ADOLESCENT HEALTH IN THE NEWS
      NATIONAL
      LOCAL
      INTERNATIONAL
      RECENT RESEARCH
BLOGS/OPINION PIECES
SAHM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE
CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS
UPCOMING WEBINARS
 



ADOLESCENT HEALTH IN THE NEWS

 

NATIONAL

 

New York Magazine: No Pill? No Prob. Meet the Pullout Generation (Sept 5)
Gather a group of sexually active hetero women, get a few whiskeys in them, and I guarantee that, within an hour, someone will start complaining about how there are no good birth-control options.
 

RH Reality Check: The ‘Pullout Generation’ Is Here. What Do Sex Educators Think? (Sept 11)

 
AIDS.gov: Addressing the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities (Sept 6)
Today we are proud to announce the release of the report by the President’s Working Group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities.
 
NBC News: Teen birth rate hits historic low, federal report says (Sept 6)
The birth rate among teenagers reached another historic low in 2012 according to statistics in a National Center for Health Statistics report released Friday, and there is evidence that a switch to more effective means of birth control is a factor.
 

Medical Daily: More Women Giving Birth In 30s And 40s, CDC Reports; Teen Births At Lowest Rates Since World War II (Sept 6)
 
RH Reality Check: Birthrates Stabilize Overall, but Teen Births Reach Yet Another Record Low (Sept 9)
 
Office of Adolescent Health E-Update: A Positive Decline in Teen Births (Sept)

 
PR Newswire: PCORI Board Approves $114 Million for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (Sept 10)
The PCORI Board of Governors today approved 71 awards, totaling more than $114 million over three years, to fund comparative clinical effectiveness research designed to answer questions most important to patients and those who care for them.
 

4-Traders: PCORI Awards $9 Million Contract to Harvard Group to Coordinate National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (Sept 11)

 
MedPage Today: IOM Declares Cancer Care Crisis (Sept 9)
The rise in demand for cancer care, a shrinking provider workforce, growing healthcare costs, and an increasingly complex disease are creating a “crisis in cancer care delivery,” the Institute of Medicine (IOM) said Tuesday.
 
NBC News: ‘Severely obese:’ 5 percent of US kids, teens fit risky new category (Sept 12)
Overall obesity rates for American kids may have leveled off, but a new report finds that children and teens at the far end of the spectrum are getting heavier, faster -- with about 5 percent now classified as “severely obese.”
 
Bay State Banner (MA): Obamacare to help close youth coverage gap (Sept 12)
Over 4 million uninsured adolescents will be eligible for health-care coverage on Jan. 1, due in part to increased Medicaid eligibility, according to a new report released by the Department of Health and Human Services.
 
Digital Journal: Pomegranate Health Systems Adolescent Psychiatry Introduces Medication Based on Patient’s DNA (Sept 12)
In March 2013, Pomegranate began using GeneSight® by Asssurex Health to initiate genetic testing of patient’s potential response to psychotropic and attention deficient and hyperactivity (ADHD) medications.
 
CNN: U.S. measles cases in 2013 may be most in 17 years (Sept 12)
This year is on track to be the worst for measles in more than a decade, according to new numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And people who refuse to vaccinate their children are behind the increasing number of outbreaks, health officials say.

 

LOCAL

 

Raleigh News & Observer (NC): NC school board approves abstinence grants (Sept 5)
North Carolina’s school board has agreed to distribute about $800,000 to 19 rural public school districts to help teach children to abstain from sex. The State Board of Education approved a plan Thursday to distribute the federal money that will focus on students in grades 4 through 6 who are at increased risk for bearing children out of wedlock and academic failure
 
Times News (TN): The unspeakable: Cancer second-leading cause of death in children 15 and younger (Sept 8)
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This campaign puts a spotlight on the various types of cancer that largely affect children. According to the American Cancer Society, childhood cancer rates have been rising slightly for the past few decades.
 
New Haven Register (CT): Valley program aids understanding of youth mental health issues (Sept 8)
The Youth Mental Health First Aid training is the first one held in the region and only the third such training in the state, said Pamela Mautte, director, Valley Substance Abuse Action Council. “It’s an evidence-based curriculum,” she said.
 
