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ADOLESCENT HEALTH IN THE NEWS

 

NATIONAL

 

ABC News: Drug Use Drops for America’s Youth, Rises in the Over 50 Crowd (Sept 4)
Drug use among America’s youth is dropping, but it’s booming among people over 50, a U.S. government survey released Wednesday shows. 

Science Daily: Why Energy Drinks Are Harming Children, Adolescents (Sept 4)
Parents beware. If your tots and teens get their hands on your energy drinks, they could experience seizures, heart palpitations or other problems that drive them to the hospital emergency room.

Reuters: U.S. teen use of e-cigarettes doubled, CDC reports (Sept 5)
Twice as many U.S. middle and high school students used electronic cigarettes, which mimic traditional cigarettes and deliver nicotine as a vapor, in 2012 than a year earlier, and these teens could be on the way to a lifelong addiction, according to a government report released on Thursday.

CDC MMWR: Notes from the Field: Electronic Cigarette Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011–2012 (Sept 6)

 

LOCAL

 

Fox 19 (OH): CPS, Mercy Health bringing health clinics to area schools (Aug 30)
Cincinnati Public Schools and Mercy Health have teamed up to provide school-based health clinics at three area elementary schools with an effort to improve health care in the community.
 
Alaska Dispatch (AK): School clinics give neediest Anchorage students access to regular health care (Sept 2)
The Anchorage School District has refocused attention on attendance during recent school years, searching for ways to keep kids in the classroom and on track for graduation. Clark Middle School took a step to address the well-being of its students by opening a discount health clinic in 2010.
 
Knoxville News Sentinel (TN): Dr. Nan Gaylord: Caring for children in need, at risk (Sept 2)
Children and teenagers in Knox County Schools with no or limited access to health care have a passionate advocate in Dr. Nan Gaylord.
 
WALB News 10 (GA): Statewide childhood obesity rates decline roughly 1% (Sept 2)
A recent study found the Peach State is making some progress in overcoming the childhood obesity epidemic.
 
Texas Department of State Health Services (TX): Press Release: Pertussis Prompts Texas Health Alert (Sept 3)
The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging people to make sure they’re vaccinated against pertussis after projections show the number of people sick with the deadly disease this year is on track to reach the highest level in more than 50 years.
 
KZTV10.com (TX): HIV/AIDS Still Spreading Across the State and in the Coastal Bend (Sept 3)
HIV/AIDS is claiming lives right here in the Coastal Bend. Teenagers are at the greatest risk of infection.
 
PR Web: Eastside Woman Launches “Redefine Positive” Campaign to Create New HIV/AIDS Video Resources for Classrooms in Washington State (Sept 3)
In collaboration with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington State and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation, the mother of an HIV positive son seeks funding from the community to create new HIV/AIDS video resources for public schools.
 
WSU News: Gates Foundation funds expand trauma intervention (Sept 3)
Children in two Seattle Public Schools elementary schools will soon have a better chance at academic success, thanks to a collaborative effort to expand a successful school-based trauma intervention program.

Kaiser Health News: Texas Minors Can No Longer Use Tanning Salons (Sept 3)
This year, Texas joined a number of states that ban minors from tanning indoors. Senate Bill 329, by state Sens. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, and Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, took effect Sept. 1. It overturns the previous law, which allowed certain minors — those between 16½ and 18 — to tan with parental consent.
 
Digital Journal: New Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment Center Opens in La Jolla, San Diego (Sept 3)
Center for Discovery, a national leader in residential eating disorder treatment, is proud to announce the opening of its newest residential eating disorder treatment location in the La Jolla, San Diego area.
 
Tulsa World (OK): TPS proposes teen pregnancy prevention program (Sept 3)
Sex education could soon be expanding in Tulsa Public Schools. On Tuesday, the school board will be asked to approve a comprehensive pregnancy prevention curriculum for students in grades seven, nine and 11 that would be provided beginning this fall by Youth Services of Tulsa, the Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and the Tulsa City-County Health Department.

