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ADOLESCENT HEALTH IN THE NEWS

 

NATIONAL

 

Huffington Post: The Geography Of Unintended Pregnancy (INFOGRAPHIC) (Sept 13)
About half of the 6.7 million pregnancies in the U.S. each year are unplanned, according to a new state-level analysis by the Guttmacher Institute. The unintended pregnancy rate is a standout in the industrialized world, and has remained nearly flat since the 1980s despite advances in birth control technology and availability.

Stateline: Suicide Prevention Efforts Grow in Statehouses (Sept 13)
Since 2007, Utah and 11 other states have approved versions of the Jason Flatt Act, which requires states to provide suicide awareness training to school employees, including teachers, nurses, counselors, school psychologists and administrators. The law is named for a 16-year-old Tennessee student who took his own life in 1997.         
 
USA Today: Health law offers quandary for youths (Sept 15)
Polls show that with about two weeks before enrollment begins on a newly created exchange for the uninsured, most young people know little or nothing about the Affordable Care Act.
 
MedPage Today: Guideline$: Following the Money in Acne Treatment (Sept 15)
When the American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed guidelines recommending expensive prescription drugs to treat childhood acne, it didn't tell doctors this: 13 of the 15 experts who drafted the guidelines were paid consultants or speakers for companies that market the drugs recommended in the guidelines.
 
USA Today: 3 germs are urgent threats to USA's health, CDC says (Sept 17)
The overuse of antibiotics has caused three kinds of bacteria — one that causes life-threatening diarrhea, one that causes bloodstream infections and one that transmits sexually — to become urgent threats to human health in the United States, federal health officials say in a landmark report out Monday.

New York Times: Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Lead to 23,000 Deaths a Year, C.D.C. Finds (Sept 16)

 
Roll Call: Boehner Puts Obamacare Defunding in the CR (Sept 18)
House Republicans emerged from their weekly conference meeting Wednesday morning with a new strategy on the continuing resolution: defund Obamacare in the stopgap spending bill.

Roll Call: Obama Vows to Veto House CR (Sept 19)

 
Los Angeles Times (CA): Michelle Obama pushes for ads for healthful foods for kids (Sept 19)
First Lady Michelle Obama urged food industry executives to increase their advertising of healthful products for kids, carefully returning to the debate over food marketing and childhood obesity after facing criticism for largely avoiding the controversial fight.

Huffington Post: Michelle Obama Calls Food Marketing Summit To Ask Companies To Stop Advertising Unhealthy Foods To Kids (Sept 18)

 
Kaiser Health News: Reprieve Over? Health Spending Projected To Climb 6% Next Year (Sept 19)
The nation's health care spending is slated to rise about 6 percent next year, according to a new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report. This follows five years of slower growth expected to end as the nation's economy recovers and the health law expands coverage.

 

LOCAL

 

The Journal Times (WI): Spurred to action: Local teen STD rates lend real ‘urgency’ to educators’ cause (Sept 14)
Hundreds of teens and preteens in Racine County reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases last year, one of the worst rates in Wisconsin. Thirty-three percent of Racine County’s total reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases in 2012 came from teenagers and young adults between the ages of 10 and 19.
 
Laurinburg Exchange (NC): Schools get grant for sex education (Sept 14)
Robeson County has the fourth-highest teen pregnancy rate in North Carolina, but a state initiative aims to help reduce that figure. The Public Schools of Robeson County will receive a portion of an $800,000 federal grant from the state Board of Education to teach students in grades 4 through 6 in 19 rural school districts to abstain from sex.
 
Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald (WA): State awarded STD prevention grant (Sept 14)
Teaching students about healthy relationships and preventing HIV and STDs is crucial to their health, said a press release from the OSPI. A five-year grant, called Promoting Adolescent Health Through School-Based HIV/STD Prevention and School-based Surveillance, of up to $1.85 million awarded to OSPI by the CDC will provide the necessary resources to teach HIV/STD prevention in the state's high schools. 
 
The Times of Trenton (NJ): Trenton to reopen free health clinic for children and adolescents (Sept 15)
With the aid of a new volunteer staff, the city will reopen its long-shuttered pediatric and adolescent free clinic tomorrow to provide immunizations to school-age children and general medical care to young people up to age 17, health director James Brownlee said.
 
MLive (MI): Douglass Community Association teens hope video on sexual health and racism has international impact (Sept 15)
Over the course of about seven months, 19 teenagers collaborated to make a video that gave their perspectives on racism and sexual health in Kalamazoo.
 
The Hays Daily News (KS): Prevention, education key to halting dating violence (Sept 16)
This is the last in a series about abuse and violence in adolescent dating and romantic relationships. Q: How can schools address adolescent dating violence?
 
