SAHM Thrive App Wins Gold
SAHM earned a GOLD Pharma Choice Award from PM360 for its THRIVE mobile app. PM360 is a leading health-marketing industry trade magazine that annually recognizes the best health care creative campaigns and initiatives.  The free app provides parents with a mobile, interactive resource to help teens and young adults aged 16-25 understand their role in and increase ownership over their own health and healthcare. (PM 360, 1/18)






Children of Mexican Immigrants Eat Bad U.S. Diet, Penn State Study Finds
Boys in Mexican immigrant families have among the highest obesity rates among young children of all racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. A new study suggests a possible reason why: an affinity for the fast-food-rich American diet. On average, first-generation children scored nearly 5 points lower than their mothers on the Healthy Eating Index. (The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/13)
HPV Vaccine Rates Highest in Poor and Hispanic Communities
Teen girls in poor or predominately Hispanic communities are more likely to receive at least one dose of the HPV vaccine than those in other communities, a new study finds. The lowest rates were among girls in predominately black communities (54 percent) and white communities (50 percent). (HealthDay News, 1/14)
South Carolina Focused Study Shows Kidney Stones Increasing in Children, Women and Blacks
New research, based on patient records from 153,000 South Carolinians, shows kidney stones are increasingly common among adolescents, females and blacks. Speculations of contributing factors include the rising rates of obesity and children and teens are consuming too little calcium, too much sodium, and not enough water. (The Post and Courier, 1/14)
Teen Weapon Use Varies by Race and Gender
The likelihood of an American teen using or carrying weapons varies according to race and gender, new research contends. Using data from a national survey conducted during the mid-1990s, researchers found that 13% of black students, 10% of Hispanic students and 7% of white students had been involved with weapons. (HealthDay News, 1/15)
Hispanic Children’s Uninsured Rate Hits Record Low
The rate of Hispanic children without health insurance fell to a historic low in 2014, the first year that key parts of Obamacare took effect, but they still represent a disproportionate share of the nation’s uninsured youth, according to a new study. About 300,000 Hispanic children gained insurance in 2014 from 2013, dropping the number of uninsured to 1.7 million. (Kaiser Health News, 1/15)
Lymphoma Survivors May Not Get All Recommended Follow-Up Care
Some teen and young adult survivors of Hodgkin lymphoma do not receive all the recommended follow-up care, a new study finds. Within the first year, 52% of the survivors did not receive all recommended care, but within 5 years after completing treatment, 96% of the survivors had recommended visits with an oncologist. (HealthDay News, 1/15)
Sleep-Deprived Teens Find it Harder to Cope with Stress
Nearly 70% of American adolescents lack sleep. Now it seems that sleep problems or sleeping for too long can make adolescents more reactive to stress, potentially affecting academic performance, behavior and health. The key could lie in HPA-axis, a part of the neuroendocrine system that controls reactions to stress and regulates many body processes. (Medical News Today, 1/18)
Candy-Flavored E-Cigarette Ads Appeal to Young
Ads featuring e-cigarettes with flavors like chocolate or bubble gum appear to increase kids’ interest in buying and trying an e-cigarette, a new British study found. However, the ads don’t increase the overall appeal to kids, age 11-16, of either smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes or using e-cigarettes regularly. (HealthDay News, 1/18)
Link Discovered Between Obesity, Blood Clots In Children
There may be a link between obesity and the formation of blood clots in the veins of children and adolescents, according to a new study. After adjusting for other risk factors, reseachers discovered that a small but statistically significant association between obesity and VTE can cause acute and even chronic health issues if left untreated.(Science World Report, 1/18)
Teens’ IQ Drop Can’t Be Blamed Solely on Pot
Studies have suggested that teenage marijuana use leads to a decline in intelligence. But new research with twins suggests the link may not be as clear-cut as some believe. Instead, confounding family issues that lead a kid to try pot in the first place may be to blame for any brain drain. (HealthDay News, 1/18)
Antipsychotics May Double to Triple Diabetes Risk in Youth
Youth who received at least 3 months of antipsychotics were about two to three times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, compared with controls, a meta-analysis of 13 studies shows. The risk was especially apparent for olanzapine, confirming that risk with second-generation antipsychotics is not homogeneous. (Family Practice News, 1/19)
Out-of-Shape Teens May Face High Blood Pressure Later
Teenagers who are either overweight or have low fitness levels face a heightened risk of developing high blood pressure by middle age, a large new study finds. Men who were overweight or obese at 18 had more than double the risk. And those whose fitness levels were in the bottom third had a 50% greater risk than those in the top third. (HealthDay News, 1/19)
Simple Solution to Childhood Obesity: More Water at Lunch
The solution to America’s childhood obesity epidemic may be as simple as getting kids to drink more water in school, according to a study that found that making water available through self-serve dispensers in school cafeterias results in student weight loss. Students at schools with water jets for at least 3 months saw a reduction in BMI of .025 for boys and .022 for girls. (Syracuse University, 1/19)
Breast Concerns May Sideline Many Teen Girls From Sports
Researchers in England have discovered a surprising reason why teen girls may not play sports, their breasts. The study found that three-quarters of the girls had at least one sports-related concern about their breasts, including pain or embarrassment. These concerns peaked at age 14. (NWI Times, 1/20)
Substance Use, Indoor Tanning Among Colorado High School Students
Analyses of the results of a survey of Colorado high school students suggest there may be a potential association between substance use and indoor tanning. The researchers suggest any lifetime use of steroids was most strongly associated with indoor tanning, especially among adolescent boys. Alcohol consumption, marijuana use and lifetime use of select illicit drugs also were associated with indoor tanning. (EurkAlert, 1/20)




