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First Post: Bad breakfast habits in youth up risk of metabolic syndrome (Jan 30)
Teens who eat poor breakfasts are more likely to develop metabolic syndrome—a group of health problems that can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes—in adulthood, a new study has warned. Researchers from Umea University in Sweden found that adolescents who ate poor breakfasts displayed a higher incidence of metabolic syndrome 27 years later, compared with those who ate more substantial breakfasts.

Washington Post: Study: Abortion rate at lowest point since 1973 (Feb 2)
The abortion rate in the United States dropped to its lowest point since the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in all 50 states, according to a study suggesting that new, long-acting contraceptive methods are having a significant impact in reducing unwanted pregnancies.
 
NBC News: Racial Discrimination in Teen Years Could Create Health Problems (Feb 3)
Racial discrimination isn’t just a civil rights issue — it can also affect teenagers’ health, a new study suggests. Adolescents who experienced frequent racial discrimination without emotional support from parents and peers had higher levels of blood pressure, a higher body mass index, and higher levels of stress-related hormones at age 20, placing them at greater risk for chronic disease as they get older.
 
Science World Report: Sodium Intake Linked to Adolescent Obesity: Teens Eat Too Much Salt (Feb 3)
Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regent University found that many adolescents consume the same amount of salt as adults, with some consuming more than twice the recommended daily allowance. Regardless of calorie consumption, this high sodium intake is directly correlated with fatness and obesity.
 
CBS News: Gay, bisexual adolescent boys almost six times more likely to use steroids than straight boys (Feb 3)
Gay and bisexual adolescent boys in the U.S. are almost six times more likely to use illicit steroids than their straight counterparts, a new study shows. Researchers said the stats show a “dramatic disparity” that points up a need to reach out to this group.
 
Health Day: Black Children, Teens More Likely to Return to Hospital for Asthma: Study (Feb 3)
Financial and social hardships are the major reasons black children and teens are twice as likely as whites to be readmitted to the hospital for asthma, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at nearly 800 asthma patients, aged 1 to 16, who were admitted to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center between August 2010 and October 2011. Fifty-seven percent of the patients were black.
 
USA Today: Concerns unfounded: HPV shot doesn’t lead teens to sex (Feb 3)
Add another study to a growing body of research showing that despite some parents’ concerns, HPV vaccination does not lead teen girls to start having sex or to engage in unsafe sex. Specifically, researchers examined two risk perceptions: immediately after vaccination did participants feel they still needed to practice safer sex behaviors, and did they feel protected against other STIs besides HPV.
 
Medical Xpress: Invisible risk group among adolescents at risk of mental ill-health (Feb 3)
Adolescents with high media use, reduced sleep and low physical activity comprise an ‘invisible-risk’ group that has high prevalence of psychiatric symptoms, according to a large international study led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet. The results of the study are published in the February issue of World Psychiatry.
 
7th Space Interactive: A pedometer based physical activity self-management program for children and adolescents with physical disability - design and methods of the StepUp study (Feb 3)
Physical activity affords a wide range of physiological and psychological benefits for children and adolescents, yet many children with physical disabilities are insufficiently active to achieve these benefits. The StepUp program is a newly developed 6-week pedometer-based self-management program for children and adolescents with physical disability.
 
Disability Scoop: New Recommendations Guide Treatment For Those On The Spectrum (Feb 4)
For the first time in 15 years, a major psychiatric organization is updating its practice guidelines for treating kids and adolescents with autism. The guidance published this month in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is an update to recommendations first presented by the group in 1999. 
 
EurekAlert: Teens who consume energy drinks more likely to use alcohol and drugs (Feb 4)
Nearly one-third of US adolescents consume high-caffeine energy drinks or “shots,” and these teens report higher rates of alcohol, cigarette, or drug use, reports a study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine. The same characteristics that attract young people to consume energy drinks—such as being “sensation-seeking or risk-oriented”—may make them more likely to use other substances as well, suggests the new research.
 
Health Day: Many Young Americans With HIV Delay Treatment: Study (Feb 4)
A troubling new study finds that one-third to nearly half of American teens and young adults with HIV delay treatment until their infection is advanced, putting them at risk for serious health problems. These findings are especially disturbing as evidence increasingly suggests that starting HIV treatment as soon as possible helps keep the virus under control.
 
