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NATIONAL

 

SAHM urges President Obama to enforce greater tobacco product oversight (Sept 19)
SAHM joins with other health organizations to encourage FDA to assert authority over all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, little cigars and other tobacco products not currently under its jurisdiction.
 
Gallup: Income, Not "Food Deserts," More to Blame for U.S. Obesity (Sept 20)
In the U.S., obesity in "food deserts" is above average. However, it is not solely—or even primarily—access to grocery stores that appears to be the issue—higher obesity rates are more likely to be linked to lower incomes.

Think Progress: After Years Of Fighting For It, Native American Women Finally Gain Better Access To Plan B (Sept 23)
Indian Health Services, the agency that provides health care for American Indian and Alaska Native women, will now offer emergency contraception without a consultation or a prescription at its federally-operated facilities. The policy change represents a victory for the reproductive health advocates who have been working to expand Native women’s access to Plan B for years.
 
Indian Country: Native School Girls Should Not Be for Sale on the Street (Sept 24)
Buying and selling children shouldn’t even be an issue in 21st century America, but it’s a problem that endangers disaffected youth from coast to coast, and particularly girls from Indian country.
 
United Press International: 1-in-5 U.S. women of reproductive age uninsured (Sept 24)
Nearly 13 million U.S. women ages 15-44, or 1-in-5 women of reproductive age, were uninsured in 2012, an analysis by a non-profit group says.
 
Kaiser Health Network/Cosmopolitan: 8 Ways Young Women Benefit From Obamacare (Sept 24)
Starting in 2014, the law will require people who can afford insurance to carry it or risk paying a fine, so now's the time to pay attention. And the fact is, you may discover that there are lots of benefits you'll be able to take advantage of. Here's a quick list of what's great about the ACA, especially for young women.
 
Reuters: Panel urges awareness of student-athlete mental health (Sept 25)
Athletic trainers should be on the lookout for mental health problems among student-athletes, a panel said on Wednesday. Representatives from the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other organizations said athletic trainers are in a unique position to reach out to college athletes and refer them to counseling.

AIDS.gov: HHS Releases Report on 2012 Progress Implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (Sept 25)
The Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy was pleased to host a number of HIV/AIDS leaders from across HHS as well as many non-federal stakeholders as we paused to recognize and reflect on major accomplishments across HHS in implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. During the meeting, we released the 2012 HHS National HIV/AIDS Strategy Progress Report

Science Daily: Sex Trafficking and Exploitation of Minors Serious Problems in the U.S. (Sept 25)
“Our national, state, and local laws and policies should recognize that and provide these children and adolescents with the support they need. Right now, they are often invisible to us, and when we do recognize them, we fail to see them as victims and survivors of abuse and violence. We hope our report will help open our nation's eyes to a serious domestic problem in need of solutions."
 
Health Canal: Is the world listening? Tackling the chronic health issues of adolescents (Sept 25)
A striking multi-media installation focusing on the challenges facing young people coping with chronic disease has its premiere at the University of York this week. Academics from a range of disciplines joined forces with a composer and a film director to create the eight-minute audio-visual presentation that will to coincide with the inaugural conference of the Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders (C2D2) at York.
 
Think Progress: Attorneys General From 40 States Urge The FDA To Regulate ‘E-Cigs’ (Sept 26)
Attorneys general from California, New York, North Carolina, and 37 other states have sent a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg urging her agency “to take all available measures” to issue rules regulating the manufacturing, advertising, and marketing of electronic cigarettes (or “e-cigs”).
 
CDC MMWR: Announcement: Final National and State-Level 2012–13 Influenza Vaccination Coverage Estimates Available Online (Sept 26)
Final state-specific influenza vaccination coverage estimates for the 2012–13 season are now available online at FluVaxView. The online information includes estimates of the percentage of persons vaccinated during July 2012–May 2013, for each state, for each U.S. Department of Health and Human Services region, and for the United States overall.

 

LOCAL

 

CNN: BrdsNBz: New Mexico teens can text sex questions to hotline (Sept 20)
It’s like sexting, but with benefits. New Mexico teens have an alternative to their parents when it comes to sexual health questions. And it comes in a form they’re familiar with: text messaging.
 

Fox News (Video): Sex ed textline for teens: good or bad idea? (Sept 25)
Have a question about the birds and the bees love don't have mom and dad asked Big Brother role that the New Mexico Health Department is saying now teens are able to text for sex and advice.

