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Teens Treated for Adversity-Related Injury at Higher Death Risk
Teenagers treated at the hospital for violent, drug or alcohol-related, or self-inflicted injuries have a higher long-term risk of death, according to a study in England. The three types of injuries have similar risk factors and the increased long-term risk suggests future injuries have the potential to be prevented. (UPI, 12/30)
 
Recommended STD Testing Received By Less Than Half Of Teen Sexual Assault Victims Who Go To The ER
According to the study, more than half of teenagers who visit the ER after a sexual assault aren’t given testing for STDs like gonorrhea and chlamydia, nor are they given preventative STD medication like antibiotics (prophylaxis). These gaps both fall spectacularly short of the guidelines issued by the CDC. (Medical Daily, 12/30)
 
LGBT Immigrants Often Faced Persecution in Homeland
Many LGBT children and teens seeking asylum in the U.S. and Canada report suffering persecution and abuse in their homelands, a small study reveals. Many study participants had ongoing conflicts with family members. All but four said they suffered abuse from peers and/or school staff. (HealthDay News, 1/5)
 
Intriguing Gender Differences Found in Autistic Friendships
Research being presented puts an interesting slant on autism, friendship and the differences between girls and boys. Results found that the relationships of autistic girls aged 12-16 were more similar to those of non-autistic girls than they were like autistic male’s relationships. The autistic girls were also less likely to pick up on conflict within their relationships. (Medical News Today, 1/6)
 
Underage Youth Widely Exposed to Online Alcohol Marketing
More than half of underage people say they’ve seen alcohol marketing on the Internet, though few admit to engaging with brands or being a fan online, according to a new U.S. study. Researchers also found that teens who were more receptive to the marketing were more likely than others to later develop problem drinking. (Reuters, 1/6)
 
Genetic Mutation Linked To Increased Risk Of ADHD In Children Exposed To Lead
Children ages 6-17 with a particular gene mutation known as HFE C282Y who are exposed to small amounts of lead may be at an increased risk of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a recent study. The HFE C282Y mutation is estimated to be present in approximately 10% of US children. (Science World Report, 1/7)
 
Influential Students Effective at Bully Prevention
When it comes to bullying prevention, certain students may turn out to be the best teachers, a new study reveals. Schools with students promoting the anti-bullying messages had a 30% drop in reports of student conflicts, and schools with the largest numbers of these “social influencers” saw the largest declines. (HealthDay News, 1/7)
 
Percentage of Youths Aged 10–17 Years Who Did Not Receive a Well-Child Checkup in the Past 12 Months
According to a recent CDC’s MMWR, from 2008 to 2014, the percentage of youths aged 10–17 years who had not received a well-child checkup in the past 12 months decreased overall (31.3% to 21.2%) and in both metropolitan (29.3% to 20.1%) and nonmetropolitan (41.8% to 28.2%) areas. (MMRW, 1/8)
 
Kids’ Sports Injuries in the Emergency Department on the Rise
The number of U.S. kids ages 5-18 years old going to the ED for sports injuries increased yearly between 2001 and 2013, according to a new study. Three quarters of all injuries that required emergency treatment were linked to four sports: football, soccer, baseball and basketball. (Reuters, 1/8)
 
Youth Hockey Concussions Similar to Other Contact Sports
Concussion rates in youth hockey may be similar to the injury risk with other high-contact sports, though many of the collisions in hockey appear to result from illegal moves on the ice, a U.S. study suggests. Players experienced about 1.6 concussions for every 1,000 minutes of participation time, about 1 injury every 10 hours. (Reuters, 1/8)
 
Kids With ADHD May Be More Likely to Have Accident in Traffic
Children ages 10 to 14  with ADHD may be more likely to have accidents when crossing busy intersections on their bicycles because they’re impulsive and have trouble paying attention, a new study suggests. Those with ADHD were less precise in timing when to enter the intersection and had less time to spare. (HealthDay News, 1/8)
 
Brains of Compulsive Video Gamers May Be ‘Wired’ Differently
The brains of compulsive video game players may be “wired” differently, new research suggests. Scans of boys ages 10 to 19 with gaming disorder showed greater connectivity between several pairs of brain networks. Some of these may lead to lack of focus and poor impulse control, but others could help players react to new information. (HealthDay News, 1/8)
 
