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RECENT RESEARCH

 

NBC 10 (RI): Health Check: Adolescent sleep deprivation (Jan 23)
Every single night, seven days a week, two children take part in a sleep study at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. As part of the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center, she and her team decided to enlist students to prove that delaying school start time just a little can net big benefits.
 
Healio: Appetite altered by obesity, sex in adolescents (Jan 24)
Obesity, sex and pubertal status may affect macronutrient-stimulated appetite hormone secretion in adolescents after the ingestion of a whey protein drink, according to data recently published in Clinical Endocrinology.
 
Medical Xpress: Parental connection, not restriction, discourages teen sexting (Jan 24)
Parents who wish to shield their children from exchanging sexually explicit images and texts on cell phones should make sure they, themselves, stay connected to their kids through mobile communication, says a new study.
 
Health Day: HPV Vaccination Rates Might Rise If More Docs Recommended It (Jan 24)
Doctors have a vital role in increasing the number of girls and young women who get a vaccine that helps protect them against cervical cancer, according to a new study. The researchers said family doctors in particular have to make more HPV vaccine recommendations to patients.
 
Deseret News (UT): When bullies strike in PE, kids avoid physical activities, BYU-led study says (Jan 25)
When kids are bullied during physical activities like PE classes and sports, they tend to withdraw from being physically active — not just in class, but in general. A year later, kids who are picked on are less active, according to a study led by BYU researchers.
 
Daily Rx: Hodgkin Lymphoma Treatment May Boost Breast Cancer Risks (Jan 25)
The vast majority of children who develop Hodgkin lymphoma beat the blood cancer after treatment, which includes powerful radiation. A new study looked at how that therapy affected young patients later in life. Girls over the age of 9 who were treated for Hodgkin lymphoma had an increased risk of developing breast cancer as young women, a new long-term study has discovered.
 
Fierce Mobile Healthcare: Teen health data collection via text messaging proves valuable (Jan 26)
A pilot conducted by the University of Minnesota supports the feasibility and value of a text messaging assessment delivery system for use with female adolescents, finds an article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research’s mHealth and uHealth. More than 300 messages and a delivery protocol were successfully developed.
 
Reuters: Making music videos helps young cancer patients connect (Jan 26)
Working with a therapist to create music videos may help young cancer patients feel better about themselves and their situation, a new study suggests. Teenagers and young adults who made the videos reported feeling more supported by family and friends and coped with their cancer in more positive ways.
 
Los Angeles Times: Guns sent 20 children to U.S. hospitals every single day, study finds (Jan 27)
Twenty children or adolescents were hospitalized for firearm-related injuries every day in 2009, and 453 died of their wounds, a new report says. The study provides one of the most comprehensive recent efforts to tally the number of children hurt nationally in gun-related incidents.
 
Fox News: The university food fight: Eating disorders boom on college campuses (Jan 27)
College students are particularly vulnerable to developing body image issues and eating disorders. The National Institute of Mental Health reports 25 percent of all college students struggle from an eating disorder, and a 2013 study by the National Eating Disorders Association shows eating disorders have increased on college campuses.

Wall Street Journal: Infertility, Diabetes, Obesity and the Mystery of PCOS (Jan 27)
Scientists know this much about polycystic ovary syndrome: It is one of the most common causes of infertility. It’s linked to diabetes and several other troubling health problems. It affects as many as 5 million U.S. women. But the condition, also known as PCOS, largely remains a mystery.
 
Medical News Today: A new initiative improves asthma control in teenagers (Jan 27)
What is believed to be the first quality improvement initiative focusing exclusively on asthmatic teenagers - conducted by researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio - has reported significant improvements in asthma outcomes.
 
Health24: Social networking robs kids of sleep (Jan 27)
Kids who regularly plugged into social networking sites before bedtime reported sleeping nearly an hour less on school nights than those who rarely connected online, a new study shows.
 
Medical Daily: Is Lyme Disease Contagious? Clues Hint That It May Be A Sexually Transmitted Disease (Jan 27)
People who wish to protect themselves against Lyme disease may need more than just the occasional insect repellent spray to ward off ticks. A new study published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine suggests the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi — the cause of Lyme disease — may be a contagious illness, sexually transmitted between partners.
 
Medical Xpress: Brain structure, function predict future memory performance in children, adolescents (Jan 28)
Assessing structural and functional changes in the brain may predict future memory performance in healthy children and adolescents, according to a study appearing January 29 in the Journal of Neuroscience. The findings shed new light on cognitive development and suggest MRI and other tools may one day help identify children at risk for developmental challenges earlier than current testing methods allow.
 
ExamHealth: Waist circumference is associated with cardiometabolic risk in children and adolescents (Jan 29)
There has been a rise in cardiometabolic disease in kids which has been associated with the obesity epidemic. It is important to be able to detect kids who are at risk for cardiometabolic disease as early as possible. Research has shown simply checking for obesity is not as accurate a predictor of this problem as a measurement of the waist circumference of kids.
 
