The Supreme Court’s Massive Abortion Case: Everything You Need to Know About Whole Women’s Health vs. Hellerstedt
A total of 45 amicus briefs, including those by the AMA and ACOG, have been filed to encourage the Supreme Court to overturn this dangerous law. Organizations like the Academy of Family Physicians, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the American Nurses Association, the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, the Service Women’s Action Network and Retired or Former Military Officers, and 163 members of Congress have all weighed in, asking the Supreme Court to consider the devastating effects of HB2. (Alternet, 2/29)






Brain Cancers Both Common and Deadly Among Teens, Young Adults
Brain cancers are the most common cause of cancer deaths among teens and young adults, but the types of cancers that strike can vary widely as people age, a new report shows. Nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. have brain and central nervous system tumors, and more than 10,600 such tumors are diagnosed in teens and young adults each year. (HealthDay News, 2/24)
Giving Asthma Medication in Hospital Better than Prescription
Patients up to 22 years old who left the hospital with medications after treatment for asthma fared better than those given a prescription to fill, according to a recent study. Doctors determined that more than one-third of prescriptions given to patients were not filled in a timely fashion, often leading them to come back to the ER for treatment, spending more time and money. (UPI, 2/24)
Male Childhood Cancer Survivors Less Likely to Have Kids
Men who survived cancer when they were children, teens or young adults seem to be less likely to have children of their own than men who never had cancer, a study reveals. Male cancer survivors were three times more likely to use assisted fertilization and men diagnosed with cancer before age 25 were less likely to get married than men who never had cancer. (HealthDay News, 2/24)
Attention Shifting Game Could Help Depression in Adolescents
A computer-based task designed to shift one’s attention from sad to positive word associations may help to reduce symptoms in adolescents with major depressive disorder. Greater reduction in attention bias score and depressive symptoms were found in the intervention group than the placebo group after the first two weeks of training, according to the study. (Psychiatry Advisor, 2/25)
Majority Of Young Men Don’t Know About Emergency Contraception
Less than half of young men ages of 13 and 24 have heard of emergency contraception, a recent study found, even though it’s available over the counter at drug stores and is effective at preventing pregnancy after sex. Those who knew about EC were more likely to have talked with a health care provider about birth control in the past. (Kaiser Health News, 2/26)
Study Looks at Why Parents Supply Alcohol to Adolescents
Parents may be more likely to let adolescents have a sip of alcohol if they believe their child’s friends are drinking, according to a new study. Roughly 60% of adolescents have tasted alcohol by age 13, and sipping may be a stepping stone to additional drinking by minors, according to the study. (AAP News, 2/26)
Half a Million Children with Asthma May Not Actually Have Condition
Half a million children who have been diagnosed with asthma may not actually have the condition, new research suggests in the Netherlands that looked at the medical records of 656 children ages 6-18 years old diagnoses with asthma at four centers. 53 percent were found to have no clinical signs of the condition. (The Telegraph, 2/26)
For Transgender Kids, Support Is Key to Emotional Well-Being
Transgender children who feel supported seem to have no greater risk of depression and anxiety than other kids do, a new study suggests. These latest results suggest that when transgender kids feel supported in their “social transition,” their mental well-being is on par with their peers, the researchers said. (HealthDay News, 2/26)
Teen Mental Health Risk Increases with Food Insecurity
Adolescents living in households with limited or uncertain availability of nutritious food are more than twice as likely as other kids to have emotional problems or conduct problems, according to a new study. According to the results, 10% of kids in the sample lived in food insecure households, and 11% had parent-reported problems with mental health. (Reuters, 2/26)
