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Reuters: Sleep may suffer among teens from single-parent homes (Jan 17)
Teenagers living in single-parent households may have more difficulty getting a good night's sleep than their peers growing up with both parents, a new study suggests. 0054he study results merely indicate some connection between single-parent family structures and increased sleep problems among adolescents, not cause-and-effect.
 
NPR: Cash Or Credit? How Kids Pay For School Lunch Matters For Health (Jan 17)
Researchers may have identified one surprising new factor in why kids are overeating. Compared with kids who use cash in school cafeterias, kids who use debit cards seem to make more unhealthful eating choices, finds Brian Wansink, a behavioral economist at Cornell University.
 
Health Canal: Parent-teen involvement deters Hispanic youth from substance use, risky sexual behaviors (Jan 18)
Without parental guidance, Hispanic youths are at increased risk of contracting HIV because they are more likely to engage in substance abuse and risky sex behaviors, a new University of Michigan study found. But parent-child communication and parental involvement—which are examples of family functioning—may reduce these HIV risk behaviors.
 
Yotta Fire: Adolescents’ Weight and Socioeconomic Status May Affect Their Risk of Developing Esophageal and Gastric Cancer Later in Life (Jan 19)
Overweight adolescents were twice as likely as their normal weight peers to later develop esophageal cancer in a recent study from Israel. The study also found that lower socioeconomic status, as well as immigration from higher risk countries, were important determinants of gastric cancer.
 
Reuters: Girls often continue playing soccer with concussion symptoms (Jan 20)
Young female soccer players may get more concussions than their high school and college counterparts, and many of them continue to play while they have symptoms, according to a new study. The researchers found 13 percent of those athletes suffered a concussion each season, and more than half kept playing after the injury.
 
U.S. News & World Report: Extra Zzz's in Morning May Help Teens Stay Alert in Class (Jan 20)
Delaying the morning school bell might help teens avoid sleep deprivation, according to a new study. Later school start times appear to improve teens' sleep and reduce their daytime sleepiness. For the study, investigators assessed boarding students at an independent high school before and after their school start time was changed from 8 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. during the winter term.

The Vancouver Sun: Gay-straight alliances reduce suicide risk among all students: study (Jan 20)
Both gay and straight students in Canadian schools are less likely to have suicidal tendencies when explicit anti-homophobia interventions such as school-based gay-straight alliances (GSAs) are in place, according to a University of B.C. study. The study found when policies were in place for three years or longer, discrimination based on sexual orientation had lower rates of suicidal thoughts and attempts, and also for heterosexual boys.
 
Doctor’s Lounge: No Rise of PTSD Seen in Children With Cancer (Jan 21)
Children with cancer are no more likely than other children to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, new research finds. And the children may even benefit in terms of developing empathy and emotional closeness, the researchers said.
 
Newswise: New Web-Based Course to Prevent Excessive Weight Gain May Improve Health in Young Adults (Jan 21)
Young adults, aged 18 to 25, are at high risk for weight gain. Being mild to moderately overweight during this period substantially increases the likelihood of obesity at age 35 to 37. To prevent weight gain and promote healthy decision making, researchers from 14 institutions collaborated to develop a tailored, theory-based, web-delivered course to prevent excessive weight gain in young adults.
 
The Nelson Mail: Transgender students at risk: study (Jan 22)
Transgender students have poor access to health care and are at higher risk of suicide and depression, a pioneering study has found. University of Auckland researchers surveyed more than 8000 New Zealand high school students and found at least 96 - 4 per cent - identified as being transgender.
 
Disability Scoop: Which Autism Interventions Work Best? (Jan 22)
A new federally-funded review of thousands of studies finds that there are more than two dozen autism interventions worthy of being called “evidence-based.” Ultimately the review identified 27 interventions with substantial research backing ranging from cognitive behavioral intervention to exercise, modeling, scripting and use of a picture exchange communication system.          
 
