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SAHM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

 

SAHM member helps found the Midwest’s first Gender and Sex Development Program for children and adolescents: Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago opens first midwest Gender and Sex Development Program (Dec 2)   

 

ADOLESCENT HEALTH IN THE NEWS

 

RECENT RESEARCH

     

Think Progress: Bigger Bowls Encourage Kids To Eat Bigger Portions (Nov 21)
Using big bowls and plates to serve food can subconsciously encourage children to eat considerably larger portions, according to a new study by Princeton University researchers.
 
News Medical: Teenage cannabis use increases in developing countries (Nov 22)
It’s common to associate cannabis use with affluent youth in wealthy societies. But the relationship between societal and family affluence and cannabis use appears to be changing. A study published online today in the scientific journal Addiction reveals that cannabis use is declining in rich countries but stable or increasing in developing countries.
 
The Sacramento Bee (CA): Researchers link sleep deprivation with criminal behavior among adolescents (Nov 22)
Lack of sleep can contribute to delinquent behavior by adolescents, according to an FIU study. Researchers have long believed that self-control is a trait developed in childhood, influenced by genetics, socialization and other developmental factors. Yet a new study published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
 
Government Health IT: New report names best practices in patient-centered outcomes research (Nov 25)
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has released its latest report – an update of the draft it released in 2012. PCORI’s Methodology Report now reflects input from public feedback and offers minimal requirements for following best practices in the conduct of scientifically PCOR, the group announced in a news release.
 
Healio: Partner communication, commitment influenced HIV testing in adolescents (Nov 25)
Partner communication about HIV and being in a committed relationship influenced inner-city adolescents to get tested for the disease, according to new study results published in the journal AIDS Patient Care and STDs.
 
Contemporary Pediatrics: Teens not getting treatment for psych disorders (Nov 25)
Fewer than half of all adolescents with psychiatric disorders receive treatment, and many that do receive treatment in a setting where specialist mental health training is unlikely to exist. Researchers recently found that a mere 45% of adolescents with a diagnosable psychiatric disorder received some form of service within the previous 12 months, and that the most common service providers were schools.
 
NPR: Emergency Contraceptive Pill Might Be Ineffective For Obese (Nov 26)
The FDA says it is reviewing whether the maker of the most widely used emergency contraceptive pill needs to change its label in light of new evidence that it doesn’t work to prevent pregnancy in overweight or obese women. The word comes as news broke Monday that makers of a similar product in Europe have re-labeled their “morning after pill” to reflect the latest scientific findings that the hormone levonogestrel starts losing its effectiveness in women weighing as little as 165 pounds and loses it completely in women who weigh more than about 175 pounds.
 
Science Daily: Drug Improves Remission of Crohn Disease Among Children, Adolescents (Nov 26)
Marzia Lazzerini, Ph.D., of the Institute for Maternal and Child Health, Trieste, Italy and colleagues evaluated the efficacy and adverse effects of thalidomide in inducing clinical remission in children and adolescents with refractory (not responding to treatment) Crohn disease.
 
Saludify: What adolescent obesity means for overall health (Nov 26)
Dr. Thomas Inge headed up a research project published recently in the journal Pediatrics demonstrating the risks adolescent obesity posed for individuals as they aged. The study participants, more than 1,500 severely obese American adults, were asked to divulge information regarding their health when they were age 18.
 
Think Progress: Parents’ Misconceptions About The HPV Vaccine Are Keeping Vaccination Rates Low (Nov 26)
Parents’ ongoing misconceptions about the HPV shot and doctors’ reticence to strongly recommend the vaccine are keeping HPV vaccination rates low among Americans boys and girls, according to a comprehensive analysis of 55 studies from 2009.
 
Medical Xpress: Communication key to adolescent health outcomes (Nov 27)
Improved communication between pediatric providers and the parents and guardians of adolescents could lead to better health outcomes, a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study reports. The findings are available online in this month’s Patient Education and Counseling.
 
Medical Xpress: Risk-taking young people need better health services (Nov 28)
Comprehensive health assessments and supports need to be more widely available for young people attending secondary schools in New Zealand, according to a new study.
 
