Teen Confidentiality Should Not Be Breached In Billing, Claims Processes
A new policy statement by SAHM and the AAP addresses privacy concerns for adolescents and young adults in situations when they might consult a doctor about pregnancies, STIs, substance abuse, mental health, or any health issue that might require confidentiality protection. (AAP, 2/19)






Kids Born Small and Targeted by Bullies May Face Lasting Effects
Children born at extremely low birth weight may face greater risk of bullying than their normal-sized peers and be more prone to suffer lasting effects from victimization, a study suggests. These lasting effects include being depressed, anxious, antisocial, avoidant, and hyperactive or experience obsessive-compulsive or panic disorders. (Reuters, 2/17)
Is There a Digital Hood? Disadvantaged Youth Can’t Get Away from Negative Interactions, Whether on the Street or Online
A new study shows that there is an alarming connection between the negative social interactions disadvantaged youth experience in both the neighborhoods they live in and on social media. The physical negativity that these young people experience in their neighborhoods spills over to their lives on social media, and that drama that starts out on social media can also manifest itself in serious, physical altercations. (Science Daily, 2/18)
Half of Teens in the ER Report Peer Violence, Cyberbullying
Nearly half of teens who go to the emergency room report peer violence and cyberbullying, and one-quarter have symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a new study. The study found that ER care did not screen for PTSD except in cases of clear physical trauma. (UPI, 2/18)
Fiber Intake Reduces Breast Cancer Risk in Young Adults and Adolescents
Young women and adolescents may be able to decrease their risk of developing breast cancer by maintaining a diet rich in fiber, according to a study. Among all women, early adulthood dietary fiber intake was associated with significantly lower breast cancer risk,  the study reads. (Cure, 2/18)
Obesity Can Send Kids’ Blood Pressure Soaring
Children and teens who become or stay obese may quickly face up to three times the risk of developing high blood pressure compared to their slimmer peers, a new study says. These findings are of particular concern because the high blood pressure in kids who went from overweight to obese, or those who stayed obese, developed in a short time. (HealthDay News, 2/19)
College-Age Binge Drinkers May Face Higher Blood Pressure
Young adults who regularly binge drink have elevated blood pressure compared to those who drink occasionally, and could wind up with high blood pressure, researchers warn in a new study. Investigators found that systolic blood pressure is 2.6 to 4 points higher compared to those who don’t binge. (HealthDay News, 2/19)
Significant New Study Shows Importance of Help for Childhood Sexual Abuse Victims
The study evaluated the delivery of Letting the Future In, an NSPCC-designed program that sees social work professionals deliver therapeutic support to children aged 4-17 who have experienced sexual abuse. For those children over 8, the proportion receiving the intervention who experienced the highest levels of trauma dropped from 73% at the start of the program to 46% after six months. (Medical Xpress, 2/22)
Is Height, Weight Linked to Rise in Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?
A new study adds weight to the evidence that height and weight in early adulthood predict the likelihood of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In total, 2,352,988 teens aged 16-19 were included in the study and of these, 4,021 cases of NHL were reported. The study found that being overweight or obese increased risk of NHL by 25%. (Medical News Today, 2/22)
High-Impact Exercise Strengthens Men’s Bones
Men who engage in high-impact physical activity and resistance training as teens and young adults are likely to have greater bone density by middle age, according to new research. Over time, high-impact activities such as tennis and jogging help boost bone mass in the hip and lumbar spine, the researchers said, staving off osteoporosis. (HealthDay News, 2/22)
Slow Eating May Help Overweight Children
Teaching children to eat at a leisurely pace may help to prevent overeating and weight gain, says a study. Students, age 12-13 years old, who used a 30-second hourglass at 4 or more meals a week lost 6.6 pounds, on average, over the year, while the noncompliant students and controls gained an average of 15.5 and 12.9 pounds, respectively. (The Wall Street Journal, 2/22)
Plasma Uric Acid Levels Low in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes
Compared with healthy controls, adolescents with type 1 diabetes have significantly lower plasma uric acid levels, according to a recent study. Researchers said an inverse relationship was found between plasma uric acid levels and estimated glomerular filtration rate in type1 diabetes. (Healio: Endocrine Today, 2/23)
Brain Tumor Histology and Incidence in Adolescents and Young Adults
The latest statistics from the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States were published in Neuro-Oncology and found that malignant brain tumors are the most common cause of cancer deaths in adolescents and young adults aged 15-39, and are the most common cancer occurring in 15-19 year-olds. (Neurology Advisor, 2/24)
Attention Bias Modification Treatment in Depressed Adolescents
A recent study reports that adolescents with major depression who performed a computer-based task designed to shift attention from sad to neutral to positive word associations showed reductions in negative attention biases and clinician-rated depressive symptoms. (EurekAlert, 2/24)   




