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Certain kids with diabetes are most at risk for excess weight: study
Children and teens with type 1 diabetes are already at increased risk for becoming overweight or obese, but certain traits make the odds even higher, according to a new study. Because obesity can compound some of the health problems that go along with diabetes, it’s important to help kids avoid weight gain, researchers say. (Reuters, 5/30)
 
Boston Bomb Attack Triggered PTSD in Local Kids, Study Finds
A little more than a year after the Boston Marathon bombings and the five-day manhunt that terrorized Watertown neighborhoods, the impact of the ordeal on local children and teens may have been more far-reaching than anyone suspected. About 11 percent of kids surveyed who were at the marathon finish line suffered from PTSD according to research conducted within the six months after the bombings. (NBC News, 5/30)
 
5 or More Bad Sunburns While Young Tied to Higher Melanoma Risk
White women who get five or more blistering sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 have an 80 percent increased risk for melanoma -- the most deadly form of skin cancer, new study findings indicate. Researchers also found these women have a 68 percent greater risk for two other forms of skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. (HealthDay News, 5/30)

Having Children is Contagious Among High School Friends During Early Adulthood
A new study suggests that having children is contagious among female high school friends during early adulthood. The study shows the contagion is particularly strong within a short window of time: it increases immediately after a high school friend gives birth, reaches a peak about two years later, and then decreases, becoming negligible in the long-run. (Health Canal, 5/31)
 
One in eight U.S. children experiences maltreatment: study
About one in eight American children and adolescents will experience maltreatment by adulthood, according to a new study. The estimate is higher than the average 0.8 percent of children who are found to be victims of maltreatment during any given year, according to the study’s lead author. Maltreatment can encompass everything from neglect to physical, mental and sexual abuse. (Reuters, 6/2)

An 'explosion' of youth exposure to e-cigarette TV ads
As the federal government moves to set rules that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, a new study shows that TV ads for the products have increased dramatically during programs most likely to be watched by adolescents and young adults. (USA Today, 6/2)
 
Study identifies factors that may 'predict smoking cessation in teens'
In the US, more than 3,200 people under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette each day. But new research, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, has identified a series of factors among new adolescent smokers that could be used to determine their likelihood of quitting the habit. (Medical News Today, 6/3)
 
Study: 3 Causes of Medical Errors Due to Language Barriers
A new study published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality identified high-risk clinical situations where medical errors are most likely to occur among limited English proficiency patients and investigates tools that can help prevent those situations. The study assessed two new evidence-based Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality tools for limited English proficiency patient safety. (Infection Control & Clinical Quality, 6/4)
 
Marijuana may affect fertility in young men
"If you’re a cannabis user and you’re trying for a baby ... stop." This advice comes from Dr. Allan Pacey, lead author of a new study that suggests using marijuana could increase a man's risk of fertility problems. The study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, looked at how a man's lifestyle affects his sperm morphology: the size and shape of sperm. Researchers collected data from 1,970 men who provided semen as part of a fertility assessment. (Time, 6/5)    

 

NATIONAL


F.D.A. Announces Stricter Rules on Tanning Beds
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced stricter regulation of tanning beds that are used by millions of Americans. The agency said that it would require manufacturers to put a black-box warning — one of its sternest — on the devices stating that they should not be used by anyone under the age of 18, but stopped short of banning their use by minors. (The New York Times, 5/29)
 
Obama: We need 'better data' on sports concussions
President Obama told a White House meeting of athletes, coaches and medical experts Thursday that there are no "solid numbers" on the extent of the concussion problem in football and other contact sports. "We've got to have better research, better data, better safety equipment, better protocols," Obama said at the first White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit. (USA Today, 5/29)