WebProNews: E-Cigarettes Have High Rate of Usage in Teen Market (Nov 29)
The results of an e-cigarette study at UC San Francisco were recently released. In the study, conducted by postdoctoral fellow Sungkyu Lee, researchers focused on the data obtained in a national Web-based survey of 75,643 adolescents in Korea. The survey data comes from the Korea Youth Risk Behavior research completed in 2011 by the Korea Centers for Disease Control.
 
GMA Network: Later teen bedtimes tied to school problems and distress (Nov 29)
One quarter of adolescents go to bed after 11:30 on school nights, according to a new US study, which also finds those kids tend to perform worse in school and to have greater emotional distress than peers who go to bed earlier.
 
USA Today: Immune system may play crucial role in mental health (Dec 1)
A growing body of research on conditions from bipolar disorder to schizophrenia to depression is starting to suggest a tighter link than was previously realized between ailments of the mind and body. Activation of the immune system seems to play a crucial role in both.
 
Huffington Post: Rate Of Mental Health Treatment Increasing Faster For Kids Than Adults (Dec 2)
The use of mental health treatments in children has increased in recent years much more than it has among adults, a new study finds. The trend signals a growing attention to mental health problems in children, but could also be a source of concern about unnecessary medication use in children, the researchers said.
 
EurekAlert: Social ties more important than biology when it comes to teen sleep problems (Dec 2)
Medical researchers point to developmental factors, specifically the decline of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, as an explanation for why children get less sleep as they become teenagers. But a new study suggests that social ties, including relationships with peers and parents, may be even more responsible for changing sleep patterns among adolescents.
 
Science Daily: Ethnic Identification Helps Latina Adolescents Resist Media Barrage of Body Images (Dec 2)
Identification and pride in their ethnic background can act as a partial buffer against a deluge of advertisements, magazines, television shows and movies that show white women in sexualized roles, researchers said, and help teenage girls feel more comfortable with themselves and their appearance.
 
Health24: Energy drinks increase heart strain (Dec 2)
Healthy adults who consumed energy drinks high in caffeine and taurine had significantly increased heart contraction rates one hour later, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Most of the cases were identified among patients aged 18 to 25.
 
San Francisco Chronicle: Eating disorders a risk for obese adolescents (Dec 4)
A study published this fall in the journal Pediatrics found that obese adolescents are at significant risk for developing an eating disorder, yet because of their weight, symptoms often end up undetected and therefore untreated. It is a common scenario at Bay Area clinics.
 
EurekAlert: Liver transplant survival rates lower in black than white pediatric patients (Dec 5)
Novel research reveals racial and socioeconomic disparities among pediatric liver transplant patients aged 20 and younger. Findings published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society, indicate that graft and patient survival was higher in white children than minorities.
 
Think Progress: Pregnancy, Birth, And Abortion Rates For U.S. Teens Have All Hit A Record Low (Dec 5)
There’s some encouraging news in the Centers for Disease Control’s latest report about pregnancy rates among U.S. women. According to the agency, teen pregnancies have been steadily declining over the past two decades — hitting a new historic low in 2009, the most recent year with data on the subject. That’s led to new lows for the rates of teen births and abortions, too.
 
Salon: Study: Stigmatizing obesity leads to obesity (Dec 5)
Numerous causes contribute to the nation’s obesity epidemic, including our increasingly sedentary lifestyles and the easy availability of high-calorie foods. Newly published research points to another, less-obvious factor that appears to be exacerbating the problem: The negative labels we attach to people who are overweight.

NATIONAL

 

Houston Chronicle: Louie Gohmert wants parental permission before abortions (Nov 25)
The Parental Notification and Intervention Act, introduced last week and referred to committee, would make it illegal for any clinic to perform an abortion on an underage person without permission from their parents at least four days before the procedure is scheduled to occur.
 
Politico: Advocates: Campus sexual violence under-addressed (Nov 26)
The Obama administration is more aggressive than predecessors in handling campus-based sexual violence, but advocates say the Education Department still isn’t going far enough on several basic fronts.
 
