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ADOLESCENT HEALTH IN THE NEWS

 

RECENT RESEARCH

 

Test Predicts Teen Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease
A new test can predict teenagers’ risk for developing CVD based on an assessment for metabolic syndrome, according to a study
. Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions like increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excessive body fat around the waist, and high cholesterol Researchers found metabolic severity scores for children at the beginning of the study were linked to the development of CVD and diabetes as adults. (UPI, 10/6)


Sun Exposure in Teen Years May Delay Onset of MS
People with multiple sclerosis tend to develop it later if they had regular sun exposure as teenagers, a new study suggests, adding to evidence linking both sun exposure and higher levels of vitamin D in the blood to a lower risk of MS. Of nearly 1,200 Danish adults with MS, those who'd spent time in the sun every summer day developed symptoms two years later, on average, versus people who'd gotten less sun. (HealthDay News, 10/7)

Goth Teens More Likely to Self-Harm and Be Depressed
Teens identifying with the “goth” culture may be more vulnerable to depression and self-harm, according to a UK study. More than a third of goth teens reported hurting themselves on purpose and nearly a fifth reported being depressed - rates that were around three times higher than among other teens, which suggests that gravitating to the goth lifestyle could be a sign of a teen at risk, researchers said. (Reuters, 10/7)

1 in 8 U.S. Kids Not Protected Against Measles
In a finding that underscores the dangers of not vaccinating all children for measles, researchers estimate that one in eight American children are vulnerable to this highly infectious disease. Based on their analyses, the authors estimated that of the roughly 70 million children under the age of 17, almost 9 million lack immunity to measles. Some children cannot be vaccinated, whereas others are unvaccinated or under-vaccinated. (HealthDay News, 10/8)

Treatment for Rare Bleeding Disorder Effective and Well-Tolerated, Studies Show
The results of two international studies show for the first time that eltrombopag is a safe and effective treatment for children with persistent or chronic immune thrombocytopenia, a rare bleeding disorder where the blood does not clot as it should, due to low numbers of blood platelets. Eltrombopag works by helping to trigger proliferation and differentiation of bone marrow stem cells to increase production of blood platelets. (Medical News Today, 10/9)

Chronic Stress is Common Among High-School Students
Students attending schools at both ends of the spectrum, elite high schools and high-poverty schools, may be overly stressed. A recent study found a majority of students at two elite high schools reported feeling chronic stress, and 38% said they had been drunk in the past month. Researchers say changes to school culture and teaching students coping strategies could help mitigate the effects of extreme stress. (The Atlantic, 10/9)

Many Kids with Mental Health Issues See Only Pediatricians
One in three children who were diagnosed and treated for mental health conditions on an outpatient basis saw their primary care doctors for this care, a new study reports. This is compared with about 26% who saw only psychiatrists and 15 % who saw only psychologists or social workers. The findings highlight the role that primary care providers are playing on a national level in caring for children with mental health issues. (Live Science, 10/12)

Standby Drug for Adult Bipolar Disorder May Be Safe, Effective in Children
A new study suggests that lithium may be safely used in children with the condition, at least for the short term. Bipolar disorder affects about 1% of teens and is a leading cause of disability in the teenage years. Bipolar disorder typically begins in the teens or young adulthood. About 47% of those in the lithium group were “much improved” or “very much improved,” compared with 21% of those in the control. (HealthDay News, 10/12)

Computer Training May Improve Memory for Childhood Cancer Survivors
Children who receive cancer treatments may suffer thinking problems later, but using an at-home computer training program, Cogmed, can help reduce these deficits, according to a new study. On average, the participants were 12 years old, and researchers found that the kids’working memory, attention and processing speed increased more in the Cogmed group than in waitlist group. (Reuters, 10/12)

Poor Mental Health Could Increase Risk of Chronic Pain in Adolescents
Mental disorders have been found to be predictors for the onset of chronic pain in adolescents, according to new research. The findings were based off a face-to-face survey of 10,148 adolescents aged 13-18 years, and indicated that affective, anxiety, and behavior disorders are early risk factors of chronic pain, thereby highlighting the relevance of child mental disorders for pain medicine. (Neurology Advisor, 10/12)

Unsafe Sex More Likely with Baby Daddies
Young mothers may be more likely to have unprotected sex in encounters with the fathers of their children, increasing their risk of repeat pregnancies and STDs, a study suggests. Researchers found when the women, age 15-24 had sex in what they colloquially called “baby daddy” relationships, they were more than 12 times more likely to skip condoms for vaginal sex and more than three times as likely to have unprotected anal sex. (Reuters, 10/13)

Mom's Stress During Pregnancy Tied to Teen's Coordination Problems
Children born to women who experienced stressful events during pregnancy may be less coordinated in their body movements as teenagers, according to a new study. The researchers found that the children born to mothers who experienced three or more stressful events during pregnancy scored lower on the tests at all three time points than the children of mothers who experienced fewer than three stressful events. (Live Science, 10/14)

About 23,000 ER Visits/Year for Supplement-Linked Side Effects
Every year about 23,000 U.S. ER visits involve adverse events related to dietary supplements, according to a special article published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The visits often involved adults aged 20 to 34 years and unsupervised children.  Fifty-eight percent of cases involving weight-loss and energy products occur in young adults. (Physician’s Briefing, 10/14)