Parents Can Play Big Role in Thwarting Teen Fights
Almost 25% of teens admit to being in a fight within the past year, but new research suggests that parents can play an important role in preventing physical violence.  Addressing parents’ attitudes about fighting, engaging them in violence-prevention programs and tailoring programs to different racial or ethnic groups might help deter teen violence. (HealthDay News, 1/8)
 
Chewing Slowly Could Help Prevent Obesity and Aid in Weight Loss
Slower eaters 6 to 17 years of age, who took bites of food every 30 seconds, were found to have lost between 2 and 5.7% of their weight, while the faster eaters gained 4.4 to 5.8% after 6 months of observation. After 1 year of observation, the slower chewing group decreased their weight 3.4 to 4.8%, while the faster eaters increased their weight by 6.5 to 8.2%. (Examiner, 1/10)
 
Secondhand Smoke Hits Almost Half of Teens Who Don’t Smoke              
Even though fewer U.S. teens are smoking, secondhand smoke remains a big problem for them, a government study found. Nearly 1 in 4 nonsmokers middle and high school students who reported any exposure said they were around tobacco smoke daily including in the home, school, cars and public places. (The Washington Post, 1/11)
 
Low Income Kids More Often Overweight: Childhood Obesity, Poverty, Poor Diets
Low income kids are more often overweight than children in moderate to high income families. IANS reported Jan. 9, that childhood obesity is linked to poverty in a direct one-to-one correspondence. For every 1% drop in low income status, children and teens were 1.17 % more likely to be overweight or obese. (Examiner, 1/11)
 
Alcohol Ads Should Be a No-See on TV for Kids
Children and teens would see far fewer alcohol ads on TV if the alcohol industry tightened and followed its own advertising guidelines, a new study suggests. Between 2005 and 2012, about one in eight alcohol ads on TV shows seen by children and teens did not comply with those industry guidelines. (HealthDay News, 1/13)
 
Stressed Teens May Face Higher Diabetes Risk as Adults
Teens who have trouble coping with stress may be at increased risk for type 2 diabetes as adults, new research suggests. Compared to men with the highest resistance to stress when they were 18, those with the lowest stress resistance were 51% more likely to have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes later. (HealthDay News, 1/14)
 
Sugar Warning Labels Get a Boost from Science
Nutrition labels are one of the tools that health experts use to educate people about unhealthy eating habits and even hopefully change them. In the latest study involving moms who were asked to choose drinks for their kids, researchers show that warnings about the unhealthy effects of sugar can steer them away from the sweetest drinks. (Time, 1/14)

 

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Birth Control Without Seeing a Doctor: Oregon Now, More States Later
As of Jan. 1, women in Oregon can get hormonal contraceptives directly from a pharmacy, without having to go to a doctor for a prescription first. Oregon’s law requires teenagers under 18 to obtain their first contraceptive prescription from a doctor; after that they can go to a pharmacist. California has passed a similar law with no age restriction. (The New York Times, 1/4)
 
Republicans in Congress Ended the Decades-Long Funding Ban on Needle Exchange Programs
Congress quietly lifted the federal funding ban on needle exchange programs. The change keeps the federal funding ban on syringes themselves, but ends the ban on all other aspects of the programs, staff, vehicles, gas, and rent, etc. The ban’s end was spearheaded in large part as a response to an HIV crisis in Indiana and a heroin epidemic nationwide. (The Vox, 1/6) 
 
Kids And Screen Time: A Peek At Upcoming Guidance
Most American children spend more time consuming electronic media than they do in school. That’s why the AAP plans to update its guidelines on media use later this year. Current recommendations are to avoid all screens for children under 2, and to allow a maximum of 2 hours per day of high-quality material for older children. (NPR, 1/6)
 
Young Adult Health Insurance Sign-Ups Disappoint
The Obama administration so far is making little progress in getting more young adults to sign up for health policies on the federal insurance exchange, according to recent figures released. People ages 18-34 made up only 26% of those who signed up for coverage as of Dec. 26 in the 38 states that use the federal exchange. (The Wall Street Journal, 1/7)
 
