Flavored Booze Beverages Tied to Higher Injury Risk in Teens
Consuming super-sized, flavored alcoholic beverages greatly increases underage drinkers’ risk of injury, a new study finds. The researchers analyzed data from more than 1,000 teens and young adults. Those who said they drink super-sized versions of flavored alcohol beverages were more than six times as likely to say they’d suffered alcohol-related injuries as those who did not consume such beverages, the researchers noted. (HealthDay News, 2/25)
Very Obese Kids May Face Higher Heart Risks than Thought
Extremely obese children - such as those at least 100 pounds overweight - are in deeper trouble in terms of heart disease risks than doctors have thought, new research suggests. In the study, about half the children suffered from high blood pressure, and almost 15 percent were diabetic. Seventy-five percent had high levels of a protein that’s linked to heart disease. (HealthDay News, 3/2)

Study: One in five teen girls victim of dating violence
Twenty-one percent of high school girls have been physically or sexually assaulted by someone they dated - a figure twice as high as previously estimated, a new study shows. Ten percent of high school boys also report having been physically or sexually assaulted by a dating partner, about the same rate reported in earlier surveys, according to a study led by the CDC published in JAMA Pediatrics. (USA Today, 3/2)
Setting the Record Straight on ADHD Prevalence
New evidence sheds light on the factors that may affect reported rates of ADHD. The authors of a new report reviewed published research to determine an estimate of the rate of ADHD. They explained that variations in estimates may be due to which diagnostic criteria were used, who reported a child had ADHD and what region the child lived in. (Daily Rx, 3/2)
Growth Checks in Children Might Spot Celiac Disease
Checking children for growth problems may help identify those with celiac disease, according to a new study.  Researchers tracked the growth of 177 children from the time they were born until they were diagnosed with celiac disease. The researchers found that screening children for five height- and weight-related differences in growth could be an effective means of spotting those with celiac disease. (HealthDay News, 3/2)
4 out of 5 hospitals report pediatric head CT dosage in line with recommendations
Most U.S. hospitals report radiation doses in line with accreditation limits issued by the American College of Radiology for children undergoing head CT scans, according to the results of a survey published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. The head is the most-scanned body part for pediatric patients, with CT scans performed most often in cases of trauma that require timely assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. (Health Imaging, 3/2)
Teen obesity ‘strongly linked’ with high blood pressure
A new large study reported in the American Journal of Hypertension shows a strong link between body mass index in teenagers and blood pressure. The researchers say the findings highlight the worrying implications of the rapidly growing global problem of teen obesity. For the study, researchers analyzed trends in teen obesity from 1998 to 2011 and examined the link between blood pressure and BMI in healthy youngsters. (Medical News Today, 3/3)
Study shows strong link between subthreshold manic episodes and bipolar disorder in children
New research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry indicates a strong link between subthreshold manic episodes and likelihood of developing bipolar disorder in children of parents with bipolar disorder. The study’s findings could improve clinical assessment and care for these high-risk children by potentially enabling earlier identification, treatment or possible preventive measures. (News Medical, 3/3)
Kids May Be More Likely to Exercise When Friends Do
Friends play a major role in youngsters’ levels of physical activity, new research indicates. The study included 104 children and teens who were asked to rank 10 potential benefits and 15 potential barriers to physical activity. Top barriers included feeling self-conscious (29 percent), lack of enjoyment (22 percent), poor health (22 percent), lack of self-discipline (21 percent) and lack of energy (21 percent). (HealthDay News, 3/3)
Doctors Often Skip Protocols for Antipsychotics, Study Finds
As an increasing number of kids are prescribed powerful antipsychotics, a new study finds that many doctors are deviating from established medical guidelines when they dole out the scripts. In nearly half of cases, physicians failed to conduct lab tests to measure cholesterol and blood-glucose levels in patients before and after they began taking antipsychotics, according to findings published this month in the journal Pediatrics. (Disability Scoop, 3/3)
The health risks of cyberbullying in college
Questioning 265 girls enrolled in four colleges, researchers found college-age females just as likely to suffer the negative effects of cyberbullying as younger adolescents. The study found college girls who reported being cyberbullied were three times more likely to meet clinical criteria for depression. And if the cyberbullying was connected to unwanted sexual advances, the odds of depression doubled. (CNN, 3/3)
Healthier lungs in California kids after pollution controls
Doctors have long predicted that less air pollution will produce healthier lungs. Now a first-of-its-kind study of 2,120 children in southern California has documented dramatically better lung function growth as air quality has improved. Over a 13-year period, the proportion of children with poor lung capacity and lung health fell by half as levels of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter dropped. (Reuters, 3/4)
CBT for Kids’ Anxiety Can Have Lasting Benefits
New research suggests that when CBT is successful in reducing the childhood anxiety, the technique also conveys considerable benefit years after the treatment. In a new study, researchers found that patients who did not respond to CBT for anxiety in childhood had more chronic and enduring patterns of suicidal ideation at seven to 19 years after treatment. (Pysch Central, 3/4)
Stress May Undermine Heart Benefits of Exercise
Teens who have trouble coping with stress may face an increased risk for future heart trouble that even exercise can’t erase, a new study suggests. “It looks like the inability to cope well with stress contributes to the risk of heart disease,” said lead researcher Scott Montgomery. The study found that physical fitness did not protect teens with poor stress-coping skills from developing heart disease later in life. (HealthDay News, 3/4)
Sun damage causes genetic changes that predispose children and adolescents to melanoma
Researchers found that melanoma in some adolescent and adult patients involves many of the same genetic alterations and would likely respond to the same therapy. The similarities involved adolescents with conventional melanoma tumors and included the first genetic evidence that sun damage contributes to melanoma in children and adolescents as well as adults. (Health Canal, 3/4)

