Salon: America’s Plan B problem: The contraception misinformation epidemic (Feb 9)
Research has indicated that pharmacists were misinforming teenagers about the rules regarding its access.
In a study recently published in JAH, researchers called pharmacies in several different cities around the country posing as teenage girls seeking emergency contraception. Approximately 20% of the pharmacy staff they contacted wrongfully informed the callers that because they were teenagers they could not legally have access to emergency contraception at all.
Polygon: How violent video games can impact teens’ morality (Feb 9)
Teenagers’ abilities to develop empathy, trust and concern for others are delayed by spending too much time playing violent video games, according to a study conducted in Canada. In a sample of about 100 students ages 13 to 14, researchers found that teenagers who spend more than three hours playing violent games without other real-life interaction were affected.
Medical News Today: CDC: kids’ caffeine sources now coffee, energy drinks (Feb 10)
New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that although overall caffeine intake has not increased among children and adolescents in recent years, more children are consuming caffeine from diverse sources, including coffee and energy drinks.
Reuters: Pregnant teens under age 15 face unique risks: study (Feb 10)
Girls who became pregnant before age 15 were more likely to report having sex with much older partners and initially forgoing contraception than their slightly older peers, according to a new study. Nearly 36 percent of girls who first got pregnant before age 15 had sex for the first time with a partner at least six years older, compared to 17 percent of girls who got pregnant between 15 and 19.
The Globe and Mail (UK): Girls with mental health issues at greater risk of pregnancy: study (Feb 10)
At a time when teenage pregnancies worldwide are declining, a new Canadian study has found girls with mental health issues are three times more likely to get pregnant than young women outside the mental health spectrum. The study also found that while all teenage pregnancies in Ontario fell during the 10-year time period, the decline in births by young moms with mental health issues did not keep pace with the others.
USA Today: Report: U.S. failing to protect kids from HPV (Feb 10)
The USA is failing to protect children from preventable cancers that afflict 22,000 Americans a year by not vaccinating enough of them against HPV, a new report says. Although a safe and effective HPV vaccine has been available for eight years, only one-third of girls have been fully immunized with all three recommended doses, according to a report from the President’s Cancer Panel.
News Medical: Children diagnosed with obesity more likely to sustain complex fractures (Feb 10)
According to new research in the February issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS),obese children who sustain a supracondylar humeral (above the elbow) fracture can be expected to have more complex fractures and experience more postoperative complications than children of a normal weight.
The Daily Illini (IL): Black adolescents most affected by gun violence, study finds (Feb 10)
study released Jan. 27 found that in 2009, about 20 adolescents a day were hospitalized for gun violence. Black males accounted for the majority of these hospitalizations, with about 10 black adolescents hospitalized a day. The total number of assaults was 4,559: 2,455, or 53.8%, were black.
USA Today: Teens feeling stressed, and many not managing it well (Feb 11)
Teens across the USA are feeling high levels of stress that they say negatively affect every aspect of their lives, a new national survey suggests. More than a quarter (27%) say they experience “extreme stress” during the school year, vs. 13% in the summer. And 34% expect stress to increase in the coming year.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia): Alcoholic liver disease on the increase in young women (Feb 11)
More young women are being treated for advanced liver disease caused by steady and dangerous drinking starting in teenage years, doctors warn. Specialists say young, professional women are significantly contributing to the rising hospitalisation rates for people aged 20 to 29 with alcoholic cirrhosis.
Psych Central: Depressed Teens Like to Use the Internet, Play Video Games (Feb 11)
We know the relationship between rain and umbrellas — the rain came first, and then someone invented the umbrella. So it is surprising to read that an NPR news story recently noted, “More Time Online Raise Risk For Teen Depression.” The only problem with that headline? It’s not true.


EurekAlert: Depressed girls suffer the most (Feb 12)
For the first time researchers have studied the kind of physical pain that troubles adolescents with different mental health problems. Seven out of ten teens responded to a questionnaire that they suffered from chronic pain. Among depressed adolescents, the percentage was even higher, with eight out of ten reporting chronic pain. Girls reported having pain more often than boys, no matter their mental health diagnosis.
Medical News Today: Fewer HPV vaccine doses still protect against genital warts in girls (Feb 12)
Although the main purpose of the human papillomavirus vaccine is to protect girls from cervical cancer, genital warts caused by certain types of the virus is also prevented by the vaccine. Now, researchers have found that fewer doses of the vaccine still results in risk reduction of genital warts.
Psych Central: Unruly Children More Likely to Contract STDs (Feb 12)
New research suggests it is never too early to protect children from STDs. In a new study, investigators discovered children who grow up in well-managed households, enjoyed school, and had friends who stayed out of trouble reported fewer sexually transmitted diseases in young adulthood.
Healio: Adolescents, young adults with HIV more likely to delay treatment (Feb 12)
Nearly half of teenagers and young adults with HIV delay treatment until their disease has advanced, according to recent study findings published in a research letter in JAMA Pediatrics.
Healio: Poor breakfast habits in adolescence linked to future metabolic syndrome (Feb 13)
Poor eating habits at breakfast during adolescence may predict the onset of metabolic syndrome in adulthood, according to a recent prospective study. The final study population consisted of 889 participants who reported their breakfast habits at age 16 years and underwent metabolic syndrome assessment at age 43 years.
7th Space Interactive: Brazilian adolescents’ knowledge and beliefs about abortion methods: A school-based internet inquiry (Feb 13)
Researchers examined awareness of unwanted pregnancy, abortion behaviour, methods, and attitudes toward specific legal indications for abortion via a school-based internet survey among 378 adolescents aged 12-21 years in three Rio de Janeiro public schools.



