Registration Still Open for the SAHM Annual Meeting
Join the adolescent health community in Washington DC March 9-12 to explore the importance of the diverse issues outside of health and medicine that affect youth development. The meeting will highlight the importance of advocacy for adolescents and young adults. Adolescent healthcare providers, educators, researchers, or those just interested in acquiring knowledge about the unique needs of teens and young adults are welcome. (SAHM, 2/18)






Is More Physical Education at School Linked to Higher Student Math Scores?
The amount of time students spend doing physical activity in school appears to be linked to higher standardized math scores in D.C. schools. A study that examined the success of the city’s Healthy Schools Act found that elementary and middle schools offering more physical activity had significantly better math success. (The Washington Post, 2/10)
Lasting Damage Seen in LGBT Teens Who Suffer Harassment
LGBT teens who experience severe harassment can suffer from serious mental health problems, a new study suggests. LGBT youth at greatest risk for lasting mental health problems were those who suffered moderate harassment that increased over time and those who had continuously high levels of harassment. (HealthDay News, 2/10)
Marijuana May Change Your Brain if You Smoke as a Teen
Scientists have found the age at which an adolescent begins using the drug may affect typical brain development. In this study, MRI results revealed that the more marijuana early onset users consumed, the greater their cortical thickness, the less grey and white matter contrast, and the less intricate the gyrification as compared to late onset users. (Science World Report, 2/11)
Childhood Maltreatment and Unfavorable Clinical Outcomes in Bipolar Disorder: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
People with bipolar disorder who have a history of being abused or neglected before the age of 18 may have more severe symptoms and a higher risk of suicide, new research suggests. The study adds to growing evidence on the long-lasting mental health effects of childhood abuse and neglect. (HealthDay News, 2/11)
HIV-Related Risk Behaviors Among Male High School Students Who Had Sexual Contact with Males
The findings in this report do not provide evidence that HIV-related risk behaviors alone drive the higher numbers of HIV diagnoses among young black MSM. In fact, young black male students who had sexual contact with males in this report often had a lower prevalence of HIV-related risk behaviors. (MMWR, 2/12)
Study Ties Parents' Criticism to Persistent ADHD in Kids
Constant criticism from parents reduces the likelihood that children with ADHD will have fewer symptoms by the time they reach their teens, a study suggests. In many cases, ADHD symptoms decrease as children get older. But this doesn't occur in all cases, and new study findings suggest that parental criticism may be a factor. (HealthDay News, 2/18)
Preventing Violence Among High-Risk Youth and Communities with Economic, Policy, and Structural Strategies
CDC-supported research has resulted in three promising community-level approaches to change communitywide rates of violence with disproportionately high rates of youth violence associated with entrenched health disparities and socioeconomic disadvantage. (MMWR, 2/12)
Sleep Loss May Be Tied to Raised Diabetes Risk in Teen Boys
Teen boys who get too little of a particular type of sleep may be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Boys who lost a greater amount of slow-wave sleep between childhood and the teen years had a higher risk of developing insulin resistance than those whose slow-wave sleep totals remained fairly stable over the years. (HealthDay News, 2/13)
Standardized Test Scores Decline With Each Passing Hour of School
While the debate over the value of standardized testing continues, new research suggests that educators should also consider the timing of these tests. The study found that students aged 15 and under suffered from mental fatigue as the school day progressed, and that their test scores dipped later in the day. The effect appeared to be the greatest on those who scored the poorest. (HealthDay News, 2/15)

Can You Predict Which Male Teens Will Live With Their Future Kids?
It may be possible to determine how likely it is that male teens will live with their future children, researchers report. This can be done by assessing a male teen's attitudes about risky sex, pregnancy and birth control. The study also found that it was possible to identify young males likely to become teen fathers. (HealthDay News, 2/16)
Misuse Of ADHD Drugs By Young Adults Drives Rise In ER Visits
It's no secret that stimulant medications such as Adderall that are prescribed to treat symptoms of ADHD are sometimes used as "study drugs" aimed at boosting cognitive performance. Now, emergency room visits linked to misuse of the drug are on the rise, up 156% with young adults, according to a recent study. (NPR, 2/16)
Overweight, Obese Kids Fare Worse in Hospital ICUs
Overweight or obese children may be up to 57% more likely to die in a pediatric ICU, a new study indicates. However, all children in the ICU had an overall low death rate with only 2.5% dying during treatment. And, the study did not prove that excess weight caused death risk to rise, it only found an association. (HealthDay News, 2/16)
Young People More Likely to Text While Driving If Friends Do
College students whose friends text while driving are more likely to engage in this risky behavior as well, a new study suggests. More than 50% admitted to texting while driving at least once in the past month, the investigators found, and that texting drivers were more likely to engage in other risky driving behaviors. (HealthDay News, 2/16)
One in Ten Adolescents Living in Households with Food Insecurity Have Poor Mental Health
According to a recent study, 1 in 10 adolescents living in households with food insecurity, a limited or uncertain availability of nutritional food, have poorer parent-reported mental health than peers, including emotional problems, conduct problems, have hyperactivity, and struggle with peer relationships. (News Wise, 2/16)
More Evidence That Poor Sleep Could Lower Teens' Grades
Parents who struggle to get their teens to bed at a decent hour may get some help from a new study that found sleep was closely linked to school achievement. High school students who went to sleep by 11 p.m. Monday through Friday got better grades, the research showed. (HealthDay News, 2/16)
Teens Rarely Report Online Harassment. When They Do, They Rarely Get Help
Researchers in Belgium set out to examine what prompts kids to report offensive or abusive incidents to social media providers. Of the 300 students who said they had been harassed in the study only 60 reported the abuse to the social media providers. About half received a response, and the offending content was removed in only 18 cases. (The Washington Post, 2/18)