Healio: Firearm injury hospitalizations common among children, adolescents (Jan 29)
In the United States during 2009, about 20 children and adolescents were hospitalized each day due to firearm injuries, according to recent study findings published in Pediatrics. “These data highlight the toll of gun-related injuries that extends beyond high-profile cases, and those children and adolescents who die before being hospitalized,”
 
Medical Xpress: Helping adolescents understand the consequences of risky sexual behavior (Jan 29)
Both parents and health care providers wonder: What is the best way to get through to adolescents about the dangers of risky sexual behavior? Research by investigators from Yale School of Medicine and the Yale play2PREVENT Lab finds that both positive and negative messaging may influence adolescent behavior.
 
Fox: Adults and teens are still tanning despite warnings (Jan 29)
Making tanning illegal for teenagers is a hotly debated topic in the Michigan legislature. But a new study shows the warnings about the dangers of indoor tanning aren’t keeping them away. Researchers say the findings show how prevalent indoor tanning is, especially among young people.
 
Scope: Study finds treatment for anxiety disorders among children and young adults inadequate (Jan 27)
New research shows that less than half of children and young adults who are treated for anxiety disorders will achieve long-term relief from symptoms. In the study, researchers at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and five other institutions conducted a long-term analysis of nearly 300 patients, ages 11 to 26, treated with medication, cognitive behavioral therapy or a combination of the two. 
 
USA Today: Peanut exposure therapy shows promise for allergic kids (Jan 30)
A British study provides some of the strongest evidence yet that feeding small amounts of peanut flour to children and teens with peanut allergies can help desensitize them to the nuts. But the approach remains experimental and much too dangerous for anyone to try without medical supervision, experts say.
 
The Daily Mail (UK): Don’t blame your teen for being naughty! Adolescents’ brains are hard-wired to take risks - and it’s all because they want approval (Jan 30)
Our teenage years are among the most awkward and self-conscious of our lives, and now scientists may have discovered why. Researchers from Harvard used MRI scans to establish that feelings of embarrassment, awkwardness, and self-awareness are linked to a specific brain response that develops, and peaks, during adolescence. This could explain why adolescent years can be so difficult.
 
Reuters: Israel’s Oramed a step closer in race for first insulin pill (Jan 30)

Israel’s Oramed, which is racing Novo Nordisk of Denmark to develop the world’s first insulin pill, moved a step closer to its goal on Thursday by announcing successful results from a small mid-stage test. Oramed believes that it has now found a solution to allow enough insulin to survive the onslaught of digestive juices to still do some good.        

NATIONAL

 

ABC News: Health Law Tricky for Parents of Medicaid Kids (Jan 26)
Some parents shopping for health insurance through the new federal marketplace are running into trouble when their children might be eligible for Medicaid but they are not. Children who qualify for Medicaid can’t be included on subsidized family plans purchased through the federal marketplace, a fact that is taking many parents by surprise and causing confusion and problems for others.
 
 
The Hill: WH sees ‘surge’ in young O-Care enrollees (Jan 27)           
White House press secretary Jay Carney said he hadn’t seen the interview, but said that despite the “shaky rollout” of the ObamaCare website, the government was seeing “a significant surge in the percentage of young Americans under 35 enrolling.”              
 
The Atlantic: The Particular Challenge of Helping Homeless LGBTQ Youth (Jan 27)
Every year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development requires communities to count the people living on their streets. According to researchers at the Urban Institute, one subgroup in particular remains under-counted: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
 
CNN: Why it’s still a big deal if your teen smokes pot (Jan 28)
With each passing day, it seems, smoking pot becomes less and less stigmatized in our society. After consulting with two researchers from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, I now know what I’m going to tell my own 16-year-old: Not so fast, buddy. Your brain simply isn’t ready for you to start using pot.

 

LOCAL

 

 
The Norman Transcript (OK): Sex education varies among Okla. school districts (Jan 26)
Oklahoma public schools vary widely in the amount of sex education they provide students, with some of the largest districts offering limited or no programs. Among the state’s five largest districts, the largest, Oklahoma City Public Schools, provides no sex-education classes to students at any grade level.
 
News1 (NY): City Hospitals Make Comfort a Priority for Teens (Jan 28)
City hospitals are trying to find ways to make going to the doctor a more comfortable experience for teens. Two years ago the city-run Health and Hospitals Corporation launched its teen health improvement program to help doctors communicate better with adolescent patients in an effort to be more proactive in improving the health of city teens.
 
CBS 2 (IA): Teen Sexual Health In Iowa (Jan 28)
The days of sex being a conversation between adults is long gone. “We’re starting off at a younger age, we’re doing the reproductive system and puberty starting in 4th grade,” said Tonya Goodburn, an educator with Planned Parenthood.
 
PR Newswire: Center for Health Program Management Announces Implementation of $4.5 Million Initiative to Transform California’s Juvenile Justice Systems (Jan 29)
The Center for Health Program Management, and funding partners Sierra Health Foundation, The California Endowment and The California Wellness Foundation announced that $1.6 million in grant funding has been awarded to four counties to implement an innovative approach to juvenile justice reform known as the Positive Youth Justice Initiative.

