SAHM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
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SAHM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

 

SAHM Member Ken Ginsburg was featured in the Deerfield Review (IL): Ginsburg to speak in Deerfield, Lincolnshire on adolescents (Nov 1)           
For adolescents to achieve success, there’s one thing that’s more important than a high grade point average, high-stakes testing or even the prestige of an ivy-league college. Resilience is the true key, says Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg…And parents can greatly influence the resilience of their children, said Ginsburg. He will build upon that idea when he presents “Building Resilience: Raising Children Who Are Prepared to Thrive” in Deerfield next week.

 

 

 

ADOLESCENT HEALTH IN THE NEWS

 

RECENT RESEARCH

 

San Francisco Chronicle (CA): Early onset of puberty in girls linked to obesity (Nov 3)
Girls are starting puberty at younger ages - a full year earlier than previously reported in some cases - and the main factor associated with early breast development is obesity, according to a new long-term study released Monday.
 
MedPage Today: Bariatric Surgery Safe in Very Obese Teens (Nov 4)                      
Severely obese teens who underwent weight-loss surgery had a low number of short-term complications following treatment, researchers found. Among a sample of teens who received gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy, or adjustable gastric banding, there were no deaths during the initial hospitalization or within 30 days of any operation                       
 
Atlanta Journal Constitution (GA): Teens on violence, bullying: Half of high school boys admit to hitting out of anger (Nov 4)
Survey data released today by the Josephson Institute of Ethics has found that one in three students (about 30 percent) say violence is a big problem in high school, one in five students say they do not feel safe at school and 50 percent of the boys (37 percent for girls) admitted hitting a person in the past year because they were angry.
 
USA Today: In cervical cancer fight, 1 shot could be enough (Nov 4)
A national study released Monday suggests that one shot may be enough to prevent cervical cancer — opening the possibility of cheaper and easier vaccinations in the future. Reducing the number of doses from the three shots now required could be particularly helpful in developing nations and poverty-stricken U.S. regions.
 
Philadelphia Inquirer (PA): Bodybuilding Boys Often Try Drugs and Alcohol, Study Finds (Nov 4)
Teenaged boys who pump iron and pop steroids in hopes of improving their appearance may be at risk for binge drinking and drug abuse, a new study suggests. This kind of behavior is really a type of eating disorder, said lead researcher Alison Field. Many people are just familiar with anorexia and bulimia as eating disorders, and they typically believe young women are the only ones who struggle with body image, she added.
 
USA Today: Report: Idling buses, cars outside schools dangerous (Nov 4)
When children walk into their school building, they may pass through some of the dirtiest air on their travel from home to class. A recently published study by a researcher at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and three other community organizations not only proves this is the case, it also points the way to reduce the exposure – simply turn off the engines of idling buses and cars.
 
CBS: Eating disorders in male teens may be more common than once thought (Nov 5)
Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital studied teen males across the country, and found about 18 percent of them had extreme concerns about their weight and physique, raising their risk to start engaging in risky behaviors. “Clinicians may not be aware that some of their male patients are so preoccupied with their weight and shape that they are using unhealthy methods to achieve the physique they desire,” study author Alison Field said in a statement.
 
Healio: Teen-LABS: Adolescents benefit from bariatric surgery (Nov 5)
Adolescents with severe obesity and various comorbidities presented favorable safety outcomes after bariatric surgery, according to initial data from the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery Study.
           

 
Triangle Business Journal (NC): RTI, UNC join forces to change cancer care protocol (Nov 5)
Researchers at RTI International and the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center will team up to work to develop valid and reliable measures of patient-centered communication in cancer care delivery settings.
 
News Medical: Comorbid anxiety problematic for adolescents with bipolar disorder (Nov 5)
Anxiety disorders are common in children and adolescents with bipolar disorder and adversely affect their outcomes, suggest study findings. The 5-year follow-up study found that 62% of 413 children and adolescents aged 7–17 years with confirmed bipolar disorder had at least one anxiety disorder. Of these, about half were diagnosed with two or more anxiety disorders.
 
Counsel & Heal: Parent’s Friendships Model Adolescent Relationships (Nov 6)
Parent’s friendships with other adults can influence their children’s relationships with kids, according to a new study. Researchers said this is particularly true when it comes to negative aspects of these relationships like conflict and antagonism.
 
Science Daily: Motives Assessed for Opioid Misuse Among Adolescents (Nov 6)
Previous studies have reported that the majority of adolescents who are prescribed opioids use them properly, but there are subgroups of adolescents who do not. The authors found that even though the majority of medical misusers said they were motivated by their need for pain relief, 30 percent of medical misusers and 47 percent of nonmedical misusers said they were also motivated by non-pain relief choices, such wanting “to get high.”
 