Pittsburgh Trib (PA): In a first, Tulsa Public Schools to target teen pregnancy (Sept 4)

 
Reno Gazette-Journal (NV): District to form new sex ed committee (Sept 3)
The Lyon County School District Board of Trustees on Aug. 27 rejected proposed amendments to its sex education policy and instead directed that a new sex education committee be formed to propose a new policy that conforms to Nevada statutes and recommend a new curriculum.

Think Progress: Right Before The Holiday Weekend, Iowa Quietly Eliminated Abortion Access For Low-Income Women (Sept 3)
Right as the Labor Day weekend began, Iowa officials took steps to severely limit reproductive health access for women in the state. Although that move went largely unnoticed before the three-day weekend, it could end up having a huge impact on the future of abortion care for people across the country.
 
Bloomberg Buisinessweek: Abortion Clinics Close at Record Pace After States Tighten Rules (Sept 3)
At least 58 U.S. abortion clinics -- almost 1 in 10 -- have shut or stopped providing the procedure since 2011 as access vanishes faster than ever amid a Republican-led push to legislate the industry out of existence.
 
Journal Gazette & Times Courier (IL): September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (Sept 3)
The Mattoon Area Family YMCA wants families to know how to prevent childhood obesity and live better together-both inside and outside of the home.

Marshfield News Herald (WI):Column: September is Childhood Obesity Awareness month (Aug 29)
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and the Marshfield Area wants to help families in the Marshfield area live better and help prevent childhood obesity by incorporating regular physical activity and healthy eating into their daily routine.

 
BizPac Review: Jewish conservatives vent fury with Christie over NJ gay therapy ban (Sept 3)
While leading Christian groups have been notably quiet about the issue, Jewish conservatives are furious with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s signature on a law that bans therapists from treating teenagers with unwanted homosexual attraction, claiming it’s a double standard that placates liberals at the expense of religious freedom.
 
45 TV (MN): ‘Fat Letters’ Sent Home to Parents in 19 States (Sept 4)
Students are calling a report to parents on whether their kids have a healthy BMI “fat letters.” Students can get their Body Mass Index checked at the beginning of the year, and then parents get letters informing them of the results. Schools in 19 states sent home the BMI reports.
 
ABC 10 News (CA): Free home STD test kits being offered by county (Sept 5)
The early results are in for a new county program that offers young women free, at-home kits to test for certain sexually transmitted diseases. The state-funded program – called “Don’t think, know” – offers test kits to women 25 and younger for Chlamydia and gonorrhea.

 

INTERNATIONAL

    

The Star Phoenix (Canada): Almost a third of kids are overweight, with prevalence higher for boys: study (Sept 2)

Almost a third of Canadian children are either overweight or obese, says a report from Statistics Canada that bases its figures on the World Health Organization method of determining ideal weights for youth around the globe.
 
Daily Times (Pakistan): Health, hygiene far cry for female adolescents (Sept 2)
A sociological study to assess the level of health awareness among female adolescents (12-16 year olds) in Karachi identified 43% of the interviewees to have comprehensive understanding about their health and hygiene needs, while 45 % were moderately informed, and 12% little conscious about relevance of these requirements.
 
The Guardian (UK): Israel orders school textbook publishers to remove sex education material (Sept 3)
Israeli education authorities have ordered the removal of sex education material from textbooks destined for state religious junior high schools in a move attacked by liberal reformists as a capitulation to ultra-Orthodox extremism.   
The Daily Telegraph (UK): Sex education guidance ‘behind the times’, say leading teacher and parent groups (Sept 3)
More than 60 of Britain’s leading groups representing parents, teachers and sexual health experts have signed a letter urging David Cameron to urgently update sex and relationships teaching guidance that is 13 years old and “behind the times”. 
More from The Daily Telegraph (UK) on Telegraph Wonder Women’s campaign for better sex education, urging David Cameron to bring sex and relationships education into the 21st century. Follow the campaign on Twitter #bettersexeducation, @TeleWonderWomen
 
NSPCC: ‘Girls think they have to act like porn stars to be liked by boys’ (Sept 3)
Almost a third of school pupils believe online pornography dictates how young people have to behave in a relationship, the study of 601 pupils aged 11 to 18 reveals.
 