Congress Approves Bill to Require Childproof Packaging for E-Cigs
Concerned that children are being accidentally poisoned by the nicotine in e-cigarettes, Congress has passed legislation to require child-resistant packaging for the liquids that give e-cigarette both their kick and their flavor. After passing both the House and Senate, the now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign it. (USA Today, 1/11)
 
The Average Age of First-Time Moms Is Higher Than Ever
The average age of women having a child for the first time rose from close to 25 in 2000 to around 26 in 2014, according to a new report released by the CDC. The researchers noted that an increase has been seen in every state since 2000. These changes are due to women staying in school longer, going into the work force, and waiting to get married and have kids. (Time, 1/14)

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Do You Have a Condom? No, but I Have a Sperm Switch
A German inventor introduces the “sperm switch,” named the Bimek SLV. The SLV consists of a valve that is mounted on each spermatic duct. When the switch is closed, it disrupts the flow of sperm cells, and allows the sperm to be absorbed into the body. Clemens Bimek, the inventor, had the SLV implanted in himself in 2009, but the device still has to undergo clinical trials where volunteers are tested to make sure it’s safe and effective. (Mashable, 1/8)
 
Ghana: GARHP Trains Out-of-School Peer Educators
The Ghana Adolescent Reproductive Health Project (GARHP) has held a three-day training programme for forty out-of-school peer educators selected from 6 communities in the Atebubu-Amantin district in Atebubu. The 3-year project which is in its second year is run by Palladium (Futures Group) an NGO with funds from UKaid and has the objective of addressing challenges facing adolescents. (All Africa, 1/13)

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

American Academy of Pediatrics Supports President Obama’s Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence
In a statement from the President, the AAP shows their support of President Obama’s efforts to reduce gun violence and states that, “Obama’s new executive actions are a welcome and needed first step in an environment where we have yet to see the enactment of common-sense federal gun violence prevention.” (AAP, 1/5)
 
Mental Health of College Athletes
This week, the NCAA’s Sport Science Institute released a new set of guidelines directing institutions on how to manage the mental health issues surrounding college athletics -- issues like hyperaggressive behavior off the field and increased anxiety and stress from time commitments and high expectations related to sports. (NCAA, 1/14)
 
Center for Collegiate Mental Health Annual Report
The 2015 annual report was released and is earlier based on data that focused on 100,736 college students nationwide seeking mental health treatment. One-in-8 student clients said sleep was a problem for them, a rate that is 30% higher than those needing help for alcohol, and almost three times the rate of students who needed help from counseling centers to overcome drug abuse. (CCMH, 1/14)

 

NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE

 

Your Reproductive Health Shouldn’t Depend on your Zip Code
The Population Institute released it’s 2015 50 State Report Card on Reproductive Health and Rights that gives an overview of what’s happening in the 50 States and D.C. Overall, the U.S. fell from a “C” in 2014 to a “D+” for 2015, mostly due to the increasingly hostile atmosphere and continued assaults on abortion rights. (The Population Institute, 1/12)

Using Motivational Interviewing Skills to Talk About Obesity
The AAP presents, Change Talk, an interactive training simulation to help pediatricians and other health professionals learn motivational interviewing techniques to counsel families on childhood obesity. Participants engage in a conversation using motivational interviewing skills to facilitate family behavioral change. (AAP, 1/13)

 

UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

Love & the Movies! Dibble’s Free Movie Discussion Guides
The Dibble Institute is providing a free webinar on February 10th at 4:00pm EST. This webinar will include in-depth movie discussions that will help you have rich discussions with your young people about relationships how youth learn what “healthy” looks like, and why family formation matters using current and classic movies. (The Dibble Institute, 1/13) 
 
Amplify Your Impact on Child Health Quality
Join the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on February 11 at 2:00 p.m. EST for the free webinar. Speakers will highlight promising practices and key lessons learned from the 5-year grant program to improve health care quality for children in Medicaid and CHIP. Click Attend a Session and use the session number 645 331 381 to register. (AHRQ, 1/13)

Local Wellness Policies and Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child
Registration is now open for this webinar presented by The American School Health Association on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. ET. This session will review the local wellness policy rules and provide tips to incorporate the wellness policy committee and its work into coordinated school health programs. (ASHA, 1/14)



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