2016 W. L. Bonner College Hall of FAME Induction Ceremony Nominees Include Monique Currie
The 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Benefits Reception will honor those have exemplified superior community service efforts in the Washington DC area. WNBA professional Monique Currie, former Washington Mystics player, is being honored for her philanthropy work with NBA Cares and SAHM. She is educating young people about their health and living healthy lives by bringing vaccines for teens to DC communities. (Benzinga, 4/14)






Clinical Decision Support Tool Cuts CT Use for Appendicitis
The implementation of a multicomponent electronic clinical decision support tool reduces computed tomography (CT) use for pediatric patients with possible appendicitis, according to a recent study. The researchers found that 28% of the 2,803 patients with acute abdominal pain over the three-year study period had appendicitis, and 26.1% of those with appendicitis had a perforation. (Physician’s Briefing, 4/13)
Pediatric Pneumonia Can Be Diagnosed Via Lung Ultrasound
Lung ultrasounds may offer a safer, yet equally effective, alternative to chest X-rays for diagnosing pneumonia in children, according to a recent study of ER patients aged 21 and younger. The patients in the investigational group had nearly 39% fewer chest X-rays, with no missed cases of pneumonia and no increase in complications, savings $9,200. (Physician’s Briefing, 4/14)
Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students
According to a CDC report, in 2015, 1 in 4 high school students and 1 in 13 middle school students reported current use of any tobacco product. An estimated 4.7 million high school and middle school students reported current use of any tobacco product, and substantial increases were observed in e-cigarette and hookah use among high school and middle school students. (MMWR, 4/15)
Focusing on One Sport Ups a Teen’s Risk of Injury
A new study to figure out why kids get hurt playing sports will soon be published in an upcoming issue of The American Journal of Sports Medicine. The researchers found that specializing in a single sport is a key risk factor, and their data are among the first to show such a link. (Student Science, 4/15)
Puberty Timing Influenced by Both Parents
Boys and girls may go through puberty sooner if their mothers and fathers were early bloomers, a recent study suggests. Researchers studied the timing of puberty for 672 girls and 846 boys relative to their parents and found kids who developed pubic hair and other hallmarks of adulthood at an unusually young age tended to have mothers and fathers who also matured early. (Reuters, 4/15)
Depression More Common in Kids Who Join Gangs
Depression and suicidal thoughts or attempts are common among youth who join gangs, and these problems get worse after they join, a new study suggests. The investigators found that gang membership was associated with greater levels of depression, a 67% increase in suicidal thoughts, and a 104% increase in suicide attempts. (HealthDay News, 4/15)
New Study Demonstrates Efficacy of All-Oral Treatment Regimens in Adolescents with Hepatitis C Virus
Adolescents with Hepatitis C (HCV) could benefit from a combination of direct-acting antivirals, according to new data. The study demonstrated that adolescent patients with HCV genotype 1 aged 12 to 18 years who were treated for 12 weeks with a fixed dose combination of ledipasvir and sofosbuvir attained high sustained virologic response (SVR) rates. (Science Daily, 4/16)
Many U.S. Adults Think Kids’ Health Is Worse Today
More than half of American adults believe children have worse emotional and mental health than children in previous generations, a new survey shows. Many of the nearly 2,700 respondents also believe youngsters today have higher stress levels, less quality family time, and poorer coping skills and personal friendships. (HealthDay News, 4/18)
Talk Therapy May Help Depressed Teens Who Shun Antidepressants
Depressed teens who refuse antidepressants may benefit from counseling, a new study suggests. The study included more than 200 teens who were unwilling to take medication to treat their depression. The researchers found that those who tried a type of short-term “talk therapy,” known as cognitive behavioral therapy, were more likely to recover than those who didn’t. (HealthDay News, 4/20)
Eating Disorders Seem More Common in Schools Where Girls Predominate
Eating disorders may be more prevalent at schools where a greater portion of the student body is female, a new study suggests. British and Swedish researchers analyzed data from Sweden, and also found the risk increased when more of the students’ parents had a university education. (U.S. News and World Report, 4/21)




When Lead Affects Learning
Since March, more than half of the 67 district schools in Newark have tested positive for high lead levels in the drinking water. These problems come as Flint, Michigan is coping with a widespread lead crisis, and schools around the country are testing their water for the substance. The CDC says that no amount of lead in the bloodstream is safe and exposure has been linked to decreased IQ scores and a range of other problems. (The Atlantic, 4/9)
Zika Virus Can Be Transmitted Through Anal Sex, C.D.C. Says
The Zika virus can be transmitted by anal sex as well as vaginal sex, according to a report issued by the CDC. The agency described a case of man-to-man sexual transmission in January. The case, which was previously disclosed by health officials in Texas without identifying the genders of the partners, was the first known case of sexual transmission of Zika within the U.S. (The New York Times, 4/14)
CDC to Investigate When Kids Should Start Playing Football
Science has revealed the potential long-term dangers of concussions and repetitive head trauma. So on April 15, CDC announced plans for a “rigorous evaluation of the risks of tackling in youth football,” calling on experts to submit research proposals to identify what age groups are at most risk of sustaining head injuries. (Time, 4/19)
Appeals Court Favors Transgender Student in Virginia Restroom Case
Weeks after a new North Carolina law put transgender bathroom access at the heart of the nation’s culture wars, a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., ruled on Tuesday in favor of a transgender student who was born female and wishes to use the boys’ restroom at his rural Virginia high school. (The New York Times, 4/19)
Obama Officials Warn States About Cutting Medicaid Funds to Planned Parenthood
The Obama administration warned officials in all 50 states that actions to end Medicaid funding of Planned Parenthood may be out of compliance with federal law. Terminating certain providers from Medicaid is only justifiable if those providers are unable to perform covered medical services or can’t bill. States cannot target providers for impermissible reasons and are required to treat similar types of providers equitably. (The Washington Post, 4/19)
FDA Campaign Takes Aim at Chewing Tobacco Use by Rural Teens
Government health officials will team up with minor league baseball as part of a new $36 million campaign to discourage rural teenagers from using chewing tobacco. Baseball stadiums will feature the campaign’s central message this summer “smokeless doesn’t mean harmless” via advertising and promotions. Roughly 32% of rural males ages 12 to 17 are at-risk for using chewing tobacco. (The New York Times, 4/19)
Schools Confront the Heroin Crisis
The number of districts and states rushing to stock an emergency antidote that can revive students suffering heroin overdoses shows the severe degree to which the nation’s latest drug epidemic has disrupted schools. In a New Hampshire school district, the school board approved the use of Narcan, which can be administered via inhaler or injection to reverse a user’s overdose shortly after it starts to affect the body. (District Administration, 4/21)
Cities Begin To Count The Scars Of Childhood, And Try To Prevent New Damage
In an unprecedented move, five students are suing the Compton Unified School District, arguing that the trauma they have faced makes it difficult to learn and demanding that the district offer them additional support, in much the same way schools must accommodate students with autism, dyslexia and other disabilities. (Kaiser Health News, 4/21)




