Five Myths About Youth-Targeted Abortion Laws
Parental consent and notification laws are built on a series of myths about young people, families, abortion, and the judicial process. State laws vary between requiring medical providers to notify adult family members to, at the extreme, requiring that two parents provide notorized consent before a young person can access abortion care (RH Reality Check, 6/27)




Adding CBT Improves School Function in Kids With Migraine
Combining cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with amitriptyline improves school performance and quality of life in adolescents with chronic migraines, a new analysis has shown. The results suggest that physicians should prescribe CBT along with drug therapy for youngsters with chronic migraine (Medscape, 6/26)
Higher education levels linked to increased nearsightedness
Myopia is a common condition that affects around 42% of all Americans. Now, new research suggests that higher levels of education and more years spent in school are linked with a greater prevalence and severity of the eye condition. (Medical News Today, 6/27)
Why Teenagers Act Crazy
Adolescence is practically synonymous in our culture with risk taking, emotional drama and all forms of outlandish behavior. Until very recently, the widely accepted explanation for adolescent angst has been psychological. But there is a darker side to adolescence that, until now, was poorly understood: a surge during teenage years in anxiety and fearfulness. (New York Times, 6/28)
Rx for Children with ADHD May Cause Heart Issues
Children with ADHD may take medications to help them focus on schoolwork, improve impulsive behaviors, and better follow instructions from parents. However, one type of ADHD medication may have a small risk of potentially serious health issues. (Daily Rx, 6/28)
Sexting and Sex Go Hand in Hand for Middle Schoolers
It’s no surprise that sexting is prevalent among older teens, particularly in an age when young people are increasingly using digital platforms to communicate. But the trend appears to be trickling down to younger middle school students – a troubling finding considering those who sext are also more likely to report being sexually active. (U.S. News & World Report, 6/30)
Adolescents with ADHD Are More Likely to Abuse Drugs
ADHD affects about 4.1% of adults and 9% of children between the ages of 13 to 18 years in the U.S. The rates continue to increase, and researchers believe young patients are more likely to abuse drugs. ADHD and ADD are typically treated with stimulant medications. It’s previously been suggested that these medications are abused and misused, but new research finds that merely possessing the disorder without being medicated poses a risk for adolescents to try and abuse illicit drugs. (Science World Report, 6/30)
Does girls’ focus on ‘thigh gap’ lead to eating disorders?
This disturbing ultra-thin-body trend pressures women and girls to achieve a gap between the thighs when they stand with their feet touching. Women’s idolization of skinny legs is not new. But the term has caught on as a popular hashtag on social media sites and a meme within the “thinspiration movement.” (Chicago Tribune, 7/1)
Asthma risk in children may rise as body mass index increases
Worldwide, children are experiencing higher rates of obesity. Obesity is tied to many health risks, including heart problems and diabetes. It may also be a cause of asthma in many young people. A new study has found that a rise in BMI may be connected to an increased likelihood of getting asthma. (Daily Rx, 7/1)
Mental health wins when teens play school sports
Adolescents who play team sports in grades 8 through 12 have less stress and better mental health as young adults, finds new research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. 23 to 40 percent of youth report feelings of depression and high stress, the researchers noted. Their research investigated whether school sport participation could offer some protection against this trend. (Medical Xpress, 7/2)
One in six adolescents in the ER has experienced dating violence
Of adolescents visiting the emergency department for any reason, one in five girls and one in eight boys reported dating violence in the past year. According to a study published online Monday in Annals of Emergency Medicine, dating violence among adolescents was also strongly associated with alcohol, illicit drug use and depression. (Medical Xpress, 7/2)
Can We Predict Which Teens Are Likely To Binge Drink? Maybe
More than half of 16-year-olds in the U.S. have tried alcohol. While many of them learn to drink responsibly, some go on to binge on alcohol, putting themselves at risk for trouble as adults. Researchers still aren’t sure why that is. But it may be possible to predict with about 70 percent accuracy which teens will become binge drinkers, based on their genetics, brain function, personality traits and history, according to a study published in Nature. (NPR, 7/2)
For TV And Online, Moderation Rules For Kids
As most parents know by now, the experts say we should limit our kids’ screen time or risk raising socially stunted couch potatoes. Last fall, the AAP released updated guidelines for children and adolescents using media, recommending no more than two hours a day of any type of entertainment screen time for kids ages 3 to 18 and none for children 2 and younger. The guidelines cover media such as Internet and texting as well as TV, movies and video games. (Hartford Courant, 7/2)                           



