Registration Now 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, 1/28)






Parents’ Financial Debt Linked to Behavioral Problems in Their Kids
Children ages 5 to 14 whose parents have certain kinds of financial debt may be more likely to have behavioral problems, a new study suggests. The researchers found that those whose parents had “unsecured debt,” such as credit card debt or unpaid medical bills, were more likely to experience the behavioral difficulties. (Live Science, 1/21)
Targeted School Closures Might Help Fight Pandemic Flu
In the event of another influenza pandemic, closing select schools or even just certain classrooms might limit social costs while slowing down spread of the disease more effectively than a nationwide shutdown, a new study in the U.K. estimates. Targeted closures based on monitoring absenteeism might start with school officials ordering an entire class to stay home for a period of time. (Reuters, 1/21)
Mindfulness Could help Prevent Obesity in Children
Based on a study of connections between the brain and appetite, researchers think teaching mindfulness practices to children could help treat or prevent obesity. Unhealthy eating patterns associated with an imbalance between connections in the brain could be changed by teaching children increased awareness of their thoughts and actions, researchers propose. (UPI, 1/21)
Study Says Reduced Violence, Bullying Possible Thanks to ESSA Guidelines
According to a study from Healthy Relationships California (HRC), the new education legislation, Every Student Succeeds Act, offers a good opportunity for schools to see reduced bullying and violence in relationships thanks to the new guidelines. (Education World, 1/21)
Maternity Care Practices and Breastfeeding Among Adolescent Mothers Aged 12–19 Years
AAP recommends that infants be breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months of life, and that mothers continue breastfeeding for at least 1 year. However, in 2011, only 19.3% of mothers aged ≤20 years in the U.S. exclusively breastfed their infants at 3 months, compared with 36.4% of women aged 20–29 years and 45.0% of women aged ≥30 years. (MMWR, 1/22)
Classroom Standing Desks May Curb Students’ Sedentary Time
Standing desks in classrooms could be an easy way to help make kids’ time in school less sedentary, a new research review suggests. The study team analyzed data and found, standing desks were also linked to a decrease in sitting time ranging from 59 to 64 minutes per school day. (Reuters, 1/22)
Pediatric Nasopharyngeal CA Has Different Patient Demographic
According to a new study, pediatric patients under 21 years old with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) are more often black and present with stage IV disease, but they have lower mortality than adult patients. The researchers concluded, pediatric NPC, although uncommon, appears to affect a different patient demographic. (Physician’s Briefing, 1/22)
More Teens Affected by CFS than Previously Recognized
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a condition characterized by severe fatigue that shows no improvement with bed rest. In a recent study it was calculated that 1.9% of 16-year-olds (almost 1 in 50) were affected by CFS lasting at least 6 months, while almost 3% had CFS lasting 3 months or longer. (Medical News Today, 1/25)
Kids Who Pass Out Should Be Positioned On Their Side, Doctors Say
Passed-out children up to age 18 who are positioned on their side have lower odds of needing to stay in the hospital, according to a new study from Europe. The so-called recovery position has the patient being put on their side, with the mouth facing downward to allow fluid to drain, but only 26% of parents had done this. (Reuters, 1/25)
Teens Who ‘Vape’ May Be More Likely to Try Smoking, Too
Teens who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to switch to real cigarettes within a year, a new study suggests. In fact, the researchers found that teens who used e-cigarettes, also known as “vaping,” when the study began were about three times more likely to have started smoking a year later than students who had never vaped. (HealthDay News, 1/26)
Study Confirms that Fast Food Advertising Increases Fast Food Consumption in Children and Teens
A new study confirms that fast food marketing increases the consumption of fast food in children. The news has fueled renewed calls for a pre-watershed ban on advertising of unhealthy junk food. The study, which analyzed 22 previous studies observed the effects of marketing both online and on television, concluding that the two had an equal impact on fast food consumption. (, 1/26)
Study Says that a Social Life is a Healthy Life
A new study has compiled research from four long-term health studies to examine how social connections contribute to health throughout life, finding that close, supportive relationships are especially important to physical health in adolescence and old age. Overall, the fewer social connections a person had, the poorer their health, and vice versa. (The Boston Globe, 1/26)
Some College Kids Spend a Fifth of Class Time on Digital Devices
College students spend one-fifth of their time in class using digital devices such as smartphones for non-educational purposes, new research reveals. Almost nine out of 10 reported that texting was their main digital diversion while in class. About three-quarters said they emailed or checked the time on their devices, and 70% reported checking in on social media. (HealthDay News, 1/26)
Too Much Social Media Could Mess Up Your Sleep
Young adults who spend too much time on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram may pay the price in poor sleep, new research suggests. On average, participants said they spent 61 minutes a day on social media and visited social media sites 30 times a week. Nearly 30% of the participants also said they suffered sleep disturbances. (HealthDay News, 1/27)
Teens’ Experiences with Community-Level Violence Associated with Risky Sexual Behavior
Teens’ experiences with violence, either through fear of violence, observing violent events, or being victims of violence themselves, are associated with how likely they are to have sex and use condoms, new research suggests. The findings could eventually lead to new ways to improve sexual health among this population. (News Medical Net, 1/27)
Excess Weight Has ‘Unexpected’ Effect on Puberty Onset in Boys
Excess weight can delay or speed up puberty in young boys, depending on how many extra pounds they carry, a new study suggests. Overweight boys tend to enter and finish puberty somewhat earlier than usual, but boys who have become obese appear to go through puberty slower than boys who weigh less. (HealthDay News, 1/27)
Did Studies Lack Key Data on Link Between Antidepressants, Youth Suicides?
Antidepressants appear to be much more dangerous for children and teens than reported in medical journals, because initial published results from clinical trials did not accurately note instances of suicide and aggression, a new study suggests. Young people actually have a doubled risk of aggression and suicide when taking 1 of the 5 most commonly prescribed antidepressants. (HealthDay News, 1/27)    