 
Private MD: Wisconsin county teens face high STD rates (Sept 21)
Racine, Wis., teens face some of the highest rates for sexually transmitted diseases in the state. The news comes from the City of Racine Health Department and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and has prompted parents and youths in the city to take action.
 
Miami Herald (FL): Clinic program brings healthcare to schools (Sept 22)
The services are the results of the Dr. John T. Macdonald School Health Initiative, a network of school-based health clinics that operate out of nine Miami-Dade public schools, mostly in North Miami and North Miami Beach.

San Francisco Examiner (CA): City is right to target mental health issues to curb crime (Sept 24)
Breaking the cycle of crime and criminal behavior in hard-hit portions of the Bayview district will take more than old-fashioned law-and-order tactics. Now, through a $1 million grant from the federal government, The City has a prime opportunity to really get to the root of the issue, which includes mental health services for youths.

Chicago Tribune (IL): State's youth prison system violates inmates' rights, experts say (Sept 25)
Illinois' youth prison system is violating the constitutional rights of inmates by failing to provide adequate mental health care and education and by unnecessarily keeping youths in solitary confinement, three court-appointed experts found this week.
 
CT News Junkie (CT): Task Force Gets Busy Addressing Mental Health Post-Newtown (Sept 25)
Tuesday’s meeting opened with a discussion of access issues for 15- to 25-year-olds and whether those access issues can be addressed before the stigma issue. It turned into a discussion about when and where these kids should be screened. Should it be in school?
 
CU Independent (CO): Eating disorder “drunkorexia” takes hold at college age (Sept 25)
Eating disorder experts are seeing a new and dangerous trend among college-age students. “Drunkorexia” involves refraining from consuming any calories other than alcohol to control weight.
 
September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and the Kane County Chronicle is presenting a three-day series on childhood obesity and its effects on our children.
 

Kane City Chronicle (IL): A weighty issue: Kids' fight to be fit (Sept 24)
 
Kane City Chronicle (IL): Lasting effects: Childhood obesity can cause host of problems (Sept 25)
 
Kane City Chronicle (IL): Organizations helping kids to be fit (Sept 26)

 
YNN (NY): Child obesity rate is slowing (Sept 24)
The childhood obesity epidemic might be slowing, but there's still a long way to go. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. As YNN's Katie Gibas reports, some people are hoping to encourage families to make healthier decisions together.
 
KUSA (CO): Gov. encourages exercise in honor of National Childhood Obesity Month (Sept 25)
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is the very first governor to support National JAM Day—an annual nationwide event which promotes exercise in support of National Childhood Obesity Month—which is September.
 
Cache Valley Daily (UT): It's childhood obesity awareness month (Sept 26)
Children in Utah and elsewhere are the focus of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The effort attempts to shine a light on what some health and medical experts have called an "epidemic."

 

INTERNATIONAL

    

BBC (UK): Is sex education key to porn battle? (Sept 19)

Parents have always worried about their children accessing inappropriate material and images on the web, but the rise of smartphones and tablets means parents have even less control over their offspring's online activities.
 
The New Indian Express (India): Awareness programme for adolescents to be extended (Sept 21)
Training children to tackle abuses of any kind is the need of the hour. Sakhi, a resource centre for women based here, has been conducting ‘self-awareness and grooming’ classes for adolescent boys and girls in 12 selected panchayats in six districts to prepare them against evils such as sexual abuse and other kinds of ill treatments.
 
Ice News (Iceland): Swedish group wants to improve sex education (Sept 22)
The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education has said sex education should be part of all school subjects, even religious studies, following a Christian group’s efforts to have the walking on water scene from the bible explained in physics lessons.
 
BBC (UK): Is 25 the new cut-off point for adulthood? (Sept 23)
New guidance for psychologists will acknowledge that adolescence now effectively runs up until the age of 25 for the purposes of treating young people. So is this the new cut-off point for adulthood?
 
Reuters: United Nations reports 'dramatic' progress in fight against AIDS (Sept 23)
The global rate of HIV infection and the number of AIDS-related deaths have been dramatically reduced, thanks to expanding access to treatment, the United Nations said in a report issued on Monday.
 