St. Louis Dispatch (MO): Many health woes in teens seeking obesity surgery (Nov 7)
U.S. teens seeking weight-loss surgery have a startling number of health problems that used to be seen only in adults, according to a major government-funded study. Half the teens had at least four major illnesses linked with their excess weight. Three out of four had cholesterol problems; almost half had high blood pressure or joint pain; and many had diseased livers or kidneys.
 
NewsWorks: Temple study links lack of sleep with risk of childhood obesity (Nov 7)
Could a lack of sleep make children eat more? As scientists and policymakers are scrambling to put the brakes on rising childhood obesity rates, a new study suggests a potential link between not enough sleep and food intake.
 
MMWR: Youth Exposure to Alcohol Advertising on Television — 25 Markets, United States, 2010 (Nov 8)
In 25 of the largest television markets in the United States, approximately one in four alcohol advertisements on a sample of 40 national TV programs popular with youths had underage audiences >30%, exceeding the alcohol industry’s voluntary 2003 self-regulatory codes.
 
Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health: Latino Youths’ Sexual Values Linked to Their Negotiation of Condom Use
A survey of 571 Latino men and women aged 16–22 in the San Francisco Bay Area found that these youths’ sexual values were linked to the strategies they employed to negotiate using or avoiding use of condoms in their relationships.    

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Green Bay Gazette (WI): Social stressors can trigger eating disorders in your child (Nov 1)
With the start of a new school year, the stage is set for exciting experiences for teens. But there are also many emotional and stressful triggers as they adjust to new academic and social expectations. This extra pressure can lead to the start of eating disorders in teens.
 
USA Today: Policies hamper students’ return from mental health leave (Nov 4)
While most universities offer support for students with mental health conditions, some who have taken psychological leave have found the process of returning to school difficult or impossible.
 
USA Today: Mental health bills may limit young Americans’ clout (Nov 6)
High mental health costs for young adults threaten to undermine a key assumption of the Affordable Care Act: that insuring more young people will lower costs because they are healthier and require less expensive care.
 
Huffington Post: Sexual Health Report Card Rankings Top 10: Grading The Nookie IQ Of Major Colleges (Nov 6)
Condom-maker Trojan released its annual Sexual Health Report Card Rankings on Wednesday. The study gives an “A” to the major universities that best promote awareness through programs, counseling and websites, while offering greater clinic availability, STI testing and free or low-cost contraception, and lists universities that are best in sexual health.
 
Los Angeles Times (CA): Citing health risks, FDA moves to ban trans fat from processed foods (Nov 7)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed a rule change that would eliminate trans fat from all processed foods in a move the agency said would prevent heart attacks and other heart disease.       

LOCAL

 

Fox News: Federal appeals court reinstates most of Texas’ abortion restrictions (Oct 31)
A federal appeals court issued a ruling Thursday reinstating most of Texas’ controversial new abortions restrictions, just three days after a federal judge ruled they were unconstitutional. The decision by the panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals means as many as 12 clinics won’t be able to perform the procedure starting as soon as Friday.
 
The Banner Press (NE): Gauging youth behavioral health needs (Nov 4)
Nebraska officials want to know what services are important to Nebraska children and teens when they face serious behavioral health challenges, so they’re asking the youth, their families and community providers to complete a survey. The survey period is open until Nov. 22.
 
Idea Stream: Checking Into The Doctor’s Office At School (Nov 5)
Noting that many of the district’s students lack consistent medical care, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District has joined with MetroHealth System to open its first school-based health center.
 
ABC News: Judge Suspends Ban on Iowa Abortion Pill System (Nov 6)
An Iowa judge ruled Tuesday that Planned Parenthood could still use video conferencing to distribute abortion-inducing pills while the organization challenges a new ban on the practice in court.
 
Grand Haven Tribune (MI): Talking about tanning (Nov 7)
State lawmakers are discussing banning indoor tanning for those younger than 18. States with similar bans are California, Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Vermont. The United Kingdom, Germany, Scotland, France, and several Australian states and Canadian provinces have also banned indoor tanning for minors.

INTERNATIONAL

    

Zambia Daily Mail (Zambia): Sex education key to reducing HIV prevalence (Nov 1)
Limited knowledge about sexual reproductive health and sexuality education among some pupils has prompted organisations like UNESCO in collaboration with other stakeholders to initiate ways of educating pupils. Pupils, however, are not the only ones who are being taken advantage of. As a result, the Zambian government has pledged to introduce comprehensive sexuality education in schools to avail pupils the necessary knowledge.
 
