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Remaining Youth Providers 2.0 Materials
As the Youth Providers 2.0 project comes to an end, we have several leftover materials from the SAHM Annual Meeting. We currently have sets of the five vinyl cards with QR codes for the Adolescent and Young Adult Clinical Care Resources, attached to an YP2.0 lanyard that we would be happy to send to our members and colleagues if interested. Some members have handed these out to their residents and medical school students as great resources, as well as at national conferences they have attended. If you are interested, please send Monica Chase Fuentes and email at mchase@adolescenthealth.org with the number of sets you would like and a mailing address.

 

ADOLESCENT HEALTH IN THE NEWS

 

RECENT RESEARCH

 

Most 18-Year-Olds Say Young People at Risk Online, UNICEF Poll Finds
Eight out of 10 18-year-olds worldwide believe young people are in danger of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online, a UNICEF study suggests. The poll on unwanted sexual comments, harassment and bullying online interviewed more than 10,000 teenagers from 25 countries. More than half of respondents said their friends participated in risky behaviour while using the internet. (The Guardian, 6/6)
 
Mothers’ Obesity, Gestational Diabetes Ups Early Puberty Risk In Daughters
Daughters born to overweight mothers who also developed gestational diabetes are significantly more likely to experience an earlier onset of one sign of puberty, a new study has found. The findings showed that the in utero exposure to gestational diabetes and maternal obesity caused the earlier arrival of puberty in daughters, regardless of the girl’s obesity status. (NDTV, 6/7)
 
‘It’s Going To Get Worse’: Nearly 30 Percent of Teens Have Hearing Damage
A new study finds that nearly 30% of teenagers had a condition called tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing in the ears. According to the NIH repeated exposure to sound levels over 85 decibels can cause hearing loss. Most of the students interviewed and tested reported engaging in “risky listening habits,” at parties, clubs and on personal music playing devices, and more than half said they had previously experienced tinnitus. (NBC News, 6/7)
 
Racial Disparities Persist Even as School Suspensions Decrease, Federal Data Shows
Out-of-school suspensions dropped 20% nationally, but students of color and students with disabilities are still more likely to face harsh discipline than their peers, according to new federal data. The data showed black students were more likely to be suspended than their white peers and more likely to be expelled and to be referred to law enforcement, a trend that begins in preschool and lasts through high school. (Youth Today, 6/7)

Parents: Stay Mum on Daughter’s Weight
A study found that women who can remember their parents talking about their weight were more likely to be overweight and to be dissatisfied with their own weight. Compared to those who were overweight, healthy-weight women were 27% less likely to say their parents commented on their weight, and 28% less likely to say their parents told them they ate too much. (HealthDay News, 6/8)

Trauma in Childhood Linked to Drug Use in Adolescence
Latest research from a national sample of almost 10,000 U.S. adolescents found psychological trauma, especially abuse and domestic violence before age 11, increased the chances that teens would try marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs used without a medical reason, other drugs, and multiple drugs. (Medical News Today, 6/9)

Teen Smoking Down, E-Cigarette Use Up
It may seem like eye-rolling teens never listen, but a new U.S. government report finds many kids are getting some health messages loud and clear. Smoking among high school students is at an all-time low. Slightly more than one in 10 high schoolers used cigarettes in 2015. That’s down from more than one in four in 1991, the CDC reported. (HealthDay News, 6/9)

Frequent Moves During Childhood May Be Bad for Health
Changing residences frequently in childhood may be bad for your health. Using Danish government health data, researchers cataloged various adverse events and correlated these problems with the number of times each person had moved before age 15. Researchers found that the likelihood of every one of those adverse outcomes tended to rise the more someone moved in childhood. (The New York Times, 6/9)

Vitamin Deficiencies Common in Young Migraine Sufferers
Many young people who suffer from migraines have vitamin deficiencies, new preliminary research finds. The study included children, teens and young adult migraine patients. A high percentage of them had mild deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10, a vitamin-like substance used to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance, the researchers said. (HealthDay News, 6/10)

Great Recession Linked to Weight Gain in Kids
A new study links unemployment during the recent Great Recession with weight gain in children. For every 1 percent increase in county-level unemployment between 2008 and 2012, there was a 4 percent higher risk that school children, age 7 to 18 years old, would become overweight. One possible reason for the apparent link may be changes in families’ food-buying habits. (HealthDay News, 6/10)

