SAHM's Youth Providers 2.0 Featured in teh Office of Adolescent's Health Picks: Three Ways to Help Teens Have a Healthy Spring and Summer 
Healthcare providers can make sure they’re bringing their A-game to primary care visits with these clinical resource guides and other Youth Providers 2.0 resources from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM). They also can direct parents and adolescent patients to SAHM's resource lists on mental health, substance use, confidentiality, reproductive health, and physical and psychosocial development. (OAH, 3/30)






Black Kids Less Likely To Use Hard Drugs Than Whites, Still Go To Jail More
According to a study at Northwestern, abuse of and dependence on cocaine, hallucinogens, amphetamines, and opioids is less common among Blacks than among non-Hispanic whites. Researchers followed the youths into their late 20s, for up to 12 years after release. At that point, non-Hispanic whites had 30 times the odds of becoming addicted to cocaine as Blacks did. (Medical Daily, 3/17)
Women Who Survive Childhood Cancer Stand Good Chance of Having Kids
Women who survive childhood cancer after receiving chemotherapy stand a good chance of having children, but the same doesn't appear to be as true for men, a new study finds. More than 80% of children with cancer survive into adulthood, so their ability to have children is a major concern, the researchers noted. (HealthDay News, 3/24)
Tiniest Preemies Struggle with School and Adult Life
Although extremely preterm birth is no longer the death sentence it once was, many of the tiniest preemies still struggle in school and have a harder time as adults, two new studies suggest. One of the two studies found that by the time they reached adolescence and adulthood, these individuals were more likely than their peers to think that health problems lowered their quality of life. (Reuters, 3/25)
Troubled Kids' Psychiatric Care Often Delayed by Insurance Rules
Children with severe psychiatric problems often have lengthy waits before they're transferred from a hospital emergency department to a psychiatric hospital due to insurance companies' "prior authorization" requests, a study suggests. Mental health workers at one hospital spent an average of an hour on the telephone seeking insurance companies' approval. (HealthDay News, 3/25)
Season of Birth Genetically Linked to Allergy Risk
People born in the fall and winter seem to have an increased risk of certain allergic diseases such as asthma, studies have shown that followed children at 1, 4, 10 and 18 years old. In a new study, researchers found that certain markers on the DNA are linked to the seasons in which people are born, and these markers also seem to mediate people's risk of allergic diseases. (Live Science, 3/25)
Injuries More Common in Teens Who Focus on Single Sport
High school athletes who focus on a single sport may be at increased risk for knee and hip injuries, a new study suggests. Those in the high specialization group were more likely to report a history of overuse knee injuries than those in the other two groups. Athletes who trained in one sport for more than 8 months during the study were more likely to have a history of knee and hip injuries, the researchers reported. (HealthDay News, 3/26)
Pets Help Homeless Youth, Study Finds
Pets may bring many health benefits to homeless children, but they can also make it tougher to find shelter or to use other social services, new Canadian research suggests. Researchers found homeless young people who have pets are less likely to abuse drugs, engage in risky behavior, and they also helped to ease depression. (HealthDay News, 3/27)
Teens With Autism More Likely to Develop Type 2 Diabetes
Adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), according to a recent study. The researchers found that and young adults with ASD had a higher risk of developing T2DM versus those without ASD, after adjusting for demographic data, use of atypical antipsychotic, and medical comorbidities. (Physician’s Briefing, 3/28)
Blood Pressure Targets Relevant for Children, Teens
Prehypertension and hypertension in children and adolescents are associated with cardiovascular target organ damage and set the trajectory for early adulthood high blood pressure, according to a recently published editorial. The researchers note that a BP level of 120/80 mm Hg in adolescence may be associated with early cardiovascular target organ damage. (Physician’s Briefing, 3/29)
Highly Distressed Adolescents More Likely to be Unemployed in Early Adulthood
Suffering from emotional problems in adolescence is an important risk factor for future joblessness, irrespective of socio-economic background, according to a new report. The research found that adolescents who were highly distressed at ages 16 to 20 were 32% more likely to be unemployed, and 26% more likely to be unemployed or out of the workforce in early adulthood. (Medical News Net, 3/30)   