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (Fiji): 10 percent pregnant mothers in Fiji are adolescent (Nov 2)
Neil Sharma says they have found some of the factors that lead to adolescent pregnancy in Fiji include gender inequality and violence against women. Dr Sharma says the Health Ministry is trying its best to overcome this issue.
 
Nigerian Tribune (Nigeria): Children giving birth to children; Sachet water factories now baby factories (Nov 2)
The World Health Organisation also reports that about 16 million girls aged between 15 and 19 years and two million girls under the age of 15 give birth every year. A grimmer picture of this reality for Nigeria particularly was recently painted by the National Population Commission (NPC), which disclosed that 50,000 teenage girls die yearly in Nigeria due to early pregnancy.
 
Daily Record (UK): Revealed: Schools warned to take action after health chiefs reveal outbreak of deadly syphilis sex bug in teenage pupils (Nov 2)
NHS Lanarkshire warned schools to take action following an alarming increase in the number of reported incidents of the killer sexually transmitted disease. Teachers were given a presentation last week outlining dangers to pupils after figures revealed the number of people catching syphilis has jumped by more than 40 per cent in the area in a year. They were told 15 to 17-year-olds are a particular concern.
 
Birmingham Mail (UK): One thousand girls aged 13 or 14 on the pill in the Midlands (Nov 3)
One thousand underage girls are taking the contraceptive pill in the Midlands. Five hundred of these are in the East Midlands, representing 2.4 per cent of youngsters aged 13 to 14–the highest proportion of underage users in England. There were also 500 teenagers aged 13 to 14 taking the contraceptive pill in the West Midlands, representing 1.3 per cent, which is below the national average of 1.6 per cent.
 
Daily Mail (UK): Hunt blocks bid to give girls morning-after pill in advance: Critics say move could fuel promiscuity and lead to rise in STIs (Nov 3)
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is blocking controversial guidance which would allow teenagers to stockpile the morning-after pill, it has emerged. NICE, the NHS rationing body, wants to issue advice to GPs and chemists to give all women access to ‘advance provision’ of emergency contraception.

The Scotsman (Scotland): Scottish teenagers’ disturbing views on sex (Nov 3)
A study of more than 1,000 pupils in S3-S6 found that 27 per cent believe that when a girl refuses consent she does not always mean it. The survey also found that a third of teenagers do not know about the dangers of sharing needles and almost 20 per cent do not realise that using a condom can help them avoid sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
           
            Paisley Daily Express (Scotland): Parents ‘must bow to sex education’ (Nov 5)
 
Ottawa Citizen (Canada): Pediatricians back Prozac-like drugs for children (Nov 6)
The group representing the nation’s pediatricians says the potential benefits of Prozaclike antidepressants - drugs that have only ever been officially approved for use in adults in Canada - outweigh the potential harms when used in children.
 
Winnepeg Free Press (Canada): Too few aboriginal girls getting HPV vaccine (Nov 7)
The HPV vaccine now given to Manitoba schoolgirls won’t shrink cervical-cancer rates as much as promised unless more aboriginal girls get the shot. That’s according to a just-published study that found big gaps in vaccination rates among aboriginal and non-aboriginal girls could dampen the impact of the much-touted cancer-fighting inoculation, even among the non-aboriginal population.

 

 

BLOGS/OPINION PIECES


Think Progress: Most Colleges Still Haven’t Implemented The Right Policies To Prevent Rape (Oct 31)
The vast majority of universities in the United States don’t have adequate policies to help lower the rates of sexual assault on campus, according to a new survey that draws from data from nearly 300 colleges.
 
Think Progress: United Nations: Shaming Girls For Getting Pregnant Isn’t The Right Way To Decrease Teen Births (Nov 1)
In a new report about the state of motherhood around the world, United Nations officials note that tackling the issue of teen births is imperative to ensure the health and safety of young girls whose bodies aren’t ready to endure pregnancy. But the UN Population Fund is also emphasizing that working to lower the number of teen births doesn’t mean that the girls who do become pregnant should be criticized or shamed.
 
Huffington Post: The Rights of Our Daughters: Fighting for Global Reproductive Health (Nov 1)
Just over a decade ago, the United Nations took unprecedented steps to meet the needs of the world’s poorest by creating the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a blueprint for action that was agreed to by 189 nations and dozens of leading development institutions.
 
St. Cloud Times (MN): Our View: Interest in youth mental health care program is promising (Nov 2)
When it comes to health care, improvements in treatment often result in increased costs. Yet, a program in Dakota County that serves children and teens who have serious mental health issues is seeing exceptional outcomes while saving considerable money.