Study Finds Link Between Depression, Disease Activity and Disability in Adolescents with JIA
Research confirmed a clear association between depression symptom severity and the level of disease activity and disability in adolescent patients with juvenile inflammatory arthritis (JIA). These findings highlight the importance of psychological health assessment for adolescents with JIA and underline the need for psychological support to be fully integrated into their routine care. (News Medical Net, 6/12)

Millennials May Be Losing Their Grip
Millennials, the thoroughbreds of texting, may lag behind previous generations when it comes to old-fashioned hand strength. In a study of Americans ages 20-34, occupational therapists found that men younger than 30 have significantly weaker hand grips than their counterparts in 1985 did. The same was true of women ages 20-24, according to the study. (NPR, 6/13)

The Childhood Incidents That Increase Later Suicide Risk
Adults who witnessed parental domestic violence in childhood are at increased risk for suicide attempts, a new study finds. The researchers examined data from more than 22,500 Canadian adults. They found that about 17% of those exposed to chronic parental domestic violence (more than 10 times before age 16) had attempted suicide, compared with roughly 2% of those not exposed to parental domestic violence. (HealthDay News, 6/13)

E-Cigarettes a Gateway to Smoking for Teens
Teens in the United States who use electronic cigarettes are six times more likely to move on to traditional cigarettes compared to kids who never use the devices, a new study reports. A survey of about 300 high school students found a troubling pattern, although some experts disagree with the conclusions. (HealthDay News, 6/13)

Adolescent Alcohol, Marijuana Use Leads to Poor Academic Performance, Health Problems
Adolescents who use both marijuana and alcohol during middle school and high school are more likely to have poor academic performance and mental health during high school, according to a new study that followed a group of students over a seven-year period. However, the study found marijuana use was predictive of poorer functioning across more areas. (Science Daily, 6/14)

Exercise Builds Stronger Bones Even in Kids with Genetic Risk
Physical activity builds stronger bones in children age five to nineteen years old, even for those who carry genetic variants that predispose them to bone weakness, new research has found. The study showed that physical activity can counteract the negative effects of genetic variants that associate with bone fragility in childhood. (New Kerala, 6/14)

Brains of Teens With Type 2 Diabetes May Have Gray Matter Differences
Teens with type 2 diabetes may have differences in gray matter in their brains, a small preliminary study found. Researchers conducted brain scans on 20 teens with type 2 diabetes and 20 teens without the blood sugar disease. Those with diabetes had less gray matter in six regions in their brains, and more gray matter in three regions. (HealthDay News, 6/14)

Adolescent Sleep Duration is Associated with Daytime Mood
A new study of adolescents suggests that obtaining an insufficient amount of sleep increases variability in sadness, anger, energy and feelings of sleepiness. The study also showed that nightly fluctuations in sleep in healthy adolescents predict worse mood the next day, and worse mood any given day largely predicts unusually bad sleep the next night. (EurekAlert!, 6/15)

 

NATIONAL

 

State-By-State Look At Chronic Absenteeism Across America
It’s a challenge to teach children who aren’t in class and new government numbers show more than 6.5 million students were absent for at least three weeks of the school year. The problem was particularly acute in Washington, D.C., where nearly a third of students were absent 15 days or more in a single school year. (U.S. News and World Report, 6/7)
 
NY Bill Would Require Mental Health Education in Schools
New York’s Assembly has passed legislation to require that health education in schools includes mental health. A companion bill is poised for a Senate vote. It would take effect in July 2018. Lawmakers have inserted similar requirements in the law concerning health education about alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and the prevention and detection of cancers. (The Wall Street Journal, 6/9)
 
As The Number Of Homeless Students Soars, How Schools Can Serve Them Better
More than 1 million public school students in the United States have no room to call their own, no desk to do their homework, no bed to rely on at night. State data collection shows the number of homeless students has doubled in the past decade, to 1.3 million in 2013-2014, but the Every Student Succeeds Act includes both new mandates and some extra money to assist districts in helping more students. (NPR, 6/13)
 
