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SurfKY: Stay Alive Kentucky 2013 Creates Awareness of Teenage Suicide (Nov 8)
On Friday, the University of Kentucky Division of Adolescent Medicine in conjunction with the Stop Youth Suicide campaign and the Ohio Valley Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine hosted Stay Alive Kentucky 2013, an educational program for physicians, health professionals, parents and students. The program taught attendees how to detect signs indicating that a teenager may be contemplating suicide and ways to prevent it. 
 
The Baltimore Sun (MD): Maria Trent, on the ascent (Nov 11)
Simply referring to Maria Trent, M.D., as a pediatrician is a bit like calling Barack Obama an executive. The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center doctor’s continuing achievements as a researcher, clinician, professor and advocate for adolescent health education brought her to the attention of Ebony magazine’s editorial board, which named her in its December issue as one of the nation’s 100 most influential African-Americans for 2013.

 

 

ADOLESCENT HEALTH IN THE NEWS

 

RECENT RESEARCH

 
Science Daily: Oxytocin Gene Partly Responsible for How Adolescents Feel (Nov 7)
people are less sensitive to oxytocin and therefore more likely to feel lonely. Various indicators have already suggested this. This prompted a group of behavioral researchers in Nijmegen to carry out a fresh and in-depth study of oxytocin effects in a group in which ‘belonging’ is of paramount importance: young adolescents.
 
Imperial College London: Adolescents take twice as long as adults to get treatment for psychosis (Nov 8)
Under-18s who experience psychosis go untreated after their first psychotic symptoms for twice as long as adults, according to new research.
 
Health Canal: Teen night owls likely to perform worse academically, emotionally (Nov 10)
Teenagers who go to bed late during the school year are more prone to academic and emotional difficulties in the long run, compared to their earlier-to-bed counterparts, according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley.
 
Huffington Post: Study on Incarcerated Youth Shows Potential to Lower Anti-social Behavior (Nov 10)
Unexpected are results from a study published this week conducted on the adolescent unit of Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York City found that something as simple as focusing on the breath may pave the way to reduced recidivism.
 
Coloradoan (CO): Many health problems found in teens seeking obesity surgery (Nov 10)
.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.
 
HealthDay News: Exercise May Help Ease Depression in Teens: Study (Nov 10)
Teens can suffer from depression like everyone else, but a small new study hints that exercise might help ease the condition. According to the researchers, the workouts were linked to significant boosts in mood, with depression severity cut by 63 percent.
 
HealthDay News: Teens May Have Less Impulse Control When Faced With Danger (Nov 11)
Teens react more impulsively to danger than children or adults, which might explain why they’re more likely to be involved in crimes, according to a new study.
 
Medical Xpress: Teen athletes at risk for medication misuse (Nov 11)
Teen athletes derive many positive benefits from participating in sports, but their increased risk of sports-related injuries may also heighten their risk for medication misuse and abuse, especially for boys, finds a recent study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
 
Chicago Tribune (IL): Study shows link between bone health, binge drinking (Nov 12)
Scientists say they have uncovered a new factor behind the detrimental effects of binge drinking on bone health, a discovery they say could eventually help speed up the slow healing caused by excessive alcohol.
A recent study by Loyola University Medical Center researchers shows that too much alcohol blocks a key protein from “recruiting” stem cells needed to create cartilage for healing.
 
NBC News: Being a bully linked to casual, risky sex (Nov 12)
Teens who bully other kids, or are both bullies and bullied themselves, are more likely to engage in risky sex, according to a new study. That’s especially the case among heterosexual teens, researchers say.
 
Health Day News: Brain Stimulation Shows Promise for Eating Disorders (Nov 12)
New research suggests that some patients with anorexia or bulimia who receive targeted, noninvasive magnetic brain stimulation may experience relief from their binge eating and purging behaviors.
 
MedPage Today: Teens more likely to fight than flee (Nov 13)
Teens were more likely to actively respond to aggressive cues than were children or adults, researchers reported here. In a go/no-go task, where aggressive faces were a target for “no go,” teens showed a higher propensity than adults or children to react (pressing a button) when presented with an aggressive face 
 
Irish Health: ADHD patients ‘vulnerable to addiction‘ (Nov 13)
People with ADHD are at an increased risk of developing an addiction problem, with tobacco and cannabis the most likely offenders, experts have warned.
 
