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ADOLESCENT HEALTH IN THE NEWS

 

RECENT RESEARCH

 

Young Black, Hispanic Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients Face Worse Outcomes
Poor Black and Hispanic young people are less likely to survive Hodgkin Lymphoma than their white peers, a new study shows. Regardless of how far their disease had progressed, Blacks were 68% more likely to die from Hodgkin lymphoma than white people, and Hispanics diagnosed with more advanced stage cancer were 58% more likely to die than white people. (HealthDay News, 2/3)
 
Children with Type 1 Diabetes More Likely to have Hearing Defects
Children with type 1 diabetes have a higher risk of hearing defects than children without diabetes, according to new research. The researchers studied children with an average age of 13and recommended that parents of children with type 1 diabetes should pay close attention to their child’s hearing. (Diabetes Community, 2/4)
 
Obesity Associated with ADHD in Females
The incidence of childhood and adult obesity has risen dramatically over the past 30 years, and there is evidence of a link with ADHD. According to a recent study, females with childhood ADHD had double the risk of developing obesity during childhood and adulthood, compared with females who did not have ADHD. (Medical News Today, 2/4)
 
Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder More Likely To Wander
A new study found that children ages of 6 and 17 with autism spectrum disorder are more likely to wander away from an adult or caregiver than those without a behavioral health issue than those without the health problem. The study found that 26% of children with special needs had wandered away from a safe environment. (Science World Report, 2/4)

Percentage of Children and Adolescents Aged ≤17 Years Whose Usual Place of Sick Care is a Clinic or Health Center, by Race/Ethnicity and Metropolitan Status of Residence
In 2014, children living in nonmetropolitan areas were most likely (34%) to have a clinic or health center as their usual place of sick care. Hispanic children were more likely than non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black children to have a clinic or health center as their usual place of sick care in all household residence locations. (MMWR, 2/5)
 
Study Looks at Efficacy of Tdap Vaccines in Adolescents
The booster shot given to pre-teens to ward off whooping cough only works for a short time, a fact that has played a big role in recent outbreaks in California, a new study finds. The study found that the whooping cough booster shot offered “moderate” protection for about a year. But that immunity waned so quickly that little protection remained after 2-3 years. (HealthDay News, 2/5)
 
Study Finds Late School Start Improves Teen Behavior
A new study has confirmed the idea that there could be positive outcomes if high schoolers were able to start school later in the morning. This research found that even though students delayed but didn’t necessarily extend their sleep time, the researchers did find “lasting improvements” in two areas: tardiness and disciplinary violations. (The Journal, 2/5)

Texting After Dark May Harm Teens’ Sleep, Grades
New research shows that texting after the lights go out takes a toll on students’ sleep quality and academic performance. They found the students who turned off their devices or messaged for less than 30 minutes after lights out had significantly better grades than those who messaged for more than 30 minutes in the dark. (HealthDay News, 2/5)
 
How Diabetes in Kids Differs From That in Teens
Diabetes in kids is different. In particular, it’s different for younger children compared to teens. That’s the message of a new study that found children diagnosed with diabetes under the age of six have very few insulin-producing cells left. Those who are diagnosed as teens still have large numbers of these cells. (Daily Rx News, 2/8)
 
Extra Fat by Age 10 Tied to Increased Diabetes Risk in Preteens
Children who have excess body fat by age 10 may have greater odds of developing diabetes in their preteen years than their slimmer peers, a study suggests. They found every 1% of additional body fat at the start of the study was linked to a 3% decline in sensitivity to the hormone insulin, a shift that can allow excess sugar to build up in the blood and lead to diabetes. (Reuters, 2/9)
 
Healthier Diets May Be Cutting Heart, Diabetes Risks in U.S. Teens
The severity of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of health risk factors such as belly fat and poor cholesterol levels, among U.S. teens has been improving, and researchers believe that healthier diets may be the reason why. The study found marked changes in two of the risk factors: a drop in blood fats known as triglycerides, and an increase in HDL (“good”) cholesterol. (HealthDay News, 2/9)
 
Drinking Habits Study Reveals Teenagers with Lowest Levels of Parental Control ‘Heaviest Drinkers’
A study of adolescents’ drinking habits has found the heaviest consumers of alcohol were teenagers under the lowest levels of parental control. The biggest drinkers were also the most secretive about their use of alcohol, suggesting that the determining factor in alcohol use is not the quality of the relationship between parent and child, but the level of control exercised by parents. (The Herald, Scotland, 2/10)    

 

NATIONAL

 

Women Blast CDC’s Advice To Use Birth Control If Drinking Alcohol
New advice from the CDC aimed at preventing fetal alcohol syndrome has created quite a stir. The CDC is now advising women to stop drinking if they are trying to get pregnant or not using birth control with sex. That’s right, abstain from drinking, and the way in which this advice was communicated has struck many women as severe and condescending. (NPR, 2/5)
 
New York Restricts Funding for ‘Gay Conversion’ Therapy
New York Governor Cuomo is restricting funding for so-called conversion therapy, which seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation through psychological treatment. Under new regulation, the state will bar insures from covering conversion therapy for minors and will ban Medicaid coverage of therapy of residents of all ages. (The Wall Street Journal, 2/7)
 
U.S. Panel Reaffirms Depression Screening for Adolescents
Adolescents between 12-18 years old should be screened for depression, according to guidelines reaffirmed by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. A recent review found no direct evidence of harms in screening adolescents for depression, and found evidence supporting the effectiveness of two particular screening tools when used for adolescents. (Reuters, 2/8)
 