Today: Dodgeball trauma: Gym class bullying turns kids off fitness, study finds (Jan 23)
A new study by researchers at Brigham Young University finds that kids who were teased in gym class were less likely to participate in physical activity one year later. And while obese kids were among those who suffered in health-related quality of life long term, even healthy-weight kids who were bullied during physical activity tended to exercise less after the fact.

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NBC: Doctors' dress code aims to halt nasty germs (Jan 20)
A new dress code for doctors, nurses and other health care workers calls for outfits that may be short on style, but long on what it takes to keep dangerous germs from spreading among patients. That’s according to new guidance on hospital attire released Monday by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, or SHEA. 
 
NY Times: Law’s Expanded Medicaid Coverage Brings a Surge in Sign-Ups (Jan 20)
As health care coverage under the new law sputters to life, it is already having a profound effect on the lives of poor Americans. Enrollment in private insurance plans has been sluggish, but sign-ups for Medicaid, the federal insurance program for the poor, have surged in many states
 
USA Today: Initiative increases focus on the health of boys (Jan 22)
Adolescent boys and young-adult males do not see doctors or access the health care system nearly as much as teen girls and young women -- and that gap has significant health consequences for guys throughout their lives. To help health care providers better serve young men and teens, The Partnership for Male Youth today is launching a free, Web-based clinical toolkit.
 
New York Times: Obama Seeks to Raise Awareness of Rape on Campus (Jan 22)
President Obama on Wednesday renewed pressure on colleges and universities to prevent and police sexual assaults on their campuses, creating a task force of senior administration officials to coordinate federal enforcement efforts.  Mr. Obama signed a memorandum creating the task force, surrounded by senior advisers on his White House Council on Women and Girls. On Wednesday, that council released a rundown of past and prospective administration actions titled “Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action.”         
 
Los Angeles Times: YouTube is a lifeline for transgender young people (Jan 22)
Thousands of teens and twentysomethings who are transgender — identifying with a gender that is different than their sex at birth – have turned to YouTube as a kind of public diary. As they start taking hormones or using new names, many are documenting their journeys on video, baring their souls and revealing their changing faces to strangers online.
 
CNN: Steering teen drivers out of harm's way (Jan 23)
"Even a well-meaning teen is going to have trouble saying no when they get that buzz" from an incoming text or status update, said David Teater, senior director for the National Safety Council. "It's almost a Pavlovian response." But parents around the country might not realize that there is technology already available that can prevent a teenager from being able to text while behind the wheel.

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The Herald (SC): SC teen birth rate falls to historic lows (Jan 17)
South Carolina’s teen birth rate has dropped 47 percent in 20 years, reaching an all-time low, said the S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. From 2011 to 2012, the state’s teen birth rate dropped 7 percent to 36.4 births for every 1,000 girls age 15 to 19.
 
Kaiser Health News: Washington State Goes After The Young And Uninsured (Jan 17)
Worried that too few young people are signing up for health insurance, Washington state officials are stepping up their efforts to get buy-in from the crucial demographic. On Wednesday, they launched a campaign with Live Nation in the hope that young adults will accept a dose of health-care education along with performances by their favorite artists.
 
CBS: Survey: 1 In 10 NH Adolescents Use Marijuana (Jan 20)
As New Hampshire lawmakers consider a bill that would legalize up to an ounce of marijuana for adults, the state Health Department is drawing attention to research showing high marijuana use among 12-to-17-year-olds. The information based on the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that about one in 10 adolescents in New Hampshire report regular use of marijuana, the ninth highest in the country.
 
Star Tribune (MN): State survey reveals students' thoughts on safety, college, bullying and more (Jan 21)
Many parents aren't sure, but a newly released statewide survey gives some new insight into how Minnesota students think about everything from bullying to texting. About 160,000 students participated in the survey in grades five, eight, nine and eleven. The state departments of education, health and human services and public safety created the survey.

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Medical Xpress: Thai teen pregnancy on the rise as sex education misses the young (Jan 17)
The adolescent birthrate has continued to rise for the last eight years, instead of the expected fall, according to Caspar Peek, country representative for the UN's Population Fund. According to the United Nations, the birthrate among Thai teenagers was 47 per 1,000 girls from 2006 to 2010.
 