CBS News: Half of parents of overweight children don’t think they have weight issues: Study (Feb 4)
Half of parents with an overweight or obese child think their kids are slimmer than they actually are, according to a new review of past studies. In 69 studies of more than 15,000 children, researchers found many parents with an overweight child thought their son or daughter was at a healthy weight or below. Others with an obese kid thought the child was normal or just a bit heavy.
 
DoctorsLounge: Decline of Antibiotic Use Among Kids Seems To Be Leveling Off: Study (Feb 4)
A downward trend in antibiotic use among children may have leveled off in certain areas of the United States, a new study shows. The 10-year study included children between the ages of 3 months and 18 years.
 
RH Reality Check: Study Examines Spring Breakers, Sex, and Alcohol (Feb 5)
In a few short weeks, college students across the country will head to Fort Lauderdale or Daytona Beach for the annual ritual known as spring break, which has become synonymous with drinking and sex. A new study looks specifically at college students’ behavior with regards to sex and drinking while on spring break and how their behavior is related to what they think everyone else is doing.
 
Reuters: Americans need to eat more whole grains, study suggests (Feb 5)
Most children and adults in the U.S. are getting less than the recommended amounts of whole grains and dietary fiber, according to a recent study. Researchers found people who did eat the recommended three or more servings of whole grains each day also tended to consume the most fiber.
 
NPR: Less Sleep, More Time Online Amp Up Teen Depression Risk (Feb 6)
The teenage years are a tumultuous time, with about 11 percent developing depression by age 18. Lack of sleep may increase teenagers’ risk of depression, two studies say. Teenagers who don’t get enough sleep are four times as likely to develop major depressive disorder as their peers who sleep more, according to researchers who tracked the habits of more than 4,000 adolescents over a year

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Kaiser Health News: When Your Parent Is The State, It’s Tough For Young Adults To Stay Insured (Feb 3)
A little-known provision of federal health law now extends Medicaid coverage to former foster youths until they turn 26, regardless of where they live or how much they earn. The only requirements: They must have been in foster care when they turned 18 and have previously received Medicaid.
 
NPR: Most Teens Aren’t Active Enough, And It’s Not Always Their Fault (Feb 3)
Sure, you think, my kid’s on a football team. That takes care of his exercise needs, right? Probably not.
“There are these bursts of activity. But…one hour of playing football out on the field means that the vast majority of that time is spent standing around waiting for the next play.” And that’s a problem, federal health officials say, because children need at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.
 
Los Angeles Times: FDA emphasizes ‘real costs’ of smoking in campaign aimed at teens (Feb 4)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants teenagers to know the “real cost” of smoking – and it’s not measured in dollars. Teens who pick up a cigarette habit will wind up paying with their skin, their teeth and even their freedom, a new ad campaign warns. The “Real Cost” campaign is aimed at the estimated 10 million kids between the ages of 12 and 17 who are not yet hooked on tobacco but may be tempted to use cigarettes.
 
New York Times: An Unusual Partnership to Tackle Stubborn Diseases (Feb 4)
The National Institutes of Health, 10 large drug companies and seven nonprofit organizations announced an unconventional partnership on Tuesday intended to speed up development of drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease, Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
 
Kaiser Health News: New Rule Gives Patients Direct Access To Their Lab Reports (Feb 4)
Calling your doctor to get lab results might be a thing of the past: a new federal rule will allow patients to have direct access to their completed laboratory reports. The regulation was announced Monday by the HHS. It amends privacy rules under HIPAA and CLIA that required patients to get their lab results from their physician, according to the announcement.
 
AHRQ: 2014 Appointment of New U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Members (Feb 5)
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announced the addition of five experts in prevention and primary care to serve as members of the panel: : Karina W. Davidson, Ph.D., M.A.Sc.; Matthew W. Gillman, M.D., S.M.; Alex R. Kemper, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.; Ann E. Kurth, Ph.D., R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H.; and Maureen G. Phipps, M.D., M.P.H.

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Detroit News (MI): Detroit is deadliest city for children due to prematurity, violence (Jan 30)
Children are dying in Detroit at a greater rate than in any U.S. city its size or larger, a Detroit News study shows. Mostly, they die of conditions resulting from prematurity — the top killer of Detroit kids — and violence, which ranks second. Detroit was the only city whose death rate among children topped 100 per 100,000; Philadelphia, at 95.7, was a distant second.
 
Denver Post (CO): Student-to-counselor ratios bring challenges for mental health support (Feb 2)
Mental health services provided by school counselors, psychologists and social workers are a key line of defense against school violence, experts say. But some of the biggest school districts in the Denver metro area don’t meet the national recommendations for employing enough of those specialists.
 