WNYC (NY): Sending Disruptive Students to the E.R. Worries Docs, Advocates (Sept 16)
By the city’s own count, about one fourth of all 911 calls made from New York City public schools are for "emotionally disturbed persons," as first responders call it. In one year, 2011-12, schools made more than 3,800 calls that, in turn, led to an ambulance trip to a hospital emergency room, a mismatched solution in the eyes of many mental health experts and children's advocates.
 
WIBC (IN): University Students Join Call to Ban Minors From Tanning Salons (Sept 16)
A small group of Valparaiso University students traveled to the statehouse to urge a health study committee to endorse making Indiana the seventh state to restrict tanning beds to people 18 and up. Dermatologists urged the panel last month to toughen the law, which currently allows teenagers to use tanning salons with parental consent.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

All Africa: South Africa: Department Raises Awareness On Sexual Reproductive Health to Students (Sept 12)
University and high school students were targets for this year's provincial World Population Day commemoration held at Fort Hare University in Alice Campus. The theme for this year was "Adolescent Pregnancy".

The Local (Sweden): Swedish group seeks sex education expansion (Sept 13)
The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (Riksförbundet för Sexuell Upplysning, RFSU) has called for sex education to be included in all school subjects including religious studies, a move mirrored by a Christian group seeking to have 'walking on water' explained in physics classes.
 
Ghana Web (Ghana): 'Pay attention to adolescent reproductive health' (Sept 14)
The Head of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Prof Samuel A. Obed, has stressed the need for the hospital to have a special facility that will provide information and services for adolescents.

The Times of India (India): 'Sex education crucial to sensitize children' (Sept 14)
Moments before Saket Court sentenced Nibhaya rape accused to death on Friday, Justice Leila Seth guided city students on how sensitization about crime against women can start from a very early age. Seth was one of the members of the Justice Verma Committee, which was formed after Nirbhaya's gang-rape, to take a re-look at sexual assault against women.
 
Daily Telegraph (UK): Current sex education "failing children in digital age" (Sept 16)
A prolific paedophile who used the internet to target and blackmail young girls all over the world has been jailed in a case described as one of the worst the courts have ever seen.
 
Salisbury Journal (UK): New sexual health app for students (Sept 16)
SEXUAL health app for students has been launched by Wiltshire College and the Terrence Higgins Trust. The new smartphone app, called No Worries, was launched at the college’s Freshers’ Fair last week.

The Guardian (UK): Schizophrenia: 'I felt like I'd been given a life sentence' (Sept 17)
When Jonny Benjamin describes his experience of growing up with a serious mental illness during his teens and early 20s, it can make for harrowing listening. But, for all of these challenges, the 26-year-old has recently emerged as something of an inadvertent champion of young people's mental health. Three years ago, Benjamin set up a YouTube channel to reach out to others with mental health difficulties.
 
The Hindu (India): Taking the lid off adolescent health education in Chennai (Sept 17)
Preethi Hariharan was uncomfortable on hearing words that until then were on the list of unspoken or never discussed subjects. But at the end of a day’s session on adolescent education, she along with several other teachers learned it was time that they stop hushing up things related to sexual health, and chalk out ways for better communication with the students.
 
The Guardian (UK): Sex education: young people with learning disabilities are being left out (Sept 17)
Talking to children about sex is a discussion most parents find difficult. Tricky at the best of times, embarrassing and disastrous at the worst. But when your child has learning disabilities, the subject can be even more of a minefield.

RT (Russia): ‘Best Sex Ed is Russian literature’ – children’s rights ombudsman (Sept 18)
Presidential children’s rights advocate Pavel Astakhov says he opposes the introduction of sex education in schools adding that Russian literature can fill the gap and answer all the possible questions.
 
Bangkok Post (Thailand): Teen pregnancy figures spur sex education campaign (Sept 18)
The government and health-related organisations are trying to curb high teen pregnancy rates by providing more effective sex education nationwide. The move came after the WHO released a survey earlier this year which found Thailand had the second-highest pregnancy rate among 15- to 19-year-olds in Asia with 70/1,000.
 
Daily Mail (UK): Teenage BOYS should also be given the HPV vaccine to prevent cancer caused by oral sex, says leading expert (Sept 19)
Teenage boys should also be given the HPV vaccine, a leading health expert has said. Professor John Ashton, President of the Faculty of Public Health, says vaccination should not be restricted to teenage girls. He believes that giving boys the injection would be a good way to reduce the number of people suffering from cancers caused by oral sex.

The Times of India (India): Sedentary lifestyle could lead to infertility (Sept 19)

Burdened with studies and hooked to gadgets, adolescent girls these days lead a very sedentary life. Among many other problems caused by this is a huge rise in numbers of teenaged girls suffering from poly-cystic ovarian disease (PCOD), one of the most common causes of infertility. Doctors say around half the adolescent girls have it.       

