Three-Quarters of Adults Say Raise Smoking Age to 21: Survey

An Internet survey conducted by the CDC found that over 75% of U.S. adults and 70% of smokers agree that the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products should be raised to 21. Hawaii already has passed a law that will ban the sale of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to customers under 21. “We could prevent 223,000 premature deaths among those born between 2000 and 2019,” said AHA CEO Nancy Brown. (The Hill, 7/7)

Poor Lung Function in Early Adulthood Often Sets Stage for COPD

A new study may change the way doctors view the lung condition known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Researchers found that about half of COPD cases appear in people whose lungs have aged normally but have become crippled by breathing problems because they began adulthood with poor lung capacity, mostly due to smoking during adolescence. (Reuters, 7/8)

Healthier Meals Do Cost Families More

Shopping for healthier groceries would cost a family of four about $1,500 more a year at their regular stores, according to a new U.S. study. The small survey focused on 23 families of children with type 1 diabetes. Parents are urged to feed kids with diabetes a low-fat diet, but they may need help with problem-solving skills to provide healthy foods without a heavy burden of extra costs or prep time, researchers say. (Reuters, 7/8)

Young People With Type 1 Increasingly Likely to be Obese, Experts Urge Dietary Changes
Young people with type 1 diabetes are increasingly likely to be obese, according to a new study. Traditionally, people with type 1 diabetes have been underweight, but as diabetes management has improved, more glucose and calories have been retained. Coupled with over-consumption of unhealthy foods, it has meant that people with type 1 diabetes have been affected by the obesity crisis. (, 7/8)


Trends in Elevated Blood Pressure Among US Children and Adolescents

Childhood high blood pressure (HBP) is a serious public health challenge worldwide due to associated increases in risks of end organ damages. According to a recent study, mean BP levels as well as the prevalence of elevated BP and HBP among US children and adolescents have declined during the past decade. In addition, there might be an associated change in dietary factors (American Journal of Hypertension, 7/8)

History of Abuse Seen in Many Girls in Juvenile System

As many as 80% of the girls in states’ juvenile justice systems have a history of sexual or physical abuse, according to a recent report. Sexual abuse was found among the primary predictors of girls’ involvement with juvenile justice systems, but that the systems were ill-equipped to identify or treat the problem. It was recommended that girls who have been sexually trafficked no longer be arrested on prostitution charges. (New York Times, 7/9)


Teens Dying Of Cancer Face Intensive Treatments In The Final Days

Most teenagers and young adults with terminal cancer have to suffer through chemo and other intensive treatments in their final days of life, a study finds. For 68%, those interventions include chemo, treatment in the ICU or ER, or hospitalization in their final month. In comparison, the standard rate for intensive end-of-life care in cancer patients among older adults is less than 4% when it comes to both ICU and ED visits. (NPR, 7/9)


Many Overweight or Obese Teens Don’t See the Problem

Nearly 40% of overweight or obese U.K. teens, ages 13 to 15, said they were about the normal weight and 0.4% said they were too light, according to a study in the International Journal of Obesity. Researchers also found that more than 80% of teens with normal weight correctly identified themselves as having the right weight, but 7% thought they were too heavy and 10% believed they were too light. (HealthDay News, 7/9)


Survivors of Teenage Cancer Struggle with Jobs, Emotions Later in Life

Even decades later, people diagnosed with cancer in their teenage years are less likely to have college degrees, to work full time, to be married or to live independently, a recent U.S. study found after analyzing data from 2,589 survivors who were diagnosed with cancer between 11-21 years old. Survivors of teenage cancer also faced higher rates of depression and anxiety, as well as issues with memory and task efficiency. (Reuters, 7/10)


Teen Athletes Feel the Pinch of Tommy John Surgery

When it comes to high school and college sports, young athletes who wind up on the field may also wind up in the surgical room. A new study found a significant increase in teen athletes needing an elbow surgery called an ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (UCLR), known as Tommy John surgery. The results showed that 15 to 19-year-olds accounted for 56.7 % of surgeries performed in the US between 2007-2011. (Daily Rx, 7/12)


Organized Programs Help Prevent or Delay Diabetes

Organized diet and exercise programs can stave off diabetes for those at risk, according to a new study by the Community Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, unpaid group of public health and prevention experts who develop recommendations for community health. The Task Force found strong evidence that these programs are effective at reducing the number of new cases of diabetes. (Reuters, 7/13)


Marijuana Use is Down and Disapproval is Up Among Young Teens

Since 2002, the proportion of adolescents reporting marijuana use has decreased, and more younger adolescents report strong disapproval of marijuana use initiation, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. The findings could provide guidance to policymakers and educators who are focused on marijuana use. (UT News, 7/13)


New Study Banning Headers Only Part of Stopping Concussions

A group of scientists checked a decade’s worth of data about what causes concussions in high school soccer. The paper, appearing in JAMA Pediatrics, concluded that by banning heading in youth soccer, about 30 percent of concussions could be avoided, but that a far larger decrease could be possible if rules that limit player-to-player contact were more stringently enforced. (USA Today, 7/14)


Rate of Teens Abstaining from Alcohol Almost Doubles in 13 Years

The drinking patterns of teenage Australians has shifted more drastically than any other age group, according to a study which found the number of 14 to 17-year-olds abstaining from alcohol had almost doubled in the past 13 years. Education about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the negative effects of alcohol was behind the shift, public health experts say. (The Guardian, 7/14)


Why Concussion Recovery Takes Longer for Some Kids

Some children recover more slowly from concussion and other types of traumatic brain injury because they have extensive damage to the protective coating, known as myelin, around brain nerve fibers, a new study found after studying 32 patients, aged 8 to 19, who had suffered a moderate to severe brain injury in the previous five months. (HealthDay News,7/14)



Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

Children’s behavior, health and school performance can be affected if they use too much electronic media, experts say, and an upcoming documentary on PBS, “Web Junkie,” looks at severe cases of video game addiction. The AAP recommends no screen time before age 2 and no more than two hours a day on electronic media for older children and teens. (New York Times, 7/6)

Patrick Kennedy On Moving Mental Health Policy Out Of ‘The Dark Ages’

Former Rep., Patrick Kennedy, was a senior in high school the first time he went to rehab. But his experience with drug addiction and bipolar disorder also drives his long-standing interest in shaping public policies to confront the challenges faced by people with mental health problems. He said the pending Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 would provide resources and programs for psychiatric care. (Kaiser Health News, 7/9)

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Native American Teen Suicide Rate

A “comprehensive and evidence-based plan” is needed to decrease suicides among young Native Americans, said Senator John Barrasso, during a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing. The suicide rate among Native American youths is 2.5 times the national average and is the second-leading cause of death among Indian youth. (Navaho-Hopi Observer, 7/7)


AHRQ to Fund Clinical Decision Support Learning Network

The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality plans to launch an initiative to disseminate and implement patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) findings through clinical decision support (CDS) at the point of care. This initiative includes creating a PCOR CDS Learning Network to drive the field of CDS forward and to conduct CDS projects to extend existing or develop new CDS based on PCOR findings. (Health Care Informatics, 7/13)

Congressional Bill Seeks to Essentially Ban ‘Gay Conversion’ Programs Across the U.S.

Residential treatment programs for young people that engage in controversial “gay conversion” therapy would face comprehensive federal regulation under a bill introduced Tuesday on Capitol Hill. By prohibiting the facilities from discriminating against LGBT and disabled youths and allowing residents or their families to sue in federal court, the proposed legislation could essentially ban “gay conversion” therapy nationwide. (LA Times, 7/14)


Despite Benefits, Few U.S. States Mandate Cervical Cancer Vaccine

Almost a decade after the HPV vaccine was first recommended for girls, only two U.S. states and Washington, D.C., require the immunization, a new study finds. Recent efforts to address these deficits emphasize that HPV vaccines should not be viewed or treated differently than other routinely recommended vaccines for preteens and teenagers including hepatitis B, chickenpox and meningitis. (HealthDay News, 7/14)



Kenya Praised for Leading Role in Women, Children and Adolescent Health

Speaking today in Ethiopia, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim praised the Government of Kenya’s initiatives that have increased women, children and adolescents’ access to health services though the introduction of a new policy making maternity and primary healthcare services free “Kenya is among the four Global Financing Facility front-runner countries,” Kim said. (The Standard, 7/14)


Global Financing Facility Launched to Boost Maternal and Children’s Health

A key financing platform for the UN’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health and the Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Financing Facility (GFF) launched in Ethiopia on Monday. Jointly inaugurated by the UN, the World Bank, and the Governments of Canada, Norway and the U.S., the GFF is a global movement operating to tackle health hazards facing women and children. (All Africa, 7/14)


Consensual Adolescent Sex Decriminalized

The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services has adopted a bill which decriminalizes consensual sex between adolescents in South Africa.  It is now legal for children aged between 12 and 15 to have sex with each other. A bill decriminalizing sex between consenting adolescents has been signed into law after changes to the legislation were adopted by the National Assembly in June. (eNCA, 7/14)


New Resource for Teen Depression

Learn more about the signs and treatments for depression in the new publication released by the National Institute of Mental Health aimed at adolescents. (NIMH, 7/10)

State and School District Anti-Bullying Policies

GLSEN released “From Statehouse to Schoolhouse: Anti-Bullying Policy Efforts in U.S. States and School Districts,” which examines the anti-bullying policies of all 13,181 school districts across the country. It provides the prevalence of anti-bullying policies in all U.S. school districts and whether state laws and guidance are being implemented at the district level. (GLSEN, 7/15)


Course Empowers Pediatricians to Motivate Overweight/Obese Children

The online course “Obesity Prevention in Pediatrics” trains pediatricians to motivate obese and overweight children to manage their weight. Through case studies, the course helps pediatricians assess obesity risk, uncover and address factors that contributed to the weight problem, motivate change, and overcome social, economic and environmental barriers encountered in making behavioral changes. (AAP, 7/13)

How to Cut Children’s Screen Time? Say No to Yourself First

Parents are often at fault, directly or indirectly, when children and teenagers become hooked on electronic media. Many experts in child development are now prompted to suggest ways parents can prevent or rectify the problem before undue damage occurs. Two experts at the Harvard School of Public Health offer this free guide to help, Outsmarting the Smart Screens: A Parent’s Guide to the Tools That Are Here to Help. (New York Times, (7/13)



2015 CDC STD Guidelines Webinar: New Testing, Treatment and Disease
NYPATH, NYC STD Prevention Training Center and Physicians for Reproductive Health are pleased to announce the upcoming webinar on Friday July 17th, from 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST to review significant 2015 CDC STD Treatment Guidelines changes, discuss practices targeted for adolescents, and provide opportunities for Q&A. (NYPATH, 7/9)


Are You the Leader We’re Looking for?
The AAFP is seeking nominations from its constituent chapters to fill 23 positions on seven commissions that influence a wide range of Academy activities. The Academy sent a letter to its constituent chapters today seeking nominations for 23 commission slots that will be vacated in December. Interested members should contact their chapters before the Oct. 15 deadline for nominations. (AAFP, 7/15)
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