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NATIONAL


Web MD/HealthDay: Easier access, coverage for pre-existing conditions among some of the benefits cited (Oct 11)
As the nation’s health-care law continues to roll out, people with mental health issues are discovering ways that the landmark legislation directly affects them. An estimated 32 million people will gain mental health or substance use disorder benefits, or both, as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
 
Nurse.com: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute appoints nurse as chair of committee (Oct 12)
Robin P. Newhouse, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor and chairwoman of the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, has been appointed chairwoman of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s methodology committee.
 
New York Times: The Soaring Cost of a Simple Breath (Oct 12)
The kitchen counter in the home of the Hayes family is scattered with the inhalers, sprays and bottles of pills that have allowed Hannah, 13, and her sister, Abby, 10, to excel at dance and gymnastics despite a horrific pollen season that has set off asthma attacks, leaving the girls struggling to breathe.
 
Reflejos: A look at the health of Hispanic adolescents in the U.S (Oct 13)
Our nation’s adolescents are becoming increasingly diverse, and this trend will continue in the decades to come. Today, more than one in five youth between the ages of 10 and 19 in the United States is Hispanic. By 2020, that figure will rise to approximately one in four and, by 2040, nearly one in three adolescents will be Hispanic.
 
Fox: Eating disorders on the rise: What you need to know (Oct 13)
More kids than ever before are dealing with eating disorders in the United States, and the problem is showing up much earlier, too. According to a study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, children under 12 who were hospitalized for an eating disorder increased by 119 percent between 1999 and 2006.
 
PR Web: Changing the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Experience (Oct 14)      
Every year, 70,000 young adults aged 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer in the United States alone; this segment has not seen an overall improvement in 5 year survivorship in over two decades. Today, My Bridge 4 Life™ (MB4L), the online wellness network and healthcare content provider, and SeventyK, the non-profit medical charity dedicated to changing the course of Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer, announced the launch of a new program of education and support services.                      
 
Uloop: SmartSex App Takes Sex-Ed Beyond the Classroom and Into Your SmartPhone (Oct 14)
Most people probably didn’t enjoy the sex education class that they were forced to take in high school. The whole experience is awkward, the diagrams are uncomfortable, and nobody really values what the teacher is talking about because most of us weren’t sexually active or experienced at all in ninth grade. Thankfully, technology has come to the rescue once again.
 
Kaiser Health News: 9 Things Millennials Need To Know About Obamacare (But Likely Don't) (Oct 16)
Despite being tapped into social media networks and watching The Daily Show, only 10 percent of young Americans say they are very familiar with the Affordable Care Act. Here’s what you need to know.
 
MedPageToday: Doctors Urged to Talk About Costs of Treatment (Oct 16)
Physicians need to broach discussions about out-of-pocket costs with patients the same way they discuss a treatment’s side effects, public policy professors wrote. They noted in a New England Journal of Medicine perspective published Wednesday that patients can experience considerable financial strain from out-of-pocket costs, with little or no discussion beforehand about potentially avoidable health-related bills.

LOCAL

 

North Dallas Gazette (TX): Mental health screening of adolescents in today’s digital age can lead to healthier and happier teens (Oct 10)
he old African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” seems to ring just as true today as ever before in an era of constant media exposure and hurried schedules. Sexting, cyberbullying, and even Internet gaming on top of crammed schedules and dwindling time for family togetherness is a recipe for high-anxiety that if left unchecked, can lead to depression in adolescents.

The Times of Chester County (PA): Health, education resources key in juvenile justice (Oct 11)
Especially in Pennsylvania, where more adults are serving life sentences for crimes committed as juveniles than in any other state, alternative punishments must be implemented to keep kids from spending their lives in the justice system.
 
The Charleston Gazette (WV): Lincoln County students receive new sex education (Oct 11)
Finally there is some good health news for teens in Lincoln County where teenage pregnancy dramatically outpaces the national average. This school year students will receive sex education like never before in the hope that the teen pregnancy rate of 55 per 1,000 can be reversed and that a blow might be struck against poverty, an underlying cause of early pregnancy.
 
King 5 (WA): Dr. Cooper talks childhood obesity, myths, how to stay fit (Oct 11)
Obesity is becoming more and more prevalent in children across the county. Dr. Emily Cooper of Seattle Performance Medicine joined KING 5 to debunk some myths about childhood obesity and talk about how to keep children fit.
 
Baltimore Sun (MD): Bryn Mawr student advocates for mental illness awareness (Oct 11)
Teenager Kendall Reitz set out to become an advocate for improved mental illness awareness in the aftermath of last year’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, when a disturbed 20-year-old named Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adults. As horrific as the crime was, Kendall felt news coverage of that mass shooting and others fed false notions that people with mental illness tend to be violent.
 