The Independent (UK): Global HIV/Aids epidemic 'could be over by 2030' as infection rates drop by a third (Sept 24)
The global HIV/Aids epidemic could be over by 2030, a leading UN official has said, as new figures showed that infection rates have dropped by a third since 2001. Globally, there were 2.3 million new HIV infections in 2012, down 33 per cent, while new infections among children have dropped even further, down 52 per cent to 260,000.
 
ABC News: Britain Gives $1.6 Billion for AIDS, Malaria, TB (Sept 23)
Britain has announced that it is giving 1 billion pounds, or $1.6 billion, to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the next three years and hopes the money will lead to "some incredible results."
 
Nehande Radio (Zimbabwe): 10-year-olds to legally get contraceptives (Sept 23)
The Ministry of Health and Child Care is pushing for the introduction of a legal framework to support the distribution of contraceptives to “adolescents” aged between 10 and 24 under an ongoing initiative that officials say is designed to curtail teenage pregnancies.
 
WHO: WHO report on health behaviour in children receives prestigious award (Sept 23)
The new WHO publication “Social determinants of health and well-being among young people. Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study: international report from the 2009/2010 survey” was highly commended in the health and social care category of the 2013 British Medical Association (BMA) Medical Book Competition.
 
The Parliament: World contraception day highlights EU's 'key role' in sexual and reproductive health and rights (Sept 23)
On 26th September 2013, we will celebrate World contraception day at the European parliament. Its goal is to improve information on contraception, and through this ensuring young people worldwide can make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health, to empower them to take control of their bodies, have a healthy life, and reach their full potential.
 
Edinburgh Evening News (Scotland): Teenage sexual health clinic at risk from cuts (Sept 23)
A sexual health clinic for teenagers is facing an uncertain future after the NHS axed its funding. Caledonia Youth has been told that its contract to provide the service won’t be renewed when it expires in April.
 
The Hindu (India): All adolescent girls in Kerala to be vaccinated against rubella (Sept 23)
All adolescent girls and infants in the State will soon be vaccinated against rubella, or German measles. The Departments of Health and Social Welfare are joining hands to launch the vaccination as part of a larger initiative to prevent childhood disabilities.
 
The Daily Mail (UK): 'I weighed 200lbs and was anorexic': How obese teenagers with eating disorders go unnoticed because they're not 'skin and bones' (Sept 23)
Obese teenagers who develop eating disorders often get overlooked by health care professionals because of their size, according to a new study. A team of psychologists and pediatricians from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota have found that it takes up to 'a year longer' to diagnose overweight patients with diseases including anorexia and bulimia than smaller sufferers.
 
FIGO: Reproductive health in Asia and Pacific 'indispensable' to post-2015 development (Sept 24)
A major conference attended by representatives of 47 Asian and Pacific governments has resulted in a declaration that acknowledges sexual and reproductive health and rights are "indispensable" to post-2015 development.
 
Global Times (China): Sexual assault education campaign mulled (Sept 24)
Self-protection against sexual assault education among elementary and high school students should be strengthened in a nationwide campaign against sexual offenses targeting minors, read an interdepartmental guideline released on Tuesday.
 
The Reading Post (UK): Young people encouraged to talk about sex in Berkshire-wide survey (Sept 24)
Young people are being encouraged to talk about sex to help shape sexual health services. People aged between 14 and 24 are needed to complete an online survey about their sexual health and their experiences, regardless of whether they have used sexual health services before.
 
The Independent (UK): Sexual education is a basic right, Gove. So let's stop thinking of it as a fruity optional extra (Sept 24)
I’m talking about XES, the name of the new campaign for Sexual Health Week. ‘XES – we can’t go backwards’ has been launched by Brook and FPA to draw attention to the worrying slippery slope backwards in terms of our sexual health awareness.
 
Los Angeles Times (CA): HIV/AIDS database adds information from more than 100 countries (Sept 25)
The U.S. Census Bureau announced Monday that it had updated its world HIV/AIDS database to include new data on more than 100 countries, including China, Ghana, Ethiopia, India and Cameroon.
 
International Herald Tribune (Pakistan): First sexual health curriculum launched in Pakistan (Sept 25)
Hayat-Lifeline Campaign launched Pakistan’s first curriculum regarding Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) at a national conference held here on Wednesday. The launch is an attempt to impart formal education to youngsters on SRHR.
 