INTERNATIONAL

 

Philippine Information Agency (Philippines)DOH to conduct  study among  adolescents  on sexuality, RH issues (Jan 28)
The Department of Health (DOH), in its effort to improve adolescents health,  is set to conduct a research study on the knowledge, attitudes and practices of adolescents on sexuality and reproductive issues in the region.
 
Sierra Express Media (Sierra Leone): ‘Nurses should change their attitudes’ – Dr. Patricia Kabba (Jan 28)
The Program Manager of the National School and Adolescent Young People Health Programme in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation called on nurses on January 24 at the Presidential Lounge of the National Stadium in Freetown that they should change their attitude towards teenagers if they want to succeed in the family planning programme because they have to  give them adolescent friendly service.
 
Xinhua Net: Asia needs to invest in youth’s reproductive health (Jan 28)
Investing in the youth’s sexual and reproductive health is the key to stemming some of developing Asia ‘s major health challenges increasing HIV infections and maternal deaths. Representatives from the youth sector should also be allowed to participate in both crafting and implementation of to ensure that they’re responsive to the needs and interest of the young adults and adolescents in the region.
 
The Daily Telegraph (UK): Eating disorder increase among young people (Jan 30)
An increasing number of people have been admitted to hospital over the last year for eating disorders, with the biggest rise among youngsters aged 10 to 19. New figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show hospitals in England dealt with 2,560 admissions overall for people with eating disorders in the 12 months to October, up 8% on the 2,370 cases in the previous year.

 

 

BLOGS/OPINION PIECES

 

Boston Globe (MA): Sex ed from ‘Teen Mom’ (Jan 26)
I think we should take a deep breath and examine what the study really says: That a show on MTV can drive teen behavior in positive ways. That doesn’t mean we should turn over sex education to a cable network. But it does mean we might want to look to the show for lessons about how to talk to teens.
 
CNN: Why it’s still a big deal if your teen smokes pot (Jan 28)
With each passing day, it seems, smoking pot becomes less and less stigmatized in our society. After consulting with two researchers from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, I now know what I’m going to tell my own 16-year-old: Not so fast, buddy. Your brain simply isn’t ready for you to start using pot.
 
The Guardian (UK): Don’t treat young men like sex-crazed monsters (Jan 29)
Shortly before 8pm on Tuesday, in one of those bumbling, bureaucratic anticlimaxes that are a trademark of the upper house, the Lords dashed hopes for reform of sex and relationships education (SRE) in English schools.
 
Democrat & Chronicle (NY): Fewer syllables, better patient education (Jan 30)
The Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research has put out a guide to help health care professionals get their message across to you, the patient. I wish the authors had taken their own advice.
 
Boston Globe (MA): Why parents should care about the latest Surgeon General report on smoking (Jan 30)
50 years after the first report warned us about the dangers of tobacco, the current Surgeon General has issued a new report, telling us it’s even more dangerous than we realized. If anyone needs to listen to the messages of this report, it’s parents.



RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

Center for American Progress: Comparing the Effectiveness of Health Care Fulfilling the Mission of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (Jan 24)
If the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is to truly fulfill its mission, the Center for American Progress urges the institute to rapidly scale up its investment in cost-effectiveness research to at least 80 percent of its research funding by fiscal year 2016. This investment should focus on studies that: Address important gaps in evidence on treatments for common and high-cost conditions; Can produce actionable results in one to three years; Synthesize existing CER studies.


CDC MMWR: CDC Grand Rounds: Reducing the Burden of HPV-Associated Cancer and Disease (Jan 31)
The burden and cost of HPV-associated disease and cancer remain an important public health problem. Reducing the burden of HPV-associated cancer and disease through vaccination requires an integrated approach that includes clinical medicine, public health, and public policy.



NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE

 

AAPReaching Teens: Strength-Based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development
This all-new multimedia continuing education resource combines text and video to show how recognizing, reinforcing, and building on inherent strengths can engage today’s teens. This groundbreaking multimedia resource embodies the core belief that identifying, reinforcing, and building on inherent strengths can facilitate positive youth development and healthy behavioral choices. Text and video combine to show how expert-tested, strength-based communication approaches work in reaching, engaging, and guiding today’s teens. Contributions from leading practitioners, including many SAHM members—plus first-hand perspectives from teens—help you refine your communication strategies and skills.
 
Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine for Boys and Young Men 
This new brochure provides answers to the questions that young men and/or their parents may have about HPV infection and vaccination.




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The course is specifically designed for physicians (family, infectious disease specialists, internists, and pediatricians), nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, public health professionals, vaccine program administrators, and other healthcare professionals interested in clinical aspects of vaccine delivery. Faculty includes physicians, nurse and nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and public health officials including representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) work groups. Learn more www.cvent.com/d/44q93g?refid=sahmwr.
 
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