The Daily Journal (CA): School district approves sex ed program (Sept 9)
A sex education program will return to Ralston Middle School after it was removed from the curriculum last spring because of concerns from members of the community.
 
Philly.com (PA): School health is public health: An interview with Richard Meckel (Sept 9)
The funding crisis in the Philadelphia public schools threatens both the education and the health of city school children. With massive layoffs, including a substantial number of nurses, the public school system now has only one nurse for every 1,500 students
 
WLRN (FL): Miami School Health Clinics Are Re-Imagining The Role Of The School Nurse (Sept 9)
This school clinic at North Miami Beach is part of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative. Connected to larger teaching hospitals and an array of specialists by electronic health records and telemedicine, clinics like this are re-imagining the role of the school nurse. And there’s evidence that what’s good for students’ health is good for their grades.
 
Chicago Tribune (IL): New inclusive approach helps schools fight bullying (Sept 9)
In the past, administrators often relied on individual conversations, sporadic motivational speakers and other piecemeal. But in recent years, media attention, state mandates and research on bullying have prompted dozens of school districts across Illinois to try a more inclusive approach that addresses peer aggression.
 
The Ridgefield Press (CT): Mental health efforts: The real key to school security? (Sept 9)
The lock-down drills, the security cameras, the guards at school doors — they’re all unnecessary, if trained, sensitive staff can see trouble brewing before it comes to some hideous boil, and bring the arts of human understanding, of care and compassion, to the task of healing. That’s the hope.
 
Anchorage Daily News: Feds to Pa. governor: Switch CHIP kids to Medicaid (Sept 10)
Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration is being told it must shift tens of thousands of Pennsylvania children from a state-subsidized health insurance program to Medicaid, although the Republican governor is not saying yet whether he will comply with the federal directive.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Tanzania Daily News (Tanzania): Education On Sexual, Reproductive Health Rights Underscored Strongly (Sept 7)
Improvement in social attitudes towards Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) education is crucial in ensuring that young people become capable in applying it and enjoy a healthy and risk free adult life.
 
Tanzania Daily News (Tanzania): Society Owes Youths Reproductive Health and Rights Education (Sept 8)
 
International Herald Tribune (Pakistan): Baseline survey: Reproductive rights awareness low among adolescents
Barely a quarter of adolescents are aware of their sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), according to a baseline survey conducted in selected districts by a non-governmental organisation.
 
The Jakarta Post (Indonesia): Reproductive health should be in curriculum (Sept 9)
The high number of unwanted pregnancies among teenagers is a result of a lack of proper reproductive health education, an activist said on Saturday.          
 
CBC News (Canada): Half of homeless Ottawa youth identify as LGBTQ (Sept 9)
It is estimated nearly half of Ottawa’s homeless youth population identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ), and one-Toronto based researcher calls the issue an “epidemic” across Canada.
 
Bendigo Advertiser (Australia): STD risks ‘being ingnored’ (Sept 9)
SOME young people are ignoring the safe-sex message and putting their fertility at risk, the chief of Bendigo Community Health Services says. CEO Kim Sykes said the Loddon Mallee rate of chlamydia was above the state average.
 
The Daily Telegraph (UK): NSPCC: Great start, Dave, but now the real work begins on better sex education (Sept 9)
NSPCC head Peter Wanless welcomes David Cameron’s commitment to bring sex education into the 21st century, but wants the Prime Minister to spell out how he will do this so teachers know how to approach online porn and other topics. 
   
Center for American Progress: Youth Q&A on the U.N. High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda Report (Sept 9)
While developing their recommendations for a post-2015 development agenda, members of the U.N. High-Level Panel engaged in hundreds of formal and informal consultations with governments, civil-society groups, and individuals to ensure an open and collaborative process. With the release of the U.N. High-Level Panel report, CAP is working to keep the conversation going as the U.N. moves on in the process.
 