 

 

RECENT RESEARCH

     

Washington Post: New report finds that effects of child abuse and neglect, if untreated, can last a lifetime (Sept 12)
In the first major study of child abuse and neglect in 20 years, researchers with the National Academy of Sciences reported Thursday that the damaging consequences of abuse can not only reshape a child’s brain but also last a lifetime.
 
Helio: Adolescent HPV vaccination rates continue to fall short (Sept 13)
The Healthy People 2020 targets for tetanus-diphtheria-acellular-pertussis, meningococcal conjugate and varicella vaccines have been met in some states, but work remains to reach the goals for girls receiving all three doses of the HPV vaccine, according to a recent MMWR.
 
The Buffalo News (NY): UB study finds menthol thwarts efforts to keep youth off cigarettes (Sept 13)
Young people are heavy users of menthol cigarettes, and their popularity is undermining efforts to reduce smoking in youths. That is the conclusion of a new University at Buffalo study that comes out as the FDA is considering whether to limit or ban the sale of menthol cigarettes.
 
CBS News: Study: U.S. teens eating better, watching less TV (Sept 16)
U.S. adolescents may finally be getting the message about healthier living. Researchers are reporting children in grades six through 10 are eating more vegetables, exercising more and watching less television than their counterparts a decade earlier.

New York Times Well Blog: Teenagers Are Getting More Exercise and Vegetables (Sept 16)

 
Medical Daily: Dating Abuse Victims In Digital Age At Higher Risk For Smoking, Eating Disorders (Sept 16)
One in three adolescents in the United States is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner. Now, with the evolution of the Internet age, dating abuse has taken on a new form through controlling text messages and abusive e-mails that have detrimental health outcomes in female teens, according to a recent study.               

News Medical: Non-physical abuse by dating partner can have serious effect on teenager's health and well-being (Sept 17)

 
Time: How Bullying’s Effects Reach Beyond Childhood (Sept 16)    
More research is documenting the lasting legacy of bullying on its victims in nearly every part of their lives, from emotional wellbeing to career success.

Family Practice News: Look for bullying in psychosomatic diagnoses (Sept 16)

Reuters: Headaches, dizziness could be signs of bullying (Sept 18)

 
ABC News: One in 10 High School Seniors Reports 'Extreme Binge Drinking' (Sept 16)
Almost 1 in 10 U.S. high school seniors have engaged in recent extreme binge drinking — downing at least 10 drinks at a rate that barely budged over six years, according to a government-funded report.
 
Los Angeles Times (CA): Adopted adolescents more likely to attempt suicide, study finds (Sept 17)
Adopted adolescents are at higher risk of attempting suicide, according to a recently released study published in the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. However, University of Minnesota research psychologist Margaret Keyes emphasized that the majority of adoptees they studied were “psychologically healthy.”
 
Irish Times (Ireland): Violent computer games linked to increased aggression among adolescents (Sept 17)
Children who play violent computer games on a regular basis are more likely to show signs of aggression and find it difficult to control their emotions, researchers have claimed. The findings are based on a survey unveiled at the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect conference in Dublin today.
                                                                                                       
Virtual Medical Centre: Young adults on the autism spectrum face tough prospects for jobs and independent living (Sept 18)
For young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), making the transition from school to the first rites of independent adult life, including a first job and a home away from home, can be particularly challenging. 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.
 
New York Times: New Study Lends Conclusive Support to a Scoliosis Treatment (Sept 19)
A new study provides the best evidence yet that wearing a back brace will slow the progression of the most common form of scoliosis in adolescents, helping them avoid painful spine surgery. The new randomized study, published on Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine, should end the longstanding debate, several experts said, and may spur the USPTF force to reconsider its position.

NIH Press Release: NIH study establishes benefits of bracing in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis (Sept 19)

 

 

 

BLOGS/OPINION PIECES

 

Truthout: Parental Notification Laws Obstruct Abortion Access (Sept 13)
Parent involvement laws cannot conjure love and support for pregnant teens where there's violence in the home; what they do is reduce access to abortion and increase the likelihood of more complicated later-term abortions.
 
Psych Central: Behind the Mask: Adolescents in Hiding (Sept 14)
Adolescents often struggle with intense emotional situations, yet find themselves unsure of how to process it all. In Behind the Mask: Adolescents in Hiding, Dennis Rozema explains that the way a teenager deals with pain either facilitates emotional wellness or creates a mask for them to hide behind.
 
New York Times: E-Smoking Among Teenagers (Sept 15)
The case for regulating electronic cigarettes grew even stronger this month when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a notable increase in their use by high school and middle school students. 