Great Falls Tribune (MT): Mental health care for children a challenge: Parents say finding help is hard as services lack in state (Oct 12)
Stormi Beutler is used to advocating for other people’s children. As a Parents, Let’s Unite for Kids representative in Great Falls, Beutler helps parents navigate school systems and the labyrinth of resources available to families with children who have emotional, mental or developmental challenges.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (KS): STDs have grip on Kansas (Oct 12)
Nearly three-fourths of reported cases of gonorrhea in Kansas occur in just three areas — Wichita, metropolitan Kansas City and Topeka. “If you’re under the age of 25 and sexually active, you’re at high risk of getting chlamydia.”
 
The Register-Guard (OR): UO designs sex ed app (Oct 12)
The University of Oregon is inviting students to spin the virtual wheel and learn about risks associated with certain sexual activities, ways to talk about them and safer alternatives, using a new smartphone app called SexPositive that the UO Health Center will launch Tuesday.
 
San Jose Mercury News (CA): Fears of another ‘lost generation’: Youth homeless numbers rising (Oct 12)
But as Bay Area counties report the results of their most recent homeless counts, which for the first time were required by the federal government to focus on identifying young people, a worrisome trend has become apparent: the troubling number of homeless under age 25.
 
Washington Post (DC): Mental health crisis training helps Fairfax County teens cope (Oct 13)
At a special training seminar for Fairfax County teenagers over the summer, LaNaya Butler learned how to help her high school classmates in times of crisis. Just days into the start of the school year last month, Butler, 16, a junior at Mount Vernon High School, found the skills she had picked up in the Youth Mental Health First Aid program useful.
 
Great Falls Tribune (MT): Pediatric mental health: Few communities able to assist with youths in crisis (Oct 13)
“Most kids I deal with — maybe all — have a lot of potential, but they just have issues. ... If you don’t treat those issues, they’re going to have a tough time all the way through life,” he said. An issue that more than half of the children in the juvenile justice system deal with, Kemp says, is mental health problems.
 
Eastener Online (WA): Eating disorders affect students (Oct 14)
Students at Eastern Washington University more than likely know someone on campus who experiences negative feelings toward themselves and their bodies, yet these feelings could lead to them having an eating disorder.
 
Dallas Morning News (TX): Majority of kids in juvenile facilities have mental disorders; Dallas woman honored for helping them (Oct 14)
Between 65 percent and 70 percent of all juveniles in detention centers and juvenile placement facilities have a diagnosable mental disorder. I suppose I shouldn’t have been shocked to learn that; it’s long been well established that the United States has an alarming record for imprisoning mentally ill adults.
 
The Diamonback (MD): Sexual health on the campus (Oct 14)
With college comes sex and sexual health education and awareness efforts. Jenna Beckwith, the sexual health education program coordinator at the University Health Center, works to educate students about sexual health and endeavors to offer safer situations within students’ parameters.

The Journal Times (WI): Local leaders are cautiously optimistic about mental health task force ideas (Oct 14)
County leaders who serve those with mental illness say they’re encouraged by new legislative recommendations, but their optimism is tempered by pragmatism. The work of a task force convened by Speaker of the Assembly Robin Vos came to fruition last week, with recommendations from the Rochester Republican’s Task Force on Mental Health released Wednesday.
 
Huffington Post: Group Says Masturbation to Be Taught Under New IL Sex Ed Law (Oct 15)
An irony about the conservative Illinois Family Institute’s promotion of family values is that virtually none of the group’s e-mails could be shared around a family dinner table.
 
WUFT (FL): ‘Girl, I Don’t Know What Happened Last Night,’ Or Why Alachua County’s STD Rate Is High (Oct 15)
Alachua County is ranked fourth highest in the state for STDs with 8,452 reported cases since 2008, according to the Florida Department of Health. During the past five years, 75 percent of new cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea in Alachua County were reported among people between the ages of 15 and 24.
 
Boston Globe (MA): Massachusetts scraps controversial student obesity letters (Oct 16)
Public health officials voted Wednesday to scrap controversial letters that Massachusetts public schools send parents about their children’s weight, following widespread criticism that the practice led to bullying and excessive costs for schools.
 
The St. Louis American (MO): HPV poses cancer risk (Oct 16)
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Over 79 million people are currently infected and it is estimated that 14 million people become infected annually. Seventy five percent of all new infections occur in young adults between the ages of 15-24.
 