Gaps In Women’s Health Care May Derail Zika Prevention In Texas, Florida
Mosquitoes bearing Zika are expected to hit Florida and Texas the hardest this summer. But support for women’s health care, along with family planning resources, has either been scaled back or significantly restructured, in part because of funding restrictions placed on women’s clinics that, in addition to other services, provide abortions. Also, both states declined to expand Medicaid. (Kaiser Health News, 6/14)
 
Facebook Offers Tools for Those Who Fear a Friend May Be Suicidal
With more than 1.65 billion members worldwide posting regularly about their behavior, Facebook is planning to take a more direct role in stopping suicide. People can flag friends’ posts that they deem suicidal; the posts will be reviewed by a team at the social network that will then provide language to communicate with the person who is at risk, as well as information on suicide prevention. (The New York Times, 6/14)
 
AAFP, ACP, AAP, AMA, Others Renew Call for Congress to Lift Ban on Gun Research
In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, many medical professional organizations have issued multiple statements not only expressing condolences for victims and their families, but also calling on Congress to lift its 20-year ban on the CDC conducting research into gun violence. (Healio, 6/14)
 
Feds Urge State Medicaid Programs To Encourage Long-Acting Contraceptives
The federal government, which spends billions of dollars each year covering unintended pregnancies, is encouraging states to adopt policies that might boost the number of Medicaid enrollees who use long-acting, reversible contraceptives. The federal push reflects the continuing concern over the nation’s rate of unintended pregnancies, which is one of the highest among developed countries. (Kaiser Health News, 6/16)
 
Dem Senator Wages Filibuster, Claims Progress on Gun Control
A Democratic senator who mourned the loss of 20 children in his home state waged a roughly 15-hour filibuster into early Thursday, asserting as he yielded the floor that Republican leaders had committed to hold votes on expanded gun background checks and a ban on gun sales to suspected terrorists. (New York Times, 6/16)
 
Summer Camps Say They’re Not Sweating Over Zika Risk
Anxious parents need not panic; no Zika-infected mosquitoes have been identified in the country. Nonetheless, camp administrators are particularly interested in what they can do to prevent mosquito bites this summer. The CDC hasn’t released guidelines specific to summer camps for Zika prevention, but camp managers should follow general prevention guidelines. (NPR, 6/16)

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Stem Cell Transplant Cures Children with Sickle Cell Anemia, says Alberta Hospital
What sets this new procedure apart from other sickle cell anemia cures in young children is the lead up to the transplant. ”This protocol uses the ‘lightest’ doses of medication, no chemotherapy but immune suppressing drugs only, with a low dose of radiation,” The success of the procedure, which was first performed in Calgary in 2009, has cured seven girls and two boys to date. (CBC News, 6/6)

Women in Areas with Zika Transmission Should Delay Pregnancy: WHO
The WHO is advising women living in areas where the Zika virus is being transmitted to delay getting pregnant, advice already given by several countries where the virus is in widespread transmission. The WHO issued the advice last week, but its meaning only became clear on Thursday when the health agency issued a correction to its advice on preventing sexual transmission of the virus, affecting people in some 60 countries. (Reuters, 6/9)
 
States Must Do More to Safeguard Adolescent Health Rights
A United Nations human rights expert called on States to remove all legal barriers to access health facilities, goods and services interfering with the rights of adolescents to be heard and taken seriously, and that limit their right to make autonomous decisions. This came after the presentation of the latest report to the UN Human Rights Council. (UN News Centre, 6/15)

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS): United States, 2015
The CDC released the 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The YRBS tracks a variety of health behaviors among youth and young adults, including behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and STIs, unhealthy dietary behaviors, and physical inactivity. (CDC, 6/9)

Children’s Sleep: New Guidelines on Shut-Eye for Kids
New guidelines from doctors who specialize in sleep disorders map out how much sleep children of every age should get. According to the guidelines, teenagers ages 13 to 18 should sleep 8 to 10 hours per day, which are the first set of recommendations for children that this group of sleep specialists has issued. (The Live Science, 6/13)

Fathers’ Roles in the Care and Development of Their Children: The Role of Pediatricians
Fathers’ involvement in and influence on the health and development of their children have increased in a myriad of ways in the past 10 years and have been widely studied. The role of pediatricians in working with fathers has correspondingly increased in importance. This report reviews new studies of the epidemiology of father involvement, including nonresidential as well as residential fathers. (AAP, 6/16)