Dem bill would ban marketing of e-cigarettes toward kids
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) has introduced a bill that would prohibit the advertising of electronic cigarettes toward children. Speier said the legislation was necessary to prevent kids from consuming e-cigarettes, noting that it wouldn’t ban consumption by adults. (The Hill, 6/30)                           
Injuries, Violence Are Leading Causes of Death for Young Americans
Nearly 80 percent of deaths of Americans age 30 and younger result from injury or violence, U.S. health researchers reported. More young Americans die from injury than from any other cause, according to a study by the CDC. These fatalities stem from automobile crashes, drowning, firearm-related injuries, falls, assault, drug overdoses and other preventable causes. (Doctor’s Lounge, 7/1)
One year after FDA ruling on emergency contraception . . . confusion
One year ago, the FDA finally approved over-the-counter sales of Plan B One-Step without any age restrictions. Removing the age restrictions on some brands of emergency contraception will help improve access for some adolescents. But significant barriers remain. Some health care providers have tried to eliminate these problems by making emergency contraception available to teenagers for free. These efforts have been controversial. (Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/1)



Sex education in schools should be banned, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan says
After suggesting that to prevent AIDS fidelity in marriage was better than use of condoms, health minister Harsh Vardhan has generated another controversy - this time by stating in his website that sex-education in schools should be banned.In his “vision” document for Delhi schools, Vardhan, himself a doctor, has said, “So-called ‘sex education’ (should) to be banned.” (The Times of India,

Didn’t propose ban on sex education: Harsh Vardhan
Vardhan said he was not against the idea, but was opposed to the previous United Progressive Alliance government’s “so called sex education”. (Hindustan Times, 7/3)

SAMVAD to improve adolescent health in state
The Academy Of Pediatrics, Gujarat, the Adolescent Health Academy and UNICEF, Gujarat on Sunday launched an ambitious project — ‘Social Awareness Mission for Vibrant Adolescent Development’ — to improve adolescent health in Gujarat. (The Times of India, 6/30)
Kids as young as eight unhappy about body size, Australian Institute of Family Studies report reveals
Most ten year olds are taking steps to manage their weight, while primary school children as young as eight are unhappy with their body size. An alarming new report into the body image battles of Aussie kids, released today by the Australian Institute of Family Studies‘, reveals about half of all children who are underweight or in a normal weight range are dissatisfied with their body size. (, 7/1)
Too few hospital beds for children with mental illness
Teenagers with severe mental health issues are being turned away from hospitals because there are not enough beds, an inquiry in Perth has heard. A parliamentary committee is examining whether 20 mental health beds for children under 16 years of age are enough at the new Perth Children’s Hospital. (ABC, 7/2)


Researchers launch guidelines for treating children with concussions
Ontario researchers have released what’s believed to be the first comprehensive guide to diagnosing and treating concussions in children and youth. The recommendations, which are available for free online, were put together by emergency medicine researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. (CTV, 6/25)
AAP Issues Statement on ADHD and Substance Abuse
Even though ADHD can be treated with stimulant medications, those who have ADHD are at higher risk for substance abuse. For this reason, the AAP recently released a statement discussing ways to reduce that risk. One of the most important ways to reduce the risk, they reported, is to treat the ADHD, including with stimulant medications. (Daily Rx, 6/29)
Guidance Issued for Addressing Primary Ovarian Insufficiency
Adolescents diagnosed with primary ovarian insufficiency should be offered counseling and hormonal therapy, according to a Committee Opinion published in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Researchers from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Adolescent Health Care address issues relating to primary ovarian insufficiency in adolescents and young women. (Physician’s Briefing, 6/30)
Screening for Nonviral STIs: AAP Policy Statement
The AAP as recommended routine laboratory screening for nonviral STIs in some adolescents and young adults in a policy statement. The AAP’s Committee on Adolescence and SAHM developed the policy statement and recommendations “to identify and treat individuals with treatable infections, reduce transmission to others, avoid or minimize long-term consequences, identify other exposed and potentially infected individuals, and decrease the prevalence of infection in a community.”


CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health announces updates and new items on Teen Pregnancy Prevention Web site
The CDC's page for Health Care Providers has new items, including revised teen-friendly clinic graphic available for download, printing and distribution and a video with CDC’s Dr. Denise Jamieson discussing how health care professionals can help further reduce teen pregnancy rates. The final 2012 teen birth data are now available on the About Teen Pregnancy Web page, and Updated Data & Stats Feature is available on the Teen Birth Rates Drop, but Disparities Persist page.


Sexuality Education for Medicaid and CHIP Eligible Adolescents
When: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
This webinar serves to inform health lawyers and other health policy advocates of Medicaid and CHIP eligibility and each programs required benefits, as well as introduces new ACA eligibility and benefit requirements. This webinar also lays out the gaps in the law that have perpetuated sexuality education not being delivered and it offers recommendations on enforcing existing federal legal requirements to ensure the delivery of this important benefit.


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