CDC Reports Drop in Births to Teen Mothers
First births to mothers under age 20 dropped 42 percent from 2000 to 2014, from 1 in 4 births to 1 in 7, according to the U.S. CDC study. Teens’ increased awareness of the realities of pregnancy, and greater job and education opportunities for women, are among factors behind the change. (Reuters, 1/14)
For Teenagers, Adult-Sized Opioid Addiction Treatment Doesn’t Fit
Deaths from heroin overdose in all age groups doubled from 2010 to 2012, according to the CDC. In response, communities are seeking new strategies to treat addiction and speed access to care, including meeting the unique needs of youth after years of addiction treatments geared to adults. (NPR, 1/15)

Researchers Adapt Successful Strengths-Based Mental Health Recovery Model for Adolescents
Researchers at the University of Kansas have adapted a promising adult case management practice for use with adolescents. Early results show the Strengths Model, a recovery-oriented case management practice that focuses on individual strengths, is not only having a positive effect on young people, it is helping the case managers as well. (University of Kansas, 1/15)

Drug Overdoses Propel Rise in Mortality Rates of Young Whites
Drug overdoses are driving up the death rate of young white adults in the United States to levels not seen since the end of the AIDS epidemic more than two decades ago, a turn of fortune that stands in sharp contrast to falling death rates for young blacks, a New York Times analysis of death certificates has found. (The New York Times, 1/16)

The Best Way for Teens to Recover From Overuse Injuries
Overuse injuries are caused by repetitive stress on the muscle and skeletal system without enough rest to allow the body to adapt. Now sports medicine experts are advocating a greater role for athletic trainers who can help students recover without incurring lasting damage or hampering their sports activities very much. (The Wall Street Journal, 1/18)

HIV Testing Uncommon in Teens Despite Recommendations
Fewer than 1 in 4 high school students who’ve had sex have ever been tested for HIV, a troubling low rate that didn’t budge over eight years, government researchers say at the CDC. Young adults fared slightly better, although testing rates have declined in black women, a high-risk group. (The Washington Post, 1/19)

Juvenile Justice Advocates Push for Louisiana to Raise Age to Enter Adult Criminal Justice System
If a 17-year-old in Louisiana gets caught by police breaking into a car or carrying marijuana, they enter the adult criminal justice system. This makes Louisiana an outlier in the U.S., 1 of 9 states that doesn’t set the bar to be treated as an adult criminal suspect at 18. Now, there’s some effort to change that, with the Louisiana Legislature commissioning a study to review what the effects would be if the state raised the age. (The Advocate, 1/20)




Tanzanian President Bans Miniskirts in Bid to Curb Spread of HIV
Following his sweeping victory last October, John Magufuli has become an international hero due to cost-cutting measures that he introduced across the country. Now it is reported he’s surprised the public once again, by banning miniskirts across the country saying he believes the garments, along with short dresses, encourage the spread of HIV/Aids. (Eye Witness News, 1/19)
6,000 Children and Teens Are Disappeared in Mexico
More than 6,000 children and teens are currently disappeared in Mexico, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights representative in Mexico, Jesus Peña. Peña added that of the total of thousands of people forcibly disappeared in Mexico between 2006-2014, some 30% have been children and adolescents. (TelleSur, 1/20)

At Least 22 Killed in Attack on Bacha Khan University in Pakistan
Militants raided a university in northwest Pakistan Wednesday, timing their attack to a ceremony at the school and killing at least 22 people. The attack on the university was most likely to avenge military operations that have reduced the power of the Taliban, said Paul Cruickshank, a CNN terrorism analyst. (CNN, 1/21)

Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM) Call for Youth-Friendly Services
FPAM with support from German government through GIZ and UNAIDS has made increasing youth-friendly HIV and sexual and reproductive health services its top priority. FPAM has commended various stakeholders for successfully implementing K81 million youth friendly health projects dubbed Narrowing the Gap in addressing the needs and challenges in Malawi. (Nyasa Times, 1/21)




Vaccine-Preventable Disease: Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
The Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research, Texas Children’s Hospital, has introduced a new book to educate families about the HPV vaccine. Featuring the personal stories in both English and Spanish of ten individuals who have been affected by HPV, the book includes surprising facts about HPV and clears up myths about the vaccine. (IAC, 1/20)




SEMA (Sociedad Espanola de Medicina de la Adolescencia)
This year’s SEMA Conference is taking place in Valladolid, Spain, March 4-5th. Please visit the website for registration, travel, poster session, workshops, and scholarship information.  (SEMA, 1/21)




Effective Screening, Counseling, and Referral for Tobacco Use in Adolescents
Join the Office of Adolescent Health on February 11th at 3:00pm CT to discuss methods for screening and interventions, such as counseling techniques, as well as referral processes to help patients quit using tobacco. It will highlight not only ways to interact with adolescents, but also their families and to develop a health care office environment that contributes to the prevention and cessation of tobacco use. (OAH, 1/21)



Applications Being Accepted for Child Health Quality Knowledge Transfer and Peer Learning Opportunity
AHRQ, in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is offering a unique technical assistance and peer-to-peer learning opportunity to support State health care quality improvement projects for children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. Applications are due no later than February 25, 2016. (AHRQ, 1/19)
Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine
The Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine provides up to $2,000 for travel, lodging and incidental expenses related to research on the applicant’s chosen project dealing with the history of general practice, family practice or family medicine in the United States. The application deadline is March 31. (AAFP, 1/19)

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