News Fix: Eating disorders often associated with reproductive health problems (Nov 13)
Women with eating disorders are less likely to have children than others in the same age group, indicates a study conducted at the University of Helsinki, Finland. The likelihood for miscarriage was more than triple for binge-eating disorder (BED) sufferers and the likelihood of abortion more than double for bulimics than others in the same age group.
 
RH Reality Check: Study: Mentorship by Black Teachers Can Reduce Unintended Pregnancies Among Black Teens (Nov 13)
new study analyzing teen pregnancy rates in Georgia finds that the presence of more Black teachers can decrease the rate of teen pregnancies among Black girls.
 
Huffington Post: Teens Who Stay Up Late Could Face Academic, Emotional Problems Later On (Nov 14)
Teens who stay up late on school nights -- whether it be due to homework, chatting online with friends or late sports practices -- may experience more academic and emotional problems than their peers who are earlier to bed, a new study suggests.
 
USA Today: Fewer teens smoke but more use e-cigarettes, hookahs (Nov 14)
Fewer U.S. teens are smoking cigarettes, but more are getting a nicotine fix from hookahs and electronic cigarettes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports today.
 

CDC MMRW: Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011 and 2012 (Nov 15)
 
BBC (UK): Electronic cigarettes ‘could save millions of lives’ (Nov 12)

 
Daily Mail (UK): Thousands of GIRLS may have undiagnosed autism because they can hide the signs better than boys (Nov 14)
Thousands of girls may have autism that has never been diagnosed because they cover-up the signs so well, researchers believe. Figures show that boys are nine times more likely to develop the condition than girls and experts assumed this was due to genetic differences. But research by University College London and Bristol Universities suggests many more females may have the condition than previously because they mask the tell-tale signs.
 
Reuters: Childhood Trauma Linked To Teen Weight Problems (STUDY) (Nov 14)
Children who have gone through trying times are more likely to be overweight by age 15, a new study suggests. Stress in childhood has been associated with a greater risk of becoming overweight, although the link isn’t always consistent from study to study, researchers said.

NATIONAL


USA Today: Mental health bills may limit young Americans’ clout (Nov 7)
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. But while those younger Americans may not have physical ailments, they are more likely to have mental health issues that will now be treated the same as physical problems because of the law.
 
New Republic: If College Students Can’t Say What ‘Consent’ Is, Then We Should Teach It Sooner (Nov 7)
The lessons on consent, sexual assault, and healthy relationships that colleges offer during orientation programs are notoriously campy, to the point where many students regard them as humorous entertainment. In response to bad publicity, colleges have rushed to amend both their punishment guidelines and their consent and sexual assault education programs. However, some efforts struck some students as a continuation of insufficient—and unintentionally comical—teaching on consent and sexual assault.
 
Boston Globe (MA): ‘Snowplow parents’ overly involved in college students’ lives (Nov 9)
Everyone has heard of parents who do their grade schooler’s science project or are overly involved in their kids’ social lives. But the infamous helicopter parents, hovering over their younger children, are now transitioning into so-called snowplow parents, trying to smooth a path for their kids even after they’ve started college.
 
New York Times: Using Humor to Talk About Birth Control (Nov 10)
Few things may be less comfortable to talk about with one’s parents than sex and birth control, and with that in mind, a new public service campaign hopes to offer guidance through a series of ads and online videos. The pro bono effort, called “We Get You,” promotes Bedsider.org, a website that offers information on birth control. The campaign is aimed at African-American women 18 to 29 years old.
 
The National Law Review: Final Mental Health Parity Rules Released (Nov 11)
The Departments of HHS, Labor, and the Treasury jointly issued a long-awaited final rule that implements the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA).  The final rule decreases the differences between mental health benefits and other medical benefits by requiring most health plans offering benefits for mental health and substance abuse disorders to offer them in the same way as other medical benefits.
 
CNN: Obama reveals daughter Malia’s peanut allergy at bill signing (Nov 13)
President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a bill that, it turns out, hits close to home. H.R. 2094, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, was passed with bipartisan support to help students with food allergies, including oldest daughter Malia.
 
Washington Post: Administration: 106,000 Enrolled In Health Insurance In First Month Of HealthCare.gov (Nov 13)
The Obama administration reported Wednesday that slightly more than 106,000 people were able to enroll in new health-insurance plans during the first month of the troubled Internet marketplace under the new health-care law. The numbers represent a fraction of the half-million health-plan enrollees that the Obama administration had initially projected.
 