Jamaica Gleaner (Jamaica): ‘They’re sick’ - Hanna says many of nation’s children have mental disorders (Sept 9)
Youth Minister Lisa Hanna says a large number of children with behavioural problems are afflicted by various mental conditions and the change in the legislation to decriminalise those deemed ‘uncontrollable’ would allow the Ministry of Youth and Culture to administer specific interventions.
 
Standard Digital (Kenya): Kenyan children having sex as early as 10-years-old (Sept 10)
A new survey shows that Kenyan children are starting to have sex as early as 10-years-old, with girls having more of it. And by about age 20, there is virtually no virgin among both genders. Children are also paying a high price due to HIV, according to the Kenya National Aids Indicator Survey 2012 released on Tuesday.

Focus Taiwan (Taiwan): Ministry issues order barring invasive plastic surgery for minors (Sept 11)
Taiwan’s health authorities issued a directive Wednesday instructing health care facilities not to perform invasive plastic surgery, such as breast implants, fat removal and nose jobs, on people aged under 18.
 
Arab News (Saudi Arabia): Parents urged to guide and support adolescents (Sept 11)
Parents should continuously monitor changes taking place in their adolescent children and be of support and guidance to them, Fadheela Abdul Rahman Al-Nasiyan, director of education of model schools, said in Riyadh. Al-Nasiyan was speaking to callers on the health awareness campaign for students and parents to enlighten them on problems related to teens and drugs.
 
Osun Defender (Nigeria): Makoko: Lagos slum with bulging teenage pregnancies (Sept 12)
The rate of teenage pregnancies in Makoko is still one of the major problems facing the predominantly riverine community.

 

RECENT RESEARCH

 

U.S. News & World Report: Sleepy Teens Seem at Higher Risk for Pedestrian Accidents (Sept 6)
Sleep-deprived teens are at increased risk of getting hit by a vehicle while crossing the street, researchers warn. The new study included 55 teens, aged 14 and 15, whose ability to cross a street safely was tested in a virtual-reality setting in the Youth Safety Lab at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.          
 
USA Today: Teens who beat obesity at risk for eating disorders (Sept 9)
Adolescents who were once overweight or obese are at high risk of developing an eating disorder, but receiving appropriate treatment is often delayed because of their weight history, researchers say.
 

Medical Daily: Obese Teens Who Lose Weight Are Prone To Eating Disorders: The Hidden Hazards Of Adolescent Dieting (Sept 9)
 
Science 2.0: Obesity Psychology: Teens Who Lose Weight At Greater Risk For Anorexia And Bulimia (Sept 7)

 
The Lowell Sun (MA): Report indicates many teen parents were once homeless (Sept 10)     
Thirty percent of pregnant and parenting teens in Massachusetts were homeless at some point during the past fiscal year and almost 10 percent of teen parents who were homeless had been subject to commercial sexual exploitation, according to a report released Tuesday.          
 
7th Space: History of dating violence and the association with late adolescent health (Sept 10)
The present investigation expands upon prior studies by examining the relationship between health in late adolescence and the experience of physical/sexual and non-physical dating violence victimization, including dating violence types that are relevant to today’s adolescents (e.g ., harassment via email and text messaging).
 
EurekAlert: 5-fold increase in ADHD medication use in children and adolescents (Sept 10)
Use of stimulant medications to treat ADHD in children and adolescents has increased significantly over the past several years. This trend toward increased use of prescription stimulants extends beyond ADHD to other types of neuropsychiatric disorders in children and teens as well, including ASD, according to a new study.
 
Psych Central: Mental Health in High School: Teach Students Link between Thinking Patterns, Emotions & Behavior (Sept 11)
Adding a mental health component to school-based health education programs could enhance health behaviors, reduce depression and improve grades. Researchers from The Ohio State University College of Nursing found that a program called COPE: Healthy Lifestyles TEEN had a beneficial outcome for several health and behavioral factors.
  
Medical Daily: HIV Vaccine Candidate Clears AIDS-Causing Virus In Monkey Test Subjects; Immune Response Could ‘Completely Remove HIV From The Body,’ Researchers Say (Sept 11)
A new HIV vaccine candidate appears to have cleared the infection in monkey test subjects. Nine out of 16 monkeys afflicted with SIVmac239 – a particularly lethal strain of the AIDS-causing simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) – exhibited no trace of the virus after inoculation. Researchers believe that further development could lead to human trials within the next two years.
 

