HPV Vaccine Does Not Lead to Riskier Sex for Women
Some Americans have long held concerns that giving teens an HPV vaccine will cause them to engage in more unprotected sex, but a new study shows the vaccine won’t make a difference for women: They are likely to engage in sex the same way they would otherwise. Researchers used health insurance claims to see whether STDs among females who were vaccinated increased compared with those who were not. (Gnomes News, 2/10)




New MRI Test May Help Diagnose Liver Condition in Kids
A new medical imaging technique can help doctors better detect non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in children, new research suggests. The researchers tested a new imaging method called magnitude-based MRI that might make it easier to diagnose the condition in children. The new MRI technique was assessed in 174 children who were having liver biopsies. (HealthDay News, 2/5)
Privacy concerns are the biggest barrier to mHealth market, survey finds
Mobile health devices are a growing market, but some healthcare executives are still dubious about their security. A report from The Economist Intelligence Unit found approximately 64 percent of healthcare executives believe mHealth apps will improve health outcomes, and 63 percent predicted that better access to health data will enable patients to make better health decisions. (Becker’s Hospital Review, 2/5)
Residential Treatment Program Helps Obese Kids Lose Weight, Study Finds
Extremely obese kids in an intensive 10-month residential treatment program lost more weight than their counterparts, and appeared to reverse artery damage that could lead to clogged arteries and heart disease, according to a new study. The obese children in the intervention program lost about 60 pounds; children who received standard diet and exercise counseling gained more than 16 pounds, according to the study. (HealthDay News, 2/9)
Energy Drinks Tied to Inattention, Hyper Behavior in Middle Schoolers: Study
Energy drinks are linked to hyperactivity and inattention in middle-school students, a new study reveals. Researchers looked at more than 1,600 students at middle schools in one urban school district. Boys were more likely to consume energy drinks than girls. The researchers also found that among boys, black and Hispanic students were more likely to drink the beverages than white students. (HealthDay News, 2/9)
Some Nonpharmacologic Tx Effective in Peds GI Disorders
Certain nonpharmacologic treatments are effective in pediatric abdominal pain-related functional gastrointestinal disorders, according to a review published in Pediatrics. The researchers observed significant improvement of abdominal pain after hypnotherapy versus standard care/wait list approaches and after cognitive behavioral therapy versus control/wait list approaches. (Physician’s Briefing, 2/9)
MRI Shows Postconcussive Brain Damage in Hockey Players
Magnetic resonance images have found an association between brain structure and postconcussive symptoms among young, otherwise-healthy male athletes, according to a study published in The Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers studied 27 male hockey players, aged between 14 and 23, to investigate the degree to which concussion history and postconcussive symptoms are associated with cortical morphology. (Diagnostic Imaging, 2/9)
One-Quarter of Adnexal Masses in Youth Are Malignant
For children and adolescents with an adnexal mass, about 25 percent of masses are malignant, according to a study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Researchers conducted a retrospective cohort study involving patients aged younger than 18 years who were diagnosed with or treated for an adnexal mass. The researchers found that in 25.2 percent of patients, ovarian masses were malignant. (Physician’s Briefing, 2/9)
LGBT adults better adjusted if they were ‘out’ in school
LBGT people have better self-esteem and less depression as young adults if they were open about their sexual orientations as adolescents, a new study suggests. Attempts to hide sexual orientation are generally unsuccessful, and the result is more abuse and more depression, the authors say. What’s needed are “supporting environments so that all kids can figure out and be as true to themselves as they can be.” (Reuters, 2/10)
Prison for children ‘may increase risk’ they will commit sex offences
Imprisoning young offenders may make it more likely that they will commit sex offences, according to a study set up by the Howard League for Penal Reform. Young people in prison may be made more sexually aggressive by their experiences, the report found. The study is part of a wider inquiry into sex in prisons in England and Wales set up by the charity. (BBC, 2/10)
Are College Students Partying Less?
A nationwide report found that today’s students are spending less time partying than those in years past, though they’re interacting more through online social networks like Facebook. By surveying more than 150,000 freshmen at 227 four-year colleges in the U.S., researchers found that, over the past quarter-century, self-reported rates of time spent socializing in person with others have essentially flipped. (The Atlantic, 2/10)
Low Vitamin D Levels in Childhood May Raise Heart Risks: Study
Adults who had low vitamin D levels as children and teens may be more likely to have hardening of the arteries, a new study suggests. The study included more than 2,100 people. Their vitamin D levels were measured at ages 3 to 18, and they were checked for artery hardening at ages 30 to 45. Those with the lowest vitamin D levels when they were youngsters had a much higher risk for artery hardening as adults. (HealthDay News, 2/10)
Review finds ‘significant link’ between cannabis use and onset of mania symptoms
In a paper published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, mental health carried out a review of scientific literature examining the effect of cannabis use. The literature sampled 2,391 individuals who had experienced mania symptoms. The researchers looked at a number of previous studies and concluded that cannabis use preceded the onset of mania symptoms. (Health Canal, 2/10)
Yoga Gaining in Popularity Among Americans
Yoga is increasingly popular among U.S. adults and children, two new government surveys reveal. A survey that focused on children found that yoga had been tried by about 1.7 million children in 2012, representing an increase of about 400,000 since 2007. The survey, published by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), looked at the overall use of alternative or complementary medicine among Americans. (HealthDay News, 2/10)
International study finds meth messes up brains of youths far more than those of adults
Adolescents who chronically use methamphetamine suffer greater and more widespread alterations in their brain than adults who chronically abuse the drug - and damage is particularly evident in a part of the brain believed to control the “executive function,” researchers report. In a study with chronic meth abusers, MRI brain scans showed decreased thickness in the gray matter of younger users’ frontal cortex. (Medical Xpress, 2/11)
Risk of Psychiatric Disorders Up for Children With T1DM
Children with type 1 diabetes have an increased risk of psychiatric disorders, especially in the six months after diagnosis, according to a study published in Diabetes Care. Researchers examined the risk of psychiatric disorders among individuals born in Sweden between 1973 and 2009. Data were collected from 17,122 children with type 1 diabetes and their 18,847 healthy siblings. (Physician’s Briefing, 2/11)       



