SAHM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
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SAHM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

 

Congratulations to SAHM Board member Maria Trent, named to EBONY magazine's annual Power 100 list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans. Maria is recognized in the category of Health and Science Trailblazers.

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SAHM SPOTLIGHT

 

Research and Mentoring Forum - SAHM Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas
An Innovative Effort to Enhance the Research Careers of Interdisciplinary Fellows and New Junior Faculty
For Fellows and New Junior Faculty interested in Research. The program is for 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 in addition to the mentorship in their home institution for one year. Each applicant should submit by November 22, 2013. For more information and to submit an application, please contact: PDF File of Application to be sent to: Adrianne Goncalves, Coordinator SAHM Mentoring Program, adrianne.goncalves@childrens.harvard.edu.

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ADOLESCENT HEALTH IN THE NEWS

 

RECENT RESEARCH


Huffington Post: Growing Up In Poverty Could Affect Brain Functioning In Adulthood (Oct 24)
Stress and poverty experienced during childhood could have a negative impact on the ability to regulate emotions in adulthood, according to a small new study. The research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that children who grew up poor were more likely to experience emotional regulation problems later on in adulthood, and also had differences in activity in certain brain regions.
 
Reuters: Sexual harassment rates differ among LGBTQ youth (Oct 24)
The percentage of U.S. teens who report being sexually harassed varies depending on the youths’ sexual identities, according to a new study. Researchers found that U.S. adolescents who identified as gay, bisexual or “questioning” were more likely to report being a victim of sexual harassment within the last year, compared to their heterosexual peers.
 
Time: Kids With Concussions Should Take a Timeout From School (Oct 27)
There’s a push to help kids who get a concussion during a game to sit out, but the latest research says these kids need to be cautious about returning to the classroom as well. Although children may appear to be physically normal after having a concussion, they may actually have trouble learning new information and retaining it. Going back to school may exacerbate these symptoms, according to the American Academy of AAP in a new clinical report
 
Science Daily: Recent Advances in Medicine Lead to Better Health for Children With Juvenile Arthritis (Oct 27)
There are several types of juvenile idiopathic arthritis, (commonly called JIA or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) all involving chronic (long-term) joint inflammation. This inflammation begins before patients reach the age of 16, may involve one or many joints, and can cause other symptoms such as fevers, rash and/or eye inflammation
 
Healio: Parents, patients report satisfaction with school-based health centers (Oct 27)
Two new studies presented here suggest that both parents and adolescents are highly satisfied with the quality of care from school-based health centers. According to the researchers, the reasons parents choose to send their children to SBHCs are similar to those for traditional primary care centers.
 
MedPage Today: Scoliosis Tied to HTN Risk in Adolescents (Oct 27)
Children with severe spinal curving from scoliosis were more likely to have worsening risk indicators for pulmonary hypertension, researchers reported here. A retrospective chart review of all patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis who received spinal fusion surgery at a single center showed a significant Spearman correlation coefficient between degree of spinal bending and right ventricular systolic pressure
 
Leeds Metropolitan University: Research grant to investigate healthy eating behaviour in adolescents  (Oct 28)
Dr Hannah Ensaff, University Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, has secured an Alpro Foundation research grant for an 18-month project to nudge adolescents towards plant-based food choices. The research will investigate the attitudes and perceptions of young people towards plant-based diets as well as assessing the impact of behavioural nudge tactics on students’ food choices.
 
Health Canal: New statistic model forecasts the effect of tobacco consumption on childhood asthma (Oct 28)
A scientific study recently published on International Journal of Statistics in Medical Research states that tobacco consumption must be decreased by 15% in Spain, particularly at home, in order to reduce the number of childhood asthma cases.
 
News Medical: Review on barriers to medical adherence among chronically ill adolescents (Oct 29)
Teenagers with chronic illnesses face special barriers that may interfere with how well they adhere to their medical treatment, according to a new review in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
 
WBUR (MA): Your Brain On Poverty: Low-Income Childhood Linked To Smaller Brain (Oct 29)
Young children living in poverty appear to have smaller brain volumes in critical areas, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine. But poverty’s detrimental impact on brain development may be mediated by basic early interventions like compassionate parenting and caregiving, the report says.
 