President’s Final Budget Supports Adolescent Sexual Health Promotion Programs, Calls for End to “Abstinence Education”
Obama released his fiscal year 2017 budget, the final budget of his administration. The President’s Budget supports the sexual health of our nation’s youth by eradicating abstinence-only-until-marriage funding, increasing funds for TPPP, maintaining funding for the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, and calling for a five-year extension of the Personal Responsibility Education Program. (SIECUS, 2/9)
 
Homemade ‘Dewshine’ Can Be Deadly
Experts are warning about the dangers of a potentially deadly homemade concoction known as “dewshine,” which is a mixture of racing fuel and Mountain Dew, a soft drink. In a recent case, two Tennessee teens died after drinking the toxic combination. It was the first known incident in the state. (HealthDay News, 2/9)
 
State’s Medi-Cal Bill For Undocumented Kids Could Rise
The cost of providing full Medi-Cal benefits to immigrant children who are in California unlawfully could be significantly more than the state’s health care agency has projected, according to experts and advocates. That is because state officials may have underestimated the number of kids who will be eligible for the program. (California Health Line, 2/9)

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Upholding Women’s Human Rights Essential to Zika Response
Recognizing the futility of recommending women who have no access to reproductive health services not get pregnant, on Feb. 5, the U.N. recommended that Latin American countries “ensure women, men and adolescents have access to comprehensive and affordable quality sexual and reproductive health services and information, without discrimination,” including safe abortion, to fight the epidemic. (United Nations, 2/5)

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

The American School Health Association Releases New Position Statement on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
ASHA believes that healthier students are better learners. To that end, ASHA supports the inclusion of health education and physical education as part of well-rounded education as defined in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act now know as the Every Student Succeeds Act. (ASHA, 2/8)

 

NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE

 

Addressing the Bigger Picture in Pediatric Settings: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
This learning module describes predictable effects of ACEs on children’s physical, mental, and behavioral health. Strategies for a trauma-informed approach in the pediatric setting are described, as well as the impact of ACEs on parenting. Educational resources including a safety card and videos are also made available. (Futures Without Violence, 2/8)

Dear SRH (Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare) Provider for Teens
Providing effective contraceptive counseling, provision and management involves consideration of the health status, lifestyle and contraceptive priorities of individual patients. Therefore, NYPATH is pleased to announce a new column for providers to help address concerns and questions about contraceptive initiation and management. (NYPATH, 2/9)

 

CONFERENCE AND COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

6th Annual Conference Advancing Quality Improvement Science for Children’s Healthcare
AHRQ is happy to co-sponsors Academic Pediatric Association 6th Annual Conference Advancing Quality Improvement Science for Children’s Healthcare, taking place on April 29, 2016 at the Baltimore Hilton, in Baltimore, MD. For additional information about the event, email Marina at marina@academicpeds.org
 
Clinical Vaccinology Course
This course taking place March 18-20, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ focuses on new developments and issues related to the use of vaccines. Expert faculty will provide the latest information on vaccines, including updated recommendations for vaccination across the lifespan and innovative and practical strategies for ensuring timely and appropriate immunization. (National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, 2/9)
 
Adolescent Immunizations: Strongly Recommending the HPV Vaccine
AAP offer this free course to members and non-members to discuss strategies for strongly recommending the HPV vaccine and offers information to help pediatricians address their patients’ concerns about the vaccine. (AAP, 2/10)
 
National Child Wellbeing Symposium
The National Child Wellbeing Symposium taking place on February 25th in Canberra, Australia will explore key policy challenges in promoting wellbeing among young people in Australia and will focus on the issues raised by the findings from this National Australian survey of over 5,400 young people aged 9–14 years. (The Lancet Youth, 2/11)

 

UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

Love & the Movies!
To celebrate Valentines Day, the Dibble Institute is providing In-depth movie discussion guide webinars that will help lead discussions with your young people about relationships using current and classic movies. Movies can help students see the complexities and joys of a wide variety of relationships, including friendships and family, infatuations and first romances, enduring commitments and marriage. (The Dibble Institute, 2/9)
 
ASHA Webinar: Rights, Respect, Responsibility: A New FREE K-12 Sex Ed Curriculum
This webinar taking place on February 17th at 3:00pm EST will describe key components of the Advocates for Youth curriculum, Rights, Respect, Responsibility, how it differs from other curricula, and help learners analyze if the curriculum can supplement their existing curricula. (ASHA, 2/9)

 

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION AND ABSTRACTS

 

Pursuit of the Three Cs: Confident, Concise, and Consistent Health Care Provider Recommendations for Adolescent Vaccines
Unity Consortium is seeking interested Pediatric Practices for participation in Quality improvement study designed to increase adolescent vaccination rates. Unity Consortium welcomes an opportunity to discuss this groundbreaking study with interested practices. Email Denise Lewis at denise@inkleinconsulting.com for additional information. 
 
AAP Section on Tobacco Control Now Accepting Abstracts
The AAP Section on Tobacco Control is accepting abstract submissions for its poster session at the 2016 AAP National Conference and Exhibition. Abstracts can describe ongoing or completed projects, original research findings, and/or quality improvement projects focused on any aspect of tobacco control. Abstracts are due by April 8. (AAP, 2/4)

AAP National Conference & Exhibition Abstracts
The AAP is now accepting submissions for abstracts to be presented at the 2016 National Conference & Exhibition. Section and council programs held at the National Conference cover clinical matters or research related to subspecialty or special interest areas. Abstracts are due by April 8, 2016.

American School Health Association Call for Abstracts
ASHA invite abstract submissions for the 2016 Annual School Health Conference: Connecting Health and Learning which will take place Oct. 6-8, 2016 in Baltimore, MD. Don’t miss your chance to inspire your colleagues in the school health industry. Abstracts are due on March 21, 2016. (ASHA, 2/9)



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