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RECENT RESEARCH

 

Many Parents Ill-Informed About Kids’ Asthma Meds
Only half of parents of children with asthma fully understand the use of their youngsters’ asthma medications, a new study finds. A survey of parents of 740 children with probable persistent asthma found just 49 percent knew what kind of medication their child was prescribed and how often to use it. (HealthDay News, 5/31)
 
Baby’s Early Walking May Mean Stronger Bones as Teen
Scientists report that toddlers who can walk, run and jump by the time they are 18 months old may have stronger bones as teenagers. These findings could help identify those at increased risk for osteoporosis and broken bones later life. The study also found that toddlers who walked early had larger muscles and may be more likely to engage in physical activity when they are older. (HealthDay News, 5/31)
 
With Family History of Heart Attack, Diabetes Kids May Show Risk Factors
Children with a strong family history of heart attack or type 2 diabetes may already have higher cholesterol levels than other kids without those family legacies, according to a new study from the Netherlands. Myocardial infarction in the family was related to children’s cholesterol whereas diabetes in the family was related to children’s waist circumference, cholesterol and HbA1c. (Reuters, 6/1)
 
Talking, Texting Teen Drivers Take Deadly Toll
There’s an epidemic of distracted driving that’s maiming, and in too many cases, killing people in crashes involving teen drivers, a new report shows. A full 60% of car crashes involving teenagers occur while these young and inexperienced drivers are talking, texting or are otherwise distracted. And this happens far more often during the summer, according to the American Automobile Association. (HealthDay News, 6/1)
 
ADHD Meds May Pose Heart Risks for Some Kids
Ritalin, a popular drug for treating ADHD, might increase the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm shortly after a young person starts taking it, a new study suggests. Children and teens who were prescribed methylphenidate, sold under the brand names Ritalin, Daytrana and Concerta, had a 61% increased risk of arrhythmias during the first two months of use, according to the analysis of South Korean patients. (HealthDay News, 6/1)
 
Unique Effects of Caffeinated Alcohol Consumption in Adolescents
Heavy joint consumption of highly caffeinated energy drinks and alcohol has become more common among adolescents/young adults. This animal study seeks to understand the neurobehavioral consequences of this form of binge drinking, extending a previously established mouse model of voluntary binge caffeine and alcohol co-consumption to explore adolescent consumption and responses into adulthood. (Science News, 6/1)
 
The Teen Brain Likes Social Media ‘Likes’
Social media “likes” appear to have a powerful effect on the teen brain, new research suggests. Getting a large number of likes on their own photos or the photos of their peers activated the same brain circuits turned on by such things as eating chocolate or winning money. Also, when teens were deciding whether to indicate they liked a photo, they were highly influenced by the number of likes the photo already had. (HealthDay News, 6/2)
 
Most E-Cigarette Searches Not Aimed at Smoking Cessation
People searching the internet for information about e-cigarettes and vaping seemed more interested in purchasing products than learning about health risks or smoking cessation, a new study found. In 2013, about 6% of ENDS searches were related to buying products, 3% were related to health risks and 0.3% were related to smoking cessation. In 2014, ENDS shopping-related searches almost doubled. (AAP, 6/3)
 
Young People At Risk For STDs Often Don’t Get Tested
Although they account for half of all new sexually transmitted infections, most young people between the ages of 15 and 25 have never been tested for those infections, according to a recent study. Researchers at the CDC found that 11.5% of adolescents had been tested for a sexually transmitted infection in the previous year, including 17% of females and 6% of males. (Kaiser Health News, 6/3)
 
Newfound Causes of Child Crime – Sleep Deprivation & Low Self-Control
Despite the great complexity and diversity in establishing the causes of juvenile delinquency, child crime cases are found to have many factors in common. New juvenile delinquency research suggests that kids getting poor sleep may be more likely to commit crimes and engage in violent behavior because of a lack of sleep promoting poor self-control. (Brain Blogger, 6/6)
 
Pop Stars Often Hawk Unhealthy Foods to Kids
Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5: Some of America’s biggest pop stars are making millions from ad campaigns for sugar-laden, low-nutrition foods, a new study says. Given current obesity rates among teens, it’s incredibly problematic that the majority of music celebrities’ drink endorsements 71% were for sugary beverages like soda. (HealthDay News, 6/6)
 
Kids Born ‘Late’ Perform Better in Elementary and Middle School
Children, age 8 through 15 years old born in the 41st week of pregnancy – which is considered “late-term” - have better test scores and are more likely to be classified as gifted in elementary and middle school, compared with children born “full-term,” that is, at 39 or 40 weeks, according to a new study. (Reuters, 6/6)
 