Newsday: Suicide a Risk for Young Cancer Patients, Study Finds (Oct 30)
A diagnosis of cancer may put teens and young adults at risk for suicide, a new study finds. The study of Swedes aged 15 to 30 found that those with a cancer diagnosis had a 60 percent greater risk of suicide or attempted suicide compared to similar young people without cancer. And the risk peaked the first year after diagnosis, when it was 150 percent higher, the researchers found.
 
Bloomberg: A Third of Clinical Trials Aren’t Published After 5 Years (Oct 30)
Almost a third of clinical trials remain unpublished five years after completion, researchers said, in a finding that may add to pressure on drugmakers to be more open about the outcomes of medical studies.                

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NATIONAL

 

New York Times: Room for Debate: Young Women, Drinking and Rape (Oct 23)
Studies have repeatedly found an association between binge drinking and rape on college campuses. Though when a Slate columnist recently called on women to control their drinking to help protect themselves, she was widely criticized for shifting responsibility for rape from the assailant to the victim. But with excessive alcohol consumption a problem among young people, what’s wrong with asking women not to get blind drunk?
 
UPI: Officials warn: Don’t buy Halloween colored contact lenses (Oct 24)
U.S. officials warn the public about the dangers associated with counterfeit decorative and colored contact lenses that become very popular around Halloween. Officials at the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are working to seize counterfeit contact lenses, illegally imported decorative lenses and lenses unapproved by the FDA.
 
Wall Street Journal: Clintons receive public health awards from Harvard (Oct 24)
Chelsea Clinton said one of her current projects is bringing attention to the care of young people in the juvenile justice system in the U.S. She said despite the fact that on any given day there are 53,000 juveniles in the system nationwide, no state has specific nutritional or physical activity guidelines for children in their custody.
 
Al Jazeera America: Youth homelessness at all-time high, says report (Oct 25)
An annual report from the National Center for Homeless Education, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, found that 1.2 million students enrolled in schools across the U.S. were homeless between 2011 and 2012, a 10 percent increase from the 2010-11 school year.
 
Counsel & Heal: AAP Stresses Importance of Making Condoms Available to Teens (Oct 28)
In a new policy statement, the AAP Committee on Adolescence reported that making condoms available to teenagers is very important. Even though teenagers are encouraged to abstain from sexual acts, simple encouragement does not mean that all adolescents will listen. Therefore, in order to make sure that these children are being safe, they should have relatively easy access to cheap condoms.
 
Daily Rx: Obesity Weighs Heavily on Kid Hearts (Oct 28)
An estimated one out of three children is overweight or obese in the US. To address this problem, many pediatricians from around the country gathered to discuss approaches that may help. Among the ideas shared, pediatricians suggested that parents make healthy choices about the foods and drinks they decide to buy for the home. They also suggested limiting screen time (TV, computer and video games) for their children.
 
Dispatch: Inflicting pain on self is ‘quiet epidemic’ among adolescents (Oct 28)
It’s called “self-harming,” but the reality is more graphic: cutting, hitting, biting, burning, bruising, even bone-breaking. Although they usually hide it from loved ones, as many as 25 percent of adolescents — the vast majority of them girls — self-injure, mental-health experts say. The behavior often starts at age 13 or 14 and continues until the early 20s.

LOCAL

 

WCPO Cincinnati (OH): Teen pitfall: Stress can lead to depression, drug use (Oct 24)
What happens when a teen becomes overloaded by stress? Is it more than just a bad day at school? About half of the 600 teens surveyed for a 2013 HealthFocus International study said they were “extremely or very concerned” with stress. A lot of them said they were “stressed about their stress.” Because adults and adolescents react differently to stress, the “obvious” signs displayed by adults may not be as recognizable in children.
 
Nevada Business (NV): Nevada Women’s Philanthropy Grants $350,000 to Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (Oct 24)
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) is pleased to announce that Nevada Women’s Philanthropy has elected to award its annual Impact Grant to NPHY in the amount of $350,000, for the expansion of NPHY’s William Fry Youth Drop-In Center on Shirley Street in Las Vegas. NPHY is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing assistance and resources to homeless teenagers in Southern Nevada.
 
