SAHM Releases Statement on Emergency Contraception in Developing Countries
SAHM recently published a position paper titled Emergency Contraception for Adolescents and Young Adults: Guidance for Health Care Professionals. It makes several recommendations regarding education, clinical practice, and advocacy to improve awareness of, access to and use of EC throughout the world. (SAHM, 1/20)






Couples Who Use Contraception Have Sex More Frequently, Study Finds
Couples who use contraception are more likely to have sex frequently, a study has suggested. Researchers found that women in marriages/unions who used protection were three times more likely to have regular sex. The data also showed that women between 20-29 years old, those who were more educated, and those who wanted to have children in the next 2 years were more likely to have had sex in the previous 4 weeks. (The Independent, 1/26)

Scientists Move Closer to Understanding Schizophrenia’s Cause
Scientists reported that they had taken a significant step toward understanding the cause of schizophrenia, in a landmark study that provides the first rigorously tested insight into the biology behind any common psychiatric disorder. The finding also helps explain some other mysteries, including why the disorder often begins in adolescence or young adulthood. (The New York Times, 1/27)

Among High Risk Kids, Both Boys and Girls are Victims of Dating Violence
For kids and teens exposed to violence at home or in the community, boys are just as likely to be seriously hurt by a romantic partner, although the risk changes with age, according to a new study. More girls reported perpetrating psychological and physical dating violence while more boys reported perpetrating sexual violence. (Reuters, 1/29)

Face-to-Face Still Trumps Texts for Social Closeness
While technology use among young people offers some social advantages, one study showed that face-to-face support proved better than text messaging in brightening the moods of those who've just faced stress. The other study found that preteens who spent 5 days away from screens improved their ability to recognize nonverbal emotional cues. (HealthDay News, 1/29)

Higher Fiber Intake in Youth Tied to Lower Breast Cancer Risk
Higher fiber intake during adolescence and early adulthood correlates with reduced breast cancer risk, according to a study. Lower breast cancer risk was seen in association with higher intakes of soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. There was also a correlation for total dietary fiber intake in adolescence with lower breast cancer risk. (Physician’s Briefing, 2/1)

Many Depressed Teens Don’t Get Needed Treatment
Many teens diagnosed with depression don’t immediately receive needed follow-up care even when therapy is recommended or medication is prescribed. Three months after diagnosis, more than 1/3 of the roughly 4,600 adolescents in the study didn’t receive any treatment at all, and more than 2/3 didn’t get a follow-up symptom evaluation with a specialist. (Reuters, 2/1)

Stress-Prone Teen Males May Be at Risk of High Blood Pressure Later
Young men who get stressed out easily appear to have a greater risk of high blood pressure later in life, a new study suggests. Among 18-year-old men, those who had the lowest stress-resilience scores were 40% more likely to develop high blood pressure later than those with the greatest ability to cope with stress. (HelathDay News, 2/1)

Homeless Youth More Likely to Visit Drop-In Center Than Shelter
Drop-in centers can play a major role in helping homeless youth get housing, jobs and find stability, a new study suggests. According the researchers, “many kids won't go to shelters because they're hiding on the street. They're avoiding the service system because they've been abused and betrayed by everyone who is supposed to love them.” (HealthDay News, 2/1)

Thinking About Suicide or Attempting Suicide: Victimized Adolescents More at Risk at 15
A new study reports that adolescents chronically victimized during two school years at least, are about five times more at risk of thinking about suicide and six times more at risk of attempting suicide at age 15 compared to those who were never victimized. (Newswire, 2/3)

Parent's Depression May Harm Child's Grades
A child's grades in school might suffer if a parent is suffering from depression, according to a new study. Researchers found thatSwedish teens received lower grades during their final year in school if either of their parents had previously been diagnosed with depression. (HealthDay News, 2/3)

Artificial Pancreas Works for Teens with Type 1 Diabetes
An experimental “artificial pancreas” that pairs with a smartphone to monitor blood sugar and automatically deliver insulin may work better for teens with type 1 diabetes than using separate products already on the market, a small study suggests. With the artificial pancreas, the teens had significantly lower average blood sugar levels of 8.7 mmol/liter. (Reuters, 2/3)




Obama to Seek $12B From Congress for Child Nutrition
President Obama plans to ask Congress for $12 billion over a decade to help feed millions of schoolchildren from low-income families during the summer.  Nearly 22 million low-income children receive free and reduced-price meals during the school year, but just a fraction of those kids receive meals when school is out. (The New York Times, 1/27)
FDA Approves Neos Therapeutics' Long-Acting ADHD Drug
Neos Therapeutics Inc's drug to treat a common type of childhood behavioral disorder was approved by the FDA, making it the first of its kind to win U.S. approval. The drug, Adzenys XR-ODT, is approved for the treatment ADHD in patients aged six and older, is an orally disintegrating tablet and a longer-acting version of amphetamine. (Reuters, 1/28)
CDC Endorses A More Effective HPV Vaccine To Prevent Cancer
The updated childhood immunization schedule, released today from the CDC officially moves the recommendation for the HPV vaccine a few years earlier for children with a history of sexual abuse and officially recommends the HPV-9 vaccine over other HPV vaccines. Another offers all older teens the option of a meningitis vaccine previously recommended only for high-risk children. (NPR, 2/1)
Zika Infection Transmitted by Sex Reported in Texas
A case of Zika virus infection transmitted by sex, rather than mosquito bite, was discovered in Texas, a development sure to complicate plans to contain a global epidemic. The patient with the Zika virus was infected after having sex with someone who had returned from Venezuela, where Zika is circulating. After the report, the CDC changed its advice to Americans visiting regions in which the Zika virus is spreading. (The New York Times, 2/2)
After-School Reading Program For LGBTQ Teens Encourages Literary Habits
A partnership between the National Book Foundation, the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), and Lamba Literary plans to bring an after-school reading program for LGBTQ teens to New York. BookUp LGBTQ will provide teens with a safe space to develop their literary tastes and talents. (Bustle, 2/3)
Brain Scans to Catch Depression Before it Starts
Researchers at MIT's McGovern Institute are using the latest advances in brain imaging to identify children at high risk of depression before the debilitating and sometimes deadly disorder sets in. The research involves two groups of children, one at high risk of depression due to family history and a control group with kids at low risk. (Reuters, 2/3)