New America Media: More Adolescents in California are Drinking Sugary Beverages (Oct 17)
Even as the consumption of sugary drinks among young children in California is beginning to decline, a study released today shows a significant spike among adolescents. The study found that fully 65 percent of children between 12 and 17 drink soda and other sugary drinks every day, which is an 8 percent spike since 2005, when the study began.

INTERNATIONAL


Thomson Reuters Foundation: Adolescent girls want better education, health, safety to thrive – report (Oct 11)
Some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable adolescent girls told researchers that they want and need better education, access to health care and less impoverished and dangerous living conditions if they are to survive, thrive and contribute to their societies, according to a survey released on Friday on the International Day of the Girl Child.
 
Inside Toronto (Canada): Child and Adolescent Mental Health department opens new space at TEGH (Oct 11)
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Outpatient department celebrated its newly acquired space with an open house at Toronto East General Hospital this week. The spacious department will be the new home for its Building Bridges day program along with its urgent care clinic, the PREFACT program (Psychotherapy, Education and Research For Anxiety in Children and Teens) and various psychiatric consultation services.
 
Leadership (Nigeria): Suicide Among Youths - Sounding the Alarm (Oct 14)
In recent times, suicide among youths and young adults has been on the increase. In Nigeria where taking one’s life is seen as a taboo and curse, the option to snuff the life out of oneself is becoming a worrisome trend, especially with reoccurring cases both in the rural areas and cities. The cases cut across students in tertiary institutions, young and energetic rural farmers among other groups of people.
 
The China Post (China): Singaporean youths struggle to cope with eating disorders (Oct 14)
More teenagers, some as young as 13, are being treated at Singapore’s public hospitals for eating disorders. Figures from the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) show that 95 youngsters aged 13 to 19 suffered from anorexia or bulimia last year, up from 65 in 2011 and 75 the year before.
 
This is the West Country (UK): Tiverton’s young farmers star in TV sexual health show (Oct 14)
A Young farmers’ foam party near Tiverton will feature in a fly-on-the-wall documentary about young people’s attitudes to relationships, sex and sexual health. The event, organised by Devon Young Farmers Club, will form one of the main storylines in the third episode of BBC Three series Unsafe Sex in the City, to be broadcast next Wednesday at 9pm.
 
The Sacramento Bee (CA): New Paper Highlights Impact of ADHD on Canadian Economy (Oct 15)
The Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada unveiled a new Canadian paper that demonstrates the far-reaching economic impact of ADHD.  The research shows that the disorder impacts Canadian society well beyond its effect on individuals and their families, with a significant effect on human and social capital, on increased socioeconomic costs for Canada, on increased costs to healthcare, education, labour and social services, and on increased costs to the justice system.
 
The New Vision (Uganda): Create a Supportive Environment to End Teenage Pregnancy in Uganda (Oct 16)
On 17th October 2013, Uganda will commemorate the safe motherhood day under the theme “Teenage pregnancy - an obstacle to Safe Motherhood: Let us stop it now”. The objective of the day is to raise awareness about maternal health and lobby for better ways of controlling maternal death. Uganda is ranked ninth on the list of countries with the highest adolescent pregnancy rates in Sub-Saharan Africa.
 
Global News (Canada): Transgender youth clinic opens in Toronto (Video) (Oct 16)
A new Toronto clinic for transgender youth is seeing its first patients. The clinic at Sick Kids hospital has officially opened and administrators say it will help fill an important gap in care for teens with gender dysphoria.
 
The Observer (Canada): Sexting added to sex education (Oct 16)
Changes brought on by puberty is still an important part of sex education, but technology and social media have created a new topic of discussion – sexting.
 
The Compass (Canada): Young people ill-informed about sexual health, say officials (Oct 17)
Armed with the knowledge that some sexually transmitted infections are on the rise in this province, health promotion consultants are saying that, in addition to taking care of their physical, mental and nutritional health, young people need to pay more attention to their sexual health and well-being.
 
Health 24: China’s HIV policies condemned (Oct 17)
China plans to ban HIV-positive people from spas, hot springs and public bathhouses, provoking condemnation Monday from the United Nations’ AIDS agency and outrage from campaign groups.
    

 

RECENT RESEARCH


Medical Xpress: Adolescents born premature report being just as happy and healthy as their peers (Oct 11)
Adolescents who were born extremely premature or extremely low birth weight report no differences in quality of life or self-esteem at age 18 compared with their term born peers, a study by Murdoch Childrens Research Institute has found.
 
Spire Healthcare: Overweight adolescents at higher risk of oesophageal cancer, say experts (Oct 13)
Adolescents who are overweight are at a higher risk of developing oesophageal cancer in later life, according to a new health study. Researchers measured the body mass index (BMI) of one million adolescent males in Israel as a part of a general health examination.
 