Better Sex Education: The Government is failing young people on sex education (Sept 4)
The Government needs to stop letting young people down and ignoring the impact of the internet in this area. Make your voice heard and sign our petition.
 
Tim Loughton MP: The Department for Education needs to get a grip on sex education (Sept 4)
The Conservative MP and former children’s minister backs the Telegraph Wonder Women campaign for better sex education and urges the DfE to move with the times.
 
Teenagers and online porn: Let’s tackle it all – birds, bees, love and ‘slags’ (Sept 4)
School sex education should be overhauled to counter the degrading influence of online porn.
 
Tanzania Daily News (Tanzania): Teenage Pregnancy - Turning Tears Into Hope (Sept 3)                 
Living the life of a vulnerable child is something many people would not wish to have. But how many people really know the exact pain of living in that environment?
 
Daily Bhaskar (India): An AMA health project for LIG adolescents (Sept 5)
The Ahmedabad Medical Association (AMA) on Wednesday announced the launch of ‘Adolescent Health, Sanitation Counselling Project in partnership with Sewa and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).

 

RECENT RESEARCH

     

Examiner.com: Anti-HPV vaccination rate among adolescent males improving (Aug 30)
In 2012, about 21 percent of the adolescent males in the US received at least one of the three recommended doses of the vaccine against human papillomavirus, an increase from the roughly 8 percent who received at least one jab in 2011, according to the CDC’s latest issue of MMWR.
 
Health AIM: Study: Drinking Prior to First Pregnancy Could Increase Breast Cancer Risk (Aug 31)
Drinking just one drink with alcohol a day during the years prior to a woman’s first pregnancy could increase the risk of her developing breast cancer at a later stage in life, indicated a large study that was just published.
 
Science Daily: Young People Now at Higher Risk for Stroke (Sept 2)
Fifteen percent of the most common type of strokes occur in adolescents and young adults, and more young people are showing risk factors for such strokes, according to a report in the journal Neurology.

Red Orbit: 15 Percent Of All Ischemic Strokes Affect Adolescents, Young Adults (Sept 4)

 
Daily Mail (UK): Is Facebook bad for your child’s health? Teenagers are more likely to smoke and drink if they see pictures of friends partying on the site (Sept 3)
Using Facebook could make teenagers more likely to drink and smoke, a new report suggests. Teenagers who see friends smoking and drinking alcohol in photographs posted on Facebook are more likely to smoke and drink themselves, according to the report.
 

The Independent (UK): The network effect: social media exposure increases smoking and drinking among teens (Sept 5)

 
Medical Press: Study quantifies direct effect of alcohol misuse on 20-somethings (Sept 3)
University of Otago, Christchurch researchers have for the first time quantified exactly what damage alcohol abuse is inflicting on 20-somethings, and in turn society.
 
Star Tribune (MN): Telling partner to diet may trigger unhealthy eating habits (Sept 3)
Turns out that urging your significant other to slim down may actually backfire — triggering unhealthy eating habits, according to new research from the University of Minnesota. The findings were based on an online survey of nearly 1,300 young adults from the Twin Cities.
 
News Medical: Young adults with ASDs have worse outcomes of employment and independent living (Sept 5)
Two newly published studies show precisely how stark the situation is for finding success in employment and independent living among young adults on the autism spectrum, compared to their peers with other types of disabilities.