BBC: Vaccine ‘clears HIV-like virus’ in monkeys (Sept 11)
           
The World Today: HIV vaccine hopes ride on simian success (Sept 12)

 
Edge on the Net: First-Ever Preventative HIV Vaccine Trials Show No Adverse Effects (Sept 11)
Doctors in Canada have discovered no adverse effects in patients who participated in the Phase I Clinical Trial for the first ever preventative HIV vaccine. On Sept. 3, Western and Sumagen Canada Inc. announced the encouraging results of what is one of only very few HIV vaccine trials in the world.
 
CBS: Study: Obesity Surgery In Younger Patients Could Reverse Cardiac Problems (Sept 11)
Controversial obesity surgery for children and teens has become a growing trend. But a new study finds that surgery may be about much more than kids losing weight. In a recent study in the journal Pediatric Surgery, researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio did sophisticated tests on the hearts of teenagers about to undergo obesity surgery.
 
Medical News: Adolescents appreciate mental benefits of exercise as much as physical, Concordia study shows (Sept 11)
Although teens did comment on physical benefits of exercise like flexibility and endurance, they also perceived elements like leadership and team skills development, positive emotional impact, and character development to be just as beneficial. The study also found that these responses were equally common among boys and girls.
 
National Post: ‘Fat phobia’ and stigmatization of overweight people extends to those who treat eating disorders, Yale researchers find (Sept 11)
People who specialize in treating eating disorders can carry some of the same anti-fat attitudes and “fat phobia” towards obese people as the rest of society, new research suggests.
                                                                                                      
Helio: Functional disability risks identified in adolescents with emerging psychosis (Sept 12)
Early neurocognitive performance and functioning were associated with poorer social and functional outcomes in patients at clinical high risk for schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, according to study results published in JAMA Psychiatry.
 
Medwire News: Adolescent emotion unravels social impact of psychotic symptoms (Sept 12)
Emotional or behavioral problems may explain why some adolescents with psychotic symptoms find it hard to interact socially, researchers highlight.

 

 

BLOGS/OPINION PIECES

 

Politico: Burn your Obamacare card (Sept 5)
The biggest weakness in President Obama’s controversial health-care scheme is the individual mandate, an incredibly regressive tax imposed on young healthy people that forces them to buy health-insurance plans that they can’t afford and don’t need, or pay a fine
 
Huffington Post: What I’ve Learned About Eating Disorders and Teenage Boys (Sept 6)
A recent and first-rate article in the Los Angeles Times does a lot to bring overdue attention to the growing incidence of eating disorders among boys and young men. Los Angeles boys, the piece points out, now have to put up with “pressures long placed on girls, as buff, bare men proliferate in pop culture.”
 
The Gainesville Sun (FL): Back to school is time to look for eating disorders (Sept 6)
As summer draws to a close, it can be tempting for students to try and reinvent themselves for the upcoming academic year. For some students, body image concerns and a desire to be accepted by their peers interferes with healthy choices.
 
Express (UK): Update sex education (Sept 8)
In a digital age I had assumed sex education was a much more sophisticated affair than the Duran Duran days of my youth. Apparently not.
 

Metro (UK): Updating sex education in schools: Children can’t ‘stay innocent’ – we need to grow up (Sept 9)

 
Sunday Independent (Ireland): Sex education must reflect our digital era (Sept 8)
Like the UK, we need better sex education in our schools. Unlike the UK, we know that’s just not going to happen, don’t we? Why? Because this is Ireland. Where the opposition to compulsory, sensible sex education will wreck our heads. Best to just keep quiet. Like we always do.
 
Slate: Meltdown U. (Sept 9)
The Checkup is a new health podcast, a collaboration between Slate and WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, and features the authors of WBUR’s health care blog CommonHealth. The third episode, “Meltdown U.,” gets inside the college student’s brain, with frank talk about mental health problems—and ways college kids and their parents can better cope.
 