Pew Research Center: Obesity and poverty don’t always go together (Nov 13)
Americans overwhelmingly see obesity as a very serious public health problem, one with consequences not just for individuals but society as a whole, a new Pew Research Center report finds. But just who is obese? Research on obesity and socioeconomic status from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention throws a few twists into the common wisdom that, in the U.S. at least, obesity is primarily a disease of the poor.
 
The Atlantic: Obesity, Not Old People, Is Making Healthcare Expensive (Nov 14)
Since 1900, the average American lifespan has increased by 30 years, or by 62 percent. That nugget comes near the beginning of a new report taking stock of the U.S. healthcare system, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week, and it’s also pretty much the last piece of good news in it.     
 
Reuters: An apologetic Obama unveils fix on health law (Nov 14)
Obama, trying to limit the political damage to his presidency and fellow Democrats, said health insurers could extend by at least one year policies due to be canceled because they do not comply with new minimum requirements under the law.      

 

LOCAL

 

Think Progress: Abstinence-Only Course In Texas Tells Kids That Having Sex Makes Them Like A Chewed-Up Piece Of Gum (Nov 7)
Starting in middle school, students attending the Canyon Independent School District are instructed that they should remain a virgin until they get married. And the teachers who work in those Texas schools are instructed to drive this point home by telling kids that they don’t want to be like a used toothbrush or a chewed-up piece of gum.
 
Middletown Press (CT): Connecticut girls getting HPV vaccine, but disparities persist (Nov 11)
When it comes to vaccinating adolescent females against human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted disease known to be the main cause of cervical cancer, Connecticut boasts a slightly higher participation rate than the national average.
 
WWMT (MI): Special Report: Sex Education (Nov 11)
Female co-eds in Michigan are skipping high tuition costs by turning to the “sugar baby lifestyle.” Since 2012, the website SeekingArrangement.com says thousands of women have signed up, seeking out ‘sugar daddies’ to pay for tuition, rent, cars, even plastic surgery. The website says there are 4,800 sugar babies and 9,000 sugar daddies in Michigan.
 
CBS Local (TX): Quality Of Life Report: Nearly 1/3 Of Dallas Co. Kids Live In Poverty (Nov 12)
According to the Children’s Medical Center annual snapshot of local children’s health, “Beyond ABC: Assessing Children’s Health in Dallas County,” nearly a third of the children in Dallas County live in poverty.
“Poverty is the common factor in substandard academic achievement, exposure to crime, domestic abuse and illness, and poor health resulting from lack of access to preventive health care,”
 
Sun Sentinel (FL): Broward school district plans to update sex ed (Nov 12)
Hoping to slash the staggeringly high numbers of HIV/AIDS cases in Broward County, the school district plans to require schools to offer a more inclusive and updated sexual health curriculum.
 
The Missourian (MO): Youth First Aid Not All Physical (Nov 13)
Statistics show an alarmingly high percentage of children in the United States suffer from some kind of mental disorder. In an effort to help these youth at the local level, the St. Clair R-XIII School District is offering to train adults in “youth mental health first aid.”
 
Komo News (WA): Could walking to school reduce childhood obesity? (Nov 13)
As obesity rates continue to rise in the United States, many experts are looking for new tools to fight this epidemic. But, a Seattle pediatrician is trying a more traditional method to keep children at a healthy weight: walking to school.
 
Valley News Live (ND): Healthier Me: Social Media & Eating Disorders (Nov 13)
The increasing popularity of social media is also increasing the number of young people with body image issues.  Doctors say kids are bombarded these days with more pictures and more ways to be exposed to distorted images.
 
Mirror (UK): Teenager who plunged from 23st to just 6st refused to believe he had ‘girl’s disease’ anorexia (Nov 13)
Paul Donald has set up his own charity after finding a shocking lack of support for the growing number of young men and boys with eating disorders
 
Philadelphia Inquirer (PA): Team eating disorder treatment approach spreading among college campuses (Nov 14)
It has been a standard in the eating disorder community to form a team of a doctor, nutritionist, therapist, psychiatrist, and parents to encircle the eating disordered client. But university students are difficult to keep in the circle so mimicking the team approach conveniently on campus is becoming a way to meet everyone’s needs.
 
