Screening teens for obesity may not help them lose weight
Weight screenings in high school were not enough to get overweight and obese kids on track toward a healthier weight, a recent study found. Arkansas implemented a screening program in schools in 2003, with alerts sent to parents of kids with weight problems. But kids screened by the program in early high school and again in their junior and senior years did not seem to benefit compared to kids exempt from screening. (Reuters, 7/3)

Many New Teen Drivers ‘Crash’ in Simulated Driving Task
Around four in 10 newly licensed teen drivers “crashed” in a simulated driving test, suggesting that many adolescents lack the skills they need to stay safe on the road, according to a new study. The simulated driving assessment included a 35-minute “drive” replicating 22 variations of the most common scenarios that often cause teens to crash. Findings from the study were published online in the journal Injury Prevention. (HealthDay News, 7/3)

Best Friends May Help Poor Kids Succeed
Children who grow up in poor neighborhoods face more obstacles in life, but new research suggests that having a best friend can help these kids succeed. Surveying 409 students ages 11-19 from three schools and two colleges located in low-income areas in England, the study focused on the effects of having one close, supportive confidant on kids’ ability to learn from adversity, become self-reliant and keep life in perspective. (HealthDay News, 7/6)

Care for depression, anxiety helps war-exposed children long-term
Treating depression and anxiety in youngsters affected by war may have lasting benefits for their mental health and ability to function in society, new findings suggest. The study, of former child soldiers and young people affected by Sierra Leone’s civil war, found that those with higher levels of anxiety and depression two years after the conflict had the highest levels of these “internalizing symptoms” four years later. (Reuters, 7/6)

Adolescent Lifestyle Not Strongly Tied to Later Muscular Pain
Adverse health behaviors in adolescence are only moderately associated with later musculoskeletal pain in adulthood, according to a recent study. Utilizing data from the 1966 Northern Finland Birth Cohort, occasional smoking and overweight/obesity among males, and daily smoking and regular use of alcohol among females predicted pain in three or more body regions at the age of 31. (Physician’s Briefing, 7/6)

Medical Marijuana Ads May Influence Teens To Smoke Pot
Twenty three states and D.C. have legalized medical marijuana, and some have allowed medical marijuana ads on billboards, TV, the Internet, and in newspapers. Researchers looked at how exposure to these ads, affected 8,214 young teens’ perceptions of weed and their inclination to try it. The study found that teens who were exposed to the marijuana ads were twice as likely to say they intended to use the drug in the future. (Medical Daily, 7/7)

Birth Control Coverage Saves Women Significant Money
Women are saving a lot of money as a result of a health law requirement that insurance cover most forms of prescription contraceptives with no additional out-of-pocket costs. The study, found that the average birth control pill user saved $255 in the year after the requirement took effect. The average user of an IUD saved $248. Those savings represented a significant percentage of average out-of-pocket costs. (Kaiser Health News, 7/7)

Young adults see cost as disadvantage of health insurance
While many young adults are concerned about the cost of health insurance, they often don’t understand how out-of-pocket costs for care can add up, a small study suggests. These adults, mostly in their 20s, see access to preventive or primary care as the biggest advantage of insurance, and the financial strain of paying for coverage as the main disadvantage, the study found. (Reuters, 7/7)

Increasing Health Care Burden for Pediatric Pulmonary HTN
There is an increasing health care burden associated with morbidity and mortality of pediatric pulmonary hypertension (PH), according to a new study. Data were obtained from a national administrative database of pediatric hospital discharges. The researchers found that children with PH accounted for 0.13 percent of the 43 million U.S. pediatric hospitalizations from 1997 to 2012, with an increasing trend in discharges. (Physician’s Briefing, 7/7)

Adolescents more likely to try e-cigarettes when exposed to TV ads
Adolescents who are exposed to e-cigarette TV advertising are more likely to try e-cigarettes in the future, according to a new research, which is the first study to demonstrate this direct link. The randomized control experiment found that adolescents exposed to four e-cigarette TV advertisements reported a 50 percent higher likelihood of future use than the control group. (News Medical, 7/8)

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Advocates say Missouri 1st to detail treatments that insurers must cover for eating disorders
Missouri is set to be the first state in the nation to spell out the type of eating disorder treatments that insurance companies must cover, a move advocates say will ensure families have access to care for not just the physical aspect but also the underlying mental issues. The new law, signed this month by Gov. Jay Nixon will go into effect in August, and could pave the way for similar policies in other states. (US News and World Report, 6/28)

FDA Warns Drugmakers to Quit Selling Unapproved Rx Otic Drop
FDA officials moved to shut down the manufacture and sale of 16 unapproved prescription otic products used to relieve ear pain, inflammation and infection. In separate action, the FDA said it also plans to scrutinize safety data pertaining to the use of codeine-containing products used to treat cough or colds in children younger than 18 years. (AAFP, 7/1)

New Diaphragm Hits U.S. Market for First Time in 50 Year
A newly designed diaphragm, known as Caya is hitting the U.S. market for the first time since the mid-1960s. Caya is already widely available in Europe and was approved for sale by the FDA in September 2014. Its developers say Caya is easier to use than older models of diaphragms and believe that it’s a good option for women looking for non-hormonal methods of contraception. (RH Reality Check, 7/1)