Farmington Valley Times (CT): Farmington Valley towns work to address mental health issues, prevent suicide (Oct 25)
A collection of Farmington Valley residents and officials came out to take part in a mental health awareness and suicide prevention forum at the Community Center. Despite the increased national attention, Canton First Selectman Richard Barlow said mental health has been a priority of the town since before the recent tragedies. He recommended the issue to the local League of Women Voters when they were looking for a topic to tackle last year. This is the 42nd time the league has focused on a critical issue in Canton.
 
Providence Journal (RI): Speaker at R.I. conference says marijuana use among nation’s youth is rising (Oct 25)
At a time when more states are legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, marijuana use among the nation’s youth is rising, a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction said at a conference Friday. In a presentation entitled, “Not a Harmless Drug: Prevention and Treatment of Marijuana Addiction,” Kevin P. Hill described what he says is a clear correlation between marijuana legalization and its use among teenagers.
 
GTN News (FL): Forty Percent of Homeless Youth Identify as LGBT (Oct 25)
Across the nation, 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. In Alachua County, an estimated 250 juveniles from the LGBT community are homeless. Terry Fleming, from the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida says, “It’s unfortunate, but many LGBT youth are forced out of their homes by parents that aren’t accepting or situations that are untenable.”
 
Seattle Times (WA): Bullying remains significant problem in schools (Oct 25)
Bullying continues to be a significant issue in need of attention at schools across the state and the country, said Mike Donlin, program supervisor for the School Safety Center of the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
 
WBIR (TN): First statewide bullying count confirms 5,478 cases (Oct 25)
The December 2011 suicide of Cheatham County teenager Jacob Rogers prompted an anti-bullying community push, which in turn spurred state lawmakers to toughen the state code and request better statewide data. Tennessee’s first statewide count of school bullying incidents found 5,478 cases last school year, shocking the lawmaker who asked for the study.
 
Think Progress: Connecticut Lawmakers Are Making A Bipartisan Push To Improve UConn’s Sexual Assault Policies (Oct 25)
Connecticut lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are calling for a public hearing on the sexual assault policies at the University of Connecticut. As the Hartford Courant reports, it’s somewhat rare for state legislators to join forces on bipartisan efforts. But, after seven women filed a federal complaint against UConn alleging that the school failed to protect victims of sexual assault, lawmakers from both parties want to hold the university accountable.
 
KKCO 11 News (CO): Dangerous eating disorder trend could land students in the ER (Oct 25)
A scary trend among college students can lead to hospitalizations and even death. Drunkorexia is when a person does not eat before drinking to save the calories and get drunk faster. According to a study from the University of Missouri, 40-percent of college students around the country participate in this trend.
 
Komo News (WA): School officials launch new program to fight childhood obesity (Oct 26)
A Snohomish County Coalition is using new technology to fight childhood obesity and improve academics, as thousands of fifth grade students throughout the county are now wearing PowerPod wristbands to track their physical activity. In Snohomish County, there’s a higher rate of obesity compared to other counties in the state.
 
Huffington Post: This State Is Working Toward The Nation’s First Universal Health Care System (Oct 26)
As states open insurance marketplaces amid uncertainty about whether they’re a solution for health care, Vermont is eyeing a bigger goal, one that more fully embraces a government-funded model. The state has a planned 2017 launch of the nation’s first universal health care system, a sort of modified Medicare-for-all that has long been a dream for many liberals.
 
USA Today: U.S. judge strikes down key Texas abortion limits (Oct 28)
A federal judge has struck down strict limits on abortion in Texas that were to take effect Tuesday but upheld most provisions governing use of pregnancy-ending drugs. In a 26-page opinion, Yeakel also blocked a provision requiring physicians to strictly follow FDA protocols when prescribing “off-label” doses of pregnancy-ending drugs,and struck down the statue that required doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of an abortion clinic.
 