Michelle Obama Announces Funding to Fight Childhood Obesity
First lady Michelle Obama visited a school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Thursday to announce a $500 million donation funding the fight against childhood obesity. The initiative encourages educators and families to serve healthier food and to organize more exercise, while cutting back on snacking as well as portion size, avoiding things like sugary drinks and lobbying manufacturers to produce quality foods. (ABC News, 2/5)
Latest Measles Count: 121 Cases in 17 States and D.C.
The number of measles cases in the U.S. has reached 121 patients in 17 states and DC, federal health officials reported. The outbreak began at two Disney theme parks in southern California in December. It’s believed that the source of the infection was likely a foreign visitor or a U.S. resident returning from abroad. The majority of people who’ve gotten measles were unvaccinated, CDC officials said. (HealthDay News, 2/9)
U.S. government says Obamacare subsidies averaging $268 a month
The Obama administration said on Monday that 2015 Obamacare subsidies are averaging $268 a month for people in 37 states who have qualified for federal assistance to help with premiums through the website, An administration statement said subsidies had reduced average monthly premiums to $105 as of Jan. 30, for 6.5 million people who qualified through the federal website. (Reuters, 2/9)
Illinois state senate considering comprehensive concussion protocol bill
A state senator from Illinois has proposed a new bill that would call for a comprehensive and structured approach to any player involved in a potential head injury during any sports activity in the state. Illinois state senator Dan Kotowski has proposed a new bill that calls for each school to maintain a “concussion oversight team” that would include both a doctor and an athletic trainer, or another senior medical official. (USA Today, 2/9)
Google revamps results for 400 medical conditions
Beginning Tuesday, a Google search for “common cold” will generate everything from elaborate illustrations to an assessment of how common the condition may be. With 5% of Google’s 100 billion monthly searches focused on health terms, the company decided to consult with doctors at the Mayo Clinic and artists to provide users a better at-a-glance experience. (USA Today, 2/10)
Lowering the Age for HIV Prevention
Truvada became first and only medication to be approved for HIV prevention in 2012 and is approved as a treatment for HIV-positive patients as young as 12 years old. But only adults 18 and older are allowed to take Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP—and that is a problem, according to a growing number of public-health researchers and advocates. (The Atlantic, 2/11)
Measles Outbreak in Dollars and Cents: It Costs Taxpayers Bigtime
Amongst the news reporting on the current measles outbreak, only a handful of folks have talked about costs. Measles is expensive. And even if you live in a highly vaccinated area with no outbreaks, a measles case in your state – that’s a third of the U.S. right now – still means health department tax dollars diverted from other programs to deal with a disease that was eliminated from the U.S. in 2000.  (Forbes, 2/11)
Enrollment surges but 200,000 immigrants to lose coverage
Obamacare enrollment passed the government’s official projection for 2015 despite about 200,000 immigrants losing coverage because they couldn’t prove legal residency. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that the 200,000 people will be dropped from plans at the end of February. They are in addition to the 112,000 who lost coverage late last year. (USA Today, 2/11)
ObamaCare signups surge in southern states
Signups for ObamaCare are surging in southern states, with increases of nearly 100 percent in some states compared to last year, federal health officials said. Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina and Mississippi have each seen 80 percent more signups compared to last year, Deputy Administrator Andy Slavitt said. The same states are also reporting the fastest rate of growth in the final two weeks of the current enrollment period. (The Hill, 2/11)
Why Teen Girls Aren’t Using IUDs
When Wendy Sue Swanson started out as a pediatrician, it never crossed her mind to bring up the option of IUDs when she had birth-control discussions with teenage patients. Some pediatricians and other doctors worry they aren’t properly prepared to make this form of birth control available. Experts say this has to change, starting during medical residencies, especially among pediatricians who will treat teenagers. (The Atlantic, 2/12)



