Grant Allows Expansion of Brien Center’s Addiction Treatment, Prevention for Youth
A Brien Center program providing substance abuse prevention services and treatment for youth throughout the county has received a $100,000 grant from the Josephine and Louise Crane Foundation. Staff members trained in Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine-recognized addiction prevention programs visit participating schools, he said, focusing on the needs identified at each. (The Berkshire Eagle, 3/15)

Despite Doubts and Hurdles, Why Medicine is a Calling for Penn Med Student
“Welcome to the one place where you don’t have to apologize for loving adolescents.” With this introduction to the 2014 Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine conference, I immediately knew I belonged. Friday is Match Day at the University of Pennsylvania, the day Rebekah Lucien will learn where she will go for residency, the next step in her career, where she hopes to continue her work with teens. (Philly.Com, 3/16)






Changes in Heart Activity Linked to Epilepsy
Researchers found they can detect epilepsy based on changes to heart activity, even in the absence of seizures, according to a new study. Case Western University researchers said variations in the autonomic nervous system indicate the condition, and suggest treatment to normalize it could help control epilepsy. (UPI, 3/9)
Parents Often Report Medical Errors in Peds Inpatient Care
Researchers found in a new study that 34 of the 383 parents who responded  to a survey reported 37 safety events. On physician review, 62, 24, and 14 percent, respectively, were determined to be medical errors, other quality problems, or neither. Thirty percent of medical errors caused harm and were considered preventable AEs. (Physician’s Briefing, 3/9)
Not All Adolescent Metformin Prescriptions Are for Diabetes, Analysis Reveals
Off-label prescribing of metformin was commonly seen among U.S. adolescents aged 10–19 years, based on a recent study. Metformin, a biguanide antihyperglycemic, is the only approved agent for use in adolescents with type 2 diabetes mellitus. (MPR, 3/9)
Kids Are Eating Nuts, Despite Rise in Allergies
About one-third of U.S. children and teens eat nuts on any given day, mostly in the form of seeds and nut butters, according to a new CDC report. The report found that 32% of children ages 2 to 19 ate nuts on any given day between 2009 and 2012. About 40% of the nuts that kids ate were from a single product, like seeds or peanut butter.  (Live Science, 3/10)
Birth Date May Influence Child’s Risk for ADHD Diagnosis
A child’s birth date could play a role in determining which kids will be diagnosed with ADHD and subsequently put on medication to treat it, a new study from Taiwan suggests. The researchers found that school-age children who were born in August had an increased risk of being diagnosed with ADHD and receiving medication for it compared to those born in September, but this did not hold true in teens. (Live Science, 3/10)
Condom Use Falls When Teen Girls Opt for IUDs vs. The Pill
High school girls who use long-acting contraception, such as IUDs or implants, are less likely to focus on condom use than girls who are on the Pill, a new study finds. Experts say the finding shows that many young women aren’t paying enough attention to the dangers of STIs, which condoms help prevent. (HealthDay News, 3/14)
School-Based ‘Overweight Warnings’ May Not Keep Girls Slim
School-based fitness exams and “overweight warnings” may not help girls stay slim, a new study finds. According to the researchers, regular fitness assessments did not lead to dramatic changes in body fat levels among girls who were at or near the “cutoff” point for being classified as overweight, but that there could be reasons why the fitness reports failed to help these girls. (HealthDay News, 3/14)
Could Too Much Cellphone Time Signal Anxiety, Depression?
Some young adults who constantly reach for their smartphones might be anxious or depressed, preliminary research suggests. A study of more than 300 college students found heavier technology use was tied to greater risk for anxiety and depression, particularly among those using the devices as a “security blanket” to avoid dealing with unpleasant experiences or feelings. (HealthDay News, 3/15)
British Teenagers Among Least Satisfied in Western World
British teenagers feel pressured at school, worry they are too fat and drink too much alcohol, according to an international study that finds they are among the least satisfied with their lives compared with their peers around the world. Researchers said 15-year-old girls in England, Wales and Scotland appeared to be at particular risk, suffering from high levels of stress and worries about health. (The Guardian, 3/15)
Irish Teenagers Drink Less Than Most Europeans of Same Age
Irish teenagers have one of the lowest levels of alcohol consumption in Europe, according to the latest research from WHO. The research found that only 1% of 11-year-olds surveyed in Ireland reported drinking alcohol at least once a week. Some 2% of Irish 13-year-olds said they drank at least once a week, while 4%of 15 year-old-girls and 6% of 15-year-old boys said they drank at least once a week. (The Irish Times, 3/15)
Reproductive Health Information Given to Minors Increased in Last Five Years
A recent recreation of a University study has showed that court systems in Michigan are now providing more accurate information to minors regarding Michigan’s reproductive health laws for young women seeking to have an abortion without parental consent. The study revealed that since 2010, nearly all 83 of Michigan’s counties improved on the ways in which information was provided. (The Michigan Daily, 3/15)
Vaccine Refusal Tied to Increased Risk of Measles and Pertussis
Parents who delay or skip childhood vaccinations even when kids have no medical reason to avoid their shots are contributing to U.S. outbreaks of measles and pertussis, a research review suggests. More than half of 1,416 measles cases reported in the U.S. since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000 were for people with no history of measles vaccination, the analysis found. (Reuters, 3/16)
National Study Shows a Decline in Risky Adolescent Behaviours and Reports of Bullying Others Among Canadian Youth
Findings from the 2014 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey (HBSC) show that relationships with family, school, peers, and community play a critical role in the health of young people. The declines in many risk behaviours, like cannabis use and bullying, are good news, but there are still areas of concern. Too many young people aren’t meeting the Canada guidelines for physical activity. (Phys,Org, 3/16)
School Breakfast Programs Vital, Even if Some Kids Also Eat at Home
Students who eat two breakfasts are less likely to become overweight or obese than those who skip the morning meal, according to a new study. Middle school students who skipped or didn’t have breakfast on a regular basis were more than twice as likely to be overweight or obese than those who ate breakfast at home and again at school, the investigators found. (HealthDay News, 3/17)