The New Times (Rwanda): New Vaccination Campaign Targets Children, Adolescents (Sept 25)
The Ministry of Health has launched a fresh vaccination campaign that targets children and adolescents throughout the country. It is the third year that the vaccination against cervical cancer is being rolled out across the country. Since 2011, the campaign has targeted girls aged between 11 and 15.

Fiji Times (Fiji): Students HIV/AIDS free (Sept 26)
President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau says he is happy there are no reported HIV cases involving students in Fiji. Speaking at Balata High School in Tavua on Wednesday, Ratu Epeli urged students to be extra careful when making decisions that could impact on their lives.
 
New Indian Express (India): High time to address shortage of psychiatrists, says health minister (Sept 26)
In India the rate of psychiatric disorders in children aged between 4 to 16 years was about 12 per cent and nearly one-third of the population is less than 14 years of age. But the availability of psychiatrists and clinical psychologists is a major cause of concern and there is an urgent need to address the shortfall, he said.

 

RECENT RESEARCH

     

News Medical: Adolescents with psychosis face long treatment delays (Sept 20)
Adolescents have a duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) that is approximately twice that seen in adults, UK study findings show. Factors associated with this long DUP include White ethnicity, younger age of onset, and lifetime cannabis use. Indeed, the median DUP for White adolescents far exceeded the UK Department of Health’s target of less than 3 months.
 
News Medical: Higher calorie diets produce twice rate of weight gain for adolescents hospitalized with anorexia (Sept 21)
Higher calorie diets produce twice the rate of weight gain compared to the lower calorie diets that currently are recommended for adolescents hospitalized with anorexia nervosa, according to a study by researchers at UCSF Benioff Children-s Hospital.
 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA): Report cites healthier habits in leveling of teen obesity rate (Sept 22)
It's little more than a glimmer of hope, but a comprehensive new report suggests that a trend toward healthier habits may have halted the rise of obesity among U.S. teens. In 2009 and 2010, American adolescents exercised more, watched less TV, ate more fruits and vegetables and drank fewer sugar-sweetened beverages than did children of the same age in 2001 and 2002.
 
Huffington Post: Why Do Young Adults Start Smoking? Researchers Identify 3 Risk Factors (Sept 22)
Considering all we know about cigarettes and their scary health effects, why would anyone start smoking them? While it's impossible to pinpoint a single reason for why any one person begins, a new study identifies three risk factors for taking up the habit.     
 
Medical Daily: Racism Linked To Depression, Anxiety In Kids; Blacks, Hispanics, And Asians At Highest Risk (Sept 23)
The painful effects of racism may trigger not only short-term sadness or anger among teens and adolescents, but also deep bouts of depression, anxiety, and other serious mental health issues, a new study finds.
 
Science Daily: Retail Investment: A Barometer for Teen Obesity? (Sept 23)
When it comes to addressing the obesity epidemic, fast food restaurants are a favorite target… according to a new study, communities contemplating such bans may want to look beyond the number of fast food outlets to the greater retail environment of each neighborhood.
 
Medical News Today: Bracing 'effective in reducing adolescent scoliosis' (Sept 23)
Scientists say that the use of bracing in adolescents suffering from idiopathic scoliosis may reduce the risk of the condition progressing to the point that surgery is needed.
 
Medical Xpress: Hunger pains: Binge-eating disorder linked to lifelong impairments in 12-country study (Sept 23)
Binge-eating disorder, designated only months ago by the American Psychiatric Association as a diagnosis in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is associated with substantial lifelong impairments comparable to those of bulimia nervosa, according to a WHO study based on community epidemiological surveys conducted in 12 nations worldwide.
 
Healio: Adolescent depression pathway, quality indicators may improve management (Sept 23)
The implementation of an adolescent depression care pathway and quality indicators may improve adolescent depression outcomes, according to recent study findings published in Pediatrics.
 
Market Wired: NuPathe Doses Adolescent Migraineurs in Clinical Study of ZECUITY (Sept 23)
NuPathe Inc. today announced the Company has initiated dosing of patients for NP101-015, a Phase 1 study of ZECUITY® (sumatriptan iontophoretic transdermal system) in adolescents with a history of migraine attacks. This open label, single-dose study will assess the safety, pharmacokinetics, and tolerability of ZECUITY in adolescent migraine patients.
 
Huffington Post: UC Berkeley Study Aims To Change The Way Teens Sleep (Sept 24)
If you think you’re not getting enough sleep, maybe you should look at your kids. In light of reports of a teen sleep deprivation epidemic, researchers at University of California, Berkeley are undertaking what they say is the largest and most comprehensive study on teen sleep yet.
 