HHS awards Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program grants
The HHS Office of Adolescent Health announced more than $86 million in teen pregnancy prevention grants to non-profit organizations, school districts, universities, and others.  The 81 new grants are expected to serve more than 291,000 youth each year in communities where teen birth rates remain high and provide the first year of funding for a five-year grant period. (OAH, 7/6)

Covering Poor Children Without Legal Status Is First Step, Say California Advocates
The coverage under Medi-Cal, is expected to result in more preventive care and better long-term health for an estimated 170,000 children who have long relied on safety-net clinics and emergency rooms. Policymakers, advocates and researchers celebrated the budget deal announced by the Governor but also said the new coverage is limited because it doesn’t guarantee access to doctors and doesn’t include adults. (Kaiser Health News, 7/7)

New York program aims to improve ties between police, teens
NYC police and teenagers came together on Tuesday at Harlem’s Apollo Theater for an event designed to build mutual respect and improve their frayed relationship. The program, Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids, is aimed at improving communication and trust between police and teenagers in NY’s low income neighborhoods after years of tension over policing tactics. (Reuters, 7/8)

Colorado won’t fund birth-control initiative despite success
A much-heralded Colorado effort credited with significantly reducing teen pregnancy and abortion rates is searching for new funding after GOP lawmakers declined to provide taxpayer dollars to keep it going. Started in 2009, the Initiative gave free or reduced-price IUDs or implantable birth control to more than 30,000 women, dropping births to teen moms by 40% and abortions dropped 35%. (USA Today, 7/7)


An important victory against AIDS: Cuba first to ​end mother-to-child transmission of HIV
Cuba earned the distinction of becoming the first country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, an achievement that global public health officials said they hoped would inspire others to invest in campaigns and policies to try to do the same. Cuba benefited from a project run by the WHO and the PAHO to expand early access to prenatal care, test for the diseases and treatment for both the mothers and babies. (Washington Post, 6/30)

HIV/AIDS scientist gets $1.5m US to study addiction in Vancouver and five other cities
Dan Werb, a Canadian scientist has been awarded a $1.5-million-US research grant for a new five-year project to examine ways of preventing injection drug use and the spread of addiction. Werb will use the funding for a project called PRIMER, which will test new ways of preventing injection drug addiction using harm reduction methods such as supervised injection sites and methadone maintenance therapy. (The Province, 7/6)
Indulgent lifestyle leaves China’s children open to risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity
Youngsters in China are eating more and exercising less, and that is leaving them open to the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity. The Beijing Health Bureau conducted a survey into the health of the capital’s adolescent population, aged 6 -18, last year and found 1 in 10 had high blood pressure, and 10% were classified as obese, more than twice the rate in 2000. (Straitstimes, 7/7)
UNICEF Zimbabwe Tackles HIV in Children, Adolescents
UNICEF in Zimbabwe has been working with government and other stakeholders to scale up pediatric and adolescent anti-retro viral treatment for HIV positive children, who officials said are often left out of such programs. HIV/AIDS manager, Joyce Mphaya, reported in Zimbabwe about 56% of adolescents living with HIV are accessing treatment, a figure Mphaya said shows there is more work to be done. (Voice of America- Zimbabwe, 7/8)


Endurance Athletes Should Only Drink When Thirsty, Experts Say
Athletes should listen to their body and drink water only when thirsty to prevent exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH). The new guidelines were developed at the International EAH Consensus Development Conference, prompted by the deaths of two high school football players from EAH last summer. The guidelines are particularly timely, just before sports training camps and marathon training begins in the US. (HealthDay News, 7/2)

CDC Vital Signs: Today’s Heroin Epidemic
Heroin use has increased across the US among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. Some of the greatest increases occurred in demographic groups with historically low rates of heroin use: women, the privately insured, and people with higher incomes. Not only are people using heroin, they are also abusing multiple other substances, especially cocaine and prescription opioid painkillers. (CDC, 7/7)



Register Now: AHRQ Research Conference October 4-6
Registration is open for the 2015 AHRQ Research Conference, “Producing Evidence and Engaging Partners to Improve Health Care,” scheduled for October 4-6 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Crystal City, VA. The conference will focus on addressing today’s challenges in improving quality, safety, access and value in health care. (AHRQ, 7/7)


Register Now: July 22 Webinar on Dissemination and Implementation Research
The AHRQ’s is hosting a webinar on July 22nd from 12:30pm-2:00pm ET. Presenters will discuss their new book, “Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice” including, how to evaluate the evidence base on effective interventions; which strategies will produce the greatest impact; how to design an appropriate study; and how to track a set of essential outcomes. (AHRQ, 7/7)


Call for applications: SOID S. Michael Marcy Visiting Professor Program 
The AAP Section on Infectious Diseases is offering its first visiting professorship program for the 2015-2016 academic year. The program has been designed to bring nationally and internationally known pediatric infectious diseases specialists to pediatric and family practice programs around the country that may not have or who have limited access to a PID specialist. The application deadline is July 31.  (AAP, 7/8)

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