‘Over the counter’ birth control pills might save public money
Providing no- or low-cost birth control pills over the counter may reduce costs and prevent up to a quarter of unplanned pregnancies, researchers say. Many women would likely start using oral contraceptives if they were available with little or no up-front cost over the counter instead of with a prescription, they suggest in Contraception. It would also allow women to avoid often monthly waits in line at the pharmacy, she said. (Reuters, 3/4)
Teen Suicides by Hanging on the Rise Across U.S.
Doctors and parents should be aware of the increased use of hanging as a means of teen suicide and take preventive measures, U.S. health officials say. Among 10- to 24-year-olds, suicide rates by hanging increased, on average, 6.7 percent for females and 2.2 percent for males between 1994 and 2012, the CDC reported.  Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 10- to 24-year-olds in the United States. (HealthDay News, 3/5)
New study links BPA exposure to autism spectrum disorder
A newly published study is the first to report an association between bisphenol-A (BPA), a common plasticizer used in a variety of consumer food and beverage containers, with autism spectrum disorder in children. The study shows that BPA is not metabolized well in children with ASD. The research appears online in Autism Research. (Medical Xpress, 3/5)
Erratic Sleep May Make Teens Hungrier
Night-to-night changes in the amount of sleep teens get may affect how much they eat, a new study suggests. The research included 342 teens, average age 17, who slept an average of 7 hours a night. But after nights when they slept an hour less or more than normal, the teens ate an average of 201 more calories, 6 grams more fat and 32 grams more carbohydrates a day. (HealthDay News, 3/5)    



Family shares their journey with a transgender child
Zay Crawford hasn’t always been as happy as she is now. She says it’s because she can now finally be who she is, living life as a girl. Her family shares their story of raising Zay, a transgender child who was born as a boy, and the care they received at the transgender clinic at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. (USA Today, 2/24)
U.S. minors easily buy e-cigarettes online: UNC study
Teenagers in North Carolina who try to buy electronic cigarettes online are likely to succeed even though selling the devices to minors is illegal in the state, researchers reported. A 2013 North Carolina law required that online e-cigarette sellers verify customers’ ages with a government database at the point of order. But more than 90 percent of vendors do not comply, a new study found. (Reuters, 3/2)
Dollars running out for Colorado teen pregnancy prevention program
A Colorado program credited with helping driving the teen pregnancy rate down by 40 percent since 2007 is at risk of running out of cash. Five years ago, a private grant funded the state program that’s made IUDs and contraceptive implants much more widely available. That grant runs out later this year, so a group of state lawmakers are asking for public money to keep it going but are running into opposition. (Colorado Public Radio, 3/2)
Watchdog: Foster kids missing required health screenings
Nearly a third of children in foster care who were enrolled in Medicaid did not receive at least one required health screening over the course of a year, a report from a federal government watchdog finds. Each state has a timeline of required health screenings that must occur when a child enters foster care, and on an ongoing basis. But the HHS Inspector General report finds that these required timelines are not always followed. (The Hill, 3/2)
U.S. heroin-overdose deaths nearly triple 2010 to ‘13 -study
Heroin overdose deaths in the U.S. nearly tripled from 2010 to 2013, according to a federal study released. The new study, conducted by researchers at the CDC, found that the rate of heroin-related overdoses increased from 1 per 100,000 people in 2010 to 2.7 per 100,000 in 2013, for a total that year of 8,257 people, or nearly 23 per day, with the highest rates in the Northeast and Midwest. (Reuters, 3/4)
More Children Eat Fruit in School, Study Shows
Changes made to government-subsidized meals by the Obama administration to get schoolchildren to eat more fruits are having their intended effect, according to a study. The study found that from the time the changes went into effect in 2012 through last year, the percentage of students choosing fruit on a cafeteria line increased to 66 percent from 54 percent. (New York Times, 3/4)
Why Teen Women Of Color Are More Likely To Become Pregnant
Pregnancy and birth rates for black and Latina teens have dropped precipitously in the past two decades. Despite this, black and Latina girls are more than twice as likely as white girls to become pregnant before they leave adolescence. The racial and ethnic disparities surrounding teen pregnancy are stubborn, often a cause and consequence of poverty and a complex array of societal factors. (Huffington Post, 3/5)           