W.H.O. Report Urges Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Drinks
A WHO report on childhood obesity includes a recommendation to tax sugar-sweetened beverages. The report from the W.H.O.’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity also covers such areas as the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages to children and the implementing of school meal standards. (Food Business News, 1/27)
London Sexual Health Clinics Step up Their Support for People Buying PrEP Online
Several large sexual health clinics in London and Brighton have responded to the growing numbers of people importing PrEP medications from overseas by offering free safety monitoring to PrEP users. This is in a context of increasing frustration with the slowness of the official NHS process to approve PrEP. No decision will be made until June at the earliest. (AIDS Map, 1/29)
Zika Virus: WHO Declares Global Public Health Emergency
The WHO designated the Zika virus and its suspected complications in newborns as a public health emergency of international concern . The action, which the international body has taken only 3 times before, paves the way for the mobilization of more funding and manpower to fight the mosquito-born pathogen spreading "explosively" through the Americas. (The Washington Post, 2/1)
LGBT Indians Dare to Hope as Supreme Court Rules on Anti-Gay Law
This week, the Supreme Court heard a challenge to Section 377, a colonial-era law that criminalizes sex between consenting LGBT partners. The statute was ruled unconstitutional in 2009, but re-enacted in 2013 by the Supreme Court. Since 2013, hundreds of individuals have reportedly been arrested under the law. (CNN, 2/3)




AAFP Throws Support Behind Smoke-free Public Housing Proposal
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has proposed making all public housing properties smoke-free. It's a policy change the American Academy of Family Physicains has long recommended and the Academy recently reiterated its support in a recommendation letter. (AAFP, 1/29)

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)  reviews the recommended immunization schedules for persons aged 0-18 years to ensure that the schedules reflect current recommendations for the FDA-licensed vaccines. The 2016 schedules include several changes and are published on the CDC immunization schedule website. (MMWR, 2/2)

New CDC Vital Signs Report: More than 3 Million US Women at Risk for Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancy
An estimated 3.3 million women between the ages of 15-44 years are at risk of exposing their developing baby to alcohol because they are drinking, sexually active, and not using birth control to prevent pregnancy, according to the latest CDC report. Additionally, 3 in 4 women who want to get pregnant as soon as possible do not stop drinking alcohol when they stop using birth control. (CDC, 2/3)




Local School Climate Survey (LSCS) in an Easy-To-Use Online Format
This week, GLSEN launched an updated version of their Local School Climate Survey (LSCS). The LSCS assesses the safety and overall environment of local schools or communities using surveys of students. It now allows you to select from pre-loaded questions to build a survey, as well as create your own questions. (GLSEN, 1/29)
Two New Apps Available for STD and HIV/AIDS Treatment Guidelines
Two recently released apps allow health care providers to access treatment guidelines for STDs and HIV/AIDS on their mobile devices. The apps are available for both iOS and Android devices. (The CDC, 1/29)
HPV Champion Toolkit
AAP is pleased to provide an HPV vaccine toolkit. The toolkit has resources to help educate other healthcare professionals, discuss HPV vaccination with parents, and make necessary changes in a practice to improve HPV vaccination rates. (AAP, 2/2)
AAP Toolkit for Immigrant Child Health
The AAP Immigrant Child Health Toolkit provides information to address common matters related to immigrant child health and 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.




Effectively Addressing Trauma in Healthy Relationship Education
Join the Dibble Institute for a free webinar on Wednesday, March 9, at 4:00pm EST. This webinar will address the impact childhood trauma has on growth and success in all areas of a young person’s life, including their capacity to form and maintain healthy relationships. (The Dibble Institute, 2/3)
Amplify Your Impact on Child Health Quality
Join AHRQ and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on February 11 at 2:00 p.m. ET for a free webinar. Speakers will highlight promising practices and key lessons learned from the 5-year grant program to improve health care quality for children in Medicaid and CHIP. (AHRQ, 2/3)



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. Abstracts must be submitted no later than Monday, April 25, 2016 at 11:59pm PST. (CDC, 2/1)

National Conference on Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships Calls for Poster Presentations
The 12th National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships, Ready. Set. Vaccinate!, will be held in Indianapolis on May 25–27. The conference planners are currently soliciting posters to be displayed in an exhibit hall at the conference. The deadline for poster submission is February 29. (IAC Express, 2/3)

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