In U.S., 38% of Adults and 17% of Children and Teens are Now Obese, CDC Study Says
Two new studies show that the best efforts of government agencies, private foundations, industry groups and professional societies have largely failed to keep most Americans from getting fatter. One report finds that 35% of men and 40% of women were obese as of 2014. The other found that 17% of children and teens were obese as well, including nearly 6% who were morbidly obese. (The Los Angeles Times, 6/7)
 
Exposure to Air Pollution Affects Psychiatric Health of Children and Adolescents
In a new study, the correlation between exposure to air pollution in residential areas and children’ and adolescents’ psychiatric health was studied. The results show that air pollution increased the risk of having dispensed medication for at least one psychiatric diagnosis, the risk increased with 9% with a 10 microgram per cubic meter increased concentration of nitrogen dioxide. (News Medical Net, 6/8)
 
Study: Most Antidepressants Don’t Work for Young Patients
Scientists say most antidepressants don’t work for children or teenagers with major depression, some may be unsafe, and the quality of evidence about these drugs is so bad the researchers cannot be sure if any are truly effective or safe. In the biggest analysis yet conducted of previously published studies, researchers studied 14 antidepressants and found only one drug that seemed to be useful. (Los Angeles Times, 6/9)
 
Pubertal Timings Linked to Men’s Sexual, Reproductive Health 
The timing of pubertal onset may be a fundamental marker of male reproductive health and can influence general health and risk of disease in adulthood, a new study has found. The findings showed that men who had early or late onset of puberty than their peers had a poorer semen quality and smaller testicles at the age 19 years, were shorter, had a higher body mass index (BMI) and were often smokers. (Economic Times, 6/9)    

 

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Most Americans Support Rise in Legal Smoking Age
Highlighting tobacco’s growing unpopularity, a new survey finds most Americans support pushing the legal smoking age even higher. Across all regions of the United States, poll respondents gave an overwhelming thumbs-up to raising the legal age for buying tobacco products to 19, 20 or even 21. Support also “seems to cross political lines. (HealthDay News, 6/1)
 
Why 70 Percent of Kids Quit Sports by Age 13
According to a poll from the National Alliance for Youth Sports, around 70 percent of kids in the United States stop playing organized sports by the age of 13 because “it’s just not fun anymore.” But this may not be the problem; it’s a consequence of a number of cultural, economic and systemic issues that result in kids turning away from organized sports at a time when they could benefit from them the most. (The Washington Post, 6/1)
 
Bisexual College Women Are The Most Vulnerable To Sexual Assault
Drawing from surveys of 21,000 students at 21 schools, a new study published in the journal Violence and Gender indicates that bisexual women are more vulnerable to campus sexual assault than any other group of students, with nearly two in five experiencing it. That’s compared with one in four gay and bisexual men, similar to the rate of heterosexual women, and one in eight heterosexual men. (Refinery 29, 6/3)
 
Obama Signs Bill Protecting Children in Tribal Foster Care
President Obama signed into law a measure meant to bolster protections for Native American children placed into the tribal foster care system. The law requires background checks before foster care placements are made by tribal social services agencies, and also forces foster care homes to undergo periodic safety recertifications. (AP, 6/3)
 
Teen Drug Use in Denver Becoming Public Problem
The number of teenagers in the Denver area who are experimenting with drugs and dealing with addiction is becoming a public health problem. HHS reported that Colorado leads all states in regular marijuana use among 12-17 year olds. Teen marijuana use increased 24% after Colorado allowed medical marijuana in 2010. That number increased another 8% after the passing of recreational marijuana in 2013. (9 News, 6/6)
 
New Campaign Features Top YouTube and Social Media Stars To Educate Young People About Latest In HIV/AIDS
HIV BEATS, an upbeat and informative new series from #endHIV and Greater Than AIDS, made in collaboration with YouTube featuring top YouTube influencers, and debuted on the 35th anniversary of the first case of HIV/AIDS (June 5). HIV BEATS aims to connect with younger audiences about game-changing advances in HIV prevention, testing and treatment. (Kaiser Family Foundation, 6/6)
 
U.S. Panel Reaffirms Syphilis Screening Advice as Infections Rise
Doctors should offer testing for syphilis to men who have sex with men, people living with HIV, and others including adolescents and non-pregnant adults at an increased risk of the sexually transmitted disease, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended, reaffirming its 2004 guidelines. In 2014, the number of new U.S. syphilis infections reached nearly 20,000, compared to 5,979 cases in 2005. (Reuters, 6/7)
 
Youth Film Contest Seeks To Reduce Stigma Of Mental Illness
The Directing Change Program and Student Film Contest, which started four years ago works to reduce stigma and cultivate acceptance of mental illness among young people, ages 16 to 25. And they say it’s working. Eighty-seven percent of those who have participated in the program say it taught them how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and what to do if a friend is thinking about it. (California Health Line, 6/8)
 