Counsel Health: Cross-Ethnic Friendships Help Adolescents Feel Safer (Sept 24)
Friendships across ethnic groups in urban middle schools help protect adolescents from feeling vulnerable and lonely, according to a new study. Researchers also found that these relationships can help adolescents feel safer. The findings may help educators oversee student interactions, as the population of children in the U.S. grows increasingly diverse.
 
Medical Daily: Caffeine May Inhibit The Brain's Maturing Process In Adolescents (Sept 25)
A teen who drinks coffee isn’t something out of the ordinary. But for the developing mind, caffeine might have its drawbacks, researchers are saying, after finding that consuming caffeine may have inhibited the maturing process of rats' brains.
 
MedPage Today: Older Muscular Dystrophy Kids Face HF Risk (Sept 25)
As children with muscular dystrophy (MD) live longer, the risk of a heart failure-related hospitalizations and death increases significantly, researchers found. The death rate for those with MD and heart failure was 12.7% versus 2.9% for those without heart failure

 

 

 

BLOGS/OPINION PIECES

 

The Atlantic Wire: No, Russian Literature Is Not the Way to Teach Sex Education (Sept 20)
Spouting advice surreal enough to befit a figure with the title of Russia's "Children's Rights Commissioner," Pavel Astakhov is urging schools to forgo sex education altogether. "It is unacceptable to allow things that could corrupt children," the high-profile former lawyer insisted in a TV interview, The Guardian reports. Instead? Turn to Russian literature for your birds-and-bees needs.

Huffinton Post: Travelling America to Open Conversation About Youth Sexual Health (Sept 19)
"You're going to talk to people about what??!" This is the refrain I heard from most people when I told them what I was going to do on The Millennial Trains Project. My project was talking to youth across America about their barriers to contraception and sexual health information.
 
China Daily (China): Sex education vital for kids (Sept 24)
A cartoon film produced a few years ago by Shanghai Animation Film Studio, which has several scenes of animals' breasts, was recently labeled as the most provocative animation ever by netizens. As a result, Internet users are worried that it would have a harmful effect on children.

Huffington Post: Redefine Positive: Updating HIV/AIDS Educational Resources in Public Schools (Sept 24)
Several years ago, when my oldest was in 5th grade, I previewed the HIV/AIDS video that our local public school uses to fulfill state educational mandates. The video was produced in the 1980's (might have had an update in the early 90's), was incredibly fear based, and contained very outdated information about the virus.
 
Slate: Should Public School Students Get Mandatory Vaccines? (Sept 24)
When should vaccinations be mandatory? This question pops up every now and again, and it’s in the news again: 750 students face suspension in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system in North Carolina for not having their TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) booster
 
American Thinker: An adolescent until age 25? Child psychologists increase age range they can treat (Sept 25)
With softening birth rates, it appears that Great Britain's child psychologists are in need of a larger base of potential customers in order to make a living. They don't come right out and say so. Instead, they can now treat "adolescents" up to 25 years of age.

Huffington Post: Let's Empower Youth for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (Sept 25)
Young people are all too often unable to make critical choices that impact their futures. We hear it straight from the young people, particularly adolescent girls and young women we work with every day—they are unable to access the information and services they need to protect their sexual and reproductive health and plan their lives. 

RH Reality Check: Arkansas School Tells Students They Can’t Return Until They Prove They Don’t Have HIV (Sept 25)
Three siblings in the Pea Ridge School District in Arkansas were sent home from school last week and told they could not return until they provided administrators with documentation of their HIV status. Disability advocates are calling the school’s actions “unlawful and immoral,” but school officials have suggested that aspects of the students’ behavior put other students and staff at risk.


RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

Center for American Progress: Seeking Shelter: The Experiences and Unmet Needs of LGBT Homeless Youth (Sept 26)
Our goal is to update the 2010 “On the Streets: The Federal Response to Gay and Transgender Homeless Youth,” so we began with the same assumption as the original authors three years ago: Every child deserves a supportive and loving home. Unfortunately, our findings indicate that this is still not the reality for too many LGBT youth across the United States.

 

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.

 
Giving Adolescents a Fair Shot: Immunizations in the 21st Century
Instructor: Nneka Holder, MD, MPH
October 9, 2013, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT

 



 



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