Health Check: Should Children and Adolescents Lift Weights?
A recent study found while parents are positive about their children engaging in aerobic activities (running, playing sports), they have much more negative views when it comes to strength exercises. But these concerns are not backed up by the evidence, and researchers suggest testing interventions to increase parental understanding of the advantages of strength training on their child’s health. (The Conversation, 2/28)
Daredevil at 20, Scam Victim at 70? What Being a Risk-Taker May Mean to You
Most adult risk-takers continue to take chances as they get older, and that can make them more susceptible to fraud when they’re seniors, new research suggests. The study included more than 44,000 people in Germany, aged 18 to 85, who were followed for 10 years. The results showed that a person’s level of risk-taking tended to remain stable over time. (HealthDay News, 2/28)
Sexual Health Communication Between Asian-American Adolescents and Health-Care Providers
There has been limited research on how to best provide effective discussions about sexual health with Asian-American adolescents in a culturally sensitive manner. A new study identifies themes in Asian-American adolescents’ attitudes/beliefs regarding how health care providers can be most helpful in communicating about sexual-health topics. (Medical Xpress, 2/29)
Young Athletes Pressured by Parents May Resort to ‘Doping’
Young male athletes under parental pressure to succeed are more likely to use banned substances to boost their sports performance, a new study finds that will be published next month. Only parental pressure was linked to positive feelings about doping among the athletes, the study authors found. (HealthDay News, 2/29)
Similar Sensitivity for CBCL-AP, CRS-R in Diagnosing ADHD
 The Child Behavior Checklist-Attention Problem (CBCL-AP) scale and Conners Rating Scale-Revised (CRS-R) yield moderate sensitivity for diagnosing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents, according to recent research published. (Physician’s Briefing, 3/1)
Parents, Take Heed: Your Kids Copy Your Heart Health Habits
If you eat poorly and exercise rarely, it’s highly likely that your kids will adopt at least some of these bad habits, endangering their hearts. That’s the finding from new research involving nearly 1,500 children, aged 8 to 16, and 1,020 of their adult caregivers that will be presented a meeting of the American Heart Association.  (HealthDay News, 3/1)
Studies Explain Adolescents’ Vulnerability To Addictive Drugs
Researchers have discovered one reason why adolescents are more prone to drug addiction than adults, with findings that could lead to new treatments for addictive disorders. In two studies with mice and humans to be published together the investigators have found that the ability to produce new proteins, regulated by the molecule eIF2, accounts for adolescents’ hypersensitivity to both cocaine and nicotine. (Science 2.0, 3/1)
Early Lineage T Cells Are Better for Immunotherapy in Pediatric Patients With ALL and Lymphoma
Recent research suggests that younger T cells are critically important in T cell immunotherapy and collecting and expanding these cells could increase the number of children and adolescents with cancer who could benefit from this innovative treatment. (Oncology Nurse Advisor, 3/1)
Pricier Football Helmets Don’t Offer Extra Protection
Price and laboratory ratings don’t indicate whether a football helmet is better at protecting high school players from concussion, a new study suggests. When researchers evaluated helmets and U.S. high school concussion data, the only difference that emerged concerned helmet age. Older helmets that had not been reconditioned provided less protection than newer or recently reconditioned helmets. (HealthDay News, 3/1)
Steep Decline in Unintended Pregnancies in U.S., Study Finds
Accidental pregnancies have reached a three-decade low in the U.S, mostly because of long-acting contraceptive methods, a new study found. The unintended pregnancy rate declined by 18% in women of childbearing years between 2008 and 2011, to the lowest level we’ve seen in at least 30 years to about 45 out of every 1,000 experiencing an unintended pregnancy in 2011. (U.S. News and World Report, 3/2) 