Standard-Examiner (UT): 40 percent of homeless Utah children identified as LGBT (Oct 30)
Of Utah’s estimated 5,000 homeless youths, about 40 percent identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. And of that 40 percent, 50 percent say they were raised in families who were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

INTERNATIONAL

    

Voice of America: Youth Group Steps in to Provide Sex Ed in Vietnam (Oct 24)
Teachers avoid the subject of sexuality as much as possible, eschewing the practical for the minimal. If students get any instruction on the topic at all, it’s usually folded into a brief biology lesson about puberty or HIV. But a group of young people are trying to do what high school teachers are too shy to do: Teach students what they need to know about sex.
 
The Globe and Mail (UK): The new wave in sex ed: Teens talking to teens about sex (Oct 25)
The diverse teens and twentysomethings star in ICanRelate, a new Toronto Public Health video and blog campaign launched last week. The social-media project aims to stir dialogue about intimate relationships among youth aged 15 to 25 using their own peers, young faces and voices they relate to better than reticent teachers and outdated sex-education curricula.
 
Ghana Web (Ghana): Adolescent girls to be vaccinated against cervical cancer (Oct 26)
Government will from next year start a pilot project to vaccinate adolescent girls against cervical cancer, which is said to be the frequently reported cancer among women between the ages of 15 and 44. In Ghana, current estimates indicate that on the average, 3,038 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer while 2,006 of the number die from it every year.
 
The International News (Pakistan): Awareness on maternal health stressed (Oct 26)
Speakers stressed the need to develop role models, adolescent leaders and peer support networks to create awareness on issues related to reproductive and maternal health of adolescent girls. They were expressing their opinion at a consultation titled ‘Understanding How Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Pakistan Learn, Process, and Use Reproductive and Maternal Health Information.’
 
ABC (Australia): Mental Health Minister rejects calls for more acute beds for children (Oct 28)
The New South Wales Minister for Mental health has rejected calls for the region’s new mental health unit to accommodate mentally ill adolescents. A Wagga mother says she’s appalled her suicidal son cannot access care in Wagga, with the closest beds available in Orange. The new 50 bed facility only offers one short term bed for adolescents.
 
The Daily Star (Bangladesh): Facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy (Oct 30)
A pregnancy can have immediate consequences for a girl’s health, education and income-earning potential. And it often alters the course of her entire life. How it alters her life depends in part on how old — or young — she is.
 
The Sacramento Bee (CA): UN: 7.3 million teen births in developing world (Oct 30)
Recent research has suggested that teen pregnancies in the developing world are declining, but more than 7 million girls under the age of 18 are still giving birth each year and suffering drastic consequences, a U.N. report said Wednesday.
 
            Voice of America: UN: For Millions of Adolescents, Pregnancy Can Be Dangerous

Scoop (New Zealand): Regional drive to improve adolescent oral health (Oct 31)
Waitemata DHB is encouraging all adolescents to take advantage of the free Auckland Regional Dental Service before their 18th birthday. The Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS) provides free dental care to all those under 18 years of age living in the greater Auckland area.

 

 

BLOGS/OPINION PIECES


Ready by 21: Harnessing Collective Impact to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (Oct)
Collective impact is gaining interest across the country as an innovative strategy to solve complex problems that cannot be addressed by individual organizations working in isolation. Can this strategy even help us combat teen pregnancy? Georgia says yes, and is leading the way in showing us how.
 
Think Progress: MTVs 16 And Pregnant Star Is Fighting Stigma By Speaking Out About Her Abortion (Oct 24)
In 2010, Katie Stack sat down with MTV’s Dr. Drew to discuss her personal decision to have an abortion. 
The segment that Stack appeared on, “No Easy Decision,” was a special feature accompanying MTV’s hit show “16 and Pregnant” — perhaps intended to address the criticism that the show glamorizes teen pregnancy and ignores the reality of abortion. And since then, Stack hasn’t stopped speaking out about her experience.
 
Think Progress: Why Homelessness Is A Major LGBT Issue (Oct 24)
As a new report from the Center for American Progress details, LGBT people, especially LGBT youth, are at a far greater risk not only of winding up homeless, but being abused on the streets as well.
This is true even in some of the most tolerant areas of the country.
 