Washington Post: Supreme Court to review contraceptive coverage mandate in health-care law (Nov 27)
The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to consider a new challenge to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and decide whether employers with religious objections may refuse to provide their workers with mandated insurance coverage for contraceptives.
 
MedPage Today: Helping Small Practices New Focus for AHRQ (Nov 27)
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) wants to better study how small- and medium-sized practices can incorporate findings of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) into their care, the agency’s new director said this week.
 
The Root: Obama Pledges 100,000,000 for HIV/AIDS Cure (Dec 2)
President Obama is redirecting $100 million in pursuit of finding a cure to HIV. “The United States should be at the forefront of new discoveries into how to put HIV into long-term remission without requiring lifelong therapies, or better yet, eliminate it completely,” Obama said Monday at a White House event marking World AIDS Day, which was Sunday.
 
New York Times: Poor Black and Hispanic Men Are the Face of H.I.V. (Dec 4)
The AIDS epidemic in America is rapidly becoming concentrated among poor, young black and Hispanic men who have sex with men. Despite years of progress in preventing and treating H.I.V. in the middle class, the number of new infections nationwide remains stubbornly stuck at 50,000 a year — more and more of them in these men, who make up less than 1 percent of the population.

LOCAL

 

The Princeton Packet (NJ): Providing help to adolescent girls (Dec 2)
Princeton House Behavioral Health has long been known for being a leading provider of highly skilled and compassionate behavioral healthcare, offering relief at times when life becomes clouded by mental illness, emotional difficulties or addiction.In October, the health services organization launched Supporting Adolescent Girls Emotionally (SAGE), a new program aimed at girls aged 13 to 18 who are dealing with mood and behavioral issues.
 
News OK (OK): Lack of sex education in Oklahoma City schools raises questions (Dec 2)
The state’s largest school district no longer offers sex education courses, choosing instead to teach related content that applies to core subjects like physiology and elective courses such as adult and family living. By law, public schools in Oklahoma are not required to teach sex education but must provide AIDS prevention education.

State Impact: Some Cleveland Schools to Get Health Clinics (Dec 5)
A MetroHealth doctor and nurse will work with the school nurse to provide appointments for annual check-ups and immunizations. They’ll also help students manage chronic illnesses such as asthma and diabetes. Cleveland Metropolitan School District Chief Executive Eric Gordon said he expects the care to lead to a better school report card in a district that is struggling to meet state academic standards.

INTERNATIONAL


Medical Xpress: CVD expert calls for mandatory screening of 18 year-old Mexicans (Nov 23)
A cardiovascular disease (CVD) expert is calling for mandatory screening of 18 year-old Mexicans to halt the CVD epidemic plaguing the nation. Cardiovascular risk factors will be a key theme at the Mexican Congress of Cardiology, held 23 to 27 November in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.
 
Voice of America: Adolescents Often Neglected in African HIV Programs (Nov 25)
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that only 10 percent of young men and 15 percent of young women in sub-Saharan Africa know their HIV status.  The WHO say governments need to review their laws to make it easier for adolescents to get tested for HIV and to receive counseling and treatment.
 
Medical Daily: Adolescent AIDS Rate Surges To 2.1 Million Worldwide; Girls Account For Two-Thirds Of All Newly Infected Teens (Nov 29)
A new report released by UNICEF indicates that nearly 2.1 million adolescents worldwide were living with HIV at the end of last year. Surprisingly, girls accounted for approximately two-thirds of all new HIV infections between the ages of 15 and 19. The report, which was released today, stated three key adolescent populations are most likely to be infected with HIV: sexually exploited adolescents, adolescents who inject drugs, and MSMs.
 
All Africa: Burundi: Lack of Sexual Health Services Risks the Lives of Young Women and Their Unborn (Nov 29)
Every minute, a young woman is newly infected with HIV and for women in their reproductive years HIV is the leading cause of death. In Burundi, women’s lives are at risk because there are not enough health messages in the media, and the national health information system is weak. Therefore, many adolescents, families and girls ignore or are unaware of the importance of family planning.
 