Odessa American (TX): Parents: Be prepared for sex ed (Sept 9)
For most parents, being engaged in your child’s motivation to learn and being determined to answer their seemingly endless array of questions may seem simple enough. However, one particular topic … S-E-X … can leave parents cold in their tracks.
 
Psych Central: Preventing Teen Suicide:The Importance of Information and Connection (Sept 10)
It is difficult to look too closely at what baffles and terrifies us— teen suicide is one of those realities. The more parents, teens and their friends recognize the warning signs of suicide and understand the importance of their connection in prevention—the safer teens will be.


Jezebel: Unintended Pregnancy Rates Rise Among Poor and Low-Income Women (Sept 10)
recent survey by the Guttmacher Institute outlines some sobering details about unintended pregnancy in the United States: as of now, a whopping 49 percent of the 6.7 million pregnancies per year in the United States are unintended.


ABC News: Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiatives, Big and Small (Sept 10)
Tuesday ABC Health tweet chats this month will focus on major childhood health concerns. ABC News is kicking off the series today at 1 p.m. with a chat that focuses on the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.

 

ABC News: Tweet Chat Wrap-Up: Childhood Obesity Awareness (Sept 12)


Huffington Post: The Domestic Labor and Sex Trafficking of Homeless Youth (Sept 12)
The only thing that gets me more upset about the domestic labor and sex trafficking of homeless youth in America, is the fact that most people don’t even care that homeless boys and girls in this country are being bought and then forced to do horrible things.
 
Huffington Post: Kids on Sweets: Are We Raising a Generation of Sugar Addicts? (Sept 12)
There are few joys in life as sweet as seeing our children smile. After all, there are bigger threats to our children, right? As it turns out, sugar isn’t as harmless as we once thought, at least not in the volume we’re consuming it.




SAHM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

 

SAHM Members on Upcoming Harvard Obesity and Food Marketing Webcast: Why We Overeat: The Toxic Food Environment and Obesity
Based on the latest science, the Harvard  School of Public Health Forum in conjunction with Huffington Post will examine how we can shift our food environments from toxic to healthy.  The webcast will take place Friday, 9/13 from 12:30-1:30 EDT and will feature Walter Willett, David Kessler, and Michael Rich.
 
SAHM Member John Santelli featured on APHA Webinar: How AIDS (almost) stopped teen pregnancy in the US: So where do we go from here?
Following this webinar, participants were able to: Describe how changes in adolescent behavior and social conditions influenced declines in teen fertility rates; Identify ways in which the AIDS epidemic influenced teen fertility in the U.S.; and, Enumerate how SBHCs can contribute to the prevention of teen pregnancy and STDs. This webinar will be archived on APHA’s webinars webpage.



NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE

 

Cleveland Plain Dealer (OH): The free booklet, “What You Should Know about Mental Health in Youth with Epilepsy,” now available (Sept 9)
If you have a child with epilepsy, you’ll want to check out a new, free booklet put together by researchers at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic. “What You Should Know about Mental Health in Youth with Epilepsy,” provides information on child development; epilepsy and mental health; and medications, counseling and other treatment.



CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Medical Students for Choice 2013 Conference on Family Planning will take place November 9th and 10th in Denver, Colorado. The Conference on Family Planning is renowned for providing medical students and students of other health professions the abortion and family planning education they will not receive during their formal schooling. Early Registration ends September 20th



UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

APHA: Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases: An Update
During this webinar, experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will discuss the epidemiology of the most prevalent STDs in young women, the adverse pregnancy and infant outcomes associated with these STDs, and their prevention. The webinar will take place September 18th from 1:00pm–2:00pm.
 
Dibble Institute: The Power of the Love Story: Empowering Teens Through Literature
Hear how the literature based anthology, The Art of Loving Well: A Character Education Curriculum for Today’s Teenagers, a nationally acclaimed, relationship skills curriculum from Boston University, teaches healthy relationship skills to youth. The webinar will take place Wednesday, October 9, 2013 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT.





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