Sexual Violence isn’t Just a College Problem. It Happens in K-12 Schools, Too
Sexual assault has largely remained a hidden issue in elementary, middle and high schools, where parents assume their children are supervised and safe. Now there are signs that the problem is receiving more attention, including a sharp rise in the number of federal civil rights complaints alleging that K-12 schools have mishandled reports of sexual violence. (The Washington Post, 1/17)
Senate Panel Approves Bill to Make School Lunches Tastier
School meals could become a bit tastier under legislation approved by a Senate committee. The bipartisan measure approved by a voice vote Wednesday is designed to help schools that say the Obama’s healthier meal rules are too restrictive. The legislation was introduced after negotiating an agreement to ease requirements for whole grains and delaying a deadline to cut sodium levels. (ABC News, 1/20)
Many Children and Teens with Medicaid Not Getting Required Dental Care
Three out of four children covered by Medicaid in 4 states didn’t receive all required dental care over a recent 2-year period, according to a federal report. One in four such kids didn’t see a dentist at all. Among the reasons were that there were too few dentists accepting Medicaid patients and a lack of education about the importance of proper dental care. (The Washington Post, 1/25)
Obama Bans Solitary Confinement of Juveniles in Federal Prisons
President Obama banned the practice of holding juveniles in solitary confinement in federal prisons, saying it could lead to “devastating, lasting psychological consequences.” Obama said federal prisons would no longer use solitary confinement for juveniles or for inmates serving time for low-level infractions. (The New York Times, 1/25)
Swipe Right for an HIV Test! Tinder Adds Sexual Health Locator After Criticism
Some sexual health experts have sought to link the rise of apps like Tinder and Grindr to a boom in certain STDs, with a prominent AIDS Healthcare Foundation billboard campaign previously linking Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia to the apps. After a dispute over the billboards, Tinder has reacted by rolling out a service to match people to local testing services. (Pink News, 1/25)

Omaha Board of Education Approves New Sex Ed Standards
After over a year of deliberation, school board members of the Omaha Public Schools (OPS) voted to adopt updates to the Nebraska school district’s 30 year-old sex education standards. The board voted 9–0 to adopt new content standards for 4th-8th grade sex education classes, including teaching about sexual abuse in 4th grade and discussing gender identity and gender roles in 6th grade. (SIECUS, 1/26)
Growing Numbers Of Chinese Teens Are Coming To America For High School
A growing population of Chinese teens  are leaving the test-driven, high-pressure world of schools back home for the U.S.,  more than 23,000 at last count, according to the Institute of International Education. Their goal is to better their children’s chances of getting into an American college; a degree earned in the U.S. carries a lot of weight. (NPR, 1/26)

