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ADOLESCENT HEALTH IN THE NEWS

 

RECENT RESEARCH

 

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) May Be Most Effective Exercise Method for Obese Youth
For obese youth HIIT appears to be more effective for improving blood pressure and aerobic capacity than other forms of exercise, according to a recent meta-analysis. They found that compared with other forms of exercise, 4-12 week HIIT interventions correlated with larger decreases in systolic blood pressure and greater increases in maximum oxygen uptake. (Physician’s Briefing, 3/14)
 
Happy Teens May Become Adults with Lower Heart Attack Risk
Kids, ages 12 to 18, who live in a stress-free environment may grow up to be adults with a lower risk of heart attacks than their peers who experience social, emotional or financial difficulties during childhood, a study suggests. It found that adults who had high psychosocial wellbeing as kids were 15% less likely to have calcium deposits clogging their arteries as adults. (Reuters, 3/15)
 
Antibiotic Resistance Common in Kids’ Urinary Tract Infections
Many kids who develop urinary tract infections tied to the E. coli bacteria are now failing to respond to antibiotic treatment, a new review warns. The culprit, according to the British researchers: Drug resistance, following years of over-prescribing and misusing antibiotics. (HealthDay News, 3/16)
 
Helping Parents Apply for Insurance May Get More Kids Covered
Mentoring parents to help them navigate the byzantine world of U.S. government-sponsored health insurance may help extend coverage to more children who qualify for benefits, a small study suggests. When researchers randomly paired some parents with peer mentors to help with applications, far more kids got covered and once they got benefits, the parents also had fewer problems getting care for their kids. (Reuters, 3/17)
 
Study of Teenagers Asks: Who’s Happier, Boys or Girls?
Overall, the recently published WHO report of European teens found that girls were perhaps the worst off of any group surveyed. The report found that 15-year-old Polish, British and French girls were among those expressing the least satisfaction with their lives. They were the most likely to report a decline in their well-being, 1 in 5 reported poor or fair health, and they displayed an increased dissatisfaction with their bodies. (The New York Times, 3/18)
 
Could Growing Up Poor Raise Obesity Risks Later?
Growing up in a poor neighborhood may put people at higher risk for obesity later in life, a new study found that looked at data from American students in grades 7 through 12 and followed for 13 years. The study found that the risk of future obesity increased when teens moved into poor neighborhoods and decreased when they moved out of poor areas. (HealthDay News, 3/18)
 
Depression, Addiction Common Among Young Transgender Women
Mental health issues like depression and addiction are more common among young transgender women than the general U.S. population, according to a new study. Overall, about 42% had one or more health or addiction diagnoses. About one in five had two or more diagnoses. Rates of diagnoses among the participants were about two to four times greater than in the general U.S. population. (Reuters, 3/21)
 
Most Families Cherish a Child With Down Syndrome, Survey Finds
Families of children with Down syndrome face challenges, but by and large their experiences are positive ones, a new study suggests. These latest findings are based on surveys of 283 people with Down syndrome aged 12 and older, and over 2,700 parents and siblings. Researchers hope this study helps paint a more accurate picture of what families’ lives are like. (HealthDay News, 3/21)
 
High Anxiety Risk in Adolescence Linked to One Gene
Anxiety disorders often emerge in adolescence, when the brain goes through massive changes and new genes are expressed. In a recent study, researchers have found a gene that may be a factor in the general peak of anxiety during this time. They also found that carrying a common version of this gene may protect people from anxiety. (Live Science, 3/21)
 
Sleep-Deprived Teens May Have More Diabetes Risk Factors
Teens ages 10 to 19.who sleep less than eight hours at night are more likely to have fat around the midsection and to be resistant to insulin, which can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. The teens who slept less than 8 hours per night tended to be slightly older, to have a higher weight relative to their height, and a larger waist and neck circumference. (Reuters, 3/22)
 