Times Union (NY): Letter: Sex education crucial for teens (Sept 15)
The Associated Press article "Birth rate numbers offer hope," on Sept. 6, included the fact that in 2012, [U.S.] "birth rates for teen moms ... hit yet another historic low." This continued progress is positive news …However, it is important to note that the United States still has the highest teen birth rate of any developed country and there continue to be significant disparities in rates among racial and ethnic groups.

The Malaysian Insider (Malaysia): Abusive, inaccurate “virginity tests” won’t help, educating children will (Sept 15)
Calls for “virginity tests” for high school girls emerge regularly in Indonesia, with education officials, politicians and religious leaders proposing tests every few years. Recent news that education officials in Prabumulih district in South Sumatra and Pamekasan in East Java are considering such tests caused an uproar.
 
Daily Beast/Women in the World: The Sex Industry's Shadow Victims (Sept 16)
Estimates by some advocates put the number of boys in the commercial sex industry at potentially equal to that of girls. A study called “And Boys Too,” conducted this spring and released to the media in late August, finds that this one-sided approach has pushed male victims to the fringes of assistance.
 
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO): Editorial: Education, contraception and less sex brings down teen birth rate (Sept 16)
Sex education, less sexual activity among teens and more use of contraception are being credited for the lowest teen birth rate in the United States since 1940. The CDC issued a report Sept. 6 showing a 6 percent drop from 2011 to 2012 in the birth rate for mothers ages 15 through 19. 
 
7th Space Interactive:  Invest in adolescents and young people: it pays (Sept 17)
This year's Women Deliver conference made a strong call for investing in the health and development of adolescents and young people. It highlighted the unique problems faced by adolescent girls and young womenand stressed the importance of addressing their needs and rights, not only for their individual benefit, but also to achieve global goals such as reducing maternal mortality and HIV infection
 
NPR: Obesity And Preserving Culture: Latinos Discuss Parenting Challenges (Sept 17)
Health, cultural assimilation and language are some of the top concerns on the minds of a group of Latino parents, social media influencers and regular contributors to Tell Me More. Health was something first lady Michelle Obama highlighted in July, when she addressed the National Council of La Raza, the nation's leading Hispanic civil rights organization.
 
New York Times Motherlode: When Obese Children Develop Eating Disorders, Doctors Often Don’t Notice (Sept 17)
Obese adolescents are at significant risk of developing eating disorders, according to a report due in the October issue of Pediatrics. And the two case studies highlighted in the paper suggest that health professionals may be at significant risk of not diagnosing them.

The Spokesman-Review (WA): The risk after obesity (Sept 17)

 
Bloomberg: The Practical Way to Fight Childhood Obesity (Sept 17)
The federal government itself spends far too much money on efforts not backed by evidence of effectiveness. And once a program gets going, it’s almost impossible to end it, even if it’s a failure. Childhood obesity is a problem demanding effective solutions. As Congress turns its attention to the debt limit and next year’s spending levels, it would do well to follow Child Obesity 180’s practical approach.
 
Rappler (Philippines): Do condoms and sex ed promote sex? (Sept 17)
Certainly many people—parents, teachers, legislators, and even priests—are interested in hearing the answer to this question. And why wouldn’t they, considering that the Supreme Court is set to rule over the constitutionality of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law of 2012 (RH law) soon.
 
U.S. News & World Report: The GOP Food Stamp Plan Undermines the Fight Against Obesity (Sept 18)
The good news is that for an ongoing investment of less than 15 cents per person, per day, there was a 25 percent increase in fruit and vegetable consumption among adults. The bad news, however, is that a current GOP plan would slash more than $40 billion from the food stamp program.
 
Huffington Post: 5 Mental Health Tips for Back to School (Sept 18)
As I travel around the country regularly speaking to college freshmen orientations, I look out at the thousands of eager students, and let them know college is a great time for them to work on their mental health.

The Columbian (WA): In Our View: Start Later, Learn More (Sept 19)
Anybody who has tried to wake a teenager before dawn to get ready for school knows it can be akin to poking a hibernating bear. It turns out there are biological reasons for that — reasons that lie deeper than a lack of sleep or laziness on the part of the adolescent.



RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has just released a new Evaluation Highlight publication focusing on adolescent health from its series, National Evaluation of the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant Program, titled: How are CHIPRA Quality Demonstration States working to improve adolescent health care?   

 


NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE

 

Office of Adolescent Health E-Update: Our Picks September 2013
This September, OAH identifies important resources for adolescents’ health as they settle into the school year, including information on bullying, healthy snacks, and trends in school health policies. Also, as we countdown to October 1st and open enrollment on the Health Insurance Marketplace, we have a must-read brief (and infographic) on the Affordable Care Act’s impact on adolescents.

 



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


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

Understanding Youth Violence: Integrating Assessment, Prevention and Intervention in the Clinical Setting
Instructors: Avril Melissa Houston, MD, MPH; Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD; and Eric Sigel, MD
November 21, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST

 

 


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