Houston Experts Urge End to Restrictions on Adolescents in STD Research
Houston researchers are calling for the removal of legal restrictions on adolescents’ participation in studies concerning the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. In a new paper, experts argue the restrictions aren’t necessary in many cases and are thwarting the wider use of new drug strategies credited with reducing HIV incidence. (Houston Chronicle, 1/26)

Cancer Centers Urge Increase in HPV Vaccinations
In a joint statement, all 69 of the top cancer centers in the U.S. called for an increase in vaccination against the human papilloma virus, saying low uptake of the three-shot regimens amounts to a “public health threat” and a major missed opportunity to prevent a variety of potentially lethal malignancies. (The Wall Street Journal, 1/27)




In Countries Where Gay Sex is Taboo, Grindr and Other Apps Open a (Sometimes Perilous) Window
Despite a national law banning same-sex intercourse, tens of thousands of gay Indians use Grindr for social networking, dating and, yes, sex. As in many other Asian countries where homosexuality is outlawed or taboo, Grindr and similar apps have opened up a new digital frontier for gays but also raised concerns about privacy, safety and government clampdowns. (The Los Angeles Times, 1/16)

Australian Teenage Smoking at Record Low but ‘Constant Vigilance’ Required
Australian adolescent smoking rates are at a record low with only 3.4% of Australians aged 12 to 17 reported smoking daily. Experts attribute the drop to rising cigarette prices, smoke-free environment and advertising policies, plain packaging and restrictions on adolescents’ access to tobacco. (The Guardian, 1/27) 




New Guidance Highlights High Impact Opportunities to Support Healthy Students
In a new letter sent to governors, chief state school officers, state health officials and state Medicaid directors, the U.S. DOE and HHS recognize the critical role that healthcare coverage and health services play in ensuring all students are ready and able to learn, and recommend action steps to better coordinate health and education services for all students and their families. (U.S. Department of Education, 1/15)
Most Child and Adolescent Deaths Still Preventable
Findings from the Global Burden of Disease 2013 report found that worldwide deaths among children and adolescents have declined since 1990, but the vast majority are still preventable. The report cited top causes of death were diarrheal diseases for older children and road injuries for teens. Iron deficiency anemia affected 619 million children and teens in 2013 and was the leading cause of living with disability. (Reuters, 1/25)
2015 Sex Ed State Legislative Year-End Report: Top Topics and Takeaways
SIECUS is pleased to share their latest report that provides an analysis of themes, implementation implications, limitations, and considerations to inform future strategies in assessing the 184 bills related to school-based sexuality education introduced in 42 states last year, resulting in 18 new laws in 14 states. (SIECUS, 1/27)




Sports Concussion Videos
The CDC estimates that 250,000 youths visit emergency departments each year for sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries. To help improve the lives of our members’ patients, AAFP has created a series of webinars addressing the impact of head injuries in sports. (AAFP, 1/25)
Even Disney Princesses Need HPV Shots, Cervical Cancer Screenings And STD Testing
For Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Danielle Sepulveres and Maritza Lugo collaborated on a series of illustrations showing Disney princesses visiting their gynecologists, including Aladdin and Jasmine discussing family planning, Belle picking up EC, Cinderella getting tested for STDs, Mulan undergoing cervical cancer screening and Tiana getting her HPV vaccine. (Forbes, 1/20)
America’s Adolescents
Adolescents are generally healthy; however, they face challenges to their health and well-being that are different from those of children and adults. The OAH website’s new feature, America’s Adolescents, profiles who America’s adolescents are, what they do, and what health issues they face. (OAH, 1/25)
Materials on Trauma and Toxic Stress Now Available in Spanish
This 6-part series from AAP was designed with the primary care practice in mind and those who may or may not be familiar with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the process of asking families about exposure to ACEs or other traumatic events. It is now available in Spanish. (AAP, 1/25)




The UMHS Adolescent Health Initiative’s 2016 Conference on Adolescent Health
Registration is now open with early-bird discounts available for the Conference on Adolescent Health taking place in Ann Arbor, MI, on April 18-19, 2016. The 3rd annual conference will include skill-building workshops aimed to improve clinical practices, breakout sessions focused on cutting-edge topics, plenary remarks, and a poster-viewing session. (University of Michigan, 1/25)


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