Uninsured Parents Often Unaware Kids Could Be Covered
Many parents of minority children in the U.S. are unaware that their children qualify for government health insurance, a new study reveals. The researchers looked at 267 uninsured but eligible Hispanic and black children in Texas. Only 49% of their parents knew the children were eligible for government insurance. (Reuters, 3/22)

 

NATIONAL

 

UB Gets $2 Million Grant for Concussion Research
The University of Buffalo’s Concussion Management Clinic, where doctors have been advancing the diagnosis and treatment of concussions and have pioneered the use of low-level exercise to help athletes recover, are being recognized by the National Institutes of Health with a five-year, $2 million grant to study the physical changes of a concussion on teen athletes. (TWC News, 3/15)
 
How Schools are Using ‘Mindful Eating’ to Help Prevent Eating Disorders
While mindful eating is scientifically proven to help prevent overeating and obesity, a new psychological study suggests that it may also forestall eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia. Mindful Eating has been used in medical settings and eating disorder treatment centers, but bringing the practice into the classroom as a preventative tool is a new concept. (The Washington Post, 3/16)
 
Lead Taints Drinking Water in Hundreds of Schools, Day Cares Across USA
An analysis of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data showed about 350 schools and day-care centers failed lead tests a total of about 470 times from 2012 through 2015. That represents nearly 20% of the water systems nationally testing above the agency’s “action level” of 15 parts per billion. (USA Today, 3/17)
 
Commission: US Lacks Strategies to Lower Child Abuse Deaths
The U.S. lacks coherent, effective strategies for reducing the stubbornly high number of children who die each year from abuse and neglect, a commission created by Congress reported Thursday after two years of sometimes divisive deliberations. According to federal data, the number of such deaths has hovered at around 1,500 to 1,600 annually in recent years. (The New York Times, 3/17)
 
Seattle Doctors Buck Trend, Want to Allow Vaccine Opt-Outs Except for Measles
Amid growing calls to limit vaccine exemptions for children in public schools, several Seattle doctors have come up with a controversial plan: Allow personal and religious opt-outs for all shots except the one that prevents measles. The proposal, published in Pediatrics, could preserve liberty and ensure higher vaccination rates overall, they write. (The Seattle Times, 3/17)
 
Costs May Scuttle Oklahoma Anti-Abortion Curriculum Bill
Legislation that would mandate Oklahoma’s public schools to teach that life begins at conception may fail not because of its controversial nature but because the suddenly financially strapped state could have trouble paying for the course materials. A fiscal impact statement estimates it would cost up to $160,000 to develop materials for the program and that implementing it at each school district would cost about $4.78 million. (The Washington Post, 3/19)
 
When Did Porn Become Sex Ed?
The statistics on sexual assault may have forced a national dialogue on consent, but honest conversations between adults and teenagers about what happens after yes, discussions about ethics, respect, decision making, sensuality, reciprocity, relationship building, the ability to assert desires and set limits, remain rare. (The New York Times, 3/19)
 
More Sickle Cell Patients Survive, But Care Is Hard To Find When Entering Adulthood
For many years, most people with sickle cell died in childhood or adolescence. Advances in routine care have allowed many people to live longer, but the time when patients make a switch from pediatric to adult care, can be perilous for these patients. A 2010 study found that  people with sickle cell born after 1982 reported that the period immediately after they “aged out” of pediatric care was the riskiest for death. (Kaiser Health News, 3/22) 
 
North Carolina Overturns LGBT-Discrimination Bans
After Charlotte passed a city ordinance barring discrimination and creating transgender accommodation for bathroom use, Republicans in the state legislature swung into action to overrule it. The law also prevents any local governments from passing their own nondiscrimination ordinances and mandates that students in the state’s schools use bathrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate. (The Atlantic, 3/24)

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

UK’s First Sexual Health Clinic Launched for Users of Tinder, Grindr and Other Dating Apps
This sexual health clinic aims to tackle a rise in STDs, and could the UK’s first to cater specifically for users of mobile phone dating apps. Increases in the number of people having a high number of sexual partners in relation to apps has led this one NHS sexual health clinic to set up what they claim is Britain’s only service offering support for users. (The Mirror, 3/15)
 