Spreading awareness about sex trafficking
Dr. Kanani Titchen still remembers the young woman and the graphic images imprinted on her skin around her groin. The woman was sedated in the operating room, just before undergoing a medical procedure. Titchen was a medical student. Now a pediatrics Titchen, who plans to pursue an adolescent medicine specialty, recognizes something other than regrettable decision-making could have led to that woman's derogatory tattoo. (The News Journal, 6/2)

Facebook Patent Application: Verifying Parents’ Consent For Kids Under 13
Major online companies have wrestled for years with the question of how – and whether – to let younger children use their services. Now it seems Facebook wants to patent a system for parents to supervise their kids’ activity, after giving permission for them to use the social network. (The Mercury News, 6/3)
 
For New College Grads, Finding Mental Health Care Can Be Tough
For many young people, college graduation marks the entry into "the real world." But if you're a new graduate with a mental health condition, the transition can be especially challenging. Many young people start managing their own health care for the first time when they graduate. And while finding and paying for a psychologist or psychiatrist can be difficult at any age, for young people who don't have steady jobs or stable paychecks, the task can be especially daunting. (NPR, 6/4)
 
Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Up 15 Percent In States That Expanded Obamacare
An additional 6 million Americans enrolled in Medicaid and related health programs for the poor compared to before the six-month signup period began last October for the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration said today in a new report.  (Forbes, 6/4)

 

INTERNATIONAL


Internet addiction ranks among major risks for adolescent health — minister
Russia’s Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova has warned that adolescent addiction to computer and virtual reality has significantly increased over the last years, ranking among the major risk factors for their mental health. According to the Federal Mental Health Research Center, about 6% of all teenagers in the country were addicted to computer. (ITAR-TASS, 5/29)

NHS chiefs tell ministers: Change sex education lessons to make all pupils learn about gay marriage
SNP ministers are under major pressure from Scotland’s health chiefs to ensure all pupils learn about gay marriage in sex education lessons even where it is against their teachers’ or parents’ religious beliefs. The country’s largest NHS boards have written to the Scottish Government protesting against new draft guidance for sex education lessons that would allow teachers or pupils to opt out on the grounds of “conscience”. (The Telegraph, 5/29)
 
No Nation Has Lowered Obesity Rate in 33 Years
Nearly 30 percent of the world’s population is overweight or obese, and not one country has reduced its obesity rate in 33 years, according to a new study combining three decades of data from 188 countries, published in The Lancet last month. Though there are patterns, obesity is not evenly distributed by region, by ethnic group or by national income levels. It is more common among women than men, especially in poor countries. (New York Times, 6/2)

Youth invited to give proposals on HIV, AIDS prevention promotion
The U.S. Embassy in Namibia through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, also known as PEPFAR is inviting any young person from school goers to non school goers to submit proposals  for the  promotion of HIV/AIDS prevention among the youth between the ages of 10 to 19 years. (New Era, 6/4)

 


RECENT PUBLICATIONS


New Evaluation Highlight on School-Based Health Centers
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has published the eighth Evaluation Highlight from the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant Program. This Highlight focuses on a joint CHIPRA quality demonstration project in Colorado and New Mexico in which the quality improvement goals include integrating the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) approach into school-based health centers (SBHCs). It describes what motivated these States and SBHCs to adopt the PCMH model and how other States can support SBHCs in becoming medical homes.

Neurobiologically Informed Trauma Therapy with Children & Adolescents
In Neurobiologically Informed Trauma Therapy with Children and Adolescents, Linda Chapman writes about her creation of a neuro-developmental model of art therapy, or NDAT for short, to help children and teens who have been exposed to chronic trauma, violence, and abuse. (Psych Central)

AM:STARS - Substance Use and Abuse Among Adolescents 
A new volume of Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews is now available. Substance abuse continues to be a significant health problem for adolescents and young adults in the U.S. and elsewhere. Articles included range from overviews of current use of data to facts about specific substances such as alcohol, marijuana, prescription stimulants, and opioids, use by different cultural groups, and various treatment options give an extensive and authoritative view of this significant adolescent health issue.

 



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