Feministing: Why 27% of Scottish students think No means Yes (Nov 4)
A recent study of 1,000 students published by the Scottish Government reveals that 27% of Scottish teens believe that when a girl says no she doesn’t really mean it. The finding highlights that the problem with sex education curricula isn’t restricted to simply the US.
 
Think Progress: College Students In Texas Protest Having To Leave Campus To Get A Rape Kit (Nov 4)
If a woman got raped on campus at the University of North Texas, she would need to leave campus and find a hospital before she could get evidence collected on her sexual assault. The campus’s student health center doesn’t have what is commonly known as a rape kit.
 
RH Reality Check: The Time Has Come: Free Condoms in Every High School (Nov 4)
Making free condoms available in schools: It’s an idea that has long been bandied about on the right as evidence of the supposed excesses of liberal ideology. Take, for example, the hysterical coverage of ”rubbers” in New York schools from conservative rag the New York Daily News. Well, the idea that condoms should be made available free to teenagers isn’t really a radical leftist idea anymore, if it ever was.
 
Journal Times (WI): Journal Times editorial: Increase teens’ access to condoms (Nov 4)
Abstinence from sexual activity, of course, is 100 percent effective at birth control and reducing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. It’s what we recommend for teenagers. But that’s not the world we live in, is it? Teenagers have sex.
 
Pak Tribune (Pakistan): Youth and reproductive health (Nov 6)
In every society, the youth holds the key to the future. In Pakistan, 70 percent of the population consists of young people. They have unique needs but the youth of Pakistan is never made a partner at the state level in the decision making process. Their views do not matter.
 
Midland Daily News (MI): Latest A Forever Recovery Blog Post Reveals Why Adolescent Drug Abuse is Rising (Nov 6)
Addiction recovery professionals, elected officials, school administrators, community leaders, parents and everyone else who want to grasp why adolescent drug and alcohol abuse is rising -- despite the so-called “war on drugs” that has been raging for more than four decades – can glean powerful insights from a new blog post published by A Forever Recovery, a leading addiction treatment center.
 
Scoop (New Zealand): Free Condoms Give Sexual Licence, Not Sexual Health (Nov 7)
Family First NZ is slamming free condom schemes to teens as young as 13 in the Hawkes Bay and Timaru calling them irresponsible and sending a dangerous message.
 
The Red & Black: South’s sex education needs more progressive lessons (Nov 7)
Growing up on the belt buckle of the Bible Belt may have had something to do with sex being the absolute taboo. I remember my first sex education class in middle school: we had a booklet that our health teacher took us through to teach us about parts, hormones and scary diseases. The last page was an abstinence statement that each student had to sign.



 

NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE

 

Child Trends: New Adolescent Health Highlight on Dating and Sexual Relationships
Presents key research findings about the prevalence of and trends in adolescents’ dating and sexual relationships; discusses dating and sexual behaviors that may put adolescents at risk for negative outcomes; examines how these behaviors vary by gender, age, and race/ethnicity; and considers individual, family, and media influences on adolescents’ sexual behaviors.



 

UPCOMING WEBINARS AND TWITTER CHATS

 

Office of Adolescent Health Twitter Chat: Engaging Dads
This Twitter chat, hosted by the Office of Adolescent Health (@TeenHealthGov), will enable those who work with and care about adolescents to connect with each other and learn more about why fathers are important in the lives of adolescents, best practices and tips for parenting adolescents, and what programs can do to engage all fathers – both those already involved in their adolescent’s life, and those who may not be. We’ll also discuss a range of helpful resources.
Date/Time: November 20, 3-4pm EST
 
SAHM: Understanding Youth Violence: Integrating Assessment, Prevention and Intervention in the Clinical Setting
SAHM webinars provide a convenient and cost-effective educational experience for clinicians who care for adolescents and young adults and who want to integrate current knowledge into their practices, for faculty and fellows in adolescent training programs, or for any healthcare students and professionals who wish to understand more about the unique care needs of adolescents and young adults.
Instructors: Avril Melissa Houston, MD, MPH; Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD; and Eric Sigel, MD
Date: Time: November 21, 1-2:30 p.m. EST
 
National Coalition of STD Directors:How Can We Measure Sexual Health? A Perspective from the Sexual Health Rankings Project
Martin Downs, MPH, lead author and researcher of the Sexual Health Rankings, 2012, will discuss ways to measure sexual health that rise above a disease focus.
Date/Time: November 21st, 1-2:30 pm EST


True Child: Gender Norms Webinar
Join the FISA Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHoP) and the Girls Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania for a unique webinar devoted to the impact of gender norms on young Black girls’ health and wellness. Register here.
Date/Time: December 3, 2-3pm EST. 

 


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