States receives a diagnosis of ADHD by the time they turn 18. Increasing concern about the handling of the disorder has raised questions about the training doctors receive before diagnosing the condition and prescribing stimulants, sometimes with little understanding of the risks. Many current pediatricians received little formal instruction on it and the national scarcity of child psychiatrists has placed much of the burden for evaluating children’s behavioral problems on general pediatricians and family doctors (New York Times, 2/18)
 
Student suicides suggest a bigger discussion about what adolescents face
Two recent suicides by University of Pennsylvania students ignited much debate about the life-or-death pressures of college life (particularly in the Ivy League). But by focusing so intensely on college suicides-which occur only half as often as do suicides by young adults not enrolled in higher education-we’ve missed an opportunity to broaden the discussion to include all young people at risk. (Philadelphia Daily News, 2/19)
 

 

INTERNATIONAL

    

Progress review: contraception use among adolescent girls
Empowering adolescent girls to access and use contraception is a global public health priority. High unmet need for contraception translates into high numbers of unintended pregnancies, and into high maternal mortality in countries with poor maternal health care systems. That is why reducing the unmet need for contraception is a key target in millennium development goal five. (The Guardian, 2/17)
 
Why Adolescent Health And Why Now?
With less than two years left to the 2015 MDG targets for maternal and child health and survival, the UN Secretary-General’s independent Expert Review Group (iERG) for monitoring progress did something remarkable last year. In their 2013 annual report, “Every Woman, Every Child: Strengthening Equity and Dignity Through Health,“ the iERG devoted an entire chapter to adolescent health, stating that “priorities for adolescents are invisible…Adolescents are marginalized, frequently living in poverty, and with fewer opportunities than many groups in society.” (Huffington Post, 2/18)
 
Rise in children treated on adult mental health wards
An increasing number of under-18s with mental health problems in England are being treated on adult psychiatric wards, it has emerged. And many children are having to travel hundreds of miles across the country to receive hospital treatment. Treating young people in such units should happen only in exceptional circumstances. The Department of Health had promised this would stop by 2010. (BBC, 2/20)
 

 


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OAH’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Implementation Makes Headlines
Office of Adolescent Health
The Journal of Adolescent Health just released a special issue supplement titled “Implementing Evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs: Legislation to Practice,” featuring implementation findings and lessons learned from OAH’s TPP Program. 
 
What Does It Take to Implement Evidence-based Practices? A Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Shows the Way, a report by The Bridgespan Group, concludes that OAH’s TPP Program is “a model worth emulating” on how to support the growth of evidence-based programs. 



CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

2014 Conference on Adolescent Health
UMHS Adolescent Health Initiative and Michigan Department of Community Health
This will be the first state-wide conference on Adolescent Health in Michigan! Come join us as we learn how to translate knowledge on working with adolescents into practice!
Last chance for early-bird registration! Discounted rates end on March 4th!
Date: Friday, April 4, 2014
Where: Ypsilanti, Michigan





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