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Colorado Public Radio: Study finds 'Young Invincibles' not so invincible (Jan 14)
A study out of the University of Southern California by Lawrence Neinstein, finds 18- to 26-year-olds are not as invincible as they or others might think when it comes to death rates and mortality.    This age group, known as the “Young Invincibles” are viewed as essential to making the new federal law successful because they're typically healthier than older Americans and bring less risk into the overall insurance pool.

 

Listen to the Audio: Ryan Warner speaks with Dr. Jack Westfall and Dr. Lawrence Neinstein

 

ADOLESCENT HEALTH IN THE NEWS

 

RECENT RESEARCH

     

Think Progress: Suicide Rate Among Young Veterans Has Tripled, Report Finds (Jan 11)
At least 22 veterans commit suicide every day and young male veterans under the age of 30 are three times more likely to commit suicide when compared to civilian males in the same age bracket, according to a new briefing released Thursday by the Department of Veteran Affairs. The number of veteran suicides largely remained unchanged between 2009 to 2011, but the number of male veteran between the ages of 18 to 24 who committed suicide increased by a rate of 33 per 100,000 over the three year period.
 
EurekAlert: Fear of being too skinny may put teen boys at risk for depression, steroid use (Jan 12)
Teenage boys who think they're too skinny when they are actually a healthy weight are at greater risk of being depressed as teens and as adults when compared to other boys, even those who think they are too heavy, according to findings published by the American Psychological Association.
 
CNN: Study: MTV's '16 and Pregnant' led to fewer teen births (Jan 13)
The study, released Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research, says "16 and Pregnant" ultimately led to a 5.7% reduction in teen births in the 18 months after its premiere on TV. This would account for about one-third of the overall decline in teen births in the United States during that period, researchers Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine concluded.
 
The Atlantic: The 16 and Pregnant Paradox: Warning or Endorsement? (Jan 13)
The show and its follow-ups, Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2, do an honest job of depicting the gritty side of teen pregnancy, zooming in on the family squabbles, derailed dreams, and called-off engagements. But they also have a tendency to glorify their stars, paying them $60,000 and rocketing them to celebrity-magazine fame.
 
RH Reality Check: Report: Sexually Transmitted Disease Cases Increased in 2012 (Jan 14)
The CDC released sSTD surveillance data for 2012, and the news is not good. Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis all continued to rise. The data also makes it clear that some populations—specifically, men who have sex with men (MSM) and young people—are significantly more affected than others. 
 
Think Progress: Flu Season Is Hitting Young People Harder This Year Because They’re Not Getting Their Shots (Jan 14)
The U.S. is in the midst of a particularly severe flu season, dominated by the H1N1 strain  According to federal health officials, 35 states are now experiencing “widespread influenza activity.” And although the flu typically has the biggest impact on children and seniors, officials are noticing a different pattern this year.
 
Medical News Today: Study points to 'growing class gap' in US teen obesity (Jan 15)
Although recent reports suggest the childhood obesity epidemic in the US may have abated somewhat, a new study finds that the overall trend masks growing socioeconomic disparities, with teens in poorer families showing increased rates of obesity.
 
Science Codex: Fast food not the major cause of rising childhood obesity rates (Jan 15)
For several years, many have been quick to attribute rising fast-food consumption as the major factor causing rapid increases in childhood obesity. Now researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill report that fast-food consumption is simply a byproduct of a much bigger problem: poor all-day-long dietary habits that originate in children's homes.
 
Science Daily: Later School Start Times Improve Sleep and Daytime Functioning in Adolescents (Jan 15)
Julie Boergers, Ph.D., a psychologist and sleep expert from the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center, recently led a study linking later school start times to improved sleep and mood in teens. "Sleep deprivation is epidemic among adolescents, with potentially serious impacts on mental and physical health, safety and learning. Early high school start times contribute to this problem," said Boergers.
 