Without Anyone Noticing, D.C. Passed a Remarkable LGBT Bill
Washington, D.C.'s governing body, unanimously passed B21-168, the LGBTQ Cultural Competency Continuing Education Amendment Act, and once it is signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser, the district will be the first jurisdiction in the nation to require LGBTQ cultural competency training for health care providers. (The Advocate, 2/8)
President’s Budget Supports Adolescent Sexual Health Promotion Programs and Calls for End to “Abstinence Education”
The president released his fiscal year 2017 budget, and has shown leadership in efforts to rid our nation of abstinence-only-until-marriage (AOUM) funding once and for all by not only eliminating the competitive AOUM program, but also including a legislative proposal to eliminate the Title V AOUM state grant program currently authorized at $75 million for FY 2017. (SIECUS, 2/9)
Cuomo’s Proposal Seeks Confidentiality for Minors With H.I.V.
A new proposal from New York Gov. Cuomo’s office seeks to remedy such situations by extending to minors the confidentiality that is already given to them for the treatment of other STDs. Teenagers in New York State can find out if they have H.I.V. without telling their parents, but Cuomo wants to pass a law giving minors a right to confidential access to H.I.V. prevention and care, not just testing. (The New York Times, 2/10)
Gains in Kids' Health Coverage Continue, But Many Still Uninsured
Despite a significant increase in the number of American children with health insurance, many still lack coverage. From 2013-2014, the number of uninsured children fell from 5.9 million to 4.9 million, a 16% decrease. While the findings show progress, nearly 5 million Americans under age 19 still lack health insurance. (HealthDay News, 2/11)
Michigan Governor Seeks More Medicaid Coverage for Flint Residents
Governor Rick Snyder is asking the federal government to expand Medicaid coverage to people under 21 and pregnant women who have been exposed to Flint’s lead-contaminated water. Snyder says about 15,000 more Flint residents would benefit if the government approves the request. (CBS News, 2/14)
Teen Health Van Delivers More Than Medical Care To Homeless Youth
Twice a week, the mobile clinic parks at continuation high schools and other places frequented by at-risk adolescents in Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco counties. The team provides free medical, nutrition and mental health services, including reproductive health care and treatment for chronic illnesses, substance abuse and depression. (NPR, 2/16)




Open Data on Adolescent Health in 41 Countries Released
A WHO-project on health in the adolescent population is now giving researchers access to data collected in 41 countries worldwide. The data gives insight on matters concerning health, well-being, social environment and health related behaviour of 11, 13 and 15 year old boys and girls. (EurekAlert, 2/11)




NOF Provides Evidence-Based Guidance to Help Children and Adolescents Attain Optimal Bone Health
The National Osteoporosis Foundation released a position statement providing evidence-based guidance and a national implementation strategy to help children and adolescents achieve optimal bone health. Researchers found strong evidence supporting a positive effect of calcium intake and physical activity on bone growth and accumulation. (News Medical, 2/10)




Free Movie Discussion Guides for Teens
The Dibble Institute offers in-depth movie discussion guides that will help you have rich discussions with young people about relationships using current and classic movies. The guides help unpack important concepts, empower youth to learn what “healthy” looks like, and help young people understand why family formation matters. (The Dibble Institute, 2/14)
New Spanish-Language Dental Health Website Now Online
The Campaign for Dental Health announces its new Spanish language website. The website offers information on fluoride and preventing children’s tooth decay. Resources for parents, families and health professionals are easy to download and share. (Campaign for Dental Health, 2/17)
Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships
The CDC announces a new prevention initiative on teen dating violence. Dating Matters focuses on 11– to 14–year–olds in high-risk, urban communities. It includes preventive strategies for individuals, peers, families, schools, and neighborhoods. (CDC, 2/18)




Family Medicine Congressional Conference
Registration is now open for the Family Medicine Congressional Conference on April 18-19th in Washington D.C. At the conference you will learn how to turn your experiences into teaching moments, including gaining practical, hands-on experience with the legislative process, and explore vital issues, and then confidently address Congress with fellow family physicians. (AAFP, 2/17)
Immunization: It Takes a Community
Registration is now open for the 47th National Immunization Conference scheduled for September 13–15 in Atlanta. The meeting will highlight the following major topics: Immunization Information Systems, Programmatic Issues, Health and Risk Communications, Epidemiology and Surveillance, and Childhood and Adolescent Immunization. (IAC, 2/17)



Effectively Addressing Trauma in Healthy Relationship Education
The Dibble Institute offers a free hour-long webinar on Wednesday, March 9th at 4:00pm EST. The webinar will address the impact of childhood trauma on the growth and success in all areas of a young person’s life, including their capacity to form and maintain healthy relationships. (The Dibble Institute, 2/17)


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