Too Many Pennsylvania Foster Children are on Psychiatric Meds
Following a report last summer that large numbers of Pennsylvania children on Medicaid, especially those in foster care, are taking psychiatric medications, state officials recently announced steps to address the problem, including requiring pre-authorization for antipsychotics, developing guidelines for psychiatric medication use, and creating an “electronic dashboard.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/24)
The Number Of Anti-LGBT Bills In America Reached A Record High Last Year
The South Dakota anti-trans bathroom bill is just one of 175 anti-LGBT bills introduced in 2016 in more than 32 states in just two months, according to the HRC report. The vast majority are similar to the South Dakota bill, which would require all students to use the bathroom, locker room, and shower facilities that correspond to the gender they were assigned at birth. (Bustle, 2/25)

Where’s Ken? The Abandonment of Men in Body Positivity
In late January, Mattel announced the expansion of its Barbie Fashionistas line with three new body types for America’s favorite doll, tall, curvy and petite, as well as a variety of skin tones. But while Mattel has updated Barbie’s look, her boyfriend, Ken, remains the same: blond, tan and chiseled. It’s a reflection, experts say, of how boys are being left out of the movement for realistic body representation and diversity. (Newsweek, 2/25)
Battle Rages Over Florida Law Limiting Doctors’ Gun Speech
Questions of whether there is a gun in the home are generally off limits for pediatricians because a Florida law bans routine gun questions even though eight children or teenagers are killed every day in the U.S. with guns, according the CDC. A lawsuit is now pending following conflicting earlier rulings on its constitutionality. (The New York Times, 2/27)
Eating Disorders in College Sports Ignored at Major Universities
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, student-athletes are among those most likely to develop bone fractures and organ failures associated with eating disorders. But as the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit learned, it’s a mental health condition that receives little attention, and in some cases, goes ignored by coaches and administrators at major universities. (NBC News Bay Area, 2/29)
San Francisco Raises Age to Buy Tobacco to 21
San Francisco supervisors voted unanimously to boost the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. San Francisco becomes the second-largest city after New York City to raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. Hawaii and Boston also require tobacco buyers to be 21. (The Washington Post, 3/1)
UCLA Freshmen Learn About Growing Old
A unique course at UCLA called Frontiers in Human Aging, is designed to teach first-year college students what it means to get old, physically, emotionally and financially. In addition to teaching students about aging, the professors have another goal in mind: inspiring them to pursue careers working with the elderly. (Kaiser Health News, 3/2)
California’s New Sex Education Requirements
California schools are revamping their lesson plans to comply with a new state law that went into effect in January that requires them to teach a sex education program at least once in middle school and once in high school. This bill creates a consistent, unified way that sexuality education is taught and requires discussions of sexual orientation, gender identity sex trafficking, HIV treatment and contraception. (California Healthline, 3/2)




A Vaginal Ring for HIV Prevention? Two Large Studies Show Experimental Devices Hold Promise
There’s finally hope that a convenient and inexpensive option that puts more of the power in women’s hands may be available in the not-so-distant future. Scientists reported this week that two large-scale studies in Africa involving women age 18-45 have shown that a flexible vaginal ring may be able to provide limited protection against the virus. (The Washington Post, 2/23)
Post-Secondary Schools Tackle Substance Use Problems
Post-secondary schools in Canada are taking a hard look at how they can promote healthier drinking habits among students. It’s through a program called Changing the Culture of Substance Use, part of a larger initiative in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association and the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research. (Global News Canada, 3/1)




School Health: Policy and Practice
The new 7th edition of this book from AAP provides the latest guidelines for developing health programs, including nutrition services, medication administration, physical activity and sports, and the school environment. It includes new content on school health in medical education, family and community involvement, staff wellness and more. (AAP, 3/2)




HPV Champion Toolkit
This toolkit has been developed to provide practices with easy access to the best resources available regarding HPV vaccination including sample PDSA cycles that can be used in your office, power point presentations, FAQs and more. (AAP, 2/25)

AAP Toolkit for Immigrant Child Health
The AAP Immigrant Child Health Toolkit has been reformatted and updated with new information on clinical care and mental health concerns. The free toolkit is available as web-based content or a downloadable PDF and provides information to address common matters related to immigrant child health. (AAP, 2/26)




STDs, the Genital Microbiome and HIV Transmission: What is Happening Down There?
The CDC and ASTDA will host a webinar on Thursday, March 10th from 1:00 - 2:00 pm (ET) to discuss how the risk of sexual HIV transmission is dependent on our immune system and microbes at the mucosal surfaces of the genital tract and gut. He will also highlight some challenges of translating these findings into new HIV prevention strategies. (ASTDA, 3/1)
Groundbreaking Asthma and Allergy Articles from 2015: Implications for Care and Practice
Join AAP Medical Home Chapter Champions Program on Asthma, Allergy and Anaphylaxis on Thursday, March 31 at 11:00am CT for the fourth webinar in a series of educational webinars focusing on asthma, allergy and anaphylaxis care in the medical home. The webinar will focus on groundbreaking 2015 articles on asthma and/or allergy. (AAP, 3/1)




Call for Manuscripts about Tobacco and Secondhand Smoke
APP is soliciting manuscripts for an upcoming special issue of Pediatrics aimed to provide an overview of current research surrounding secondhand smoke exposure in children, best practices to reduce SHS exposure, and strategies for pediatric clinicians to address tobacco and smoke exposure in practice. The supplement will also cover the health impact of thirdhand smoke, exposure to marijuana smoke and e-cigarettes. Interested authors should submit an extended abstract (1-2 pages) to Elizabeth Katta at (AAP, 2/29)
2016 STD Prevention Conference Now Accepting Abstracts
Abstracts are being accepted for the 2016 STD Prevention Conference. The Conference theme of Transcending Barriers, Creating Opportunities offers the perfect opportunity to share work in the areas of STD prevention research, program, policy, diagnosis, and treatment. Deadline is April 25. (CDC, 2/29)

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