Think Progress: Schools Have Become A Playground For Food And Beverage Marketing (Jan 15)
The vast majority of students are exposed to marketing campaigns by food and beverage companies at their schools, usually for unhealthy products, according to a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers found that students’ exposure to food advertising starts at a young age and gets progressively worse as they move up grade levels. 
 
Reuters: Poor sleep linked to teen mental health problems (Jan 16)
Getting too little sleep might be a sign of - or even a contributor to - emotional problems, anxiety and suicidal thoughts among teens, according to a large study from Europe. Based on data about the sleep habits of nearly 12,000 teens across 11 European countries, researchers found a student with suicidal thoughts could be predicted to sleep about 36 minutes less each night compared to counterparts with no suicidal thoughts.
 
Live Science: Landmark Sexuality Survey Foiled by Teen Jokes (Jan 16)
Teenagers who thought it would be funny to fake being gay may have skewed the results of a landmark 1990s adolescent health survey, a new research paper argues. The article, published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, says that the 5 to 7 percent of teens who identified as homosexual or bisexual in that survey is likely a huge overestimate — caused by teens who responded in jest or who misunderstood the questions.
 
7th Space: Physical activity and sedentary behavior among adolescents in rural South Africa: levels, patterns and correlates (Jan 16)
Physical inactivity is increasing among children and adolescents and may be contributing to the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity. This study examines physical activity and sedentary behavior patterns, and explores associations with individual, maternal, household, and community factors amongst rural South African adolescents.

NATIONAL

 

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange: Obama Administration Unveils School Discipline Guidelines (Jan 9)
The Obama administration Wednesday unveiled sweeping national school discipline guidelines urging schools to remove students from classrooms for disciplinary reasons only as a last resort.
 
National Prevention Information Network: CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health Leadership Announcement (Jan 13)
eginning January 20, 2014, Captain Stephanie Zaza, MD, MPH, FACPM, will serve as the Director of the Division of Adolescent and School Health, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC. Dr. Zaza is an experienced, thoughtful, and innovative public health leader. 
 
Washington Post: One in four Obamacare enrollees are young adults. That’s below the target (Jan 13)
The Obama administration has just released the enrollment report that health wonks around the world have anxiously awaited: The one that shows the age breakdown of people selecting insurance plans under Obamacare. It shows okay news for the White House: Twenty-four percent of those purchasing coverage are young adults, the coveted age group between 18 and 34.
 
ABC News: Controversy Plagues School Mental Health Screening (Jan 13)
As stories about increasing school violence dominate headlines, experts say many teens are struggling with untreated mental illness. However, even though federal health officials recommended universal mental health screenings for students nearly a decade ago, they still aren't required. An Associated Press review of policies around the nation shows screenings vary widely not only from state to state, but within each school district.
 
CDC MMWR: Surveillance for Violent Deaths — National Violent Death Reporting System, 16 States, 2010 (Jan 17)
An estimated 55,000 persons die annually in the United States as a result of violence-related injuries. This report summarizes data from CDC's National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) regarding violent deaths from 16 U.S. states for 2010. Results are reported by sex, age group, race/ethnicity, marital status, location of injury, method of injury, circumstances of injury, and other selected characteristics.

LOCAL

 

Star Tribune (MN): Hennepin County targets homeless youth (Jan 12)
The recent bone-chilling weather has spotlighted the need for shelter for young adults who don’t fit elsewhere, the county has found. Hennepin County’s goal is to find an existing facility that has the proper zoning to provide temporary homes for young adults. The effort builds upon the joint 10-year drive by Hennepin County and Minneapolis to end homelessness.
 
RH Reality Check: Mississippi, Virginia Bills Target Teen Sexuality (Jan 13)
State legislators in Mississippi and Virginia have introduced bills on emergency contraception and sodomy, respectively, that would challenge existing protections of teenagers’ reproductive health rights.
 