Got Chocolate Milk? Bill Promotes Flavored Milk in Schools
Milk producers and the dairy industry scored a major policy victory when they secured a provision in a Senate child nutrition bill designed to stem declining dairy consumption among schoolchildren by promoting flavored milk sales in school cafeterias. This bipartisan draft bill would mandate a Department of Agriculture study of “milk consumption data and trends for children” when determining varieties of milk available. (Bloomberg, 3/7)
Gay Conversion Therapy Questioned in Colorado Legislature
Colorado Democrats advanced legislation that would prohibit gay conversion therapy for minors, though the bill faces an uphill battle. Teens usually are targeted for the controversial practice, in which therapists seek to change a person’s sexual orientation. Therapy often is aimed at a person’s gender expressions in an effort to reverse same-sex attractions. (The Durango Herald, 3/8)
L.A. Uses iPads to Touch the Minds of Vulnerable Youth
In an effort to provide youth who are at risk of entering foster care mental health counseling, Los Angeles County is betting on computers and iPads. The county’s Board of Supervisors approved a $547,500 plan in which the Department of Mental Health will contract with the USC’s School of Social Work to provide tele-mental health services to youth ages 12-to-21. (Chronicles of Social Change, 3/9)
CVS to Spend $50 Million on Antismoking Program Aimed at Youths
CVS Health Corp. plans to spend $50 million over the next five years on a youth antismoking campaign as it aims to position itself as a serious competitor in the health-care industry. It is unusual for a coportation to attack an industry as CVS plans to do by warning youth of the harms of smoking. (The Wall Street Journal, 3/10) 
Hogan Proposes Additional Spending on Education, Drug Treatment
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced new spending proposals Thursday that would boost funding for K-12 education and drug addiction treatment and pay for new construction at five of the state’s universities.
The $77 million plan is the latest addition to the $42 billion budget Hogan (R) pitched to the state legislature in January. (The Washington Post, 3/10)
Senate Passes Broad Bill to Combat Drug Abuse
Responding to a drug crisis that has contributed to more American deaths than car crashes, the Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a broad drug treatment and prevention bill, the largest of its kind since a law in 2008 that mandated insurance coverage for addiction treatment. The bill also increases disposal sites for prescription medications that are often abused by teenagers. (The New York Times, 3/10)