Latino Youth In California See Significant Rise In Psychiatric Hospitalizations
Psychiatric hospitalizations of Latino children and young adults in California are rising dramatically at a much faster pace than among their white and black peers, according to state data. Among those 21 and younger, they shot up 86%, to 17,813, between 2007 and 2014, compared with a 21% increase among whites and 35% among Blacks. (California Health Line, 2/18)
Obama Administration Launches Two Initiatives Targeting Absenteeism
The White House and U.S. Department of Education announced two initiatives designed to raise awareness about and combat chronic absenteeism in schools. The Success Mentors Initiative will focus on using school personnel to work closely with students, and the Absences Add Up public relations campaign will try to highlight the issue for parents. (Education Week, 2/19)
Vaccine Has Sharply Reduced HPV in Teenage Girls
The vaccine, introduced a decade ago to combat the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, has already reduced the virus’s prevalence in teenage girls by almost two-thirds, according to federal researchers. Even for women in their early 20s, the most dangerous strains of HPV have still been reduced by more than a third. (The New York Times, 2/22)
Parents Do Not Rate Flu Vaccine as Highly as Other Childhood Vaccines
A recent poll found that 59% of parents whose children, age 6 months to 18 years, did not receive flu shots this season regard the vaccine as less important than other childhood vaccines, whereas only 14% of parents whose children did receive flu shots had this view. (Medical News Today, 2/23)
Gender Is Not Just Chromosomes and Genitals
Most of these so called “bathroom bills” have failed, but South Dakota is poised to become the first state to require that public school students use sex-segregated bathrooms and locker rooms based on their “chromosomes and anatomy as identified at birth.” That is the language in a bill that awaits a veto or signature from the governor and would affect an estimated 135,000 children. (Time, 2/23)
Do Teens Read Seriously Anymore?
Work by the Pew Research Center and other outfits have confirmed the testimony of teachers and parents and the evidence of one’s eyes. Few late teen-agers are reading many books. A recent summary of studies cited by Common Sense Media indicates that American teen-agers are less likely to read “for fun” at 17 than at 13. (The New Yorker, 2/23)
Kansas Bill Could Criminalize Teachers for Sex Ed Materials
The Kansas House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to discuss Senate Bill (SB) 56, which would allow teachers to be criminally prosecuted if they present their students with any material considered harmful to minors. Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook introduced the bill in January 2015 after a poster in a Shawnee County middle school classroom sparked controversy. (SIECUS, 2/24)
New Push for Changes to School Sex Ed Law in Utah
House Minority leader introduced House Bill (HB) 246 which would require health teachers to provide “comprehensive human sexuality education” in public schools in grade 8th-12th.Utah’s current law requires the stressing of abstinence-only instruction and teachers cannot discuss intercourse nor positively discuss homosexuality, or demonstrate how to use condoms. (SIECUS, 2/24)