Why Pediatricians Care So Much About the Supreme Court’s Birth Control Case
Should employers who are religiously opposed to birth control cover it in their health plans? A group of pediatricians hopes the answer will be yes. Erecting hurdles to the pill, in this case, could jeopardize the health of America’s children, said Benard Dreyer, president of AAP. “There’s no discernible difference between a religious objection to contraception and a religious objection to a vaccine,” said Dreyer. (The Washington Post, 3/24)
Florida Governor Signs Law to Cut Funding for Abortion Clinics
Gov. Rick Scott of Florida signed a law on Friday that cut state funding to clinics that perform abortions. The law appeared to be aimed at Planned Parenthood, which said that it could mean the end of birth control, cancer screenings, tests for diseases and other services for thousands of low-income women and teens in Florida. (The New York Times, 3/25)
Utah Governor Signs Bill Requiring Abortion Anesthesia
The governor has signed a bill that makes Utah the first state to require doctors to give anesthesia to women having an abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later. Many doctors in Utah and across the country worry that the requirement could increase the health risks to women by giving them unnecessary heavy sedation to protect a fetus from pain that it may or may not feel. (The New York Times, 3/29)
Fantasy Sports Fueling A Rise In Online Gambling Addiction
Poison comes in many forms for addicts: gambling, often overlooked, is of increasing concern to state officials and rehab centers. The number of problem gamblers has grown in recent years with an explosion of betting opportunities available at the touch of a smartphone screen. (Kaiser Health News, 3/30)
New FDA Guidelines Ease Access to Abortion Drug
The FDA issued new recommendations on an abortion-inducing drug procedure, in a move that may make it easier for women in some states to access a method to end pregnancies. Mifepristone will now be approved to use by providers as late as 70 days after a woman’s last menstrual period. FDA officials also approved a dosing regimen that doesn’t require women to go into the doctor’s office to get the second dose. (The Wall Street Journal, 3/30)
These Prom Dresses Made Of Condoms Are Opening An Important Dialogue About Safe Sex
Every year, we see new trends in prom dresses, but an STD prevention program is aiming to add something else to prom night: Prophylactics. In Omaha, teens and parents shopping for formal wear can check out prom dresses made of condoms. They’re intended to jump start conversations between teens and adults about the importance of safe sex and condom use. (Bustle, 3/30)
CMS Finalizes Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Rule for Medicaid and CHIP
In conjunction with the President’s visit to the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today finalized a rule to strengthen access to mental health and substance use services for people with Medicaid or CHIP coverage, aligning with protections already required of private health plans. (State of Reform, 3/29)




Estimating Contraceptive Needs and Increasing Access to Contraception in Response to the Zika Virus Disease Outbreak in Puerto Rico, 2016
The highest number of Zika virus disease cases in the U.S. and its territories were reported from Puerto Rico. High rates of unintended and adolescent pregnancies in Puerto Rico suggest that, in the context of this outbreak, access to contraception might need to be improved. CDC estimates that 138,000 women of reproductive age there do not desire pregnancy and are not using one of the most effective or moderately effective contraceptive methods. (MMWR, 3/25)



Financing Graduate Medical Education to Meet the Needs of Children and the Future Pediatricians Workforce
The AAP released a policy statement urging the government, hospitals, health care systems, health information technology companies, the pharmaceutical industry and others to grant funding aimed at bolstering graduate medical education training for all pediatricians, including subspecialsts and surgeon specialists. (AAP, 3/25)

AHRQ Releases National Data on Mental and Substance Use Disorders Among Hospitalized Teenagers
At least one mental or substance use disorder was involved in more than one-fourth of hospital stays among teenagers in 2012, according to a new statistical brief from AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. Among those 310,100 hospital stays, mood disorders were the most common mental disorder, while cannabis use was the most common substance use disorder. (AHRQ, 3/29)




The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) Online Classroom for Pediatric Environmental Health
The PEHSU online National Classroom provides comprehensive materials to educate health professionals on various topics related to reproductive and pediatric environmental health. Visit the website to learn more about the topics addressed, register for an upcoming webinar, view an archived webinar, or access an online course. (PEHSU, 3/24)

Resources on E-Cigarettes Now Available
The AAP Julius B. Richmond Center, dedicated to the elimination of tobacco and secondhand smoke, has created a webpage dedicated to offering pediatricians resources about electronic nicotine delivery systems, or e-cigarettes. Included on this page are fact sheets, presentations, and information about the AAP’s actions on these products. (AAP, 3/25)

YouthPower.Org Launch
USAID’s YouthPower project announces the launch of, a premiere resource on positive youth development and cross-sectoral approaches in international development. YouthPower uses a positive youth development approach to implement programs within and across sectors. (The Lancet Youth, 3/29)

Resources for STD Awareness Month
If you are looking for materials for your STD Awareness Month activities, the CDC has you covered. From this webpage, you can link to a wide variety of CDC’s STD prevention resources to help individuals and healthcare providers learn how to talk about, test for, and treat STDs. (CDC, 3/31)




Relationship Smarts Plus 3.0
Join the Dibble Institute for a training on the brand new edition of Relationship Smarts PLUS 3.0, in Columbus, OH on June 29-30. Relationship Smarts Plus was created to help teens learn, often for the first time, how to make wise choices about relationships, dating, partners, sex, and more. (The Dibble Institute, 3/26)




Upcoming Webinar: 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines in Spanish
Please join the National Prevention Information Network and the CDC for the 2015 CDC STD Treatment Guidelines webinar, provided in Spanish, and hosted by the NYC STD/HIV Prevention Training Center and the National STD Curriculum Center on Tuesday, April 5 at 1:00pm EDT. (CDC, 3/30)




Call for Abstract and Workshops Now Open for AMERSA Conference
The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) is holding its 40th annual national conference in Washington D.C., November 3-5, 206. Applications for abstracts and workshop proposals are due on May 20th. (AMERSA, 3/30)
Call for Abstracts for the 2016 STD Prevention Conference
The call for abstracts for the 2016 STD Prevention Conference in Atlanta, Georgia closes on Monday, April 25 at 11:59 pm PST. Registration will open on May 1 and the deadline for early registration is August 12. (CDC, 3/31)

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