RH Reality Check: ‘One in Three’ Campaign Seeks to End Stigma of Abortion by Sharing Women’s Experiences (Oct 24)
 A campaign launched by Advocates for Youth (AFY) seeks to end the stigma surrounding abortion by organizing student activists around the country to speak out about abortion experiences. The 1 in 3 Campaign is a “grassroots movement to start a new conversation about abortion” and seeks to “end the stigma and shame women are made to feel about abortion.”
 
Newswise: High Rate of Lower Back Injuries Reported in Young Athletes (Oct 24)
Lower back injuries are the third most common injuries suffered in athletes under age 18, according to a study presented by Loyola University Medical Center sports medicine physician Neeru Jayanthi, MD. Many injuries are severe enough to sideline young athletes for one-to-six months, and put them at future risk for long-term back problem
 
The Bakersfield Californian (CA): VALERIE SCHULTZ: Who knew eating disorders hurt boys, too? (Oct 25)
A report on the radio recently regarding the topic of boys who suffer from eating disorders surprised me. I am admitting to sexism, as I’m sorry to say that it never occurred to me that boys might battle the demons of bulimia or anorexia as mightily as girls do.
 
Think Progress: What’s The Best Way For Parents To Deal With Underage Drinking? (Oct 25)
Alcohol abuse starts young. The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) most recent survey of high school students found that, over the previous 30 days, 22 percent of respondents binge drank and 24 percent rode with a driver who had been drinking some alcohol. Some high schoolers report having consumed 15 or more drinks in one sitting.
 
Courier Mail (Australian): Opinion: Message on sexually transmitted disease dangers fail to ring Generation Y alarm bells (Oct 26)
What do you get when you mix permissive parenting, youthful fatuity and porn culture? A myriad of serious societal issues including a generation riddled with sexually transmitted infections. Should we be surprised that children who were never taught that their actions have consequences are now in the midst of an STI epidemic with the latest research revealing an astonishing one in 20 young Australians have chlamydia?
 
Huffington Post: How Changes in Media Habits Could Transform Your Child’s Mental Health (Oct 31)
Morning grouchiness is not an uncommon complaint from parents -- especially parents of teenagers. But what happens when your child’s mood doesn’t improve throughout the day -- when your child seems to be terminally bad-tempered?
 
Think Progress: Planned Parenthood Is Bringing Sex Ed Straight To Kids’ Cell Phones (Oct 31)
The fact that today’s kids can’t be pried away from their cell phone and computer screens has become a cliche. But it’s also true. Just earlier this week, the AAP recommended that parents consider limiting their children’s screen time, which is now estimated at eight hours a day for the average U.S. youth. Planned Parenthood is willing to operate within that reality.



RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

Guttmacher Institute: “Counseling for IUDs and Implants: Are Health Educators and Clinicians on the Same Page?“ and “Latino Youths’ Sexual Values and Condom Negotiation Strategies“ are currently available online and will appear in the December issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE

 

National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center: Young Adult Clinical Preventive Screening Guidelines
NAHIC developed a toolkit for clinical preventive services for young adults (ages 18-26). This consists of two items:

  1. A one-page document listing recommended services for young adults that can be easily printed and referred to during clinical practice.
  2. A supplemental document with screening tools, risk factors to consider, and other supporting documentation.

You can view and download the resource here: http://nahic.ucsf.edu/yaguidelines/
 
This is part of a new resource page that compiles many adolescent and young adult preventive services resources we have created over the years. You can view that here: http://nahic.ucsf.edu/clinical-services-resource-page/



CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

NERC-SAHM Fall Meeting: Promoting Healthy Physical Activity in the Adolescent: Avoiding the Risks of Too Little and Too Much
Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) and the New England Regional Chapter of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (NERC-SAHM) are collaborating to present this conference on hot topics in adolescent medicine. Topics will include concussions, back pain, burnout and sports psychology, the female athlete triad, obesity, overuse injuries, sports nutrition. The conference will take place November 15th 8:00am-4:30pm.


 

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS AND PAPERS


YTH: You are invited to submit an abstract for presentation at YTH Live 2014, to be held April 6-8, 2014, a the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. Abstracts are due Friday, November 15, 2013. Submit your abstract. Register today and find out more: www.yth.org/ythlive; www.ythlive2014.eventbrite.com

 



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