Pope Suggests Contraception can be Condoned in Zika Crisis
An outbreak of the Zika virus sweeping across Latin America and the Caribbean could make use of contraceptives a “lesser evil” for Catholics prohibited by the church from using birth control, Pope Francis said. The pope also faced similar questions about contraception during a trip to Africa, concerning condom use to prevent AIDS. (USA Today, 2/18)
Sex Education Is Finally Teaching Young People That Sex Can Be Pleasurable
Australia is leading the way in bringing sex education into the 21st century, advocating gender equality, empowerment, helping young people to say ‘no’, and teaching that sex should be pleasurable - and not the porn type of ‘pleasurable’ using the resource known as the Practical Guide to Sex and Relationships. (Marie Claire UK, 2/19)
India to Change Its Decades-Old Reliance on Female Sterilization
For decades, India has relied on female sterilization as its primary mode of contraception especially for women in their 20s, funding about four million tubal ligations every year. The government is now taking a major step toward modernizing that system, introducing injectable contraceptives free of charge in government facilities. (The New York Times, 2/20)




Sexual and Reproductive Health of Yong People in Asia and the Pacific
A new report produced by the Burnet Institute, Australia for UNFPA in collaboration with UNESCO and WHO reviews the status of young people’s sexual and reproductive health in 32 countries across Asia and the Pacific, focusing on the impact of existing policies and programs, and showcasing best practices in the region. (The Lancet Youth, 2/18)
A Closer Look at the Remaining Uninsured Population Eligible for Medicaid and CHIP
Recent analysis shows that 27% or 8.8 million of the 32.3 million non-elderly uninsured are eligible for Medicaid coverage. This report from the Kaiser Family Foundation provides a closer look at key characteristics of the uninsured who are eligible for Medicaid and where they live. (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2/22)




Materials on Trauma and Toxic Stress Now Available in Spanish
With the support of Friends of Children funding, the AAP has translated into Spanish several resources that support pediatricians to prevent and mitigate the effects of trauma and toxic stress on children and families. (AAP, 2/24)

#ThatsNotLove Campaign Releases Couplets on Dating Violence
The One Love Foundation launched a #ThatsNotLove campaign for teens and college students in October. In honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Protection Month in February, short video couplets were launched that promote the campaigns’ message in a simple and nonthreatening manner. (One Love Foundation, 2/24)




Youth and HIV: Challenges and Research Opportunities
This free 1 day Conference in Boston, hosted by the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research is an opportunity to share adolescent and young adult HIV research and evaluation interests and ideas (whether local, national or global), and to meet others with similar interests. The conference takes place on Monday. April 25th. (CFAR, 2/22)

Infant, Child, and Adolescent Medicine Live Course
Join AAFP on March 30 – April 2 in Las Vegas to enhance care for your younger patients. The course will offer methods to improve your adherence to evidence-based clinical guidelines in practice, communicate effectively with your patients and your patients’ caregivers, and boost your ability to synthesize diagnosis and treatment plans for common infant, child, and adolescent conditions. (AAFP, 2/24)




Teaching Consent through Modeling and Skill Building
Presented by Julia Bennett, Manager of Education & Publications, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, this webinar will provide school health professionals with the tools and resources to teach the basics of consent with teens and young adults in the classroom on March 15th at 4pm EST. (ASHA, 2/24)




AAP Section on Adolescent Health’s Emerging Leader Award
Nominations are now open o recognize residents, fellows-in-training, junior faculty, and/or practicing pediatricians who are within the first 5 years of graduating residency or fellowship, for advances in research, clinical innovation, teaching, advocacy, and/or community service in the field of adolescent health. The deadline is March 31st. (AAP, 2/23)
2016 School Health Conference Abstracts
ASHA opened their call for session abstracts, and welcome proposals for either 60- or 30- minute oral sessions or poster presentations, for one of the following tracks, Administration, Coordination, and Leadership, Programs and Services, Research and Emerging Issues, Teaching and Learning. Deadline closes on March 21st. (ASHA, 2/24)

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