Omaha World Herald (NE): OPS’ school-based health centers credited with reducing students’ missed days (Nov 14)
That kind of easy accessibility to basic health care — the ability to pop in for a throat culture or vision test between lunch and sixth period — is one of the driving factors behind the school-based health centers in the Omaha Public Schools.
 
Salon: Philly children’s hospital bans herbs and supplements (Nov 14)
If a family at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) wants to give their child something other than doctor-prescribed medication — be it a vitamin, mineral, extract or herbal supplement — they’ll have to obtain and administer it themselves, after first notifying a doctor and signing a waiver acknowledging the risk they incur by doing so.

INTERNATIONAL

    

Sydney Morning Herald (Australia): Debate surrounds the headspace model of mental health services (Nov 10)
Young people need early expert help in a youth-friendly setting, not ‘‘rigid, old-fashioned environments’’. McGorry - a passionate, politically shrewd lobbyist who harnessed his 2010 Australian of the Year profile to throw a spotlight on the ‘‘national emergency’’ of youth suicide - got his wish. The Gillard government’s 2011 budget committed a record $2.2 billion to mental health.
 
On Top Magazine: UK Gay Marriage Foe Urges Parents To Withdrawal Children From Sex Education (Nov 10)
England’s largest group opposed to gay marriage is urging parents to withdraw their children from sex education classes. The Coalition for Marriage, which vociferously opposed the legislation, released a guide for parents and teachers titled Respecting Beliefs About Marriage. The guide was introduced in a nearly two-minute Marriage Minutes video.
 
Eurasia Net: Kyrgyzstan: Conservatives Cite ‘Family Values’ to Fight Sex Ed (Nov 11)
A broad movement to ban educational pamphlets that address common questions about puberty, sex, and adolescent social issues is finding support in Kyrgyzstan’s increasingly nationalist-dominated parliament.
The pamphlets, sponsored by foreign donors, including the UNICEF and GIZ, the German development agency, have been in circulation for years.
 
Huffington Post: What Canada Can Do About Adolescent Pregnancy and Forced Marriages (Nov 11)
On October 30, UNFPA released its 2013 State of World Population Report on the theme of adolescent pregnancy globally. The report draws critical links between the issue of adolescent pregnancy, early and forced marriage, sexual violence and maternal mortality -- all priority development issues for the Canadian government.
 
New Indian Express (India): ‘Sex education must for girl children’ (Nov 11)
Children, especially girls, need to be provided sex education to prevent them from falling prey to sexual abuse, said Geetha, board member of the All India Network of Sex Workers Association (AINSWA).

Daily Mail (Zambia): Will sex education help school children? (Nov 11)
It may be a bitter pill to swallow for parents and guardians. The truth is, some of the school-going children in Zambia are sexually active.
The ugly truth has prompted Ministry of Education, UNESCO and other stakeholders to develop a comprehensive sexuality education framework that will be infused into the school curriculum.
 
South China Morning Post (China): Drug use among local teens remains hidden because it is rarely addressed (Nov 11)
Although the rates of teen drug use in Hong Kong are lower than in Western countries, there is a significant concern that reported cases are just the tip of the iceberg, as a lot recreational drug use among local teenagers remains hidden.
 
The Australian (Australia): Schoolies warning as 80 per cent of young Australian travellers to Asia fail to get fully vaccinated (Nov 12)
ALMOST 80 per cent of Gen-Y holiday-makers travelling to Asia and India are failing to get fully vaccinated before jetting overseas, putting at risk both their health and trips they’ve saved all year to go on.
 
Jamaica Observer (Jamaica): Adolescent pregnancy has far-reaching health effects (Nov 13)
Approximately 70,000 adolescent girls in Jamaica and other developing countries die each year from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications — the leading cause of death of older adolescent females, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
 
Irish Times (Ireland): Transition year students talk love, relationships and sex (Nov 14)
Nine young essay writers and 11 young performers presented on the topic ‘What helps us make good decisions in our romantic lives?’ as part of National Sexual Health Awareness Week, an initiative sponsored by the RCPI and the HSE’s Crisis Pregnancy Programme.
 
Sudan Vision (Sudan): Bullying Syndrome? How Maltreatment Affects Health (Nov 14)
Awareness of bullying has grown in recent years. But while the common images of bullying — kids shoved against lockers, and “mean girls” slinging gossip — emphasize bullying as a social ill, medical professionals increasingly see bullying as a public health issue.
 