Why 1 billion could be at risk for hearing loss
Grab the earplugs, turn down the headphones and move away from the speakers. That’s what the WHO recommends for teens and young adults in a report sounding the alarm about hearing loss. In its “Make Listening Safe” report, the United Nations agency estimates one billion young people across the globe are potentially at risk of hearing loss due to “unsafe listening practices.” (CBS News, 3/2)
Malawi: Born With HIV, Grappling With Adolescence
Due to the success of antiretroviral programmes in Malawi, many more children born with HIV are not only reaching, but also thriving in adolescence. They comprise a complex group with special healthcare and psychological needs which extend beyond routine clinic visits. These adolescents need support in areas such as disclosure and adherence to treatment. (All Africa, 3/2)
India turns spotlight on adolescent health
“India has demonstrated very strong leadership in positioning adolescent health as part of continuum of care. India has taken the lead to present to the rest of the States why it is important to have a discussion on adolescent health,” said Dr. Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General of Family, Women’s and Children’s Health, WHO. Last year, India requested a discussion on adolescent health at the equity board of the WHO. (The Hindu, 3/5) 



Medical Management of Restrictive Eating Disorders in Adolescents and Young Adults
Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses that present during adolescence and young adulthood. SAHM has issued a position paper that proposes new evidence-based recommendations for the medical management of restrictive eating disorders in adolescents and young adults and presents recent advances that will support clinicians in the delivery of state-of-the art, evidence-based treatments.
Helping Student-Athletes with Mental Health Issues
Guidelines for helping U.S. high school athletes with mental health problems are outlined in a new policy statement from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. The types, severity and percentages of mental illnesses are growing in young adults aged 18 to 25, and may well start before or during adolescence, the association says. (HealthDay News, 3/3)



Somatization Resources from the Kelty Centre
These resources, developed by the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre in collaboration with BC Children’s Hospital, are intended to help providers who care for youth with somatic symptoms and their families.



Registration now open for the 2015 Conference on Adolescent Health!
The Adolescent Health Initiative is thrilled to host the second annual Conference on Adolescent Health! This conference will take place on April 23-24 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and you may register for the entire conference or each individual day. Enjoy an early-bird discount until March 20th. Join us as we transform the landscape of adolescent health across the country!
Clinical Training Program for Nexplanon in Ypsilanti, Michigan
The University of Michigan Adolescent Health Initiative will be hosting a Nexplanon Training on April 23, 2015, from 6:30-8:30pm in Ypsilanti, Michigan. During this program, providers will receive hands-on training for insertion and removal procedures as well as implant localization techniques. Completion of this course will allow you to order the product from authorized distributor(s). To register for this training, please contact Vani Patterson at and provide your name and license number.


CAHPS Webinar Will Highlight Lessons from Top-Performing Medicaid and CHIP Health Plans 
Registration is now open for an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality webinar to be held March 17 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET. The Webinar will provide a forum to share success stories from Medicaid and CHIP plans that have scored above the 80th percentile across all core measures on the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Health Plan Survey. (AHRQ, 3/5)


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