Jamaica Gleaner (Jamaica): TAKING CONDOMS TO CLASS - Health officials revisit condoms-in-schools proposal (Dec 1)
The vexed issue of access and availability of condoms to the most vulnerable age cohort in Jamaica is again placed on the front burner as Jamaica marks World AIDS Day today. The on-again, off-again debate seems to be off again, at least locally.
 
The Local (Germany): Germany to ban elective beauty ops for minors (Dec 2)
Germany’s next government will ban plastic surgery on children and minors unless it can be justified on medical grounds, according to reports on Monday. Jens Spahn, health spokesman for the Christian Democratic Union told the Spiegel magazine: “Youth protection is also about protecting young people from the consequences of a wrong-headed beauty craze.
 
Global Times: Sex education key to HIV prevention among students in China (Dec 2)
A total of 17 hundred students here in China were reportedly infected with HIV last year, an increase by 24.5 percent from a year earlier, with most contracting the virus through unprotected sex. CRI’s Hu Jia examines how this trend reflects the changes in sexual mores in recent years and how sex education could act as a safeguard to help ward off the disease.

The Moscow Times (Russia): Most Russians Support Sex Ed, Poll Says (Dec 2)
Most Russians believe schools should offer sex education lessons, according to a new survey conducted by the independent Levada Center. Russian schools do not include sex education as a standard part of the curriculum, which is considered a major factor in the failure to curb the AIDS epidemic that has raged in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
 
Stuff (New Zealand): Sex ed shortfall (Dec 4)
Most young people don’t know the legal age of sexual consent is 16, the chief of Rape Prevention Education says. The organisation has spent more than a decade visiting schools and teaching teens how to develop respectful sexual relationships.
 
Times of India (India): Health ministry to launch adolescent-friendly health clinics from January (Dec 5)
The Union government is going to launch a national adolescent-friendly health strategy in January with a view to addressing the health-related problems among the young people, including the demand for contraceptives.
 
Edmonton Journal (Canada): Alberta launches in-school HPV vaccines for boys (Dec 5)
Alberta will become the second province in Canada to start vaccinating boys in schools against a common sexually transmitted virus that causes cancer, the government announced Thursday. Girls have been vaccinated in Alberta schools since 2008, although some Catholic school boards still don’t allow health officials on school property to administer the shots, which are also available through clinics.

 

 

BLOGS/OPINION PIECES

 

Think Progress: Want To Tackle Sex Ed, Domestic Violence, Or Street Harassment? There’s An App For That (Nov 22)
The health industry has been eager to take advantage of emerging technologies. There are tens of thousands of mobile apps related to health available for download — everything from fitness trackers to calorie counters to programs that help medical professionals better monitor their patients. The field is growing so rapidly that the Food and Drug Administration now has the power to review the new mobile apps entering the market.
 
Houston Chronicle: “Spirituality and depression are one journey” – Dr. Lisa Miller (Nov 25)
On November 16, The Spirituality of Hope and Healing: Seeking the Sacred in the Midst of Despair was the theme for the 22nd Annual Psychotherapy and Faith Conference hosted by the Institute of Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.
 
Mother Nature Network: Screen time linked to childhood obesity (again) (Nov 25)
It’s not a shocker, but it is confirmation. A new study has found that kids and teens who spend more time in front of a screen each day are more likely to gain weight as they age.
 
The Week: Sex education fails when it’s all about sex not emotions (Nov 26)
We are meant to be more savvy about sex, now, aren’t we? And yet, The Times reports today that “teenage girls are falling victim to degrading sexual violence and exploitation by their classmates because schools fail to give pupils vital information about sex and healthy relationships.” Unfortunately, many will read the “gangs and groups” bit and think it doesn’t apply to them, or their children.
 
Health India: World AIDS Day 2013: Focus on adolescents (Nov 28)
More than 2 million adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 years are living with HIV, and many do not receive the care and support that they need to stay in good health and prevent transmission. The failure to support effective and acceptable HIV services for adolescents has resulted in a 50% increase in reported AIDS-related deaths in this group compared with the 30% decline seen in the general population from 2005 to 2012.
 