UN: Wealthy Countries Failing Disadvantaged Children
A U.N. children’s fund study has found a widening gap between poor and richer children in the world’s wealthiest countries. The UNICEF report ranking the well-being of children in 41 high income countries analyzes the consequences of this growing inequality. The gap between rich and poor in most wealthy countries is at its highest level in three decades. (Voice of America, 4/13)
Spreading the Word: Youth Educators Provide Sexual and Reproductive Health Outreach in Honduras
In Honduras, there is little public discussion around contraception, family planning or sexual and reproductive health, including in most schools, and according to UNFPA estimates, 26% of Honduran women give birth before age 18. The Committees for the Prevention of Pregnancies and STIs among Adolescents (COPEITSA) is seeking to drive down these rates through a peer education program. (United Nations Population Fund, 4/19)
46% of New HIV Infections Among Adolescents and Young People in Kenya
Almost half new HIV infections are among adolescents and young people. A new study conducted by the National Aids Control Council shows that the prevalence rate has increased from 29% in 2014 to 46% in 2016. About 101,560 new HIV infections are recorded annually in the country. Statistics from the Council shows that 12,940 are in children, 50,530 among women and 38,090 in men. (The Star, 4/20)




ASCO Urges More Aggressive Use of HPV Vaccination to Prevent Cancer
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) published a policy statement that urged increased use of HPV vaccination to prevent cancer. The statement outlines current barriers to HPV vaccination and recommendations to promote the uptake of these vaccines, which have the potential to save millions of lives. (Journal of Clinical Oncology, 4/11)
The State of Texas Children: Nearly a Quarter of Texas Children Live in Poverty
The State of Texas Children report is part of the Kids Count project, a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S. When it comes to a child’s well-being, meaning the school they attend, the neighborhood they live in, and their access to health care, Texas ranks 41 in the nation, with 1.7 million children live in poverty. (KXAN, 4/13)

AAFP Joins Push for Obama to Expand FDA Tobacco Regulation
The AAFP recently joined 29 other organizations to bring its concerns about unregulated tobacco products to the highest level, urging President Obama in a letter to halt years of delay and provide the leadership necessary to ensure the FDA has authority over all tobacco products, including currently unregulated products such as e- cigarettes, some or all cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, hookah and dissolvables. (AAFP, 4/19)




Juicebox App Picks Up Where Sex Ed Classes Leave Off
Juicebox, a free app that allows users to anonymously ask questions about sex and sexual health and get answers from experts at the Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. The app has two features: The first is Snoop, which lets users post their questions and browse through questions that others have asked. The second feature is Spill, which is a collection of users’ relationship and sex stories. (Chicago Tribune, 4/11)




Implementation of the ACA and People with HIV
The ACA major coverage reforms have created new pathways to insurance coverage for millions of Americans, including those with HIV. On May 4 at 9:30 a.m. ET, the Kaiser Family Foundation will hold a policy briefing in D.C. to discuss questions about how changes have affected coverage and access to care for people with HIV with a panel of experts. (Kaiser Family Foundation, 4/20)
Launch of the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing
Our Future: A Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing report brings together perspective from public health, economics, political and social science, behavioral science and neuroscience and provides recommendations for action to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of adolescents. Register for the reception of the launch of the report at the University College of London on Tuesday, May 10th. (The Lancet, 4/20)




Putting Youth Relationship Education on the Child Welfare Agenda: Findings from Research and Evaluation
This webinar by the Dibble Institute will provide participants with a better understanding of the importance of healthy relationships for youth in foster care. This webinar also will summarize current research and evaluation evidence on relationship education for youth in foster care. It will take place on Wednesday, May 11th at 4:00pm EST. (The Dibble Institute, 4/20)




Leadership Training Academy: Advancing Physician Leaders in Reproductive Health Care Advocacy
The Physicians for Reproductive Health Leadership Training Academy prepares physicians to become lifelong leaders in reproductive health care advocacy by helping them develop and internalize the skills and attributes they need to be powerful, effective advocates for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care. Applications for the class of 2017 are now open, and deadline for applications is Friday, June 3rd. (Physician’s for Reproductive Health, 4/20)

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