In Europe, parents’ dismay as Syria jihad lures troubled teens
As Belgium braces for a verdict in Europe’s biggest trial of those accused of fostering Islamist violence in Syria, much attention is on poor Muslim immigrant communities’ struggle in a region blighted by youth unemployment. But for parents in Antwerp, there may never explain why their two sporty teenagers, with no Muslim heritage, abandoned comfortable homes to take up arms in the Middle East. (Reuters, 2/8)

Bullied children a neglected issue in UAE
Bullying of children by their peers is a neglected issue in the UAE, with little research from academics and parents who fail to recognise symptoms. “There is a lack of statistics and research on this subject,” said Dr. Dolly Habbal, a clinical psychologist. There is a need for more research about the signs and consequences of school bullying, as well as national policies and anti-bullying initiatives at schools. (The National, 2/12)




Try the new Journal of Adolescent Health mobile app
Take your JAH subscription wherever you go with the new Journal of Adolescent Health Mobile App. If you already have online access, download the mobile app and log in with your username and password. If don’t have online access yet, follow the claim link below and register using the information from your mailing label.

Mindfulness for Teens
Being a teen can be really stressful! Mindfulness is a powerful way to handle stress, and live life more fully. The site includes free downloadable guided meditation recordings, videos, mindfulness info and instructions, resources, and book excerpts from The Mindful Teen


Register early for SAHM annual meeting and save
Join the adolescent health community in Los Angeles in March 2015, for SAHM’s annual meeting. The program offers innovative research, clinical workshops and discussion forums for attendees of diverse disciplines. Register by February 18, 2015, to secure the lowest rates. View the meeting program and registration information.

Advanced Pediatric Emergency Medicine Assembly
Pediatric patients in the emergency department present unique challenges with their own specific set of solutions. This conference aims to help participants gain confidence and skills needed to handle the next pediatric emergency.  The conference will be held in New York City on March 24-26. (AAP, 2/11)


Sports Concussion in Adolescents: Prevention and Treatment, with Cora Breuner, MD, MPH
Join this upcoming SAHM webinar on sports concussions in adolescents on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:30 EST.  All new members to SAHM or existing members who renew for 2015 can register for this webinar free of charge.  Participants must register in advance.


Call for abstracts AAP Section on Obesity H program
The AAP Section on Obesity will be hosting a poster session as part of its H program on October 26 at the AAP National Conference. Abstracts submitted should focus on practical, clinically effective and financially feasible in-office obesity treatment programs. Two types of abstracts are encouraged: research abstracts presenting original research findings and program abstracts describing ongoing or completed projects. (AAP, 9/12)
2015 National HIV Prevention Conference: Call for Abstracts
The 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference, to be held on December 6-9, 2015, in Atlanta, GA, is now accepting abstract submissions. The deadline for abstract submission is April 6, 2015. Oral, panel, poster and roundtable presentation abstracts will be considered.  To learn more about abstract formats, submission guidelines, and conference tracks, please visit the conference website. (CDC, 2/9)

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