Top News (New Zealand): Sexually Transmitted Disease Gonorrhoea on Rise (Nov 14)
Doctors reveal about sharp increase in number of people suffering from Gonorrhoea, which is a sexually transmitted disease. The number has mainly increased in eastern part of the country.
 
Focus Taiwan (Taiwan): Ministry of Education censured over sex education textbooks (Nov 14)
The Ministry of Education was censured Thursday for elementary and middle school textbooks on sexual equality that contained content deemed inappropriate or even in violation of the law, including “abortion is a legal and reasonable option.” 

 

BLOGS/OPINION PIECES


The Parliament: MEPs sending ‘wrong signal’ on sexual and reproductive health and rights (Nov 7)
How will they justify that they are against comprehensive sexual education in school, when there is evidence that it contributes to reducing teenage pregnancy and STIs? It is at times like these that voters realise it makes a difference which MEP they vote for.
 
Arizona Daily Star (AZ): Encouraging teens and parents to engage in dialogue about sexual health (Nov 8)
Teens and young adults: It’s time to be bold. Teens across the nation must make a commitment to talk openly with their parents and other trusted adults regarding sexual health.
 
Vidette Online (IL): Prison conditions need to be of higher priority (Nov 10)
The key is to reach children and teens while they are young, before they grow up to commit crimes. Inmates in juvenile detention centers should be a priority, given how these youths have a greater risk factor of becoming a criminal as an adult. If juvenile detention centers could properly treat mental health problems in their inmates, it could go a long way in helping them in the future.
 
USA Today: Obamacare options grim for young people: Column (Nov 11)
Sure, for adults under 26, Obamacare offers a key perk: They can stay on their parents’ plans. But for anyone 26 or older — a category I’ve just joined — the options are grim: You can forgo health insurance and fork over 1% of your income to Uncle Sam as a penalty.
 
Beta Beat: New App Aims to Stamp Out STD Stigma, Make Testing ‘Suck Less’ (Nov 11)
Sexually transmitted diseases are not new. And yet, their diagnosis and treatment has gone undisrupted by the tech industry.But a new app is seeking not only to bring tech and STDs into the same sentence, but to tear down the stigma associated with discussing one’s sexual health.
 
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand): Katie Fitzpatrick: Quality sex education vital for schools (Nov 11)
The Roast Busters case involving allegations of sexual assault of teenage girls is deeply concerning. As parents and citizens, it is time to question a culture that encourages teenage boys to treat girls like sexual objects. The most concerning aspect of this case, aside from the lack of action by police, is the lack of knowledge and attitudes of the teens themselves.
 
USA Today: Use NFL to help fight bullying: Column (Nov 12)
In recent years, we’ve been reading a lot about the escalating crisis of teenage bullying, and if there is one recurring theme, it’s that adults must become more engaged in the process if we ever hope to stop bullying in its tracks.
 
RH Reality Check: Anti-Choice Advocates Abuse Statutory Rape Reporting Laws to Target Abortion Providers (Nov 12)
Experts questioned whether child-abuse reporting laws have any significant impact on stopping sexual abuse, but they are certainly having an impact on abortion providers.
 
WVXU Cincinnati (OH): The Case Against Brain Scans As Evidence In Court (Nov 14)
More and more lawyers are arguing that some defendants deserve special consideration because they have brains that are immature or impaired, says Nita Farahany, a professor of law and philosophy at Duke University who has been studying the use of brain science in court. The approach has been most successful with cases involving teenagers, Farahany says.
 
Huffington Post: The Health Care Option Most 20-Somethings Didn’t Think They Could Afford (Nov 14)
It’s true, I wasn’t working at McDonald’s making minimum wage, but when my health took a nosedive after being diagnosed with a rare autonomic nervous system condition, so did the amount of hours I could work as a freelance writer and PR agent.





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SAHM: Understanding Youth Violence: Integrating Assessment, Prevention and Intervention in the Clinical Setting
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Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Well being: Call for Applications from young leaders from low and middle-income countries
Applications due by November 22, 2013

The 11th National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions, “Partnering for Prevention from Sea to Summit,” will take place in Seattle from May 21–23, 2014. The planners are accepting abstract submissions until December 6. Abstracts are welcome from representatives of all disciplines, including coalition staff and members, community-based providers, healthcare providers, social workers, researchers, government agency staff, health communication specialists, and others. 



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