Healio: More than half of adolescent psychiatric disorders untreated
Most young people with psychiatric disorders such as phobias and anxiety do not receive treatment, according to an analysis published in Psychiatric Services. (Dec 6)

Huffington Post: Few Girls Receive All 3 Doses Of HPV Vaccine, Study Finds
Just one-third of teen girls in the U.S. have received all three doses of the vaccine against the HPV, according to new research. The study, presented at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, also showed that most people for whom the HPV vaccine is relevant are unaware of its effectiveness. (Dec 8)

Reuters: Early-maturing girls could be more impressionable 
Girls who start puberty early may be at particular risk for problem behaviors as teenagers, a new study suggests. But parents who are alert to the risk might be able to step in and prevent the problems, the researchers say. (Dec 9)

New York Times: Idea of Healthy Obesity Is Tested 
The idea that there are obese people who are nonetheless healthy may be a myth. Although some overweight or obese people have normal cholesterol, glucose levels and blood pressure — elements of so-called metabolic health — a new study suggests that obesity by itself increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and death. (Dec 9)

Counsel & Heal: Cutting Increasing Among Adolescents, Study
Teenage girls are more likely than teenage boys to self-harm, according to a new study. Researchers also found that a fifth of adolescents who have self-harmed have cut themselves in front of others. (Dec 9)

Reuters: Yelling, threatening parents harm teens' mental health 
Threatening or screaming at teenagers may put them at higher risk for depression and disruptive behaviors such as rule-breaking, a new study suggests. (Dec 10)
Fox: Weight Loss Surgery for Severely Obese Teens
“How do we tackle pediatric obesity?...We don’t have a great deal of success.” For obese teens, especially the severely obese, simply trying to eat less and exercise more doesn’t seem to work. (Dec 10)
Los Angeles Times: Head injuries in one football season cause measurable brain damage
For college athletes who get through their sport's season concussion-free, new research suggests it may be too early to breathe a sigh of relief. (Dec 11)
PR Web: New Report Details Potential Impact of Underemphasis on Adolescent Health, Possible Solutions 
According to a new report issued today by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and Pfizer Inc., adolescents are often overlooked in the US healthcare system, which may lead to short- and long-term health consequences and contribute to the economic burden on the healthcare system. The report, titled The Case for Improving Adolescent Health: Helping prepare adolescents for a healthy future, suggests that an annual preventive care visit or checkup during the teen years provides an important moment and venue for proactive health guidance and intervention.  (Dec 12)



Kaiser Health News: Coverage Options For Young Adults Who Have A Mental Illness 
Q: We have a 25 year old son who is covered as a dependent under my husband's group plan. He has a complex mental illness diagnosis. What are his coverage options once he turns 26? (Dec 9)


The Fresno Bee (CA): School-based health clinics popping up in Valley districts
Federal Affordable Care Act dollars intended to support school-based health centers are bankrolling clinics that offer low or no-fee services to kids at several Valley districts. (Dec 8)
WEAU (WI): Bill would require 30 minutes of daily gym class
Elementary school students in Wisconsin would have at least half an hour of daily physical education under a bill backed by Republican Rep. Chad Weininger, of Green Bay. (Dec 9)
Go Local (MA): Mass Medical Society Policy Opposes Youth Use of E-Cigarettes 
At the Massachusetts Medical Society's (MMS) Interim Meeting held on Saturday, resolutions were adopted by physicians on electronic cigarettes. (Dec 9)
WKYC (OH): Sexually transmitted infections rising in local teens 
There is an upward trend of sexually transmitted diseases in our area. Teenagers have the highest infection rates in Cuyahoga County and the numbers are increasing. (Dec 11)


Trinidad Express News: Group calls for sex education in T&T schools
The organisation Youth for Social Justice (YSJ) called on the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to implement sex education in schools as the world commemorated World AIDS Day 2013 recently. (Dec 8)
660 News: Nova Scotia to boost adolescent psychiatrists in effort to improve mental health 
The Nova Scotia government vowed to boost the number of adolescent psychiatrists after a report highlighted deficiencies in the mental health care of young people who are seeking help at increasing rates. (Dec 11)
All Africa: Namibia: Aids Deaths Increasing Among Adolescents
Adolescents are the only age group where AIDS-related deaths are increasing, two strategic reports on young people and HIV state. (Dec 12)


The Fiscal Times: Millennials Jump Ship over Obamacare Bait and Switch
It took long enough for the demographic that will pay the most for Obamacare to finally figure it out. Now that the wealth transfer from younger and healthier adults to older sicker ones through Obama’s mandating of unneeded comprehensive insurance for the latter has become clear, millennials have not just steered clear of the health care exchanges – they’re steering clear of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party now, too. (Dec 5)
Washington Post: Panel will review medical outcomes to find what works 
In July, the government began collecting a small tax on health insurers and sending the proceeds to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), an advisory committee tasked with ushering in a new era of medical care based on comparative effectiveness research — basically, rigorous review of what works and what doesn’t. (Dec 7)
Independent (UK): Old enough to know better: teenagers coping with a parent's cancer
Many families find themselves in a similar situation: parent with cancer, teens in the house, not a lot of cross-generational conversation. Tens of thousands of children live with a parent who is a cancer survivor. Roughly a third of those children are 13 to 17 years old. (Dec 9)


News Medical: New guidelines to manage heart failure in children
The Children's Heart Failure Study Group of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, in collaboration with the Canadian Pediatric Cardiology Association, has developed new guidelines to assist practitioners in primary care and emergency departments to recognize and successfully manage heart failure in children with undiagnosed heart disease and symptoms of possible heart failure.
Office of Adolescent Health: Our Picks: New Teen Pregnancy Information, Data on Schools and Families, and More
Every month, OAH brings you important resources for adolescents’ health from across the federal government.  December’s resources include good news about the teen pregnancy rate, new data on how schools promote adolescents’ health, and information on the structure of American families.

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