Marijuana-Based Drug Found to Reduce Epileptic Seizures
An experimental drug derived from marijuana has succeeded in reducing epileptic seizures in its first major clinical trial, a finding that could lend credence to the medical marijuana movement.The developer, GW Pharmaceuticals, said the drug, Epidiolex, achieved the main goal of the trial, reducing convulsive seizures when compared with a placebo in patients with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. (The New York Times, 3/14)
NFL Stands by Safety Official’s Acknowledgement of CTE Link to Football
The NFL is standing by the acknowledgement on Capitol Hill by its top player safety official of a link between football and degenerative brain disease. It was believed to be the first public acknowledgement by the NFL of such a link. League leaders previously said they would leave it to researchers and medical experts to determine whether such a link exists. (The Washington Post, 3/15)

Before Flint, Lead-Contaminated Water Plagued Schools Across U.S.
Bottled water has actually become a long-term solution in Baltimore. The city first found elevated lead levels in scores of schools in 1992. That was a few years after the EPA discovered a problem with lead-lined water fountains and required schools to address it. Baltimore ordered contaminated fountains turned off. But a decade later, many that had been ordered shut down were back in service. (NPR, 3/16)




How Social Workers and Carers can Make Foster Placements More Stable         
Families, professionals and commissioners are understandably keen to promote stable foster placements wherever possible. Yet the proportion of fostered children who moved placements three or more times in the past year has been stuck at 11% since 2010. Social work teams are seeking more evidence-based solutions including multidisciplinary work. (The Guardian, 3/17)
Ghanaian President’s Visit to Scotland Draws LGBT Rights Criticism
An invitation to the president of Ghana to address MSPs undermines the safety of the Scottish parliament for members of the LGBT community, according to opposition MSPs. The MSPs are joining with human rights campaigners to call on the Scottish government to confront President Mahama about his country’s abuses of its lesbian and gay citizens. (The Guardian, 3/17)




AAFP Demands Answers From FDA About New Tobacco Products
Concerned that new types of cigarettes, snuff and other tobacco products are filling store shelves despite a law meant to prevent the introduction of new tobacco products, the AAFP joined with 35 other organizations in a letter to demand that the FDA explains what it will do about this serious public health concern. (AAFP, 3/14)




New Global and National, Adolescent Health and Wellbeing Conference Page
The Lance Youth introduces the worlds first page dedicated to the collation and promotion of Global and National, Adolescent Health and Wellbeing Conferences. If you want to add a conference to this list, please email us at (The Lancet Youth, 3/16)
The Best Way to Fight With a Teenager
When raising teenagers, conflict usually comes with the territory. A growing body of research suggests that this can actually be a good thing. How disagreements are handled at home shapes both adolescent mental health and the overall quality of the parent-teenager relationship. In looking at how teenagers approach disputes, experts have identified four distinct styles. (The New York Times, 3/16)




Live Trainings in Two Evidence-Based Programs
Join the Dibble Institute in Los Angeles or Columbus, OH for a cost-effective, hands-on training in their most popular curricula. Love Notes and Relationship Smarts PLUS were created to help teens and young adults learn, often for the first time, how to make wise choices about relationships, dating, partners, sex, and more.  (The Dibble Institute, 3/10)




Perspectives on Positive Youth Development
On March 11, USAID and YouthPower Learning hosted a webinar on ‘Perspectives on Positive Youth Development.’ If you missed out, wish to watch it again, or have friends and colleagues who may be interested in learning more about Positive Youth Development (PYD), you can access the webinar via this link. (The Lancet Youth, 3/16)

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