Medical Daily: Overweight Teens Face Greater Risk For Certain Cancers Later In Life; Adolescents In Poverty Also At Risk (Oct 14)

 
Huffington Post/Reuters: Stomach Aches In Kids Can Be Treated With Talk Therapy (Oct 14)
Talk therapy may help some children with frequent and unexplained stomach pain, a new study suggests. More than half of kids and teenagers who met weekly with a therapist had their stomach aches lessen or go away within a year. A similar proportion improved after regular appointments with a pediatrician, researchers found.
 
EurekAlert: Adolescent’s weight, socioeconomic status may affect cancer later in life (Oct 14)
Overweight adolescents were twice as likely as their normal weight peers to later develop esophageal cancer in a recent study from Israel. The study, which is published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, also found that lower socioeconomic status as well as immigration from higher risk countries were important determinants of gastric cancer.
 
PR Web: Kidney Failure Can Complicate Long-Term Outcomes in Children Receiving Solid-Organ Transplants (Oct 14)
Children who undergo transplants of solid organs have a high risk of developing advanced kidney disease, according to a new national study. Among these children, the highest risk is in those receiving lung or intestinal transplants, followed by heart and then liver transplants. The researchers say their findings reinforce the importance of continued screening of kidney function in pediatric transplant recipients.
 
Health Canal: Starting young to support mental health (Oct 14)
Up to one in seven school children will suffer from a mental health problem and preparing teachers to identify, support and manage mental health issues in the school context is the focus of a new research project that will be showcased at an October forum of UniSA’s Healthy Kids Research and Innovation cluster.
 
The Daily Texan (TX): Research could reveal the linkage between early puberty and adolescent substance abuse (Oct 15)
Research revealed that adolescents who go through puberty at an earlier age may be more likely to experiment with substance abuse because of their desire to resemble older peers.
 
Health Canal: Firm rules by parents can prevent adolescent binge drinking (Oct 15)
A Deakin University study has found that rates of teen binge drinking were reduced by 25 per cent when parents set rules not to supply or allow adolescent alcohol use. A research team led by Deakin’s Professor John Toumbourou conducted a two-year Resilient Families parent education program through the early secondary school years.
 
Healio: Poor diabetes management linked to adolescent depression (Oct 15)
Adolescents whose type 1 diabetes is poorly managed are at increased risk for depression, according to recent study findings published in Pediatrics. The study included 509 adolescents aged 13 to 17 years who received at least one depression screening during the first year.
 
EurekAlert: Recovery from childhood ADHD may depend on the pattern of brain development (Oct 15)
Some people grow out of their childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and some don’t. In fact, around 50% of individuals diagnosed as children continue to suffer from ADHD as adults. Researchers are trying to understand the reasons why, and relatedly, whether there are any differences that distinguish the two groups.
 
Huffington Post: Are Anti-Bullying Programs Counterproductive? (Oct 15)
The latest headline-making research study to hit the media outlets this week suggests that having an anti-bullying program might actually make things worse. As with many of the recent bullying research turned headline news stories, the actual story is far more complicated than “anti-bullying programs don’t work.”
 
The Wall Street Journal: Economic cost of childhood bullying: Why victims of bullying end up poorer, unhealthier, and unhappier (Oct 16)
Those beaten up for lunch money have less cash as grown-ups, a new study finds. In fact, the bullied end also end up unhealthier and unhappier than the non-bullied. In “Impact of Bullying in Childhood on Adult Health, Wealth, Crime and Social Outcomes,” published this year in the journal Psychological Science, the authors find that whether you were a victim of bullying, the bully or both, your life outcomes are likely worse than those not involved in bullying.

Opposing ViewsGunshot Wound Most Serious, Expensive Injury A Child Can Sustain, Study Says (Oct 16)
While the majority of child shooting studies focus on the mortality rate, what often goes ignored is the toll a nonfatal gunshot wound takes on a child. A new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics takes “a broader look” at the negative effects beyond death.
 
Healio: More adolescents susceptible to HSV-1 infection (Oct 17)
Fewer teens are being exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1 during childhood, putting them at greater risk for genital infections caused by the virus, especially through oral sex, according to recent study findings published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.
 

Huffington Post: Why Are Today’s Teens More Susceptible To Genital Herpes? (Oct 17)     

 

 

BLOGS/OPINION PIECES


Huffington Post: Congress to Homeless Youth: You’re Expendable (Oct 11)
It would be hard to find a more vulnerable population to kick in the gut. Each year, more than 1.6 million children experience an episode of homelessness in the United States. The shutdown of the federal government is causing too many of them clear and preventable hardship, as agencies that serve them are unable to access grant money and are forced to furlough employees and cut services.
 