 

NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE

 

Oral Contraceptives: Usage, Coverage, and Access in the U.S.
A new Kaiser Family Foundation fact sheet provides an overview of the history and use of oral contraceptive pills, examines the current status of private insurance and Medicaid coverage, and reviews emerging strategies to expand women’s access to oral contraceptives. (Kaiser Family Foundation, 6/9)
 
Adolescent-Centered Environment (ACE) Assessment Process
From the University of Michigan, the ACE assessment is currently being used in Michigan, Iowa, Mississippi and Wisconsin. The ACE is a facilitated, comprehensive self-assessment and guided improvement process that includes customized resources, recommendations, technical assistance, and implementation plans using Plan, Do, Study, Act improvement cycles. (UMHS, 6/9)
 
AAFP Delivers New Opioid Toolkit, CME to Equip Members
The AAFP is arming family physicians with the latest resources to best combat the opioid abuse epidemic, which now include a new chronic pain management toolkit and a free CME webcast focused on chronic opioid therapy. (AAFP, 6/13)

Children’s EHR Format Enhancements
The United States Health Information Knowledgebase (USHIK) website has been updated with enhancements to the Children’s EHR Format.  These enhancements were the result of a recent effort by AHRQ to improve the Children’s EHR Format by making its requirements clearer, more actionable, and better supported with additional context, including the grouping of 47 items onto a Priority List. (AHRQ, 6/14)
 
Reaching Teens Curriculum
Reaching Teens embodies the core belief that identifying, reinforcing, and building on inherent strengths can facilitate positive youth development. Organized into 9 sections and supported by 400+ videos, Reaching Teens offers actionable advice and counsel spanning the toughest youth communication challenges. The curriculum is now available for a discounted price for ASHA members. (ASHA, 6/16)

 

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Adolescent Health and Wellbeing Events
A list of all the upcoming Adolescent Health & Wellbeing events that are happening globally and nationally can be found on the Lancet Youth webpage, as well as additional events on their conference page. Additionally, if you missed out on attending (or watching the livestream of) of their London launch, they have updated their London events page to include videos, photos and presentations from the event. (The Lancet Youth, 6/13)
 
Marijuana and Adolescence: A Primer for Clinical Approaches to Marijuana Use Among Teenagers
Join NYPATH and SAHM for an event on Monday, June 20th from 6:30 to 8:30pm EST in two separate locations that will provide an update on modern marijuana and its epidemiology, how to use marijuana as a vehicle to discuss substance use in teens, will review marijuana’s influence on adolescent brain development, and give tools for screening and clinical interventions addressing marijuana use. (NYPATH, 6/16)
 
Get Tested with Walgreens & Greater Than AIDS for National HIV Testing Day!
In the lead up to National HIV Testing Day on June 27, Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS are teaming with health departments and local AIDS service organizations to offer free HIV testing and counseling about new prevention strategies, including PrEP. Testing will take place at select Walgreens stores in 150 participating cities, June 23-25. (Greater Than AIDS, 6/16)

 

UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

Best Practices for Serving Youth in Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Programs
Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) programs for youth can improve youth attitudes and expectations concerning romantic relationships. This webinar on Wednesday, July 13th at 4:00pm EST will provide participants with a better understanding of federally funded HMRE programs for youth and will describe best practices for serving youth based on research and evaluation findings. (The Dibble Institute, 6/13)
 
Teens, Health and Technology: How Teens Search for Health Information in the Digital Age
Join ASHA on July 19th at 3:00pm EST for a webinar in which attendees will learn how to articulate where teens seek health information (both digitally and with traditional sources), will understand how digital health information impacts teen health behavior, and will analyze how to reach teens, considering their preferred sources of health information. (ASHA, 6/16)
 
Tobacco 21 and Smoke-free Multi-Unit Housing: Opportunities to Accelerate Tobacco Control
Please join the AAP on Friday, June 17th at 2:-00pm EST for a webinar that will explore two important opportunities to advance tobacco control: raising the tobacco purchase age to 21 years and promoting smokefree policies in multi-unit housing. Participants will learn the importance and impact of both initiatives and review strategies for promoting them at the community, state and local level. (AAP, 6/16)



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