RH Reality Check: Missouri Representative Introduces Parental Notification Bill (Jan 14)
A Missouri state legislator has filed a bill that would change the state’s requirements regarding the notification of parents of minors seeking abortions. State Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Tuscumbia) introduced HB 1192, which would require both parents or the legal guardian of a minor to be notified that the minor is seeking an abortion. It would also require one parent to provide written consent, which is already law in the state.

INTERNATIONAL

    

The Herald: Schools 'failing on sex education' (Jan 12)
Half of Scotland's teenagers believe schools are failing to provide them with enough information on sex and relationships, a survey has found. The poll of people aged 14 to 19 in Scotland by charity Zero Tolerance suggests young people are turning to sources such as the internet for advice.
 
Huffington Post: Married Young: The Scourge of Child Brides in South Asia (Jan 14)
Governments in South Asia have an absolute legal obligation to eliminate child marriage. Yet in 2010, for example, 46 percent of women aged 20-24 reported being married before the age of 18. That translated to 24.4 million young girls in South Asia.
 
CBC News: Indigenous youth taking lead in sexual health education (Jan 15)
Whyte is a young mother from Kanawake, QC., and a student at Concordia University. She went to her first Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) event in 2009 and quickly realized how important it was to talk about it.

 

 

BLOGS/OPINION PIECES

 

New York Times: Sex Is Not Our Problem (Jan 10)
There is often a simplistic, black-or-white, conservative vs. progressive discussion around the dissolution of the traditional family and high single-parent birthrates in America and what these trends may portend for us as a country. I don’t see the argument as completely binary or the problem as intractable. But, I do believe that we must focus more on complex areas of causation.
 
Wilson Center New Security Beat: “Essential to Prosperity and Opportunity”: Heather Boonstra on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (Jan 10)
“If girls and young women are often thought of as the forgotten drivers of development, their sexual and reproductive health is almost entirely absent,” says the Guttmacher Institute’s Heather Boonstra in this week’s podcast.
 
Huffington Post: New Innovation in the AYA Cancer Movement: The Future Is Here (Jan 15)
While attending the first annual Society of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (SAYAO) conference, one thing became abundantly clear: technology is going to greatly influence the future of the adolescent and young adult (AYA) oncology movement.
 
The Atlantic: Should Public Schools Teach 13-Year-Olds About Grinding? (Jan 16)
In Shawnee, Kansas, 13-year-olds at Hocker Grove Middle School are exposed to an educational poster in sex ed that says the following: "How do people express their sexual feelings? Oral Sex. Sexual fantasy. Caressing. Anal sex. Hugging. Touching each other's genitals. Kissing." Whatever else it is, the poster is accurate. But is it appropriate?
 
Deseret News: Parents, doctors may be missing chance to curb rise in sexually transmitted diseases (Jan 16)
Parents and doctors may be missing opportunities to address some of the issues that arise concerning sex, including STDs, as they work with teens, according to Dr. Stewart Alexander, an associate professor of medicine at Duke University.


RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

CDC Grand Rounds: A Public Health Approach to Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious, and preventable, public health problem in the United States. Among victims of IPV, women are at least three times more likely than men to experience injury from partner violence. Partner violence often begins at a young age.



NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE

 

Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium: Routine preventive services for children and adolescents (ages 2-21)
This guideline updates a previous version: Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium. Routine preventive services for children and adolescents (ages 2-21). Southfield (MI): Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium; 2011 May. 1 p.
 
Immunization Action Coalition: CDC adds new resources to its HPV vaccination campaign, including videos
CDC has added new resources to its "You are the key to HPV cancer prevention" campaign. As part of this campaign, CDC has developed tips for providers, a slide set, fact sheets, Medscape commentaries for provider education, and handouts for parents and patients in English and Spanish. The goal is to help healthcare professionals talk to parents and young adults about HPV vaccination.  Recently added resources include a five-minute video for providers and video and radio PSAs.



 



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