Ghana Web: Youth educated on adolescent reproduction (Jan 22)
A Principal Nursing Officer (PNO) at the STI Clinic of the Adabraka Polyclinic, Ms Bernice Okoh, has called on young girls to desist from using postinor to prevent pregnancy after sex. According to her, the current trend was that young girls were using postinor, which was an oral emergency contraceptive, to prevent them from becoming pregnant.
 
Ghana Business News: Investment into adolescent reproductive health little – Health Director (Jan 23)
Dr Atsu Godwin Seake-Kwawu, Ho Municipal Director of Health Services, has observed that investment into tackling adolescent reproductive issues was too little to make the desired impact. He said the logistics, personnel and other overheads were simply not commensurate with this “looming developmental problem,” manifested by the continuing incidence of teenage pregnancies reported at the health facilities.

 

 

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The Malaysian Insider: Time to implement comprehensive sex education in schools – Sin Chew Daily (Jan 17)
In the wake of the rising incidence of teenage pregnancies in this country, there have been calls to implement sex curriculum in schools. However, the curriculum will only be implemented in stages. Courses on reproductive health will be taught in 47 schools nationwide beginning this September, but this is by all means a far cry from comprehensive nationwide sex education.
 
RH Reality Check: ‘16 and Pregnant’ May Work, But We Could Do So Much Better (Jan 17)
Suggesting shows like Teen Mom will help reduce teenage pregnancy prevents us from doing the real work required to break the cycle, including providing sex education, access to sexual health services, and more resources for pregnant and parenting teens that can make them feel empowered and less isolated when they find themselves in these situations, as I once experienced.
 
Houston Chronicle: Gohmert: Parents ought to be told before minor daughter can get abortion (Jan 21)
Nearly 70 percent of Americans agree that parents should have the legal right to stop an abortion from being performed on their minor daughter. For heaven's sake, children have to get parental permission to take an aspirin, get ears pierced, or go on a field trip in a vehicle. Yet an abortion with so much evidence as to risk of psychological and physical damage, we are told, should not require even a parent's notification?
 
Houston Chronicle: Miller and Johnson: Law requiring parental notification before abortions would make matters worse (Jan 21)
As we observe the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision today, it can feel as if the promise of reproductive freedom guaranteed by that decision is becoming increasingly elusive. That is especially true for young people.
 
Huffington Post: Child Obesity Epidemic Disproportionately Impacts Hispanics (Jan 22)
Here in America, just like the trend in adult obesity, where Hispanic Americans have a higher rate of obesity than non-Hispanic whites; Hispanic children are more likely to be obese than their non-Hispanic white counterparts.
 
Huffington Post: Warning: Teen Obesity Is Hazardous to Your Child's Health and Future Career (Jan 22)
According to the CDC, "childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years." Parents need to pay attention to this statistic. Why? Because children are in danger of living short lives and have the potential to become invalids.

Time: Why It’s Still a Big Deal If Your Teen Smokes Pot (Jan 23)
With each passing day, it seems, smoking pot becomes less and less stigmatized in our society.
In a much-buzzed-about piece in The New Yorker this week, President Obama suggested making pot legal in large part to correct the vast inequities that minorities face in terms of cannabis-related arrests and imprisonment. Besides, said the president, who was known to smoke his fair share of weed back in the day, “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol” for the individual user.


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National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center
NAHIC and the Center for Adolescent Health and the Law (CAHL) have partnered to examine the Affordable Care Act’s impact on three special populations of adolescents and young adults: homeless youth, foster youth, and those in the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems.
 

Implementing the Affordable Care Act: How Much Will It Help Vulnerable Adolescents and Young Adults?

 
Fact Sheet: Impact of the ACA on Vulnerable Youth.  



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NIH: New substance abuse treatment resources focus on teens (Jan 23)
Resources to help parents, health care providers, and substance abuse treatment specialists treat teens struggling with drug abuse, as well as identify and interact with those who might be at risk, were released today by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The release came before the start of National Drug Facts Week, an annual observance to educate teens about drug abuse. NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health.

 


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