EurekAlert: Young adults with autism found to have difficulty transitioning into employment (Sept 5)

 

 

BLOGS/OPINION PIECES

 

Huffington Post: Increase of Schizophrenia in Homeless Youth: Interview with a Youth Therapist (Aug 31)
In 2009, on my very first road trip, the State of Utah contacted me and asked me to visit Salt Lake City. Invisible People is not your conventional homeless services, so I was a little shocked and greatly honored that a state government was validating my work.

 
The Nation: Acting Older Isn’t Being Older: How We Fail Young Rape Victims (Sept 2)
When young girls are raped—especially young girls of color—they’re frequently blamed for “enticing” adult men or painted as complicit in the attack because of their supposed sexual maturity. From the criminal justice system that re-traumatizes assault victims to a media that calls rape cases “sex scandals” or insists statutory rape isn’t “rape rape”, we are failing young sexual assault survivors every day.
 
The Spectrum: Balance closeness, independence while parenting through the adolescent years (Sept 3)
After moms and dads have mastered parenting through the early years, adolescence arrives. With it comes power struggles between parents and their young teenagers.
 
Huffington Post: Training the Next Generation of Lifesavers, One Student at a Time (Sept 3)
Lawmakers in 12 states are working toward that day. In hopes of producing future generations of lifesavers, those states have made CPR training -- including the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) -- a requirement for high school graduation. As this school year begins, seven states have laws in place or that go into effect this school year, with five more states having passed laws that will begin in upcoming years.
 
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange: OP-ED: New Hope – Health Care for Justice-Involved Youth (Sept 3)
It is important for the health of a society to nurture, respect and enrich its youth.  Currently in the US, there is overwhelming statistical evidence that demonstrates this support is not being provided, especially for high-risk, justice-involved youth who have experienced trauma and/or have mental health disorders.
 
Huffington Post: Back to School Is a Great Time for Teens to Sleep (Sept 3)
As teenagers return to school, the nightmarish reality of increased homework along with more social demands may make getting a full night sleep just a dream. Yet science confirms that making healthy sleep a priority will help teens and their families in many ways.
 
The Florida Times-Union (FL): Bullying: What to do about it (Sept 4)
Bullying can happen anywhere, but especially at school. It’s estimated that one-quarter to one-third of all children are a victim of some form of bullying between grades 6-12.


NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE

 

KEYETV (TX): New Board Game Has Kids Fighting Obesity (Sept 3)
A Central Texas family is spreading their fitness knowledge with a new children’s game. LunchBox Kids gets children excited to learn about nutrition and now has Texas school districts taking notice.
 
Reclaiming Futures: Save the Date: National Drug Facts Week 2014 (Sept 5)
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) invites you to participate in National Drug Facts Week, a national health observance from January 27 to February 2, 2014, now in its 4th year. To help you plan, NIDA provides a step-by-step toolkit, which includes a list of suggested activities, and a free drug facts booklet, which you can distribute at your event. 


UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

MCHB Webcast: Implementing the Affordable Care Act for Adolescents and Young Adults: Practical Considerations
Full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) starts in January and the Health Insurance Marketplace launches on October 1. This interactive webinar examines a trio of practical topics pertinent to adolescents and young adults as we prepare for ACA’s rollout. The webinar will be held Wednesday, September 11, 2013; 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST.
 
NYC DOHMH: Sexual and Reproductive Health Webinar Series
The Federal Training Center Collaborative (FTCC) presents a Sexual and Reproductive Health Webinar Series. This series of six free webinars provides information and tools to help medical providers better serve the sexual and reproductive health needs of their patients. Physicians, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners are invited to participate. The first webinar, “Routinizing Sexual Health Into Primary Care: Models for FQHCs,” will be held on September 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm ET. Continuing education credit is available.
 
Region I STD TAC: Archive of STD Coding Webinar Now Available
On August 7th the Region I STD-Related Reproductive Health Training and Technical Assistance Center sponsored a national webinar, ”Introduction to Coding and Documentation for STD Services.” An archive of the webinar and associated resource materials are now available. 

 


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