Newsweek: How Colleges Flunk Mental Health (Feb 11)
Despite that very clearly stated law, dozens of current or recent students at colleges and universities across the country - large and small, private and public - told Newsweek they were punished for seeking help: kicked out of campus housing with nowhere else to go, abruptly forced to withdraw from school and even involuntarily committed to psychiatric wards.




The Irish Times (Ireland): How to talk to teenagers about sex (Feb 11)
Today is a world away from when the Department of Education’s relationships and sexuality education (RSE) programme was designed, in the mid 1990s, when the internet was in its infancy. Parents and teachers are concerned about the health of young people but are struggling to catch up. How can they talk to young people about sex?

USA Today: Belgium to vote on child euthanasia (Feb 13)
A fiercely fought over measure extending the right to die to children is expected to pass the Belgian parliament Thursday making the country the first to completely lift age restrictions on euthanasia to minors. “We aren’t speaking about death, we are speaking about the way to die,” said Philippe Mahoux, a Socialist Party senator and the bill’s main sponsor.
The Nation (Thailand): For Thai teens, Cupid’s arrow can be poison-tipped (Feb 13)
According to a recent survey, almost 32 per cent of teenage boys said they saw Valentine’s Day as a good occasion to have sex with their girlfriends for the first time. But Thailand’s inadequate sex education means that many such encounters lead to unplanned pregnancies. Last year 54 out of every 100,000 girls under the age of 18 became pregnant.
The Malay Mail (Malaysia): In Malaysia, abstinence the primary focus in sex education (Feb 13)
In a move that seems somewhat myopic, the government’s new sex education module for teenagers aims to prevent teen pregnancies by teaching them how to identify and avoid “risky behaviour.” “Modul Pekerti”, the brainchild of the The National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN), will focus on “preventing” students from engaging in any sexual activity. 






Youth Today: White Paper: Need to Reform Mental Health Treatment for Incarcerated Youth
National mental health organizations and experts are calling for reforming mental health services for incarcerated youth after recent reports revealed startlingly high numbers of mental health disorder in the population. Up to 70 percent of youths who come in contact with the juvenile justice system have a diagnosable mental health disorder, according to a Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change white paper published Thursday
World Health Organization: European report on preventing child maltreatment: summary now available in several languages
Child maltreatment − the physical, sexual, mental abuse and/or neglect of children younger than 18 years – exists in every society. It is common in the WHO European Region and globally, often occurring with other negative experiences, such as having a carer with a mental illness, drug or alcohol problem or who is in prison, or witnessing intimate partner (domestic) violence, or living through parental separation. This document summarizes the full report and is written for policy-makers, practitioners and activists from across government sectors and nongovernmental organizations. It argues that much child maltreatment can be prevented through a public health approach.



National Institute on Drug Abuse: Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide 
Presents research-based principles of adolescent substance use disorder treatment; covers treatment for a variety of drugs including, illicit and prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; presents settings and evidence-based approaches unique to treating adolescents.
Office of Adolescent Health: Our Picks: Adolescent Physical Activity, Positive Youth Development, and More
Every month, the Office of Adolescent Health identifies important resources for adolescents’ health from across the federal government. This February, we’re letting you know about new information and resources on teen physical activity and positive youth development, as well as tools to promote reproductive health and treat substance use disorders.




Healthy Teen Network: Hearing the Child Within: Trauma-Informed Approaches
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 3-4:00 pm ET
Using trauma-informed approaches in our work with youth means listening with a different ear--one that hears the child within and recognizes earlier traumatic experiences that may be shaping current behavior.  During this 60 minute webinar, we will define trauma and explore the types most often experienced by children.  We will make the connections between earlier exposure to trauma and current sexual, reproductive, and parenting behaviors among youth.  Finally, we will present examples of how youth-supportive services may differ if conducted through a trauma-informed lens. 
Presenters: Pat Paluzzi, CNM, DrPH & Deborah Chilcoat, MEd


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