Contemporary Ob/Gyn: PCOS in adolescents: beyond the reproductive implications (Dec 2)
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders in adolescent and adult women, and importantly has both reproductive and metabolic consequences. However, PCOS is likely underdiagnosed, especially in adolescent patients. It is challenging to make a diagnosis during the 1–2 years following menarche because normal pubertal changes can mimic features of PCOS.
 
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange: OP-ED: Life-Saving Suicide Prevention Resources Address Critical Need in Juvenile Justice System (Dec 2)
When it comes to high risk for suicide, youth in contact with the juvenile justice system stand out. It is alarming. Fortunately, staff within the system can play a crucial preventive role by working collectively to provide guidance, support and access to needed care.
 
Huffington Post: Closer Than Ever to An AIDS-Free Generation (Dec 2)
As CDC Director, I’ve had the privilege of meeting with nurses, doctors, outreach workers, and people living with HIV in communities across the U.S. and around the world.
 
Huffington Post: Our Shared Responsibility in Ending AIDS (Dec 2)
The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day, “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-free Generation” could not be more timely. It reminds us that we as the United States join countries around the world in this fight against HIV/AIDS and in creating an AIDS-free generation.
 
Think Progress: How Can We Stop Meningitis Outbreaks On Cramped College Campuses? (Dec 4)
Eight students at Princeton University and four at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have been infected with confirmed cases of bacterial meningitis. Officials at both schools, in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control, have taken extraordinary measures to prevent the nascent outbreaks from spreading. 
 
RH Reality Check: The Politics of Fat and Emergency Contraceptives (Dec 4)
I am a fat Black woman from the South. I exist at the intersection of multiple identities that medical research labels “vulnerable populations.” The label “vulnerable population” describes people who are frequently excluded from involvement in medical research, including clinical trials, because they are perceived as difficult to reach by the research community.



NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE

 

CDC: Telebriefing Transcript: Status of Serogroup B Meningitis Cases in the United States
On November 25th, the CDC hosted a telebriefing on meningococcal disease this afternoon.  The speaker for this afternoon’s telebriefing was Dr. Amanda Cohn, a pediatrician and an expert in meningococcal disease here at CDC.  The telebriefing covered some of the basics, a brief update about what’s been happening over the last couple of weeks around meningococcal disease, in both New Jersey and in California, and what the CDC believes is important for everyone to know as we plan for our holidays and make travel connections. 
 
Office of Adolescent Health: November 2013: Digital Tools to Support Adolescents, Disaster Preparedness Guides, Health Insurance Marketplace News, and More
This November, the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) identifies important resources for adolescents’ health from across the federal government.  See the resources below for new ways of keeping up-to-date on adolescent health and preventing substance abuse, as well as information on the Health Insurance Marketplace and protecting youth online and in the case of “real world” disasters.



CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

NCIRD NetConferences: Current Issues in Immunizations
Date and Time: December 12, 2013, 12 noon - 1pm Eastern
Moderator: Dr. Andrew Kroger
Speakers and Topics: 
National Influenza Vaccination Week: Cindy Fowler, BS, CDC/NCIRD
Early Season Influenza Vaccination Coverage: Walter Williams, MD, MPH, CDC/NCIRD
Influenza Immunization Strategies: Carolyn Bridges, MD, CDC/NCIRD
This is a limited registration event. Registration will close on December 10th or when the course is full.

 


CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS AND PAPERS

 

The abstract submission deadline for oral or poster presentation at the 2014 Annual Conference on Vaccine Research (ACVR) has been extended to Wednesday, December 11, 2013. The 2 ½ day conference sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is scheduled for April 28-30, 2014 in Bethesda, MD. The ACVR provides a forum for high-quality, current reports of scientific progress and best practices among diverse stakeholders. NFID invites individuals in the early stages of their career in any field of vaccinology to apply for the Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award which includes $10,000 to support future research.

 



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