Why the UK Housing Market is Brutal if you’re Young, LGBT and Homeless
Young LGBT people have long been over-represented among the homeless, with research from the Albert Kennedy Trust finding that this demographic comprises up to 24% of the young homeless population. Recent government changes to housing benefit policy are further exacerbating homelessness and housing problems among this group. (The Guardian, 3/22)

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
These recently published guidelines provide recommendations for primary care clinicians who are prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. The guideline addresses when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain; opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up, and discontinuation; and assessing risk and addressing harms of opioid use. (CDC, 3/18)

Review and View of Future in Cancer in Adolescents, Young Adults
A narrative review published online by JAMA Pediatrics examines the current status of cancer in adolescents and young adults and offers a view of the future. The article discusses incidence and survival, distribution and biology of disease, special challenges, the price of success, and opportunities for progress. (JAMA Network, 3/21)

Growing Up Unequal: Gender and Socioeconomic Differences in Young People’s Health and Well-Being
This book published by the WHO is the latest addition to a series of reports on young people’s health from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study.  The cross-national study has provided information about the health, well-being, social environment and health behaviour of 11, 13 and 15 year old boys and girls for over 30 years. (WHO, 3/24)

 

NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE

 

Addressing the Bigger Picture: Adverse Childhood Experiences
The AAP collaborated with Futures Without Violence to develop this free, online module to describe predictable effects of adverse childhood experiences on children’s physical, mental and behavioral health. Strategies for a trauma-informed approach in the pediatric setting are also described. (Futures Without Violence, 3/18)
 
When Depression Hits, Teens Find Help
In this NPR report on Youth Radio, a Bay Area teenager struggling with depression shares her experience, while a social worker and young multimedia producer discuss their work helping teens cope with the illness. (NPR, 3/23)

 

UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

Love Notes v2.1
Join the Dibble Institute, for their April webinar series directed at young adults. Love Notes v2.1 is a 13 lessons series in which young adults can discover, often for the first time, how to make wise choices about partners, sex, relationships, pregnancy, and more. Love Notes integrates relationship skills with pregnancy prevention and workforce readiness with practical strategies for motivating change. (The Dibble Institute, 3/23)
 
ASHA Webinar: Teaching Happiness in our Classrooms
Presented by Dr. Steve Goodwin, Associate Professor of Behavioral Health and Nutrition at the University of Delaware, this webinar will provide tools and resources to encourage school health professionals and teachers to incorporate happiness/positive psychology principles into their classrooms and personal lives. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, April 19th from 3:00-4:00pm EDT. (ASHA, 3/23)

 

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS AND PAPERS

 

Deadline for ASHA 2016 Call for Abstracts has been extended to March 28
ASHA welcomes proposals for either 60 or 30 minute oral sessions or poster presentations, for one of the following four tracks, 1) Administration, Coordination, and Leadership, 2) Programs and Services, 3) Research and Emerging Issues, 4) Teaching and Learning. The deadline has been extended to 11:59pm ET March 28th. (ASHA, 3/23)
 
Call for Submissions: Babies, Boys, and Men of Color
The Society for Research in Child Development is hosting a special topic meeting in October 2016. This meeting will focus on some of the critical issues currently affecting the developmental status of babies, boys, and men (emerging adults) of color, with a strong emphasis on understanding how experiences across multiple key contexts shape their development. SRCD and is requesting submissions with a deadline of April 5, 2016, 8:00pm EST. (SRCD, 3/23)
 
National Conference on Increasing HPV Vaccination Call for Abstracts
The National Conference on Increasing HPV Vaccination sponsored by the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable is taking place on August 29, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. This one-day conference will highlight innovative interventions for improving HPV vaccination, with the goal of advancing our understanding of what works and exploring high-impact strategies for the future. Deadline for abstract submission is May 6, 2016. (National HPV Vaccination Roundtable, 3/24)



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