Merced Sun-Star (CA): Mental health hospitalizations spike for California’s youngest residents (Feb 4)
In recent years, Dr. Jason Bynum has seen the churn: teens in crisis cycling through his south Sacramento psychiatric hospital, admitted, released, and just a few months down the road, back with another breakdown. Increasingly, he lives with a deathly fear that his young patients are going to commit suicide after he sends them home. He worries even more about the ones who are violent toward others.
 
Philadelphia Inquirer (PA): Teen male sexual health: What should they know? (Feb 4)
True, they don’t have menstrual cramps and can’t get pregnant.  Nevertheless, teen males may have sexual health issues of their own. Some may be normal variants while others may be abnormal and need medical attention. Here are several; note that some of the links below are to medical illustrations and drawings.
 
Missoulian (MT): Montana AG barred from defending abortion consent laws (Feb 5)
A Helena district judge has blocked the state from defending two state laws that require minors to obtain parental consent before obtaining abortions. Planned Parenthood of Montana, which challenged the laws, claimed victory Tuesday. A spokeswoman said the group now will ask District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock of Helena to permanently enjoin the two laws to stop them from being enforced.

 

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Science Codex: Antipsychotic prescription for children and adolescents (Jan 30)
Increasing numbers of children and adolescents are being given antipsychotic drugs in Germany, as Christian Bachmann and colleagues found out in a study. The percentage of children and adolescents receiving a prescription for an antipsychotic drug over the course of one calendar year rose from 0.23% to 0.32%.
 
CNN: WHO: Imminent global cancer ‘disaster’ reflects aging, lifestyle factors (Feb 4)
Cancer cases are expected to surge 57% worldwide in the next 20 years, an imminent “human disaster” that will require a renewed focus on prevention to combat, according to the World Health Organization.
 
Byron Shire News: Medicos given guidelines on acne drug linked to suicide (Feb 4)
New guidelines have been developed to safely prescribe a common acne drug linked with suicide and depression. A University of Queensland study offers guidelines for Australian health professionals when prescribing and treating acne patients with the drug Roaccutane.
 
Sky News: Swiss referendum on sex education (Feb 4)
Swiss voters will decide whether to ban compulsory sex education for children under nine after conservative groups mustered enough signatures to force a plebiscite, authorities say. The campaign coalition - whose goal is the ‘protection against sexualisation in kindergartens and primary schools’ - handed in its petition in December and the government is now obliged to set a date for a vote.
 
Ice News (Iceland): Iceland ranks lowest amongst adolescent alcohol drinkers in Europe (Feb 4)
Various studies on alcohol consumption have stated that Iceland has the lowest volume of binge drinkers. Icelandic students were asked by Pediatrics on whether they had ever been binge drinking, with only 6 percent claiming yes, compared to 38 percent in Holland, as an example.

The News: Curriculum lacks content addressing needs of adolescents (Feb 4)
Despite the fact that 23 per cent of the total population of Pakistan consists of adolescents, the curriculum from primary till professional stages, even the curriculum of most of the medical schools, is devoid of content that addresses the needs of adolescents girls and boys.
 
Christian Today: Venereal diseases found in children as young as 12 in Scotland (Feb 6)
Children as young as 12 in Scotland are being diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections, according to official statistics from the Scottish Government. Figures from 2010 to 2012 show that Scottish doctors are diagnosing STIs in 400 Scottish under-16s every year, according to the Health Protection Agency.

 

 

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Child Trends: New Adolescent Health Highlight on Contraceptive and Condom Use
The report presents key findings about contraceptive and condom use and analyzes the prevalence and trends of STDs and identifies factors that influence contraceptive and condom use and addresses barriers adolescents face in obtaining and using contraception. 



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CDC MMWR: Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years — United States, 2014 and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years or Older — United States, 2014
Each year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviews the recommended immunization schedules for persons aged 0 through 18 years and for those aged 19 and older to ensure that the schedules reflect current recommendations for Food and Drug Administration–licensed vaccines. In October 2013, ACIP approved the recommended immunization schedules for persons aged 0 through 18 years as well as for those 19 and older.

AHRQ:  Screening for Dyslipidemia in Children and Adolescents
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a draft Research Plan on screening for dyslipidemia in children and adolescents. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment through February 19, 2014.





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