Relax, Parents, Your Teen's Moodiness Should Subside, Study Finds
For parents dealing with moody teens, a new study offers welcome news: Adolescents do grow out of those emotional swings. That's what Dutch researchers report after following 474 teens for five years, starting at age 13. Mood swings are greatest in early adolescence, but most teens get less moody across adolescence. Additionally, both boys and girls show similar changes in their mood swings across adolescence. (HealthDay News, 10/15)

Peers and Mental Health can Influence Dating Violence
A new emergency department study looks deeper at risk and protective factors among teenagers who report dating violence and alcohol use. Patients ages 14 -20 that came to the ER were asked to complete a survey on alcohol use, peers, mental health and dating violence. The study found positive peer influences are associated with reduced dating violence, reflecting the importance of peers during this time period. (Eureka Alert, 10/15)

 

NATIONAL

 

Nevada’s Clark County School District Sticks with Opt-In Policy
The Nevada Clark County School District Board of Trustees held a meeting to discuss adaptations to the county’s current “abstinence-focused” curriculum to include more information about sexual behavior, gender identity and sexual orientation, as well as changing the current parental opt-in policy to an opt-out policy. The school board decided not to instruct the advisory committee to reconsider the opt-in policy. (SIECUS, 9/29)

F.D.A. Approval of OxyContin Use for Children Continues to Draw Scrutiny
Ever since the FDA approved the use of the narcotic painkiller OxyContin for certain children in August, it has faced unabated criticism from lawmakers and public officials who are wrestling with devastating rates of prescription opioid abuse in their communities. The crux of the issue is whether the agency’s approval will lead to more prescriptions for OxyContin in young patients. (The New York Times, 10/8)

Anti-Bullying Laws Appear to be Working
Roughly 20% of high school students report being bullied at school in the past year, according to the CDC, and 15% said they were bullied online. That number has gone down significantly since the federal government started collecting data on the problem in 2005. A decade ago, 28% of students reported being bullied. Although not all bullying laws are equally impactful, anti-bullying laws seem to actually work. (CNN, 10/8)

Brown OKs Bill Implementing State-Paid Healthcare for Kids in U.S. Illegally
A new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Friday cements California's expansion of public healthcare to children who are in the country illegally, underscoring the state's immigrant-friendly tilt. The measure implements the $40 million allocated in this year's budget to provide state-subsidized Medi-Cal coverage to children aged 18 and younger who do not have legal status. (LA Times, 10/9)

U.S. Report Calls for End to 'Conversion Therapy’ for LGBT Youth
A new report from the U.S. government calls for an end to the discredited practice known as conversion therapy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youths. The report released today by SAMHSA comes less than a year after the Obama administration endorsed efforts to ban the practice, which aims to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. (Reuters, 10/15)

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Implements Strategic Framework Targeting Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health
A sexual and reproductive health information program, to teach parents how to talk to their children about sex, is among several strategies proposed by the UNFPA in addressing adolescent pregnancy. The strategy is one of 5 elements outlined in a Integrated Strategic Framework, aimed at reducing the number of adolescent pregnancies in each country of the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean, by at least 20%. (Jamaica Observer, 10/11)

On International Day, UN Focuses on Adolescent Girls as Part of 'Relentless’Drive Towards Equality for All by 2030
The newly adopted SDGs offer an opportunity for a global commitment to breaking intergenerational transmission of poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination, marking the International Day of the Girl Child. According to the UN Secretary General, that means enabling them to avoid child marriage, unwanted pregnancy, HIV, female genital mutilation, and acquire the education and skills they need. (UN News Centre, 10/15)


 

 

NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE

 

More Than Teen Pregnancy Prevention: New Grantee Videos
OAH is proud to share four new grantee videos that provide personal perspectives on the impact of Teen Pregnancy Prevention efforts around the country, including Positive Youth Development for Rural YouthAbstinence Intervention for Urban Middle School YouthSexuality Education for High School and Expectant & Parenting TeensCulturally Sensitive Prevention for Hispanic Youth. (OAH, 10/8)

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

AAP National Conference and Exhibition
There is still time to register for this year’s AAP National Conference and Exhibition, taking place in Washington DC, October 24-27th. Experience over 350 educational sessions including practical hands-on learning and networking in addition to the largest pediatric technical exhibit of its kind. (AAP, 10/15)

 


UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

The Children, Youth and Economic Strengthening Webinar Series
The 2015 webinar series will look at economic strengthening programming designed to reach and engage adolescent youth in economic and financial activity, with a special focus on girls. The 3-part series will discuss broader strategies currently being used, investigate recent developments in savings-led programs that target adolescents, and review the unique challenges of reaching vulnerable adolescents. (Seep Network, 10/8)

Protecting Children from Tobacco, Nicotine, and Tobacco Smoke
On Oct. 26, the AAP will publish three policy statements and a technical report on tobacco control. This webinar taking place on Wednesday, October 28th at 12:00pm EDT will describe major recommendations in the new AAP policy statements, current policy issues related to recommendations in the statements, and the AAP’s actions on those issues (AAP, 10/13)

Webinar: Urban Adolescent SRH SBCC Implementation Kit Launch
Join the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative on Wednesday, October 21 at 9 a.m. EDT for a webinar to learn about the Urban Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Social and Behavior Change Communication Implementation Kit. This kit is designed to help program managers design and implement SRH and SBCC programs for 10 -19 year-olds living in urban areas. (HC3, 10/15)


 

 


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