The Garden Island (HI): October a good month to talk with teens about sexual health (Oct 11)
“Advocates for Youth” hails October as “Let’s Talk Month.” AFY “champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.” They envision a society that “views sexuality as normal and healthy and treats young people as a valuable resource.” They also believe that parents are the best people to deliver that message to their children.
 
Star Tribune (MN): Let’s give adolescents a chance to grow up (Oct 12)
Society has invented an in-between where little is truly expected of teens. What if we turned them loose to achieve? It’s hard to absorb a new idea. So it will take time for us all to see the problem that “adolescence” has become.
 
The Post and Courier (NC): Abstinence sex ed gives teens a choice (Oct 13)
Brian Hicks’ Oct. 6 column “Why is the state fooling around with sex education?” did a great job of perpetuating tired stereotypes. The column states, “… it is a constant war between folks who want to teach health and those who want to teach abstinence-only …” and “… a bunch of old white men in Columbia decided that they — and their pastors — know what’s best for our kids.”
 
Huffington Post: Paying It Forward: Giving Girls a Chance (Oct 14)
It’s a universal truth that access to both knowledge and support in achieving one’s goals can make a significant difference in life. So this year, for International Day of the Girl, I wanted to reflect on the tremendous opportunity we have to make a difference in the lives of girls everywhere through education and by providing support for their healthcare needs. 
 
Blue Ridge Now (NC): Let’s give children a healthy start in life (Oct 14)
Several weeks before my son was born, I’d moved back to Henderson County, a community rich in health care resources. As my children have grown, so have the services and programs available to parents and children. Every child deserves a healthy start, and every parent needs information and resources in the community to provide it.
 
Boston Globe (MA): Moving beyond the DSM paradigm of mental health care (Oct 15)
A paradigm is a way of thinking about things. For the past 60 or so years, our thinking about mental health and illness has been dominated by what can be referred to as the “DSM paradigm.” What this looks like in everyday practice is that when a child is referred to my behavioral pediatrics practice for say, anxiety, the questions that parents, referring doctors, and teachers ask is, “Does he have anxiety disorder?” followed by  “How to we manage his behavior?” and “Does he need medication?”
 
The West Australian (Australia): Call for more youth sexual health clinics (Oct 16)
WA needs more sexual health clinics for young people to address rising infections and long waiting lists for services, according to youth workers. WA led the nation in the rate of sexually transmitted infections in young people, with as many as one in five people under 30 infected with chlamydia. WA had only one dedicated youth-specific sexual health clinic.
 
Daily Camera: Family members as mental health allies (Oct 16)
Among the many changes in the health care laws that are being hotly debated in our fine Congress, one position that does not seem to generate much disagreement is the importance of family members in the care of individuals with chronic or deteriorating health conditions. Increasingly, parents and spouses -- married or not -- are being given a more substantive role in the health care of medically ill relatives.
 
Think Progress: Planned Parenthood Wants To Help Teens Talk To Their Parents About Sex (Oct 17)
It’s conventional wisdom that teens want to avoid talking about sex with their parents at all costs. But Planned Parenthood wants to help change that. The national women’s health organization is marking October as “Let’s Talk Month.” 
 
The Daily Beast: Nebraska’s Abortion Shame (Oct 17)
Conservatives don’t want our government intervening to improve public education. Conservatives don’t want our government to collect taxes to support Social Security or Medicare let alone public parks and space exploration. But conservatives are thrilled about government intervening in the uterus of a 16-year-old girl.



SAHM SPOTLIGHT

Interdisciplinary fellows/new junior faculty with a career trajectory in academic adolescent health who are interested in obtaining additional critique and mentorship from national leaders in adolescent health research should apply for SAHM’s Research and Mentoring Forum. Applications are due Nov. 22.
 
Members and colleagues in the New York City area are encouraged to attend an event hosted by the New York Regional Chapter of SAHM: Concussions in Adolescents. Jim Kinderknecht, M.D. will be speaking on the latest developments in our knowledge and management of concussions in adolescents. The eveny is Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST).

 


UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

SAHM 2013 Webinar Series: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults
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.
 

Practicing and Teaching Cultural Inclusivity in Adolescent Health Care
Instructors: Lisa Barkley, MD; Paritosh Kaul, MD, FSAHM; Veronica Svetaz,  MD, MPH; and Mae Sylvester, MS
October 29, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT





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