Philadelphia Could Become 1st Major US City with Soda Tax
Philadelphia could soon become the first major U.S. city with a sugary drinks tax after a city council committee voted Wednesday to approve an amended version of a soda tax proposal that would set a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary and diet drinks. Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney wants the tax to pay for universal prekindergarten, community schools and park improvements. (AJC, 6/8)
 
Legal Medical Abortions Are Up In Texas, But So Are DIY Pills From Mexico
The recent spike in the number of women choosing legal, non-surgical abortions in U.S. clinics has not slowed brisk sales of abortion drugs in Mexican pharmacies. More and more young women from Texas are walking across the international bridge for risky, do-it-yourself medical abortions with misoprostol that lack the second drug, mifepristone, and also lack the guidance and supervision by a doctor. (NPR, 6/9)

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

UNICEF Launches Campaign on Internet Safety for Adolescents
Eight out of ten 18-year-olds believe that young people are in a grave danger of either being sexually abused or taken advantage of online noted a new report released by UNICEF. UNICEF aims to amplify adolescents’ voices to help address online violence, exploitation and abuse, and make sure that children can take full advantage of the benefits the internet and mobile phones offer. (Daily Times, 6/9)
 
IOC and UNHCR Join Forces to Better Protect Refugee Adolescents and Young Adults in Rwanda
In Rwanda for a three-day humanitarian mission, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Honorary President and Special Envoy of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for Youth Refugees and Sports, Jacques Rogge has pledged increased support for youth and sport projects in six different refugee camps. (IOC, 6/9)

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

The Health and Wellbeing of our Future Lies with Adolescents
A published article written by Georgia Lockwood Estrin, a Research Fellow for Mental Health Innovation Network, and a passionate advocate for youth mental health and wellbeing, discusses highlights from the Lancet Commission of Adolescent Health and Wellbeing, specifically those relating to mental health, and recommendations for investment and research to improve outcomes. (The Lancet Youth, 5/31)

 

NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE

 

Essentials for Childhood Framework: Steps to Create Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments for All Children
Safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are essential to prevent child abuse and neglect and to assure all children reach their full potential. The Essentials for Childhood Framework proposes strategies communities can consider to promote relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens. (CDC, 5/25)
 
Helping Families with Special Needs Children Prepare for Disasters
Disasters can be particularly difficult for families with children and youth who have special needs. During hurricane season, doctors should begin the conversations with families about potential disasters in their area, and AAP has made a Family Handout to help with this conversation. (AAP, 6/6)

 

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Global Youth Forum 2016
The World Bank Group (WBG) and its Global Partnership for Youth in Development (GPYD) are organizing the Global Youth Forum, June 13-15, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The Forum will gather more than 150 partners and representatives from the public and private sectors, civil society, and young people themselves, to exchange new and innovative ideas, and to support the actions of the global community. (The Lancet Youth, 6/7)
 
Attend the 2016 AAFP Family Medicine Global Health Workshop
Whether you’re exploring opportunities to engage in global health, preparing for your overseas experience, or seeking to broaden your clinical knowledge about global health concerns, the Global Health Workshop is the place to network, learn, and train with current and aspiring global health advocates. This years workshop takes place in Atlanta, GA from September 8-10, 2016. (AAFP, 6/8)

 

UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

Promoting Healthy Relationships & Responding to Adolescent Relationship Abuse
Join Futures Without Violence, NYPATH, and Physicians for Reproductive Health on Friday, June 10 at 12:00pm EST for Part 2 of a webinar series designed for clinicians who provide healthcare services to adolescents and young adults. Specific objectives are to define Adolescent Relationship Abuse (ARA), identify how ARA affects adolescent health, and learn how to assess and manage ARA. (NYPATH, 6/7)
 
Web Briefing: Key Issues Ahead of the International AIDS Conference in South Africa
The Kaiser Family Foundation will hold an interactive web briefing on Tuesday, June 21 at 10:00 am EDT to discuss key issues to be addressed at the upcoming International AIDS Conference on July 18-22. The conference will convene in Durban, South Africa. The web briefing will discuss the key challenges that remain in achieve the goal of an end to AIDS. (Kaiser Family Foundation, 6/7)
 
AHRQ Webinar on Health Information Technology and Improving Health Care Delivery for Children and Teens
Registration is open for a webinar on June 30, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. ET, to discuss recent research on how health information technology can better support the quality of health care delivered to children and adolescents. This webinar will include discussions on pediatric-specific electronic health record functionality and the use of a pediatric registry for reporting quality measures data. (AHRQ, 6/7)



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